There's an old adage which says that the best lesson of life is taught in the children's story. Children’s stories are filled with a lot of memorable characters such as Peter Pan and Donald Duck. Almost all the children stories teach something about the importance of good deed or about caring for each other.
But actually there’s one Children cartoon which teaches something about healthy living. I am an avid fan of Winnie the Pooh since I was 10 years old until now and unconsciously that serial educates me about the importance of healthy living in a way.
1) Don’t Eat Too Much of One Thing
Yes, Winnie the Pooh is a lovable little bear. He’s cute. Basically, there’s nothing not to like about Winnie the Pooh. But let’s face it, he’s a little overweight. He’s probably about as many inches tall as around the waist, and what does his diet consist of? Honey. The only thing Winnie the Pooh eats is honey, and he eats a lot of it.
The truth is, it doesn’t matter how much you eat if you’re not practicing a healthy, balanced diet. You can eliminate all sorts of fat, sugar, and bad carbs from your diet, and you might lose weight. However, if you don’t maintain a healthy diet by eating a variety of foods that give you all the different vitamins and nutrients you need, you’ll be unhealthy no matter how much weight you lose. Don't be tempted by diets which suggest you to eat the same things everyday. You can get thinner, like I did, by consuming a large number of lemonade or cabbage soup everyday but you are in for a serious health risk if you force yourself to do that for a long period of time.
2) Get Energized!
Although not quite as down-trodden as Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh leads a pretty ho-hum lifestyle. He moves pretty slowly. Even when he gets excited, it still takes him awhile to get from one place to another. We don’t need to mention his bulging waist line again. If you’re going to be dieting, you need to get more energized than Pooh. The importance of getting energized is highlighted in the bodyclock diet guide which suggests a few simple steps to optimize our body metabolism so that we can have more energy thus a better life.
Dieting is a lifestyle change. It involves more than just changing what you put into your body, although that’s a huge part of it. It means caring about your future. It means getting excited about healthy living. Getting energized is a sort of renewable fuel for your diet; one day’s energy will multiply into the next day and help you stay motivated. I am still doing my Beer Belly resolution which involves 7 habits to get energized each day. Getting energized is also a great way to burn calories!
3) Get Support
While Pooh’s friends in the 100 Akre (yes, that’s how it’s spelled) Wood may not help him stay trim and fit, they do help him overcome plenty of other problems. Whether he’s out of honey, the weather is bad, or he’s nervous about Heffalumps and Woozles, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, and Kanga are always there to lend him a helping hand.
You’ll need a support network as you try to stick to your diet as well. The best way to diet is to do it with someone else. They provide encouragement when it gets hard and a sense of accountability when you’re considering that extra helping of ice cream. If you’ve never tried it before, the Partner Diet might be the one that finally works for you.
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