Eating well matters

Certain foods save money and improve health

By Anna Zetterberg
Assist. Managing Editor

Your health may be one of the last things you worry about until you get sick. You’ve got more important things to worry about … right?

Actually, preventing sickness and optimizing how your body works will help you do better in almost every aspect of your hectic life, including school, work, volunteering and sports.

And if you are living well, you are saving money. You are preventing expensive doctor’s visits, antibiotics, missed classes and missed work.

Photo by Christina Cernik, Photo Editor

Wellness is about feeling your best, preventing illness and prolonging life.

Dr. Jason Deitch, co-author of the best-selling book “Discover Wellness,” says the 16 to 24-year-old age group is the hardest to reach. The college lifestyle poses challenges to your health, like lack of rest and a lot of caffeine.

“I don’t want to tell them something I know they’re not going to do, but use good judgment,” Deitch said.

Many outlets for regular exercise and nutrition are available right here at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

It’s just a matter of seeking them out and being proactive about your health, rather than waiting to get sick.

“Usually it’s not something you don’t have access to,” Deitch said.  “Choices are available whether or not you choose them. The key is awareness and desire.”

Some ways to maintain and strengthen your health include proper nutrition, regular exercise, sleep and relaxation (try yoga as a fun way to unwind), prayer (don’t forget about your spiritual well-being), chiropractic, massage therapy, and acupuncture.

Deitch considers “healthy alignment” to be one critical element of wellness.

He is referring to two kinds of alignment: your body’s spinal alignment (chiropractic), which optimizes nerve flow and consequently your entire body’s function; and aligning your values and actions.

If you’re ready to start making changes to live well, let’s start with nutrition.

Nutrition is a way for your body to get the nutrients it needs to function and fight off bacteria. The right foods provide energy and strengthen your immune system.

A healthy weight should be a result of your ultimate goal — to live well and be healthy.

Some powerful foods to load up on include berries, beans, nuts, wild salmon, eggs, vegetables, apples, onions and garlic.

Look for juices with pomegranate for a burst of antioxidants or grab a green tea for some energy and cancer-fighting.

Many of the listed power-foods are readily available in the cafeteria here on campus. So don’t make a bee line for the pizza. Get creative and go for nutrition!

Raw veggies are essential and can be found at the salad bar. Add some beans to your salad for fiber and to help prevent diabetes, colon cancer and heart disease.

You can kill three birds with one stone at the omelet station: eggs promote eye and brain health and are loaded with protein.

If you ask for veggies and cheese, your meal will knock out three sections of the food pyramid.

Forbes reports, “Along with broccoli, tea and apples, onions and garlic are among a select group of foods found to reduce mortality from heart disease by 20 percent.”

Your stomach will thank you.

You’ve heard apples keep the doctor away, but did you know they also keep lung cancer, asthma and diabetes away?

Pass the soda and go for an apple as a healthier alternative for the extra energy kick you need. Not to mention, the anti-inflammatory nutrients are a lesser-known perk of the often-unappreciated apple.

Living well begins with a mind-set. If you’re motivated, you’ve already won half the battle.

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