HEALTH IS WEALTH: BENEFIT OF HEALTHY EATING

healthy-grocery-shopping1As we grow older it becomes very essential for us to start cultivating the habit of healthy living. One of the ways in which we can achieve these is through eating well, sleeping well, exercise, regular body check and pampering. I will like to pay close attention to Healthy Eating and its benefits, because what we put in our mouth plays a large role in our general lifestyle and wellbeing.

Eating healthy is at the crux of increasing your chances of living a long, fulfilled, good-quality life. Think for minute, what is most important to you? Is it Health? Is it time? Or money? You might have heard the saying “time is money”. Well, time and money may not even come into play if all your time, strength and efforts are being put towards managing some disease, or trying to get better from some disease. Without your health, you are unlikely to have time to make money, or even spend money.

Reasons for Eating Healthy

There are so many reasons for eating healthy. E.g.

  • What we eat and how much nutrition your diets contain will inevitably decide how your body feels.
  • If you don’t have any disease, then you need to keep eating healthy so that you can greatly increase your chances of avoiding these. If you suffer from any diseases, you want to eat healthy so as to manage the diseases well and feel better from them. In many cases, a healthy eating habit can reverse diseases.
  • You will also look better. Getting the right nutrients, vitamins and minerals your body needs to function will help your skin look better, more radiant, and smoother.
  • You will also find it easier to maintain a healthy weight by adopting and sticking to healthy eating habits.

Food your body needs as you grow older

Fruit – Focus on whole fruits rather than juices for more fiber and vitamins and aim for 1½ to 2 servings or more each day.

Veggies – Color is your credo in this category. Choose antioxidant-rich dark, leafy greens.

Calcium – Maintaining bone health as you age depends on adequate calcium intake to prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures. Older adults need 1,200 mg of calcium a day through servings of milk, yogurt, or cheese.

Grains – Be smart with your carbs and choose whole grains over processed white flour for more nutrients and more fiber. If you’re not sure, look for pasta, breads, and cereals that list “whole” in the ingredient list.

Protein – Adults over 50 without kidney disease or diabetes need about 1 to 1.5 grams per kilogram (2.2lbs) of bodyweight. Try to divide your protein intake equally among meals. It’s important to vary your sources of protein instead of relying on red meat, including more fish, beans, peas, eggs, nuts, seeds, and low-fat milk and cheese in your diet.

Summarily…

I cannot stress the benefits of healthy eating enough. That is why at Ashers Group, we pride ourselves in helping people eat right and have a healthy living. Contact us today for any advice on your meals.

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Happiness is a Journey

happiness1We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we’ll be more content when they are.

After that, we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage.

We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire.

The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when?

Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.

One of my favorite quotes comes from Alfred D. Souza. He said, “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid.

Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness.

Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time…and remember that time waits for no one.

So, stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you’ve had a drink, until you’ve sobered up, until you die, until you are born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Work like you don’t need money,

Love like you’ve never been hurt,

And dance like no one’s watching.

God has given each of us a “gift” that we are to use to glorify His name!  Let’s rejoice over that.

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Growth is Important

6.   When you resist others, you cause them pain you don’t know: Is there anyone you are / have been resisting in your life? people whom you used to be close to but aren’t now? Every time we resist someone, especially someone close to us, we cause them pain that we are not aware of. The person may seem okay on the outside, but he/she is actually hurt on the inside. At the end of the day, when our resistance to others around us is really just causing hurt and anguish to the ones we love the most. Stop resisting people around you. Start with small acts of kindness.

7.   Positive motivators are stronger than negative motivators: there are always 2 key groups of motivators. One is fear. The second is love. Fear, or negative motivators, refer to feelings of trepidation or anxiety that drive us into action. On the other hand, love/inspiration, or positive motivators, are the true north drivers that will spur us endlessly, day after day, in joy and happiness. Focus on doing what you love and happiness will ensue. If you’re truly pursuing something you love, your love for it will drive you to places which you can’t even imagine.

8.   You’re not alone in your problems: Sometimes you might feel you’re overwhelmed with problems and you feel you’re the only person in this world dealing with them. However, it’s not like that at all. Everyone, everyone you see around you, has his/her own problems and challenges to deal with. So don’t think you’re by yourself in what you’re going through. If you’re facing this problem, there are at least tens of thousands of people out there who is undergoing the same thing too. You’re not alone. We’re all here for one another

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