The Editor’s Desk: Decisions, Decisions

After you’ve lived more than a few years, you probably think that the Irish novelist got it right. Life is about choices—lots of ‘em.

We choose where we live, where we work, who we share our lives with, whether to have children, and where to go on vacation. Even paper or plastic. So why do we go through the trouble of making all these choices and shortchange probably the biggest decision of all—our health? Most of us will probably spend more time deciding what to watch on TV tonight.

We have to reverse this dangerous trend—for our sake and for our children’s. America is literally eating itself to death.

The solution, of course, is a good diet and plenty of activity. Notice I didn’t say “dieting”—that’s not the answer. Making better choices is.

So how do you do it? By incorporating simple changes into your lifestyle.

Hopefully, this issue will help you do just that. Filled with useful tips, healthy recipes, and inspirational features, Ocala Style Health was designed to help our community. I hope it helps you.

Of course, health information is everywhere you turn. Most of it says the same thing in a different way or promotes some new fitness fad. But losing weight is very simple—eat less than you take in. It’s just that real life often gets in the way.

That’s why David Zinczenko’s new book, Eat This, Not That!, caught my attention. Rather than say you could never eat out or treat yourself, he offers practical ways we can make better choices in our lives. Those happen to include many of America’s most popular restaurants: McDonald’s, Burger King, and Subway, to name just a few.

The author is able to make these examples work because he’s armed with the most valuable tool in making healthy choices—information. I never knew that one of my favorite treats, Krispy Kreme’s original glazed donut, had only 200 calories. Now, this certainly isn’t health food, but knowing that fact allows me to make a more-informed choice.

Eat This, Not That! provides many more real-life examples. I just wish we didn’t have to buy a book to get the whole story. So the next time you go into your favorite restaurant, ask for a nutrition guide. If they don’t have one, leave and go to one that does—they’ll get the message. It’s our choice.

And our good health is one we can’t afford to get wrong.

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