We all want to live a healthier life free of pain, suffering and disease, but life throws us balls that sometimes we just can’t control nor decide what life will bring us. If only we had a crystal ball. While I can not predict the future, what I can do is replace bad habits with good habits, and make lifestyle changes that can minimise my chance of chronic disease. Information can be found here, here, and here
You might be saying what changes? Well here is the thing, I do not know what changes you need to make. For some, it might be giving up smoking or might mean incorporate exercise into their daily routine. Some might
change their dietary habits, for others, it might mean to socialise more and join a recreation group. You see, I can not tell you what changes you need to make, nor can I tell you what to do. Only you can decide what aspects of your life that you need to change to minimise your chance of chronic diseases.
The secret is – its hard work. That is right its hard work. There is no magic potion (image) no whizz-bang machine that will exercise for you. (image-webmd) No cure for smoking – you just need to quit or don’t smoke at all. (image bigstock) There is no cure for cancer. (image)
Our western lifestyle is killing us, and it’s killing us slowly. When we find out the damage we have done to ourselves, it’s pretty hard and almost impossible to turn back the clock; the damage is already done.
The key to most chronic diseases is prevention. That is right the other secret is prevention. What can we do to prevent chronic disease? One correct way is we can do learn from others who have lived a long life, and take on their wisdom. The wisdom that has lasted for generations and generations. Replicate the lifestyles they have the lead, and follow their pearls of wisdom. One right place to start is the Blue Zones.
The Blue Zones is an area or zone in the world where the most centenarians live. These are Okinawa (Japan), Sardinia (Italy), Icaria (Greece), Nicoya (Costa Rica), Seventh-Day Adventists, Loma Linda, California. The philosophy or concept behind the Blue Zones is if you want to live a happy, healthy and longer life follow the principles that others centenarians have done. One book I love to read is “The Blue Zones” by Dan Buettner.
There is an old saying that often comes true, and when it does, it is often too late. “Only a fool learns from his mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistake of others” Otto Von Bismarck. So you need to decide are you going to be the wise man or the foolish man.