Each one of us has been given a gift called life and a precious body with which to live in and explore the world around us with.

It is easy to get into the habit of ignoring this precious gift, to get so caught up in our day to day activities that it can sometimes seem difficult if not impossible to fit in the time that is necessary to care for the body ww have been given. Our society is literally set up to make us stumble, junk food is literally everywhere we look.

Many people are under a strange misconception that taking care of their bodies is burdensome and so time consuming that they just give up and don’t even try. Many people go for years just coasting along and taking their precious bodies completely for granted until a crisis occurs, an illness or injury causes them to open their eyes to the precious gift of good health that most of us are blessed to be born with.

The truth is that taking care of ourselves should be a top priority and not the last thing we think of. Setting ourselves up for success and for a much healthier body can be as easy as making sure we eat a hearty plant filled starch centered meal before heading out into the world so we can avoid the common trap of eating garbage all day every day. We can carry easy travel fruit for fuel, like bananas and oranges. We can set our lives and schedules to get just 3 to 5 hours of exercise a week by joining group classes or just walking the dog consistently.

The food part of this equation literally accounts for about 80 percent of

healthiness. Truly healthy beautiful bodies are mostly made in the kitchen and with the daily food choices we make. But the exercise component is important as well. Just 30 minutes a day or 45 minutes to an hour 3-5 days a week will make an enormous difference in how easy it is for you to move and do the things that you need to do to take care of yourself and your family.

This isn’t all about the way a person looks although looking better is always a side effect of treating your body right.

So make good choices today. Choose to ditch the foods you know are making you sick, the animal products, chicken, fish, beef, pork, yogurt, milk, eggs, the butter, cheese, margarines and oils. Choose to sweeten whole grain cereals with fruit instead of sugar. Eat brown rice, potatoes and whole grain pasta. Try to eat 8-12 servings of real human food, fruits and vegetables. Drink water and green tea or hibiscus tea instead of sodas and coffees and do your best to give your body 30 minutes of maintenance type exercise daily.

This holiday season love yourself enough to give yourself the very best gift of all, the gift of good health.

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