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How Can I Be Happy – Part 3

I’m currently building out a very cool informational medical site. As I was putting together the content, something struck me as I was reading through all the diseases, phobias, conditions, and illnesses. Every single one mentioned eating a healthy diet to either eliminate or reduce symptoms, or to avoid getting sick altogether.

It’s not a stretch to say that if you’re not sick it’s easier to be happy, right?

Put another way, if we keep eating poorly, we won’t be happy. So, as part of our “How Can I Be Happy” series, what the heck is a healthy diet? Let’s first look at what it isn’t.

Here’s a typical American diet.

Breakfast – coffee, bagel, muffin, or donut – or a trip to Dunkin Donuts. Or, eggs, bacon, toast, sausage. Or just a cereal bar

Snack – coffee, bagel, muffin, donut, chips, some kind of cereal bar – or another trip to Dunkin Donuts – or soda

Lunch – Pizza, Sub, some type of sandwich, potato chips, fruit drink, soda

Snack – chips, coffee, cereal bar, soda

Dinner – Hamburger, hot dog, steak, chicken, potatoes, pasta, soda

Snack – chips, salty snack, soda

While there’s a lot of confusion about eating healthy, the above is pretty clear of what not to do. It’s processed, fast food. It lacks water, real fruits, nuts, and vegetables.

Here’s an alternate diet:

Breakfast – a large fruit/veggie smoothie with fresh strawberries, avocado, coconut, pineapple, a few cacoa beans, maybe throw in some kale. Drink lots of water.

Snack – usually not needed, but some nuts is fine – perhaps a mix of cashews, pecans, almonds, as well as some cacoa nibs and Goji berries. Drink lots of water.

Lunch – big fresh salad with a boiled egg – loaded with green peppers, red peppers, cucumbers, sprouts, carrots…etc. Drink lots of water.

Snack – usually not needed, but some nuts is fine – perhaps a mix of cashews, pecans, almonds, as well as some cacoa nibs and Goji berries. Drink lots of water.

Dinner – Romaine lettuce wraps – raw peanut butter, green peppers, red peppers, carrots – yum! Another smoothie full of organic fruits and vegetables. Drink lots of water.

Snack – usually not needed, but see above comments. Drink lots of water – but don’t pee the bed.

This alternate diet requires a mental shift. We’re quite accustomed to our classic American diet, but it’s killing us.

Think of it this way, if we were to put bad fuel in our cars, they wouldn’t run well. They couldn’t run well. Over time, we’d destroy our engine. The same is true of our bodies. Fresh organic fruits, nuts, and vegetables keeps us running – not Dunkins.

What do you think?

Thanks for reading,
~ Ted Olson

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