Sunday, November 9, 2008

Healthy Eating


( Picture from Yahoo News)

I think by now we are all wary of reading about what to eat and what to avoid. All of us know that fruits and vegetables are healthy diets, while fats, salt and sugar are a no-no. So where do we go from here?

This is from AFP:

[Scientists agree that a balanced quality diet is key to good health, and most governments in past years have urged citizens to adopt a daily diet of five portions of fruit and veg, and three each of dairy products and starch, while cutting back fats, sugar and alcohol.

But researchers are in disagreement over illnesses not directly related to nutrition, such as cancer, AIDS or neurodegenerative diseases -- though again all recommend a balanced diet.

Among the thousands of studies on hand, one European investigation concluded that eating fruit and vegetable fibre might limit the risk of colorectal cancer.

Industrial -- or processed -- fats, already known to be harmful for the cardiovascular system, could double the risk of breast cancer while soybeans reduced the risk threefold.

But soybeans, which are rich in anti-oxydants that help cells survive, could increase the risk of infertility.

Lycopene, the bright red anti-oxydant pigment found in tomatoes and other red fruits, also was found by some researchers to reduce the risk of cancer, but the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says there is no solid proof for the claim.

But while fish are hailed for their omega-3, a family of unsaturated fatty acids, fish are also rich in mercury and toxic PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls.

"There are no good or bad foods," said France's Afssa food security agency.

But eating five fruit and veggies a day and little animal fat "is plain common sense", said oncologist Dominique Belpomme.]

Yes, plain common sense it is! Do we want to be bogged down to the "scientific" researches telling us what to eat and what to avoid? Don't be surprised when they reverse their recommendations after "further" studies of the subject. But worst is that quite often you read about contrary reports on a specific item.

What the heck; for me I consume things in moderation. The healthier stuff I take more, while the "dangerous" ones I try to take less.

Each day I make my own fruit juice with a table spoon of psyllium. Psyllium? What's that. You can Google "psyllium" and read about it. If you are not bothered to know now, then wait for my write-up in a day or two.

Usually my fruits include pineapple, carrot, tomato, orange, cucumber and occasionally ginger, potato, and celery. Why no apple? Dearer than oranges !! I also take bitter gourd juice!! This is for another purpose. Will tell you later.

To keep healthy just eating the right stuff is not enough, as you know. Yes exercise. I practise Yoga, Tai Chi, and "3-1-2". What 3-1-2 ? Not about that sex position at my age!! Rest assured it is not an "adult" site. Click HERE:

So you think you will be healthy by doing the above? I don't think so.

You got to have a healthy and relaxed mind. And if you are always happy, then it's a bonus!! This subject of the mind is easier to grasp if one is more spiritual. To have a negative and resentful mind, is like adding poison to your food. So no matter how good your food is , if you have a hateful mind, your food will be poisoned.

The above is my personal view. What do you think?


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3 comments:

monsterball said...

No one is interested to live up to 100...and give up...smoking..drinking...sex..drinking and eating junk food.
When I say...no one...I mean ordinary folks...not those UMNO crooks stealing so much..to take RM1000 per day tonic....to live longer and look younger.
But some ordinary folks....will go all out...to live as long as they can....by eating diet food...yet they die..normal ages.
I know....few fanatics on health food....from young and some have gone. So in death..they must regret...giving up enjoying things they could afford....but he cannot speak ..so no one knows..what their advises to the living...like to Justine.
But UMNO guys.. think they are special people from Allah...as voters supporting them....think so too.
What idiots they are.

A true Malaysian said...

Justin,

You are in great shape, I follow whatever you eat, haha.

Justin Choo said...

A true Malaysian,

It is very true that if you are not that rich, but surviving on the borderline, your lifestyle becomes very simple towards a very monotonous existence!!

I can tell you for sure that if I have more than enough, my lifestyle may not be the same. Hahahahaha!!!!!!!

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