“Let food by thy medication and thy food be medicine”
Hippocrates (460 – 377 B C) is considered to be the “father of medicine”. He was one of the best of his time in the then known world, and his ideas about health and medicine in general represent the foundation of modern medicine as we know it.
Medicine and the way it is practices, at least in North America, changes constantly and becomes more expensive convoluted and relies on sophisticated machines to a large extent.
This precaution remains in the choice of foods eating habits, quantities consumed, and life style.
Modern life in industrialized western societies, especially in big cities, is fast-paced, demanding, and requires that you pay more attention to your life style.
Minimizing the use of motors or motorized vehicles affects health adversely and in general reduces air pollution and increasing physical bodily activity.
Then there is food – you can choose convenience food, or buy fresh ingredients and cook lovingly, respecting true and tried cooking techniques.
Junk food fills your stomach, boosts energy for a short while, contains preservatives, and offers little or no nutrition. Fast food contains a lot of fat, salt, starch and little else.
Take out food may or may not contain sufficient nutrients to sustain you over a long period, and convenience, manufactured food, contains inevitably high amounts of salt, preservatives and less nutrients than fresh ingredients.
It is true that fresh food tends to be expensive, time consuming to purchase and prepare, but from a health perspective it is the best choice.
Those constantly consume junk food ( i.e a bottle of soft drink, and a bag of potato chips for lunch) and similar combinations for dinner, and skip breakfast, are likely to become sick more frequently.
Eventually, chronic diseases set in, costing governments in medical care (where health insurance is provided by government).
You can avoid chronic illnesses by selecting the following foods, and int eh process also prolong your life by several years:
Use extra virgin olive oil to the extent you can afford
Eat blueberries, iron-rich foods (banana, legumes, lean meat, eggs, dried fruits. Leafy greens, nuts and seeds.
Include cold water fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines, trouts, halibut, in your diet and least twice a week.
Use fresh herbs as much as possible. Dried herbs are much more concentrated and need to be cooked longer. Better yet, grow you herbs in your balcony, in your garden or even on the kitchen windowsill.
(Basil, dill, parsley, oregano grow easily in all the above places).
Reduce meat consumption to 120 grams once a week, or better yet, become vegetarian.
Instead of salami, or mortadella sandwich, use cooked fresh meat as filling (i.e roast beef, lamb meat balls, meat patties, meat turnovers)
Always have a generous breakfast adequate lunch, fruit, and a little cheese with whole wheat bread for dinner.
Include two glasses of red wine into your daily diet
East as little as possible. Some doctors claim you should leave the table a little hungry, rather than “stuffed”:
Drink two cups of coffee daily
Substitute sugary desserts with fresh fruits and Middle Eastern style yoghurt
Include crucifer family vegetables in your diet i.e broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts
Never boil the vegetables. Steaming, microwaving, and stir-frying, preserve nutrients.
Deep-, and pan frying increase fat content of any food. While fat satiates it also adds calories and reduces vitamin content.
Steaming, stewing, baking, stir-frying are more sound techniques to preserve nutrients.
Try to walk at least a day, go to bed and get up at regular times.
Make sure you sleep seven to eight hours a day.
Visit your dentist at least twice a year, and doctor once. If you take medication make sure to administer daily at the same time in the right dosage.
Exercise is a one step health fix because it rejuvenates the mitochondria (tiny power pants) inside every cell in your body.