Monday, April 13, 2020

Nutritional Basics for Healthy Living

Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail

We’ve all heard it before: Exercise 60 minutes a day, Drink 6-8 glasses of water each day, Start the day with a healthy breakfast, Get at least 7 hours of sleep, Limit the time that you are sedentary to no more than 2 hours per day, so on and so forth…

Each time we hear it we think “I’ve got to loose weight… I should start exercising tomorrow…” or some variation on the theme.

But now many of us are taking it seriously. Now, more than ever, we need to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. Life has shown us that tomorrow is not guaranteed! Who knows what could be next? Who can say why that person recovered, or why this person succumbed to their medical emergency? Was it due to how fit they were, science says that it factors in. 

We cannot control our genetics, but we can be as prepared as possible for what lies ahead. 

And our diet plays a crucial role in it. None of us are going to leap from couch potato to a super(wo)man version of ourselves overnight. We can shop for a cape with the “S” on it later!

But today, we can change one thing in our habits, our daily routine, and embrace a healthy diet. From author Michael Pollan’s book “Food Rules…an Eaters Manual” he says…

” If it came from a plant, eat it: If it was made in a plant, don’t”. My father used to say that it is better to do the maintenance on the car than pay for the repairs. 

We need to do our own maintenance on ourselves, personally, my “Check Engine light” has started to come on as I age, reminding me how important daily exercise and diet are to my well-being.

Remember “Tomorrow belongs to tomorrow”, but if we wake up today armed with the knowledge that yesterday we made a single step towards bettering ourselves, then today’s trek is more inspired, and we are on the road to a better version of ourselves.
Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail

- Dennis Jones Friend of the Pacific Electric Trail
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