Fight Disease with Education and Desire to Change

By Hans Diehl, M.D. www.chiphealth.com

The Choice Is Yours

Some 100 years ago very few Americans suffered from coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Today these lifestyle-related illnesses account for the majority of deaths in North America. The good news is that you don't have to become a statistic to coronary heart disease or stroke. By adopting a healthy diet and wiser lifestyle habits, you can live longer and enjoy a healthier, more productive life.

You Can Do It

Simply by changing your habits of diet and exercise, you can have the same freedom from coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer that our ancestors enjoyed. It's possible. You need only three essentials.

Three Essentials for Increased Freedom from Heart Disease

Desire: To modify a habit, you must want to change. Old patterns are comfortable. To break their grip, you need a strong desire to energize yourself.

Knowledge: Desire alone can't change entrenched lifestyle patterns. You must also know what to change and understand why you should change it.  For instance, although most people want to avoid clogged arteries (heart disease), achieving this is impossible without a knowledge of the harmful effects of excess cholesterol and fat in the diet.

Skill: Just knowing what to do isn't enough to combat heart disease. You need to know how to do it. And then you need to practice it until the new behavior becomes automatic. Skills that promote health include learning how to cook cholesterol-free, low-fat meals, developing a program of regular exercise, reading food labels to avoid highly salted products, and becoming skilled at choosing healthful food at restaurants.

Try this simple experiment. Create a list of your favorite fruits. Eat one or two servings of fresh fruit every morning for the next three weeks, rotating the colors of the fruits you eat often. Eat as many different kinds as you can find. You might even learn to love fruit! More: Are you having difficulty managing your weight? If so, here are 10 principles to lose weight. Also, learn more about diets, dieting, and why diets are quick fix traps.

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