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When it comes to dieting, Thoreau and your financial advisor are both right

Obviously, Cicero's timeless quip, "To each his own," applies in many, if not all, facets of life.  Your daily decisions are influenced by your personal interests, opinions, and tendencies.  So, how and what you decide to eat will ultimately be determined by who you are as an individual.

But, that being said, there is always a common thread that binds us all in life.  And, there are also common limitations that bound us all.  Limitations such as illness, injury, and overall bad health can lead to the one thing that we all strive to avoid: unhappiness.

So, to achieve our common goal of happiness, we all have to overcome our common limitations.  To do that, we all must eat healthy.  Eating healthy is a personal choice that can be difficult to make, and it can be even harder to maintain a healthy diet once you embark upon it.

If you stay true to these two seemingly antithetical rules, however, you may find it easier than you thought to eat healthy and continue eating healthy:

1.  Just like your financial portfolio, diversify, diversify, diversify!  Eat a well-balanced mix of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber.  Those that praise the Atkins diet as the greatest thing since sliced bread should realize that sliced bread is an important part of one's diet, too; not just protein. One way to accomplish a diverse diet is by trying different food items that you've never tried before.

2.  Listen to Thoreau and simplify, simplify, simplify!  Sure, Italians have low blood pressure due to the fact that they have large, extravagant, Roman-influenced family meals, but all those extra sauces and sides help make them obese, too (don't tell the Corleones I said that). Try to eat your fries without ketchup, or your bread without butter, or--gulp--your pasta without sauce.  Any time you add an unnecessary condiment to your meal, you are taking a step back in your journey towards healthy eating. 

Those two terms--diversify and simplify--may be opposite terms linguistically, but in terms of dieting, they are like two peas in a pod; both equally important to keeping your diet healthy.


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