Healthy, wealthy and wise

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With so many foodies on the rise, and with Singapore’s great love for anything tasty, I felt it was important to address the issue on health.

I’m not here to tell you what to eat, or to tell you to go on a healthy diet. I’m advocating a healthy lifestyle. Something to adopt for life, not like fad diets. Everyone is different, so do what suits you, 3 meals and 2 snacks, 6 small meals, just 3 big meals.. just so long its healthy, keep it up!

Today’s post was made to encourage you to add healthy changes to your lifestyle, one of which is cutting down on eating out, which I myself, and many foodies, are guilty of doing in our quests to find the best food in Singapore.

Usually, to make food taste good, restaurants add loads of sugar, salt, cream, oil and the like to give our meals that oomph! In our quests for delicious food, it is important to strike a balance between health and indulging in gastronomical delights. 

In fact, I’ve just thought of something! Just because you don’t count calories, doesn’t mean that your calories don’t count.” -MoodieFoodie 

Calorie counting is troublesome, especially with our local food since it is hard to find nutrition facts for food cooked by different hawkers, or in restaurants. But making sure your calories come from nutritious choices would be helpful in maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. And so, we ought to enjoy our minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables even if we are eating out. This may prove to be a challenge, but your body will thank you for it. In fact, if you are someone who likes to eat a lot, healthy eating may be even better for you, since you can eat more for the same amount of calories, and loads more nutrition.

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Its great to enjoy ourselves, eating rich chomp worthy food with our family and friends, but we should eat at least one home cooked meal a day. Eating at home is healthier, and it also provides time for family bonding. Contrariwise, eating out is not only expensive, but its also not great for our waistlines since the food is often made of empty calories. Furthermore, we tend to eat more when we eat out since portion sizes are completely out of whack in restaurants. This isn’t their fault, after all, they want to make the consumers happy, and more is often deemed as better. This is, of course, a generalization since there have been a growing number of restaurants that promote healthy, natural cooking. For some, cooking a meal is too much work, well, even putting together a nutritious sandwich would be a healthy choice. 

(Please don’t eat processed food at home either, if you think its better than eating out, all that preservatives, and chemicals that you can’t pronounce aren’t good for your body!)

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I am no different from all you food lovers out there. I love my desserts, hawker delights, high class restaurant food.. everything! But moderation is key. 

By striking a balance, we can live longer, and enjoy our food for an even longer period of time. After all, when we eat healthy, it isn’t as if we are skimping on the taste, since healthy food does taste good too!

Of course, adding some exercise to the equation doesn’t hurt either. Just a short walk after a meal would improve digestion, and would help you to shed some weight in the long run. 

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It isn’t that hard, right?

So go ahead, make some changes and start living a healthier lifestyle, before its too late. Its cheaper to live healthier, than to pay for your medical bills!

Here’s a quote to motivate you,

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” -George Bernard Shaw

Seize the day, my friends! Make a change today. Any change, even if its small, is better than no change at all.

Stay healthy, wealthy and wise 🙂

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