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Can you make up for years of poor eating? – Harvard

Our bodies are, in fact, organic machines. We dwell inside them and operate them in society. Sometimes, we forget that our machines need proper fueling and maintenance. When that happens, our bodies, like regular machines, begin to break down. Because they are organic in some cases we can simply correct our bad maintenance habits and revive them with exercise and good nutrition. But decades of neglect are another story.


In your 20s, maybe you sometimes chose fast-food burgers and fries over healthier foods. Perhaps in the decades that followed you pursued a series of fad diets, questionable lifestyle choices, and too many days when you skipped your workout in favor of the couch.

You’re now repenting for the sins of the past, but the question is, can you undo the damage? Can you unclog clogged arteries (otherwise known as atherosclerosis) and reduce your risk of heart disease in the process? Continue reading


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Wealthy Habits vs Poor Habits – Statistical Data

So here is Ramsey’s quick comparison of wealthy habits versus poor habits (remember, wealthy is defined as household income exceeding $150,000 and poor as under $30,000):

In food we trust.

In food we trust.

I am reblogging this even though it focuses on money as opposed to good health or weight loss. I believe strongly that the same principles apply to living a healthy life as living a successful life financially. You need to take responsibility for your actions (and inactions).

TANSTAAFL – There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.

As I said in a comment on this post by the original blogger. I think this post put the lie to the, “You didn’t build that” theory which is clearly intended to take away credit from individual’s achievements. We are absolutely responsible for our health, fiscal and physical.

Eat less; move more; live longer.


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People with Healthy Habits Live Longer – Study

Back in 1965 a group of researchers decided to study of quality of life, not just existence. They wanted to learn the effect of personal health habits on the quality of life, chronic conditions and mortality. The researchers decided to study the health practices of a large sample of the population of Alameda County in California. The information for the study came from 6,928 residents in Alameda county. There were 3,158 men and 3,770 women. The sample included 360 men and 530 women over the age of 65.

Smoking and drinking alcohol to excess contributed to reduced longevity

Each participant answered surveys regarding marital and life satisfaction, parenting, physical activities, employment, childhood experiences, and demographic data. In addition, participants were asked to report levels of disability “without complaints,” “symptomatic,” “chronic conditions,” “disability-less,” and “disability-severe.”

Using data from the 1965 Alameda group, the researchers examined nightly hours of sleeping,  regularity of meals, including breakfast, maintenance of a healthy weight for their height,  physical activity, alcohol consumption,  smoking and other health practices.

Additional analyses were performed to determine if these health behaviors had independent or cumulative effects on health outcomes.

The results revealed that sleeping seven to eight hours per night, eating regular meals, participating in regular exercise, limiting alcohol consumption, and not smoking were highly correlated with healthier individuals. In contrast to previous studies, socioeconomic status was found to have no association with health. Further data analyses suggested a cumulative effect of these behaviors. This study provided initial empirical support for the link between lifestyle and health outcomes.



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