Col­umn: Justinne Lou Go shows how to set up a healthy home base

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Content - Justinne Lou Go, RND

Get­ting into a healthy life­style is one thing, stay­ing in it is an­other. It is com­mon knowl­edge that a healthy life­style would in­volve two main things to put into prac­tice — healthy diet and ex­er­cise. When it comes to di­et­ing, most peo­ple would usu­ally start with eat­ing out less or cut­ting back on sweets and junk food. That is def­i­nitely a good way to start. But, be­gin­ning a healthy life­style hits closer to home than you think. The healthy life­style is not just about diet and ex­er­cise; it’s also about thriv­ing in a healthy en­vi­ron­ment.

Stress is one of the ma­jor fac­tors that could cause health de­te­ri­o­ra­tion. Al­though it is im­pos­si­ble to avoid all stresses in life, it is pos­si­ble to min­i­mize stress. It’s a mat­ter of find­ing a place or sim­ply mak­ing time to slow down and tune in to rest and re­cover from the daily hus­tle. When you can’t find a place with a calm­ing en­vi­ron­ment — whether it’s a cor­ner in the of­fice, or a café, or even your car — you cre­ate one. This can be ap­plied in healthy eat­ing as well. If you can’t find a good, health­ful place to eat, you cre­ate one — right in your own kitchen!

If you have de­cided to start a healthy life­style, you must also be fully aware that this en­tails changes and chal­lenges, and you must be ready for it. In this gen­er­a­tion, eat­ing home-cooked meals has be­come a rare oc­ca­sion — a lux­ury, even while eat­ing out has be­come the norm. I could talk about the pros and cons of cook­ing and eat­ing at home but I’ll save that for an­other ar­ti­cle. Set­ting up a healthy home base is your first line of de­fense for the an­tag­o­nist en­vi­ron­ment — fast­food, buf­fets, con­ve­nience store food — that awaits you as you

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