Keys to Staying Young #4: Healthy Living – If It Feels Good, Is It Bad?

This week, I’m posting a tip a day on staying young and healthy.

#4 Healthy Living

Keep doing the things that make you feel good in the long term, but avoid some of the things that make you feel good in the short term.

When most people think about their diets and doctors’ orders, they start generalizing that everything that tastes and feels good must be bad for them. It sometimes confess with patients when talking about improving their cholesterol and blood sugar levels with dietary changes that if it’s really tasty and makes your mouth water just thinking about it, it’s probably bad for you.

Yet there are a lot of healthy activities and foods that do make us feel good. A great example is exercise. No matter how I might be feeling before I start my morning swim – tired, lethargic or stiff, I always feel better during and after that swim.

Lying in a comfortable bed and having a well-deserved rest feels great because it’s just what we need.

Enjoying a healthy meal with family and friends is emotionally and physically invigorating.

Being fully engaged in meaningful activity and conversation is mentally and spiritually uplifting.

Then there is the long list of unhealthy activities that give enjoyment that is brief in comparison to later grief. These include one night stands, unsafe sex, giving someone a piece of your unedited mind, street drugs, smoking pot, cigarettes, excess alcohol and winning at all costs.

If it feels good, it isn’t necessarily bad, but if it gives enduring happiness and health, then it really is good.

Next: Life Begins at Forty

For more on healthy living and positive change, listen to my Positive Potential Medicine podcast at wgrnradio.

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About Davidicus Wong

I am a family physician. I write a weekly newspaper column, Healthwise for the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, Royal City Record and Richmond News.
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