When it comes to taking a journey toward a healthy lifestyle, what you eat is probably one of the most important things to consider. Embarking on our journey involves very simple modifications in your eating habits, and you can start by making just a few changes at a time. Most importantly, these changes lead you on the road to healthy living while at the same time saving you money – and it’s still possible for you to eat lavishly and luxuriously like a millionaire!

First, let’s look at what you eat. I don’t like to use the word “diet” because it implies a short-term plan, while healthy nutrition really involves a lifetime program that gives you choices based on things that you like to eat. There are many food pyramids that provide the basic framework for a balanced diet, the most notable one distributed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Many trust this food pyramid, but I believe that it is better suited to fattening cattle than adding years to our lives. How have we gotten to whatever age we happen to be and still not know what we should and should not be eating? Yes, schools should teach us math, science, and English, but we should also be instructed on how to live a long life by understanding food basics.

Basically, we need to eat less food. We should eat less bread and pasta, add fish to our diets, have fruits and vegetables with every meal, and whenever possible make our food choices organic. Doesn’t this sound simple? This is nothing new, but the more we hear the same advice from multiple sources, the more likely we are to have a willing and open mind about what we eat.

We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.
John Dryden

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