World Health Organization has spoken: processed meat and red meat are carcinogenic.
All hell breaks loose with meat-eaters in a panic, shaking their heads in disbelief. Of course, in between mouthfuls of bacon, hotdog, and salami.
Fat, cholesterol, preservatives, cancer-causing charred meat. It’s old news. The key, as always, is eating meat in moderation
That’s where the problem lies. We lack self-control to stay within the limits. And who would say what moderate amount is? Right before you feel your veins constricting?
It is a struggle to stay healthy these days. The fat and skinny stay as they are or become worse. Those who opt for healthier diet have less options. And these options, the so-called organic food, are pretty pricey. So we choose the readily available and abundant, and relatively cheaper processed food, canned goods, fast food. High calorie, high sugar, high salt, zero nutritional value. Just wonderful!
In an attempt to prolong one’s life, the health conscious would try cleansing programs, juicing, going organic, be a vegetarian/vegan, etc. But you hear of people who are super healthy, non-drinkers, non-smokers, they exercise and all that, and ending up mysteriously sick, contracting cancer, and even dying. The culprit? Diet, lifestyle, genetic, environment, stress, or maybe it’s spiritual? Or demonic? Or some kind of a curse?
The bombardment of researches or studies of what’s healthy and what’s not don’t help. They release a study stating one thing followed by another countering that it is inconclusive. Where does that leave us? We might as well stuff ourselves with bacon, and cake, and soda and all the foods labeled bad but taste so good (life is unfair that way, deal with it)? At least we die happy, right?
Seriously, though, more than diet and exercise, perhaps we should follow the advice of those gifted with longevity. To stay curious about life. To be with friends and relatives. To be calm and be happy.