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Are You A Glutton?

Sometimes when we overeat we are trying to fill an emptiness in our psyche and soul. We are not really hungry for food we are hungry for something else in our lives.  Sometimes it is love or sex but for the most part we need to feel that we are in alignment with our spiritual goals.  We start overeating. We are unable to act in responsible ways that encourage mental and physical health. Furthermore all of those terrible preservatives and chemicals in junk food and store-bought snack foods can do things to our moods.  We feel depressed and what to eat more and more.

 

Human are not natural gluttons. We are not bound biologically by a greediness for food, or an insatiable taste for alcohol or coffee. Our ancestors did slaughter animals and pig out when they had to but they were not gluttonous. They only ate what they needed.  Some say that people only ate when they wren starving and did not eat the rest of the time which is one way of losing weight.

 

Gluttony can be the result of being infuriated at a higher power for not giving them what they want. If you don’t believe in God then you might be stuffing yourself to fill a hollow or disappointed feeling. Stuffing a spiritual void with food when what you really need is to make things right with yourself and others in your life  is like trying to fill up a bottomless pit.  Food is a source of temporary satiation when you feel unhappy but it does not solve all problems. It is like a medicine that relieves the symptoms of a greater malaise and not very well.

 

One of the ways to address your spiritual hunger is to start putting healthy things in your body. However for that to work we also need to restore ourselves in deeper, more thoughtful ways. We have to begin to realize that our deepest well-being emerges from being less concerned with just ourselves and more concerned with the well-being of others, and the whole. We are shifting our attention away from addictive eating and drinking and learning how to feel more connected to are higher power and to life.

 

As a side benefit of healthy eating and exercise some people find their entire outlook beginning to improve. They simply are able to control their thoughts, their attitudes and their moods. Many people get more organized which means that they become calmer and are able to organize events like trips to the gym.

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Personal Habits to Help You Live Longer

Want to live a longer, healthier life?  Adopting any of the following habits can help you achieve this goal.

First of all start walking. Walking just a half an hour a day can cut your risk of having a heart attack in half. Walking half an hour five days a week can also help you lose about a pound a week. This reduces your risk of developing joint strains, diabetes and other obesity related problems.

You might also want to try eating power foods. These are foods that have antioxidants, immune boosting property, oils and vitamins.  Foods that are heaving in antioxidants include walnuts, avocadoes, fish dark chocolate and garlic. Eating these power foods can add five to seven extra years to your life.

Dropping your excess pounds can also extend your life.  Shedding your fat and especially belly fat can reduce your risk of courting death because of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.  Getting rid of fat adds about five years to your longevity.

Are you too fat?  Try checking your body mass index. 18.5 to 24.9 is considered normal. 25 to 29.9 is considered to be an overweight index and if you are over 30 you are obese. If this is you there is a real need to make a plan to extend your life.

Exercising can extend your brain can extend your life by at least two years. Doing puzzles, playing Sudoko or playing a simple video game like angry birds can be very good for you.

Sex is also a way of extending your life. Intercourse burns about 200 calories which is the equivalent of running thirty minutes. Other benefits include better sleep and an improved immune system.

Studies have also shown that people who have pets seem to live longer for some reason. Simply having a pet around can help greatly relieve your stress levels.

Another way to improve your overall fitness level is to quite simply – get enough sleep. One of the best ways to stay healthy is to retire at 11 pm and get up at 8 am in the morning. It is also a good idea to cut out coffee, alcohol and too much excitement before bedtime.

If you are smoking you can also improve your health and extend your lifespan by up to eight years if you quit.  They younger you are when you quit smoking the better.