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Your Car Can Teach You What Healthy Eating Is All About.

What Is Healthy Eating All About?

I wouldn't put the wrong oil in my car.  I know that it would damage the engine. My car wouldn't function at its best, and it would cost me a ton of money. At first the engine would start using more gas, which would add to the cost of maintaining my car. In time the inner parts of the engine would start wearing out.  As a result, the engine would start consuming more oil. This doesn't happen in a week or two. It could take months or even longer. Ultimately the engine’s condition would reach a point where I'd have to replace the engine or my car.

The car metaphor helps me put it in perspective. We don’t think about our bodies the way we think about our cars. Our cars seem to be much more precious because they translates easily into dollars and cents. What do you think happens when we keep feeding our body anything but the right foods?

I remember what happened to me. I thought I was eating well.  At a routine checkup, I discovered that I had borderline high blood pressure, borderline blood glucose level (pre diabetes), and I was overweight.

What is Healthy Eating? A Menu Fashioned to Your Taste!

A healthy eating menu is a balanced choice of all the food groups. Our body gets its energy (calories) from nutrients provided by 3 sources:

  • proteins

  • carbohydrates

  • fats

Planning your meal means picking from all 3 sources so you can get all the nutrients your body needs. The healthy food choices you make every day will affect your health and the progress you make reversing your pre diabetes.

Variety is important. Choose from every one of the food groups.

I try to base my healthy eating menu by using foods of different colors, textures, shapes, and tastes in each meal .  I choose  a leafy green salad garnished with  a yellow pepper and a red tomato, or rice and lentils combined with broccoli and carrots, or chicken with asparagus and sauted red peppers.

What is Healthy Eating? Eat 6 Meals A Day

My dietitian recommends that I have 6 meals a day. I reduced the size of my breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and added snacks between them. This way I eat every 2-3 hours,  I’m not starving when I sit down to eat, and my metabolism speeds up. For snacks I eat a piece of fruit, a handful of almonds or other nuts, unbuttered unsalted popcorn, or yogurt.

Have It Your Way

You don’t have to give up your favorite foods to eat healthy. Just eat whole foods, eat in moderation, and make gradual changes. I added new foods and gradually reduced my dependence on fats (saturated and trans fats), sugars, and salt. Fashion your healthy eating menu to your own taste. Pick and choose from all the food groups. Combine a variety of colors and tastes to keep your body healthy.

Food Pyramid

Reconstruction, Reverse you pre diabetes

It’s never too late to start eating healthy. Our body is able to heal itself through a process of regeneration. As we feed our body whole foods, exercise it, give it enough water, eliminate processed foods, and replace saturated fats with unsaturated fats, our body starts a process of reconstruction.

Benefits of Healthy Eating

It’s no wonder so much research is showing the benefits of healthy eating and the effects it has on preventing or alleviating many diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, lung disease, and heart disease. A healthy diet has been found to protect against age related diseases and memory loss.

Being In The Pink

To be in the pink is to treat your body just like you take care of your car. You don’t miss a check-up, you use the oil that would keep your car running optimally, and you fill up with the manufacturer’s recommended gas and oil.


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