Perhaps it’s getting to that time of the year, this writer’s thoughts are with both friends and family, especially those who she won’t be seeing by the time the end of year seasonal holidays start. Among those she won’t be seeing are those who never took care of themselves before and died before their time. Her thoughts, this time around are with both young and old. That’s the theme for this series of informational and inspirational articles on how to improve health and fitness, and reduce weight, where necessary.
In this article and the next few thereafter I’ll be talking about healthy living aspects for the young and the old. The talk of my town is mostly over food at this time of the year so I’ll be trying to cheer up those who have begun to shudder at their high cholesterol levels due to previous years of festive overeating and everything else in between. I say that it’s not impossible to enjoy a festive life when everything that you eat and drink is absolutely good for your health. I vouch to say that you, both young and old, will end up enjoying life more.
Particularly for this time of the year when an abundance of food, particularly meat, is expected to be consumed and enjoyed, the perception is that when people turn their bodies and souls entirely to healthy eating in order to live entirely healthy lives, they will end up depriving their bodies, souls and minds of their cultural heritage and soul-satisfying rituals. Indeed, it is healthy to perceive that eating is a ritual. If you are able to ritualize your eating practices then you are already on the first rungs towards leading a healthy lifestyle.
Sitting in front of the TV at night may be a great pastime for most urban families today but it cannot be regarded as a holistic and healthy ritual. In some religions, the analogy of coming together around the table and breaking bread together is often used. This encourages a community of spirit. Even if you were to entirely remove these sentiments associated with religion, culture and customs, enjoying a meal at the table in the company of others is an utterly healthy experience. In fact, nutritionists and dieticians, as well as health-oriented psychologists, encourage this practice.
Experts encourage people to take their time with their meals, enjoy every morsel that passes from their plate to their mouth. And while eating, they can contemplate the prepared food’s wholesomeness and taste sensations. In the company of others, conversation often ensues. This is encouraged around the dinner table. While in conversation with others, people tend to chew and eat their food a lot more slowly. This is a far cry from rushing off to work in the morning with nary a bite to eat or rushing there and back for takeouts in front of the TV.
Think about it. Natural food, including meat, if properly prepared, is a lot tastier and thus nutritious than processed and junk food. Of particular importance to those who need to lose weight is the fact that the sense of satisfaction after enjoying a nutritious meal lasts for a number of hours, thus eliminating the need to eat further under the false influence that the body is hungry and needs more food. This sense of pale longing and hunger is persistent among those who eat mostly processed and junk food which is far from nutritious.
From the earliest age possible, children should be taught the benefits of healthy eating and drinking to go along with their healthy living practices. The sooner they are able to put these into practice the better for their long-term health.