Living healthy is a lifestyle

When most people hear the word "diet," they immediately associate it with something negative — usually struggle and starvation.

They think of some type of hellish journey with a start and end date, usually with the goal to lose weight or improve their health.

The mass media and profit-driven advertising would like us to believe healthy people and fit people somehow used a magic six-month diet plan to get to where they are now … that’s all it took … and now they can eat whatever they want because they paid their nutritional dues.

I’d be willing to bet that the phrases "I’m on a diet" and "I need to go on a diet" are two of the most-common ones used in the English language.

But the truth is, your diet is the way you eat every single day of your life. You’re always on a diet; it never ends. And either you’re eating healthily or you’re not.

One of the most-important steps to improving your health and nutrition is to overcome this false belief that life is a series of short cycles of dieting that require you to starve yourself and hate the food you eat.

Living healthy is a lifestyle and something you should enjoy every day. Not only does healthy, nutrient-dense food taste good, but with the right fuel you can feel great and energized all day long.

When people try to traditionally diet, it usually just means cutting calories very low. With that approach, they are just trying to make it to the end, to survive — and this is anything but healthy both physically and mentally.

When you adopt the mindset that your diet is a lifestyle, then healthy eating becomes a habit instead of a short-term sacrifice so many believe they need to make.

Hopefully this perspective can help some of you. We would love to hear how our readers have overcome their nutritional struggles and what has and hasn’t worked for them. Please feel free to share your journey with us in the comment section below.

Happy and healthy investing,

Brad Hoppmann


Uncommon Wisdom Daily

Your thoughts on “Living healthy is a lifestyle”

  1. I recommend the book “Good Calories, Bad Calories” by Gary Taubes. The main idea is that it’s the kind of calories we consume that determine our weight and health. Refined sugar (in all its forms), white bread, and white rice are all guaranteed to put on weight, and in time, lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, and a host of other modern diseases.

  2. Years back I realized that my weight would lead to an early death. For me a diet simply had not worked. I found the excellent book “Eat More, Weigh Less” by a physician. Changing the foods that I ate to alternatives having far less calories per serving made the lifestyle (diet) far easier ( I like to eat)!
    In addition, I searched for activities that required better physical fitness. Combined with a change in dietary lifestyle and increased physical activity, not only did the excess weight disappear,I was able to realize travel goals that would have been impossible when I was excessively overweight.
    For me, having a purpose aside from simply dropping pounds was the key. {from @250 to 160 in a less than six months}.

  3. I eat about one and a half meals per day. Generally a little breakfast and then a good meal, later in the day. My wife and i didn’t design it that way, but just sort of drifted into it as we aged. We’re 81 and 80, now. I go for exercise, three mornings a week at 07:00. Do treadmill, lift weights, and do leg machines. My weight dropped from my lifetime 185 to 165, a year or so ago. Again, I didn’t do that deliberately, but it just happened. I guess the older we get, the less food we really need. I do a full list of vitamins and other supplements, though. Feel fine.

  4. Brad,
    You hit the nail on the head with your article on healthy diet. I have had bouts of lactose intolerance for years leaving me feeling bloated and cramped after a breakfast of cereal and milk that I have that has been my usual breakfast for years. About a year ago I switched to a protein shake and fresh fruit, usually a banana, (it tastes great) for breakfast in an effort to improve my overall health. It has worked wonders and I now feel more energized and no longer bloated. As an unintended consequence I lost about 10 pounds, from 180 to 170, and 2 inches off my waist in the first four months and have maintained that weight ever since. I am also quite active so I get plenty of exercise. By the way I am 83 years old, even older folks can learn new habits if they keep an open mind.
    Herb Bunke
    ps – you are welcome to publish my name and email address if you wish

  5. About 5 yrs ago I got very sick. I did a lot of praying and this is what I found….. I now eat and exercise according to my blood type. I use one book for this- Eat Right For Your Type. I had many other health issues due to an abusive husband, so I found the book Empowering Your Health. I have done the cleanses listed there. I still couldn’t loose the belly fat. My dad had dabbled in reflexology years ago. When I found a pair of magnets for the toes listed as weight loss aids, I remembered the past info. Now I am loosing a pound a day. I’m almost to my weight goal. My husband-to-be is very happy with the change. But, he doesn’t want me to loose too much:)

  6. Hi Brad, I very much appreciate your short articles on healthy living. Since this seems to be very important to you, as I believe it should be, please check out Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book, “Eat to Live”. BEST book on human nutrition I’ve ever read. And, while I can say that I’m not a fanatical “nutritarian”, I heartily espouse his well-documented positions. This is one of life-changing books. He also has a web site, of course. He’s a practicing medical doctor. Sincerely, James Gamble

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