The 5-Star Life part 1: physical health

Your body matters.

We often tend to forget this because we, in America, rarely go without food, so we think we are healthy. It’s the poor around the world with limited food supplies that have to worry about their bodies. Those who must walk or run everywhere in the hot sun of Saharan Africa or the cold winters of Northern Russia are the ones who need be concerned. Thank goodness we live in America, we say to ourselves.

But living in America is a double-edged sword because in our plenty comes excess, and our battle is different. We don’t have to think about if we’re going to eat, but we do need to think about what we’re going to eat. And instead of exercise as a way of living, it has become a way of recreation, one that many don’t find too enjoyable.

Our food has been loaded with cheap, addictive substances like high-fructose corn syrup and white flour, ingredients designed to do two things, although they end up doing three. They are designed to make food taste good, to give us a sense of not feeling full (or wanting more), and as a result they tempt us to eat in excess of our body’s needs, and many oblige.

To make the temptation even stronger, these are the foods that are least expensive in a grocery store, and most people choose to save money on groceries in order to spend it on other things that are less important, like TV or a nicer car. It’s a trade-off we make not realizing the consequences of our actions. It costs more to eat healthy foods that we don’t think taste as good, and the results have been disastrous.

According to the Center for Disease Control, over one-third of all adults are obese. Not overweight, obese. Another third are overweight, which means almost 70% of our population is unhealthy.

To make things worse, nearly every household in America owns at least one TV, one cell phone and one car: three items that keep us from exercising naturally and consume most of our free time. Our lack of exercise has been dangerous for our heart, our cardiovascular physique, and it causes our body to need less food to operate.

Odd, isn’t it, that in an age in which we need less food almost all of our events are focused on food. The average American consumes on average 500 more calories per day than needed, and we wonder why we have an obesity problem.

How does this relate to successful living and the 5-Star Life? Imagine taking a BMW, heading off to the gas station each day, and loading up the gas tank with milk. I doubt that beautiful car would perform the way it’s supposed to perform. In fact, BMW’s require premium fuel to optimize it’s performance, and our bodies require the same thing.

Make a commitment today to change your diet alter your schedule to eat healthy foods exercise & get plenty of rest, and you will see a noticeable difference in your performance at work and at home.

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