Life is a Balance

Living foods, often referred to as dining on plant-based foods, have numerous health benefits. A senior chef at Fivelements Retreat Bali had a very personal story when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.

He started her on a mainly plant-based diet with only small percentages of fish and white-meat and over a six-month period saw many positive changes and after 12-months the Doctor informed the couple that she had won the fight.  Today his wife continues the diet and has recovered completely. 

The plant-based diet includes fruits, such as blueberries, strawberries, kale and spinach, almonds and walnuts, olive oil, tomatoes, and whole grains. There is no need to become a vegan, other than for personal preferences, but having a ratio of 75% plant-based and 25% fish or high-quality meat will greatly assist you. Fish including salmon and sardines have shown many benefits to aid your general health.

As I often say to people, when buying your foods, look for locally sourced foods that support a local economy and are often grown with much love and dedication and in many cases are also grown using organic philosophies. Seek to avoid high sugar and processed foods that include refined carbohydrates, like pastries, fried foods, and processed meats.

Get the body moving

There have been countless studies showing the positive effects on regular exercise and what it can help prevent including type two-diabetes and obesity. The good news is it’s never too late to start and there are many ways to start the process.

The old saying of “eat like a King or Queen for breakfast, a Prince or Princess for lunch and a dinner like a pauper” still rings true. Instead of settling into a sedentary post-dinner routine, consider taking a 30-minute stroll with your dog or partner in your preferred park.

This simple practice can effectively jump-start your metabolism, enhance the quality of your sleep, and offer the added benefit of engaging in pleasant conversations with friends. Supporting Julie Bach’s statement is the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who found that regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

It can prevent or delay many of the health problems. At least 150 minutes a week (for example, 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week) of moderate activity such as brisk walking or if you prefer more vigorous-intensity activity such as hiking, jogging, or swimming. Join a local yoga studio or gym and join in a class where you will meet other like-minded friends.

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