This post is part 2 of my previous post titled “If I could only be healthy for just one day.” In my previous post, I shared the story of a comment made by an older gentleman who was receiving chemotherapy treatment. He had shared how challenging life had become due to his cancer and wanted me to realize that our health is much more important than we realize. Most people, including myself, take our health for granted and then end up paying the price down the road.
At Ted 2010, William Li gave a presentation highlighting foods you can eat that help prevent cancer. I’ve included this presentation for you below and hope you take the 20 minutes to watch it. It gets a little technical, but stay with it because it might just change your life. He shares how the foods we eat can create the same impact of having chemotherapy four times a day:
As I’m sure you’ll agree, there’s really nothing more important than health; all the money, freedom, and friends in the world mean nothing if we’re not around or able to enjoy the experiences
Too many people these days are actively trading their health for money, because we feel money is the most important “asset” we can have. Money is simply paper and can be created simply by adding value to your prospects and clients.
Achieving health, on the other hand, requires steady dedication over a lifetime. While there is no shortcut or quick fix, health is not particularly complex: eat well, get plenty of exercise.
I think this is something that we should all be paying attention to; this little economic roller coaster ride that we’re all on is going to be pretty bumpy for the next decade or so… and consequently, this is NOT the time that you want to let your health deteriorate, if ever.
And remember from my previous post, you can reduce your risk of developing diabetes, heart problems, stroke, or cancer by 78% with these four rules:
- avoid smoking
- exercise three and a half hours a week (about 35 minutes a day, 6 days a week)
- maintain a body mass index of less than 30 (the cutoff point for obesity)
- and eat a diet favoring fruits, vegetables and whole grains
Want to see how many years of life you have left? Take the Living To 100 Life Expectancy Calculator. You can see where you stand right now and some of the changes you might want to consider making.