Why I eat an apple every day

I want to live a long healthy life to enjoy all the money I am making. I don’t want to be an old rich sick guy. Many of us are living sedentary lifestyles with little or no physical activity. We wake up and drive or use a taxi to work. We enter our offices and sit on our desks till 5.00pm. We then use a car back home. We then switch on TV and watch boring and negative 9pm news. And the cycle continues the following day.

This kind of lifestyle has led to an increase in non-communicable diseases like pressure, diabetes, heart diseases, cancer, back pain, etc. Many of these diseases are a direct result of our lifestyles and thought processes. Treatment of these diseases is quite expensive and can wipe out your life savings. It is in our interest to prevent rather than cure these expensive diseases.

So I have began a process to work towards a more healthy and long life. From my reading I know that to achieve anything in life you have to be very clear of the outcome. You then need to reduce this goal to small daily tasks. Then you act consistently on these little steps until they become established habits. You also need to keep score on how you are performing.

So I have decided to eat at-least one apple everyday. I used to eat mandazi, chapati, rolex, etc. for break time. Now I simply eat an apple. Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.

I am currently drinking at least two liters of water daily as well. All my meals now have greens and vegetables. I now take a 15 minute lunch time walk around my office block on a daily basis. I am also currently doing a daily 10 minute workout every morning. I have stopped taking sugar as well. I am also working on my mindset to proactively manage stress, worry and anxiety which is brought on by living and working in Kampala. Many of these diseases are brought on by poorly managed stress and mental conditions.

I have also started tracking my Body Mass Index (BMI). Your BMI is your weight in kilograms divided by the square of your height in meters. So if you weigh 75kg and you height is 1.8m then your BMI is 75/(1.8^2) = 23.15. A healthy BMI ranges between 18.5 and 24.9. Anything below or above this range is either underweight or overweight/obese.

Overall progress is steady and as the apple eating habit gets established I will stack other healthy habits like cutting out red meat from my diet

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