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Healthy Living- A general overview to get you started

Updated on April 30, 2014

Realization

The term “healthy living” means so many different things in this new age of technological advancement and inherent predisposition that everything we do must be exciting and trendy. When you say healthy living, the first thing that comes to my mind is fitness; working out in 2014 has rapidly outgrown the stereo typical gym. If power lifting or aerobics aren’t your thing you can find everything from spin classes to boot camp style classes and more if you asked 100 people what they thought healthy living meant chances are you will get a very diverse set of answers. Another important part of healthy living after fitness must be diet right? The old adage “you are what you eat” is so simplistic and easy to understand that it can instantly make the most diehard Cheetos lover and their orange stained fingers retreat into solitude to inhale their guilty pleasure, no one is above the humiliation of being reduced to a walking cheese-attack especially when you know in your heart that it’s true; nothing stings like the realization that your diet needs a major overhaul.

Three key components to healthy living

The two very different things between fitness being part of healthy living and diet being part of healthy living is the fact that no matter what type of exercise you choose; if it is done in moderation it can never really be a bad thing. On the contrary, I have seen way to many very thin people who did not look at all healthy. The most fundamental key to a healthy diet according to the professionals are:

  • Portion size
  • The four food groups
  • Multi-vitamins/supplements


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Don't give up, keep trying

I stumbled across my first super food called Quinoa when I was trying out a new recipe and wow I felt like I had uncovered the holy grail of healthy eating; unfortunately it took my husband a few spoonfuls to break the news to me that he was less than impressed with my new found “super food” and after 2 days of leftover Quinoa I have to admit the shine had worn off, I was delighted to introduce my garbage disposal to the last 3 helpings of this magic meal.

Luckily since that experience I have uncovered a treasure trove of information about these superior food choices and have started introducing them to my family. The benefits vary from item to item, the cost can be a bit heftier but you can really use these foods to target specific conditions that you or a loved one might be facing. For example: A study was conducted on the usefulness of pomegranate and its ability to decrease arterial plaque. Well the results of the study are amazing; a healthy dose of pomegranate could really be the difference between life and death.

Pomegranate really is a super food

Don't let this fruit intimidate you, once you know how to quickly get the seeds out it's fast and easy!
Don't let this fruit intimidate you, once you know how to quickly get the seeds out it's fast and easy! | Source

More benefits of pomegranate

  • Studies show a decrease in growth of prostate cancer in mice, that is a good sign for us humans!
  • It is packed full of folic acid, fiber, potassium, niacin and vitamins A, E and C.
  • Pomegranate protects your body's cells from free radicals, that will help reduce your cases premature aging. Free radicals are formed due to exposure to the sun and harmful toxins from the environment.
  • It contains tannins, anthocyanin's, and ellagic acid, which means it has a higher antioxidant fighting power than green tea and red wine.
  • It is a natural blood thinner
  • It has been thought to prevention of atherosclerosis
  • It fights inflammation which can possibly help relieve arthritis symptoms

In conclusion

There are indisputably many different components of healthy living. It can include diet, fitness, staying smoke free and drinking moderately to not drinking at all and adopting a lifestyle like veganism. The bottom line is, if health is on your mind I would venture to say you are on the right track, never stop working towards becoming the best version of yourself. I once heard:

"Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well; and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man".

That quote is by James H. West and I think it sums up healthy living in a very user friendly way.For more information about the study involving pomegranate and arterial blockage please visit: http://AARP/Pom.study

© 2014 Karen Ranoni

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      Richard Scott 3 years ago from Presque Isle, Maine

      Great info and resources. Well done voted up.

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      JP Carlos 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      The health and wellness industry is a billion industry that many are turning to guidance and help. It's imperative that we all make the right decisions when it comes to our own health.