Principle #2 – Nutrition

As I have worked in the Emergency Department, I have noticed that patients are coming in larger and larger.   Unfortunately, a number of these patients are children.

Childhood Obesity is at an all-time high in the US.  It is a well-known fact that obesity and being overweight can lead to chronic diseases such as: Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, osteoarthritis, strokes, high cholesterol and some cancers, as well as possible depression and arthritis.  Maintaining a normal weight is just not a vanity issue, it can also be life-threatening as well.

While out walking with certain individuals, after a few blocks, it was necessary to stop often because they were out of breath due to their weight.  I mean, these folks are huffing and puffing.  How does that affect one’s daily routines?  Do you find yourself attempting to always park right near the entrance of the grocery store and then making a beeline straight for the scooter?  How does it affect your vacation or holiday when you are sightseeing?  How much does it affect your closeness or intimacy with your significant other?  Do you find yourself making excuses not to be intimate with your significant other because you are carrying too much baggage?  Or worse yet, because of your declining health due to the aforementioned, you cannot physically participate in intimacy?

If what I’ve described above has you depressed, you can do something about it.  Attaining good nutrition has the following immeasurable benefits: an increased boost in energy and endurance, better weight control, enhanced confidence and self esteem, improved bone and dental health, reduced risk of diabetes and hypertension, decreased risk of stroke and heart disease, increased production of good cholesterol  the reduction of bad, a decline in depression,  good mental health,  a reduction in the risk of certain types of cancer creating a longer more productive life, increased sex drive/libido, and an increased overall immunity from disease and illness.

Another hidden factor is the monetary benefits.  A reduction of doctor and hospital visits equates to more money in your pocket.

One fitness instructor shared with one of her clients that staying physically healthy creates a healthier financial status as well.  Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Expert Robin Bernal shared this with me about what one of her clients declared: “I’m trading in my Doctor Bills for a Gym Membership.”  By eating healthier, you will eat less food and, therefore, have fewer grocery bills.