The secrets of good living

Ubani Alexander Chijioke

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history testifies to the fact that healthy people follow a rigid way of life different from the common way all over. It is well observed to state that some follow ovolactovegetarian diet which includes strict vegetarian lifestyle, without eggs or milk. They consume fruits, cereals and vegetables. Also, many live a life free of tobacco, alcoholic beverages or even drugs. It is no wonder a secret many have easily overlooked. In the event of this, the effect of such lifestyle has complemented their health. It has bettered their longevity, and they have good health.

It is noteworthy to say that the effect of living a lifestyle devoid of alcohol, tobacco and immorality adds to one's life span. It reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer (especially that of the lungs because of the absence of tobacco). It reduces the risk of breast, prostate or other organ cancers. The secret behind longevity dictates that one must follow a positive lifestyle to get the best out of life.

More so, history and research shows that living on different kind of vegetables increases the longevity of a person. Let's examine the people of Otomi of India.

The people of Otomi live in the highlands of central Mexico. According to the American Journal of Public Health,ANDERSON, R.K; CALVO, J.; ROBINSON,W.D. 38:1126(1948)

Show that this particular people enjoy a great deal of good health, rarely, will you hear of obesity, arterial hypertension or cancer among them. This is attributed to the fact that their food is mainly made up of different kinds of vegetables like corn tortillas, and beans etc.

Among the other basic addition to the effects and portents of vegetables, let us tour the lifestyle of the Sherpas of Nepal. This people are known for their extraordinary physical vitality and strength. The inhabitants of the rugged heights of the Himalayas have overtime become famous for their expeditions to Mount Everest. The most remarkable of them was Tenzing Norgay, the sherpa who accompanied the English mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary in the first ascent in history of Mount Everest. "Potatoes are our main crops, and are the basis of the sherpa diet, just as rice is for the Hindu and Chinese people. The varieties of potatoes which grow in the Himalays are cultivated in lands found at a very high altitude (4,500 meters) which thus guarantees a supply of food in remote areas. Other basic foods in our diet are barley and wheat. The sherpas get milk and cheese from flocks of sheep, goats and yaks with which they supplement their diet based on potatoes and cereals. Meat is hardly used, and the sherpas who are Buddhists are total vegetarians." Tenzing Norgay sums up in his autobiography Tigers of the Snows.

This fact attests to the importance of our discussion on vegetables. The secret of a good living and longevity depends on our lifestyle and the things we eat.

The secrets of good living involve, physical exercise, abundance of high quality tasteful and excellent fruits, nuts and grains. Above all, a strict vegetarian diet, pure physical exercise, a tranquil lifestyle and fresh pure air contributes in no small way of increasing our life span.

Do you have any tested and confirmed secret(s) that have/has helped you in life? If yes, share with us using the comment box.

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Trsmd 8 years ago from India

why it is copyright? who is the owner of this article? yourself or hubpages?

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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

It is my work as such my copyright. Thanks for observing that. God bless you

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Bud Gallant 5 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

I believe you make many good points in this.

I was on a vegetarian diet myself where i ate only uncooked vegetables and nothing manufactured or with toxic ingredients. I had much more energy than normal and felt very good while I maintained it. One day I would like to accomplish it again.

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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Dear Bud, you experience in this regard is awesome. It is a proven fact that food based on vegetables, cereals and even fibre has a way of nourishing and making our body healthy and also help up fight diseases. Healthy eating is always guaranteed by living a vegetarian life. God will continue to bless you my good friend Bud.

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danfresnourban 5 years ago from Fresno, CA

Thank you for sharing these tips about good living. I really believe that exercise is an important part of good living. Exercise gives you energy and vitality as well as builds self confidence.

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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Dear Danfresnourban, you ve made a useful input. I strongly believe that our food is our health. What we eat is reflected on our body. That's why we must endeavor to eat food that maintains good health. Proper exercise & food rich in fibre have always helped in elongating our lives. You have done well. Take good care. Enjoy the rest of your day

Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

we all like to live a good life, but do not know how. This is great piece of writing.

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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Yes Binaya, longevity has been in the heart man since time immemorial. I am happy one who follow practical examples and lives of people who have attained it surely will help. I am grateful for that input

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

a very important must read article Great share my friend :) Frank

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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Well said Frank, good living & health is a standard we all must try to attain. How re you my friend? Wish you all the best

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cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

i walk for my health on most days. i was a vegetarian for about ten years. now i eat fish (good for you for the omega-3's) and poultry. red meat kills.

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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Dear Cathy, i know that during those 3years you benefitted yourself. I must commend you for that great feat and wish you more prosperous years ahead. Be blessed

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cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

yes, it's been proven that vegetarians live longer, despite the joke that vegetarian in cherokee means "bad hunter".

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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

That is true Cathy, a veg life is an awesome experience. Have fun

Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Hi Ubani,

Now this is a subject that has touched my life in a great way..I went vegan about three years ago. Infact I went raw vegan for two years. I ate nothing but raw vegetables, nuts, and seeds..I did take a supplement of B12 that you can only get from meat changed my life..I had diabetes, high blood pressure and was over weight..I lost all the weight and no longer am diabetic..while I have added a few things back in my diet I am still pretty much vegan..I do eat eggs at dairy, only very small amount of grains as for me cause they cause alot of inflammation in my back and knees. Tons of fruits and veggies..A small amount of goat cheese..I have not given up coffee..I have tried but failed..still working on it..:)Anyway..thank you for a great hub..sorry to ramble truly is a life changing way to eat.

Take care,


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

My sweet Sunnie, your experience is a testimony of what nature has in reserve for us. You have attested to the uniqueness and truthfulness to the word that a diet of vegetables holds the key to good living. I am delighted to be your friend and share in your sweet experience. Always you will be blessed

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Maralexa 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Excellent hub, Ubani. I have not yet tried a vegaetarian diet but you inspire me to do so. It seems so natural and clean! Blessings, Maralexa

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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Ubani...this is very informative and underscores the fact that a vegetarian/primarily vegan diet is the best course for overall excellent health and longevity. I am so pleased to read this! Because, I voted "Yes" to your poll...I am, and have been, primarily animal source free...with a diet of lots of vegetables, legumes, fruits, things like popcorn,' and corn chips, tortillas, etc..a very clean and healthy diet. this is not to say that I don't 'blow it' once in a while...I Do...and when I do...I do so BIG TIME! But...this information is useful and excellent advice. Thank you.

All ups....awesome, useful, interesting, awesome and beautiful because it teaches us about our better health which translates into a better life for ourselves as well as nature / animals as a whole. thank you

Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

I reread this and felt absolutely delighted.

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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Maralexa, i will be delighted if you take up a veg-diet. It is natural & pure gift of God to humanity. You will be benefitted. I wish you all the best.

lucky cats, experiences like yours is a heart winner. I am sure you ve been benefitted living a veg-life. You re most blessed

Binaya, my wonderful friend each word of encouragement that comes out of your mouth is most cherished. Bless you.

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epigramman 5 years ago

..I really think the secrets of good living can be found in all of your hubs - you are a world class writer with lots of heart, a deep soul and compassion for his fellow man/woman - and you make the world a smaller place .....

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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

O Epi, what awesome use of words. I am humbled but i think those praises should be attributed to you.

You ve a large heart. I am so privileged to be your fan. Be blessed

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Another great hub ubani. We do try our best to eat healthily.

My partner has stage 2 diabetes so this is very important.

I am bookmarking this one ubani so I can refer back to when I need to do so.

A vote up is also a must and take care my friend.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Dear sweet Eiddwen, take care of him very well and best of all eat well[healthy eating] all will be well. Be blessed abundantly

SusieQ42 5 years ago

You've written a very interesting hub, Ubani. Eating healthy foods are extremely beneficial for our bodies. I LOVE vegetables! Keep on are very talented.

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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Thanks Susie, you ve a wonderful, sweet and caring heart. Your time on this piece and others is well appreciated and applauded. Take good care. Lots of love.

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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Great article with an important message for attaining good health by living a healthy lifestyle. I particularly loved the examples you gave about the Sherpas of Nepal and the people of Otomi of India.

And it was also wonderful to read Sunnie Day's comment on how following most of these principles has made such a big difference in her health and life. Shows us that people of all cultures can achieve natural good health if they eat right, exercise and avoid toxic substances like tobacco and alcohol.

Voted up across the board except for funny.

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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

You ve done so well my gracious and loving nurse. Attaining a healthy life is the goal of every living thing. We must follow the rules to achieve it. A very sweet comment from you. You re awesome. Be blessed

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marriedwithdebt 5 years ago from Illinois

Hi Ubani - great post. I have recently eliminated red meat from my diet. Doing this has made our family meals more healthy. I like pork too much to go vegetarian though

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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos Author

Dear friend, thanks for leaving me that kind and loving comment. You re a sweet soul. Be blessed

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