A short guide to a long life

Românii mănâncă prea mult: 3500 de calorii în medie pe zi, cat are nevoie un barbat care face munca fizica, după cum arata datele Institutului de Statistica. In aceste condiții, 15% din populație este obeza, iar o treime, supraponderala. Ne plac mult produsele de patiserie şi carnea, dar mai puţin legumele.

Imi doresc sa traiesc mult si bine, si mi-a luat ceva timp sa inteleg ca e important sa mananci sanatos si sa faci sport. De aici lucrurile se complica putin. Ce inseamna sanatos? Pot manca fructe sau au prea multa zahar? E mai bine sa mananc micul dejun sau sa practic intermittent fasting? Ar trebui sa mananc o dieta bogata in carbohidrati sau in grasimi?

Cartea de fata isi propune sa fie o colectie simpla, cu sfaturi de nutritie si nu numai, venite de la un medic oncolog. E impartita in 3 sectiuni: Ce sa faci, Ce sa nu faci si Sfaturile doctorului. E scrisa intr-un mod simplu si concis, fara sa aiba pretentia de a fi exhaustiva pentru subiectele prezentate.

Unele sfaturi sunt prea banale pentru a mai fi incluse in vreo carte despre sanatate ( razi, stai drept, fa-ti analizele regulat, vaccineaza-te, du-te la doctor)

Altele sunt mai tehnice si cred ca ar ajuta daca le-am pune in aplicare ( monitorizeaza-ti sanatatea, stocheaza-ti datele medicale online, fa-ti istoricul bolilor familiei, pregateste-ti o trusa de urgenta )

Interesante au fost si explicatiile din prisma sanatatii pentru necesitatea de: a locui cu cineva in casa, a te casatori, a face copii sau de a avita scanarea cu raze x din aeroport.

Avem totusi si sfaturi controversate, care m-au facut sa ridic din sprancene: nu bea smoothie, mananca micul dejun in fiecare dimineata, nu purta pantofi cu toc.

Pentru mine cartea nu a reusit sa isi atinga scopul, poate si pentru ca aceasta tehnica, de a spune cuiva ce sa faca, nu ar prea multi sorti de izbanda. Nu cred ca cineva a zis vreodata „O sa mananc o pizza pentru ca stiu ca e sanatoasa si e plina de vitamine”, motivul pentru care facem astfel de alegeri e intotdeauna altul.

Daca vrei sa afli mai multe despre o viata sanatosa, iti recomand cateva discuri de pe TED:

  1. https://www.ted.com/talks/matthias_mullenbeck_what_if_we_paid_doctors_to_keep_people_healthy

Cum ar fi daca am incentiva doctorii sa ne mentina sanatosi in loc sa ii platim cand suntem deja bolnavi?

2.  https://www.ted.com/talks/nicole_avena_how_sugar_affects_the_brain

Can mananci ceva plin de zahar, papilele tale gustative, intentinul si creierul tau se activeaza, cerandu-ti si mai mult.

Read and be happy 🙂


[EN]Romanians eat too much: 3,500 calories on average per day, as a man who does physical work needs, according to data from the Institute of Statistics. Under these circumstances, 15% of the population is obese, and one third, overweight. We like pastries and meat instead of vegetables.

I want to  have a long and healthy life, and it took me a while to understand that it’s important to eat healthy and do sports. Hence things get a little complicated. What does health mean? Can I eat fruits or it has too much sugar? Is it better to eat breakfast or to practice intermittent fasting? Should I eat a diet rich in carbohydrates or in fats?

This book aims to be a simple collection with nutrition advice and more from an oncologist. It is divided into 3 sections: What to do, What not to do and Doctor’s advice. It’s written in a simple and concise way, without trying to be exhaustive about the topic.

Some tips are too trivial to be included in any health book (laugh, sit straight, make regular blood tests, vaccinate, go to the doctor)

Others are more technical and I think it would help if we implement them (monitor your health, store your medical data online, be aware of your family history, prepare an emergency kit)

Some interesting approaches were: live with someone in the house, get married, make babies or avoid x-ray scanning at the airport.

Still, we have controversial tips that made me raise an eyebrows: do not drink smoothies, eat breakfast every morning, do not wear  high heel shoes.

For me, the book has failed to achieve its purpose, perhaps because this technique, to tell somebody what to do, doesn`t always work. I don`t​ think anyone ever said, „I’m going to eat a pizza because I know it’s healthy and it’s full of vitamins,” the reason we make such choices is always different.

If you want to know more about a healthy life, I recommend a few TED talks:

  1. https://www.ted.com/talks/matthias_mullenbeck_what_if_we_paid_doctors_to_keep_people_healthy

What if we incentivized doctors to keep us healthy instead of paying them only when we’re already sick? Matthias Müllenbeck explains how this radical shift from a sick care system to a true health care system could save us from unnecessary costs and risky procedures – and keep us healthier for longer.

2.  https://www.ted.com/talks/nicole_avena_how_sugar_affects_the_brain

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine – an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.

Read and be happy 🙂

 

 

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