10 simple facts about health

Excerpt from my ebook, 47 Tips for Enhancing Life, on health:

  1. Our health is up to us; healthy living is common sense, not rocket science.
  2. Happy people are healthier than unhappy people. Negative emotions cause disease.
  3. Strong relationships and love contribute to good health.
  4. Managing stress is an essential part of staying healthy.
  5. More meals with smaller portions are better than fewer bigger meals.
  6. Natural food is healthy; processed food is not.
  7. Brown – bread, rice, sugar – is healthy; white is not.
  8. Water, green tea, juices are healthy; coffee, hot chocolate, carbonated drinks are not.
  9. Movement and exercise are essential. Gym is not essential.
  10. Choose exercise that’s fun: walking, cycling, swimming, dancing…

Find more inspiration and tips about health and fitness in my book, Dhinchak Life.

[Photo from Mongkok Market, Hong Kong]

A Confession!

mdI had breakfast from McDonald’s! An Egg McMuffin and a Hash Brown. Later during the day, I checked the amount of damage done at “McDonald’s nutrition facts” site:

  • Calories: 450
  • Calories from fat: 190
  • Total fat: 21 grams
  • Cholesterol: 260 mg

To put the 450 calories in perspective: I’d need to jog for 30 minutes, or swim for 45 minutes, or walk for an hour and a half to burn that many calories! And the fat and cholesterol will still keep me guilty forever. But this confession has made me feel much better 🙂

Health Facts

Some useful facts from Women’s Health (April issue):

  • Increasing your water consumption by one liter a day for a year can result in five pounds of weight loss.
  • Obese people are more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration – AMD, a disease that destroys part of the eye responsible for seeing detail.
  • Eating red meat increases the risk of malignant tumors.
  • How much more likely you are to be overweight if you eat quickly and until you feel full: 3 x