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Follow a Good Diet for Optimum Health

With our abundance of healthy food, why are we an unhealthy overweight nation? Maybe we don’t know what a healthy diet consists of, or maybe we just love the taste of fat and sugar. We certainly don’t want to land in the hospital with a stroke or heart attack, so we’d best get our act together with a good diet and proper exercise.

Most people in the U.S. have an abundant supply of food available that is healthy and good to eat. It’s something our forefathers never dreamed of. So why don’t we have a great majority of healthy people? More than two thirds of Americans are extremely overweight suffering from diabetes, heart problems and other diseases. It makes you wonder if we are in our right minds, or if we are completely ignorant of what a healthy diet is.

We used to think that bacon, pork chops and butter were good for us, now we should know better. Our bodies need the right kind of fat. Canola oil and olive oil lowers bad cholesterol,(LDL) and raises good cholesterol, (HDL,) reducing the risk of heart disease. Bad fats are found in meat and hydrogenated oils.

We must have some salt in our diet but too much raises blood pressure. The only way you can know if you are getting too much salt is to take your blood pressure after you have eaten salt. It’s almost impossible to have too little salt in your diet if you eat any processed food. Chocolate and coffee usually gets a bad rap, but dark chocolate is a good source of antioxidants in small amounts when it contains less other ingredients. Coffee is another good source of antioxidants and might help prevent dementia, diabetes and Parkinson’s diseases.

Whole milk is better than skim milk, although it has fat, the fat binds with calcium in the gut so you absorb less fat. Skim milk contains too much natural sugar and contributes to diabetes. Just remember moderation in all things. Take no more than two servings of milk a day,(16 oz.) Otherwise it’s too many calories of fat. Eat little red meat and get your protein from eggs,(1 per day) beans, Greek yogurt, fish and chicken.

Fat free are two bad words. We understand it to mean that we can consume as much as we like. Not true. All those two bad words mean are extra sugar, salt and thickeners. We only get more products that are harmful to our health. The Adkins diet (mostly meat) was a disaster. People jumped on the band wagon and did lose weight fast but it led to inflammation that causes heart disease and strokes.

Foods that are available means that almost everyone can have access to healthy food, whole grains, fruits, berries,vegetables, dairy, and fish and skinless chicken. If you are vegetarian as I am, soy, dried beans, eggs, Greek Yogurt and the amount of protein in all vegetables can supply the protein required.

Exercise is another important factor in good health. To stay at your most healthy weight you must consider how many calories you take in and how many you expend. The main foods that add on weight are French fries, sweets, soft drinks, meats, and refined grains. Those that help you remain at your ideal weight are named above. Everyone should exercise every day. Walking is something everyone can do. Taking the stairs instead of elevators, parking on the far side of the parking lot or taking a long walk around the neighborhood after dinner. Eat in moderation and exercise your body are good rules to follow for optimum health.

Ruby’s Articles:

http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/heart-failure-the-leading-cause-of-death/

http://healthmad.com/health/lifestyle-and-cancer/

http://healthmad.com/fitness/dont-skimp-on-exercise/

http://healthmad.com/nutrition/the-key-to-healthy-eating/

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  1. Ruby, your advice sounds good to me. I try to follow a healthy diet and get the exercise needed. So far, I’m not overweight.

  2. Thanks for the advice,I really need come exercise because i have gain a lot of weight during my pregnancy…great article.

  3. Good advice. You might want to correct the spelling in your title. I don’t think that opium has any place in a good diet.

  4. good advice

  5. Your observations on fat-free is absolutely right.

  6. Great advice glad you got rid of the opium though lol

  7. Ruby, you are right our taste for fat and sugar is the major reason for our admission in hospital, this tongue i the major culprit…lol. anyway good suggestion for fat free diet, girish

  8. I totally agree with you. I am trying to eat healthier

  9. Thank you for this. I did not know that about milk. Learned something today… :-)

  10. Great advice. Thanks for sharing:)

  11. I learned that free range are way more healthy for you too! Also organic food, food you grew yourself and nonGMO

  12. I love your photo! So glad of your commonsense approach to diet. Personally, I have to be very cautious what I eat – hypothyroidism is a pain-in-the-youknowwhat! Know your metabolism and how your body reacts to certain foods. My little tuppensworth….if you must purchase packaged (manufactured) foods…..if you cannot pronounce anything on the ingredients list….you shouldn’t be putting it in your body. Have a wonderful, healthy, day!

  13. I love your photo! So glad of your commonsense approach to diet. Personally, I have to be very cautious what I eat – hypothyroidism is a pain-in-the-youknowwhat! Know your metabolism and how your body reacts to certain foods. My little tuppensworth….if you must purchase packaged (manufactured) foods…..if you cannot pronounce anything on the ingredients list….you should not be putting it in your body. Have a wonderful, healthy, day!

  14. Well written. Thank you.

  15. Thanks for the good advice Ruby, I try to eat as healthy as I can.

  16. We understand it to mean that we can consume as much as we like. Not true. All those two bad words mean are extra sugar, salt and thickeners. We only get more products that are harmful to our health. The Adkins diet (mostly meat) was a disaster. People jumped on the band wagon and did lose weight fast but it led to inflammation that causes heart disease and strokes.

    Read more: http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/follow-a-good-diet-for-optimum-health/#ixzz23UZVrB7L

  17. Exercise is another important factor in good health. To stay at your most healthy weight you must consider how many calories you take in and how many you expend. The main foods that add on weight are French fries, sweets, soft drinks, meats, and refined grains. Those that help you remain at your ideal weight are named above. Everyone should exercise every day. Walking is something everyone can do. Taking the stairs instead of elevators, parking on the far side of the parking lot or taking a long walk around the neighborhood after dinner. Eat in moderation and exercise your body are good rules to follow for optimum health.

    Read more: http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/follow-a-good-diet-for-optimum-health/#ixzz23UZg4nGV

  18. We understand it to mean that we can consume as much as we like. Not true. All those two bad words mean are extra sugar, salt and thickeners. We only get more products that are harmful to our health. The Adkins diet (mostly meat) was a disaster. People jumped on the band wagon and did lose weight fast but it led to inflammation that causes heart disease and strokes.

    Read more: http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/follow-a-good-diet-for-optimum-health/#ixzz23UZVrB7L

  19. Exercise is another important factor in good health. To stay at your most healthy weight you must consider how many calories you take in and how many you expend. The main foods that add on weight are French fries, sweets, soft drinks, meats, and refined grains. Those that help you remain at your ideal weight are named above. Everyone should exercise every day. Walking is something everyone can do. Taking the stairs instead of elevators, parking on the far side of the parking lot or taking a long walk around the neighborhood after dinner. Eat in moderation and exercise your body are good rules to follow for optimum health.

    Read more: http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/follow-a-good-diet-for-optimum-health/#ixzz23UZg4nGV

  20. We understand it to mean that we can consume as much as we like. Not true. All those two bad words mean are extra sugar, salt and thickeners. We only get more products that are harmful to our health. The Adkins diet (mostly meat) was a disaster. People jumped on the band wagon and did lose weight fast but it led to inflammation that causes heart disease and strokes.

    Read more: http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/follow-a-good-diet-for-optimum-health/#ixzz23UZVrB7L

  21. Great article.

  22. Exercise is another important factor in good health. To stay at your most healthy weight you must consider how many calories you take in and how many you expend. The main foods that add on weight are French fries, sweets, soft drinks, meats, and refined grains. Those that help you remain at your ideal weight are named above. Everyone should exercise every day. Walking is something everyone can do. Taking the stairs instead of elevators, parking on the far side of the parking lot or taking a long walk around the neighborhood after dinner. Eat in moderation and exercise your body are good rules to follow for optimum health.

    Read more: http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/follow-a-good-diet-for-optimum-health/#ixzz23UZg4nGV

  23. We understand it to mean that we can consume as much as we like. Not true. All those two bad words mean are extra sugar, salt and thickeners. We only get more products that are harmful to our health. The Adkins diet (mostly meat) was a disaster. People jumped on the band wagon and did lose weight fast but it led to inflammation that causes heart disease and strokes.

    Read more: http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/follow-a-good-diet-for-optimum-health/#ixzz23UZVrB7L

  24. We understand it to mean that we can consume as much as we like. Not true. All those two bad words mean are extra sugar, salt and thickeners. We only get more products that are harmful to our health. The Adkins diet (mostly meat) was a disaster. People jumped on the band wagon and did lose weight fast but it led to inflammation that causes heart disease and strokes.

    Read more: http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/follow-a-good-diet-for-optimum-health/#ixzz23UZVrB7L

  25. Exercise is another important factor in good health. To stay at your most healthy weight you must consider how many calories you take in and how many you expend. The main foods that add on weight are French fries, sweets, soft drinks, meats, and refined grains. Those that help you remain at your ideal weight are named above. Everyone should exercise every day. Walking is something everyone can do. Taking the stairs instead of elevators, parking on the far side of the parking lot or taking a long walk around the neighborhood after dinner. Eat in moderation and exercise your body are good rules to follow for optimum health.

    Read more: http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/follow-a-good-diet-for-optimum-health/#ixzz23UZg4nGV

  26. We understand it to mean that we can consume as much as we like. Not true. All those two bad words mean are extra sugar, salt and thickeners. We only get more products that are harmful to our health. The Adkins diet (mostly meat) was a disaster. People jumped on the band wagon and did lose weight fast but it led to inflammation that causes heart disease and strokes.

    Read more: http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/follow-a-good-diet-for-optimum-health/#ixzz23UZVrB7L

  27. Exercise is another important factor in good health. To stay at your most healthy weight you must consider how many calories you take in and how many you expend. The main foods that add on weight are French fries, sweets, soft drinks, meats, and refined grains. Those that help you remain at your ideal weight are named above. Everyone should exercise every day. Walking is something everyone can do. Taking the stairs instead of elevators, parking on the far side of the parking lot or taking a long walk around the neighborhood after dinner. Eat in moderation and exercise your body are good rules to follow for optimum health.

    Read more: http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/follow-a-good-diet-for-optimum-health/#ixzz23UZg4nGV

  28. Good helpful advice.

  29. I agree. Nice share :)

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