Cancer deaths have been on the rise in recent decades, especially in industrialized nations. It’s important to note, however, that most cancers can be prevented, or at least your risk of getting them can largely be diminished via your own behaviors. Prevention and routine testing are key to prevention. Are still considered to be the best ways to fight cancer. Preventing most types of cancer often comes down to how to live a healthier life. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, much of the suffering and death that are associated with cancer can be prevented ‘by more systematic efforts to reduce’ such behaviors as use of tobacco, improving diet, incorporating exercise into your daily routine, and relying on routine tests to detect cancer early.
Not so long ago, the medical honchos told us that eating nuts was not good for our health. We believed them because they are, after all, the medical gurus, and we are just mortal men and women. Besides, if you think about it, what possible redeeming value could a peanut butter and jelly sandwich be, or, if you are really decadent and like swirling your tablespoon around in the Jif bottle and delivering yourself a big mouthful of that creamy or crunchy goodness? They shamed us into believing peanut butter was a no-no.
Living your life is like saving money in the bank – the more you contribute to the end goal, the better off you are.
Whether you are a young athlete or an older sedentary secretary, you can start today – right now – to live a longer and healthier life.
Secrets to a healthier life
We don’t have to read the “New England Journal of Medicine” or be a doctor to know that moderate exercise and a good diet are fundamental principles for a healthy lifestyle. But interestingly, if we scan the headlines in the newspaper, or follow social media, the list of foods that are good for us seems to change all the time, as does other behaviors. For example, for years the public was told to drink skim milk, or very low-fat milk instead of whole milk. Obediently, most of us followed that suggestion, and eschewed the rich creamy taste of whole milk and opted for skim, which tastes like white water. Likewise, the consumption of more than a few eggs a week was considered bad for you for years. And everyone knows the expression “move it or lose it” which encourages us to exercise. But in the last few weeks, the media has informed us that dietary guidelines have changed… whole milk is being embraced one again and eggs are back on top, even on a daily basis, thanks to the trending protein diet. And in the last few days, experts tell us that a sedentary lifestyle won’t kill us… so you can feel free to be a couch potato… sometimes anyway.
Why is breakfast so important to your health and your day? Is it more important than, say, eating lunch or dinner? The answer is simple. Absolutely! Eating a good breakfast is much more important than any other meal of the day because no other meal of the day is eaten after a night-long fast. In fact, the word ‘breakfast’ means ‘break the fast.’ Think about it. During the night, you go roughly 8 hours without consuming anything at all. Sure, you were sleeping during those 8 hours, but your body still isn’t crazy about having to wait all that time before it gets something to eat or drink. That’s why it’s critical for your energy level that you fuel up every morning with a healthy breakfast. Of course, with the many breakfast options available, just what is considered a healthy breakfast might be confusing. Here are some tips from coffee shops in Montville about breakfast foods that will help you make the best decision to break your nightly fast and rev up for the day ahead.