For “health” both food and exercise are important. Healthy exercise is simply an ability to move… walking is one of the healthiest activities you can do. You do not need a gym, you do not need expensive equipment, you only need to move.

If your aim is more aesthetical then you need to be more precise with your exercise but for health purposes it is a simple case of moving. Most people understand this, however nutrition seems to be the hardest thing to change and adopt healthy eating habits.

Firstly, what is a healthy diet? It’s not about counting calories, measuring portions or cutting carbs. You won’t really find a healthy diet on the lite menu at your favorite restaurant and you certainly won’t find it at the local street or fast food joint.

A healthy diet is all about ‘what’ you eat rather than ‘how much’ you eat. Because if you are eating the right foods you will naturally not overeat, not have cravings, not have low energy and you will definitely not be overfat.

Is a healthy diet what we have been lead to believe – milk for strong bones and teeth, bread/pasta/rice to fuel physical activity, cereal for breakfast, snack in between meals, and maybe a ‘healthy’ microwave dinner if we are ‘on the go’?

Unfortunately this diet is what is identified as a SAD diet (Standard American Diet). It is nicknamed SAD because that is what it is… sad!

Have these recommendations made us any healthier? The West clings to these conventional wisdom nutrition recommendations… America spends a whooping $1.3 trillion a year on health care. If these recommendations are so great why is the global society not getting any healthier?

Other pertinent questions about your health beg for answers such as, why after more than 30 years since the ‘War On Cancer’ was declared, do we still have an increasing cancer rate.

Yes, we have many more people surviving cancer but the rate at which people are getting cancer is increasing. We have come a long way in taking care of sick people, but we haven’t made any progress in preventing people from getting sick.

Why do one in every four people have diabetes? Why is there more heart problems today than 30 years ago? Why is more than 50% of the USA population on some kind of prescription drug?

With all the technological advancement in the past 50 years we can’t solve simple lifestyle caused health issues. A healthy diet is 100% in your control… what is it that makes most live unhealthy lifestyles?

The secret to a healthy diet and a healthy life is living food; fresh vegetables, fruit, good quality protein and green leafy salads. The answer to a healthier you is summed up in three words; breakfast, lunch and dinner.

My basic golden rules for optimal nutritional health are to consume the following nutrients at each meal time: Breakfast should consist of protein and fats. Lunch a big salad.

Dinner can be a balanced meal of 25% protein/fat, 25% starch and 50% vegetables. The food you choose must be real food… not from packets.

A healthy diet is not tasteless, bland or boring! Add any dry spices or herbs that you like to make healthy taste good. Living a healthy life and having a healthy family is all about eating a healthy diet, every day of our lives!

Phil Kelly is a health practitioner and expert in body transformation. His services are available at Star Fitness (starfitnesssaigon.com).