An Equation For Staying Healthy

There are many tips and ways to stay healthy. From the
television, to magazine advertisements there are
several reminders to tell us how to stay healthy.
However, there is an even easier tip to constantly
remind us how to stay healthy. Though it would not
completely answer and deliver to all the health issues
we may have, we could apply this as a paradigm of
simple measures. An equation for staying healthy could
be as easy to remember as one, plus two, plus three,
equals 6.

One

We have to start an equation for staying healthy with
the first thing to remember: our life. We only have
one body to take care of, so it should not be that
hard to monitor and maintain. Furthermore, we only
have one mind to think for ourselves. We cannot depend
on others to tell us how to stay healthy or be
healthy. We have to look for the appropriate
information ourselves and apply those learnings by
ourselves as well.

Another thing about “One” is that we only have one
shot in this life to do this. Of course we may be able
to rectify certain health practices when we stumble,
but how sure are we that we would still have that
second chance of living a normal life if the damage
has already been done?

Therefore, the “One” that is pertained to in this
equation is our self. We only have one to boot and
therefore we should focus on this.

Plus Two

“Two” in this context means that there are only two
paths that we can choose, the right and the wrong
path. The same analogy goes to a beneficial or a
destructive outcome of our bodies. In whatever life
choice that we take every single time, we are bringing
the self either closer to wellness or sickness. Think
of it as this way: we are the flag tied at the center
of a rope in a tug of war. One end leads to sickness
and eventually death, the other to wellness and
eventually longevity. Each moment that we do
something, each food choice that we make, or even each
day that we do our lifestyle routines, we have to
think “To what side are we going then?”

Plus Three

“Three” is relatively simple, as it would pertain to
three parts of the day: morning, afternoon, and
evening. In relation to this, a person has to plan out
the activities in their appropriate time. There are
activities that are suitable in the morning, or maybe
until the afternoon, and there are also some personal
activities that are suitable for the evening. Any
unplanned schedule and adherence therefore would
result to added stress, and therefore be detrimental
to the self.

Examples of activities that are good in the morning
are exercise, early morning sunshine, a time to
reflect and plan other activities for the rest of the
day, and breakfast. As for the afternoon, continued
work from the morning, a little bit of recreation
perhaps, and an eagerness to get home and rest.
Evenings are good for a cool down walk in the
neighborhood, spend time with the family, watch a
little television, and definitely sleep.

The exact activities that are placed into these three
different times throughout the day differ from each
person’s career and work schedule. Nevertheless, it is
always safe to assume one of these times as resting
and sleeping schedule.

Equals Six

“Six” pertains to the number of meals that one has to
eat everyday. Recent studies have shown that the
average daily caloric requirement needed per day is
best digested and assimilated if they were distributed
into six small meals instead of three large ones as
considered before. This allows the body to digest the
food at a constant rate without oversupplying and
causing the body to store excess nutrients into fat.

The one, plus two, plus three, equals six paradigm is
an equation for staying healthy which can be applied
to almost anyone, even those who are recuperating from
sickness, and those who haven’t experienced any major
illness yet.