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If you make a practice of eating healthily, you’ll have more energy and want to be more active. This means living a long life free from sickness and disease.

Here are a few simple guidelines:

1. Eat a variety of nutrient rich foods.

Your daily food selection should include fresh and raw fruits, healthy fats, vegetables, nuts and seeds and good clean protein foods. We have a tendency to stay away for the fresh and raw foods. Aim for 2-4 servings of fruit and 3-5 servings of vegetables every day.

Sometimes we have to change our mindset about the food we eat. Most of the vitamins and minerals are in good healthy fruits and vegetables. Steer away from meats pumped full of hormones and foods that contain so many preservatives that your liver is exhausted at every meal.

2. Drink plenty of water.

You are made up of at least 60% water. If you don’t get enough water in a day, your body hangs on to waste and does not metabolize as well. It is a great idea to drink a cool glass of water when you feel fatigued instead of reaching for a cup of coffee.

3. Maintain a healthy weight.

The weight that’s right for you depends on many factors including your age, sex, height, genetics and medication side effects. It is important to monitor your body composition. We consider body composition to be a vital sign.

4. Eat regular meals.

Skipping meals can lead to out of control hunger, often resulting in overeating. When you’re very hungry, it’s tempting to forget about good nutrition and over indulge in things that will cause an increase in the abdominal bulge.

5. Reduce health destroying foods.

Most people eat for pleasure as well as nutrition. If your favorite foods are high in bad fats, salt or sugar, the key is moderating how much of these foods you eat and how often you eat them. They will rear their ugly heads and show you their health consequences if you are not watching.

6. Balance your food choices over time.

As we say, everyone needs a cheat meal. That does not mean go to the all you-can-eat buffet and give it all you got. It means do the best you can most days of the week and then enjoy something you really have your taste buds set on.

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Everything we eat matters. If we pay attention to the details, nothing will sneak up on us and cause us a health crisis. Our health is our health insurance.

Yes, it is true, we all like to eat. This is not bad, but if it is not monitored it can surely be detrimental to our long term health and lead to a pocket full of pills to offset the unnecessary effects.