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We have heard this saying so many times, “You are what you eat”. So does that mean that I am a hamburger with cheddar cheese and a side of onion rings? No, not quite. It does mean however that whatever you eat is directly related to your weight and ultimately your health. You would expect a person that eats simple garden salads three times a day to look vastly different from someone that eats fried chicken three times a day; and rightfully so. I’ll take it a step further and say, the way you eat can even indirectly affect your wealth.
Consuming nothing but fat laden foods, un-moderated sweets and constantly making poor food decisions combined with a lack of exercise is a recipe for unwanted pounds. Along with extra weight, an expanded waistline (new clothes) and increased visits to the doctor (due to increased risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and certain cancers and other health ailments) can result. Newer studies even suggest that what we eat is directly related to the health of our skin, mental health and outlook. Once you factor increased visits to the doctor, a need to buy new clothes due to increased weight gain, the cost of prescription medications to manage one’s health and even potential trips to the dermatologists; it is so easy to see where it all adds up. Diets such as the Mediterranean diet and others that claim to aid with everything from aging to cancer are gaining wide popularity because people have found that there is truth to the old saying, “you are what you eat”.
While I am not a fan of dieting, what I know for sure is everyone should eat more nutritious and minimally processed foods. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.
The indications are clear. Slimmer waistline, increased longevity, healthier skin, better quality of life, thicker hair, decreased doctor’s visits to the doctor, decreased pain, better mental acuity, less out of pocket healthcare of costs, increased metabolism, decreased chances of chronic disease and so much more. Eat your way to better health and even if not directly, your wealth can follow. Ultimately, a healthy man is a wealthy man.