Counsel On Living Healthy

In my previous post, I explained how I decided to be a healthy eater. I mentioned that I eliminated meat from my diet, did not smoke any cigarettes or drank alcoholic beverages. However, I did eat cheese and eggs in order to get my protein. In effect, I was a lacto-ovo-vegetarian. For many reading that post, you may have considered eating healthy but don’t know how to go about doing so. This post will suggest some counsel on living healthy.

Philosophy Of Health

To understand the philosophy of health, we must understand how our bodies are designed. And by designed, we mean the anatomy of our body and the foods we must consume to maintain it in optimum health. We cannot give you a lesson in biology here, however, we have to take responsibility for our health, and must do whatever it takes to learn everything we must learn to improve it. And, that includes research and gathering information on the anatomy and physiology of our body.

Additionally, we must understand that nature has certain laws of health and eating that cannot be violated if we want to be healthy. We have heard it said over and over again that a healthy body and a healthy mind go hand in hand. And we also know that mental health is affecting a major portion of our population which has a direct impact on our health.

To this end, we can say with a certain degree of certainty that because of our indulgences of total disregard for preserving our health, many of us are getting sick and our child are born with deformed bodies, and never before heard of sicknesses and disease.

Physical Laws and Health

Many individuals do not believe that there is a direct link between the violation of physical laws and optimum health. But, if we look around us, we could find many examples of this. Consider smoking, for example, in the early 20th century, lung cancer was linked to smoking. As medical science improved, more health related sicknesses were linked to smoking. Cancer is a malady that infects the physical body, destroys the anatomy and makes us sick until we eventually die.

Therefore, if parents continue to violate the physical laws that govern our health, we develop diseases that are easily passed on to our children. If we survey children hospitals all over the world, these innocent infants are suffering in part because of the indulgence of their parents in violating the natural laws of health. Generations after generations will continue to decline in health and happiness if we continue to ignore the counsels on living healthy.

“The violation of physical laws, with its consequent suffering and premature death, has long prevailed that the results are regarded as the appointed lot of humanity” (Ellen G. White). Based on the preceding statement, we can infer that this process of killing ourselves could be reversed if we make a conscious effort to improve our health by following the natural laws which govern our existence.

Wrong Habits and Their Effects

When we practice wrong habits, they become a way of life. One small indiscretion the first time is referred to as a mistake, The second time it becomes a habit. Three and four times, it develops into a character and before you know it, it is a way of life.

“Habits which lower the standard of physical health, enfeeble mental and moral strength” (Ellen G. White). When we constantly indulge ourselves to unhealthy eating and drinking, sooner or later we pay the price for it with degraded health. We become physically weak and as a consequence our moral strength is affected, because our mental capacity is diminished and we can no longer distinguish between right and wrong.

The individual who religiously or constantly consumes trans fat, saturated fat, salt and sugar as part of their daily food consumption, runs the risk of developing serious medical problems, and hence, putting a strain on the health care system. Some of these medical problems include but not limited to weight gain which could lead to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Medical science has repeatedly shared the effects of these conditions on human being and counsels us on what could be done to scale back or slow down its effect and, therefore, live a life that is full of vigour and energy and worth living.

Return To First Principles

It was mentioned in another post that humans were not created to consume meat based on the structure of our teeth. It is the belief of a good deal of health practitioners that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains is best for us. And if that is the case, then, we should return to that fundamental first principle if we want to live a healthy life with very few or no complications as we grow old gracefully. For, if we cannot enjoy health, we cannot be happy, because the two are closely related and we cannot have one without the other.

Next, understanding how our bodies work is crucial to understanding how we should treat it. In many cases, we give in to the pleasures of appetite instead of eating and drinking from a position of principle. We eat and drink because it pleases our senses. We need to appreciate the fact that if we misuse and or abuse our bodies, we are shortening our very existence on this earth.

Some individuals will argue that we cannot return to the first principles of eating because of what is being done with our food. Vegetables and fruits and genetically modified, fish are farmed under unhealthy conditions; so what sense does it make. But, consider the alternative. Meat is susceptible to more bacteria and germs than fruits and vegetables. Animals are injected with steroids, chickens are fed round the clock for them to be ready for the market in a lot shorter time than if allowed to be free. Which is the lesser of the two evils?

The Simpler The Better

The simpler the foods we eat, the better it is for us. We should really try to eat foods that contain less meat and more grains and fruits. We should reduce or cut the amount of grease used in preparing our meals. We should stay away from fast foods. Cut back on those burgers and soft drinks, reduce the amount of sugar we consume and increase the quantity of water. The counsel for healthy living is that if we are intemperate in our eating and drinking, it will have an effect on our moods and those who associate with us will be victims of our mood swings.

When we prepare to eat food, we should limit rich and stimulating meals, because when we are accustomed to such meals, we cannot appreciate the simple ones. It is similar to the individual who is accustomed to drinking beverages with a high sugar content to consume those without. It would take time for the stomach to adjust. However, if we make a conceited effort to use wholesome foods, in time out system will find it palatable.

The Choice Is Yours

It is a fact that we are faced with a life that is potentially full of disease. And most illnesses that the human race suffers are in direct contravention and violation of natural laws that operate within us. It is humanly impossible to transgress those natural laws of health without paying the price in suffering sooner or later.

“Therefore, the first rule in maintaining good health consists of cooperating with natural laws and modifying any behaviour that counteracts the positive actions of these laws within us” (Rosicrucian manuscript, Liber 888). Our counsel on healthy living to everyone, myself included, is simply to maintain a balanced diet in which we do not abuse certain foods and beverages, exercise regularly and meditate when necessary to achieve good physical health. The choice is yours.

Reasons For Eating Healthy – My Story

Everyone must have a reason for doing whatever tickles their fancy. Whether it’s gardening, taking up a sport, reading a book or listening to reading-my-storymusic in the stillness of your “quiet” place, you have a reason for doing so. Likewise, I would like to share with you my reasons for living healthy, enjoying a reasons-for-living-healthyhealthy lifestyle and how it all begun.

The Trip That Changed My Life

My father was working away from home as a cook on the east cost of Trinidad called Galeota Point, Guayaguayare. When I was 13 yrs old, I spent a week with him during the summer and had the opportunity to attend a health seminar put on by a doctor in one of the local Seventh Day Adventist Church. It was during that week of lectures that I learn about how to live a long, healthy, happier and meaningful life.

The first thing that caught my attention was the statement that “if you want to be a brilliant student, you should limit the amount of meat you eat, or living-healthy-without-sugardon’t eat any whatsoever”. Then, the doctor went on to explain the dangers of eating meat, drinking milk with sugar and what dairy farmers would be doing with their livestock in the future.


By the end of the week, I decided that I was going to be an ovo-lacto-vegetarian; cut out the combination of milk and sugar from my diet and start exercising regularly. I wanted to be an ace student and decided to put the doctor’s theory to the test. But, I had a problem. I was not cooking for myself, and no one in the family was a vegetarian.

Mommy I Want To Be A Vegetarian

When I returned home, I told my mother about the series of health lectures I attended, what I learned and that I wanted to be a vegetarian. My mother listened with intense interest and simply said “let me think about that”. It took my mother one full week to tell me what she thought.

Let me tell you a little about my mother. My mother – like all her children – is a member of the Seventh Day Adventist denomination. The church is big on healthy eating and living a balanced life, which included but not limited to exercising, sleeping at least 8 hours per day, no smoking or use of alcoholic beverages and being a vegetarian. Little did I know that my mother was inquiring about attending vegetarian classes that were put on by our local church in preparation for me going vegetarian.

My mother called a family meeting and explained to everyone my intention and her support for my decision. My siblings were curious to find out if they had to give up meat eating as well. She assured them that I am the only one for now and she wanted them to support me as well. In time, most of my siblings including my mother and father became vegetarians and some of us are still vegetarians today.

Meat On The Menu – Really????

Many individual exclaim that they could not live without eating meat. But, have we ever stopped and consider if out bodies are designed to digest meat. Additionally, do we believe that our teeth were designed to rip the flesh of animals off their bones as we chew on it? Consider for a moment the design of the teeth of every predator that kills another animal for food. Look at their teeth and we would discover that the front canines are long and curved. That is for ripping into the flesh and tearing it off the bones.

Human teeth are designed for us to masticate fruits, vegetables, nuts and generally, food that are grown both under and above the ground. I can tell you without any hesitation or reservation, that I am healthy because I chose to be a vegetarian coupled with a rigorous exercise program, not smoking and /or drinking hard liquor.


no-smokingEnjoying a healthy life means having a balance between what we eat and how we care for our bodies.

Growing up as kids in a rural area, most families raised their own animals. Traditionally, children were given one animal to care for. We had goats and my friend had a cow. One morning the cow died and his father cut up the meat and sold it to families in the village and surrounding neighbourhood. I concluded that if a person with one or two cows could do that, what about the dairy farmers with 100s or 1000s of cattle. They probably do worse that. No wonder why so many people are suffering with diseases that have no cure or doctors cannot diagnose.

One Sunday I accompanied my mother to the farmers’ market and as we walked around looking for provisions, I was observing how meat was displayed and sold. At one stall, I looked at some meat and thought one of them looked at though the flesh was separating from the bone. I stood up to watch as the butcher cut and sold the meat. First cut was good. Second cut was good. When he made the third cut puss ran out. I ran to my mother and told her what I saw and told her I would never eat meat again.

What I saw in the market that Sunday morning and what my friend’s father did with that dead cattle, allowed to be steadfast in my decision to be a vegetarian, no matter what. Therefore, the question still remains, do we really need to eat meat to be healthy?

The Long And Winding Road

As I started out on my vegetarian journey, I found the road ahead to be a long, winding and difficult one. My mother was supportive, but my siblings were not. When they cooked, they cooked meat knowing very well I would not eat the food and they would get it to share among themselves. When mom came home she would prepare something for me or I will resort to eating bread and cheese.

The temptation to eat meat was great, especially when you smell the aroma of the food with the meat in it. As difficult as it was, I never returned to eating meat again up to today and I live to see two of my siblings and mother are still vegetarians.

Many of us want to pursue a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced meal and exercising, especially if we want to be a vegetarian or vegan.

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The road ahead will be a long and winding one. Determination and discipline will be two principles that we would require along the way. We have to keep the end in sight at all times and stay focused. Do not give up though the road ahead seem rough. Every challenge we encounter along the way is designed to give us strength and courage to meet the next, and the next until we come to the end of our journey.

Healthy As The Morning Sun

sunrise-and your-healthAs the sun rises every day to keep the vegetation of the world green, ripen the fruits and support life in general, we also rise every day with a responsibility to live the best life we possibly could for that day. We do not know what tomorrow brings, and since today is all that we have, let us vow to make it our best day ever. We could do that by deciding within ourselves that we are going to live a healthy, happy life today and live it to the fullest.

About Vaughan

Welcome to “You Think You Are Healthy” website. I chose this name about-vaughanbecause I was devastated two days ago when my wife called to inform me that our mechanic was found dead at his home by his wife. He died from an apparent heart attack . From all appearances and discussion, he looked healthy

Results That Baffled Health Practitioners

Ten year ago when one of my younger brothers died from blood clot related complications, the rest of his siblings (five boys and one girl) was advised to get tested for protein C deficiency. I told my family doctor I wanted to know also if I was susceptible to any other disease or illness that are hereditary related.

The appointment was made at Toronto General Hospital where they drew ten vials of blood to send to Harvard University because Harvard was the only institution in the world equipped with the facilities to perform heredity test. Additionally, the Ontario Government had to approve the money for the test which cost $5000 US.

When the results came back two months later, I did not have a protein C deficiency, neither was I susceptible to any disease – hereditary or otherwise, but at age 53 I was in optimum health.

The Toronto Hospital network wanted to study and analyze my system to determine what contributed to the exceptional state of my health. Needless to say, I refused. I was not prepared to be used as a “lab rat” and subject myself to any virus that would alter my state of health.

Contributing Factors

The state of my health has a direct relationship to what I eat, drink and how often I exercise. I truly believe that living a healthy lifestyle and being healthy do not come from chance.  It is a conscious decision made by the individual and s/he has to stick with that decision.

At the age of 13 years, I decided to be a vegetarian and 50 years later I am still one and going strong. I do not smoke, drink hard liquor and I exercise at least 5 days per week, every week – unless I am on vacation – since I was 16 years old. Besides going to my family doctor for my annual checkup, my doctor nor hospitals do not see me unless I strain a muscle and I feel like an impending heart attack.

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As I survey the world in which we live and observe the myriads of illness, disease and sicknesses plaguing the human race, I want to reach out to all my fellow human being and encourage us to adopt a health lifestyle by eating properly, exercising regularly and meditating often. The three go hand-in-hand. Ignore anyone or two of them and the third is affected.

You Are What You Eat

You probably have heard the saying “show me your friends and I will tell you-are-what-you-eatyou who you are”. The same could be said of this philosophical statement, “you are what you eat”, which has deep health implications. With all that is going on with food today – from GMO, to injecting animals with steroids and farm fishing, each of us must take our health very seriously.meat-on-menu

This website is dedicated to helping everyone who lands here to live a healthier, happier and fun-filled life. So, please, if there is something you read here and would like more information on, do not hesitate to request the information.  If you would like to read an article on a particular topic, let me know and I would develop the post.  Feel free to comment on anything you read or make suggestions for site improvement.

All the best,