Eat Healthy Now or Buy Medicines Later? The Cost of Not Eating Healthy

WHY WE NEED TO EAT HEALTHY

In our culture we are brought up without valuing the importance of eating fresh salad vegetables. A typical Filipino breakfast includes rice with egg and meat. Lunch at a carinderia is usually only meat and rice. Our children don’t eat any better at their schools – cheap, processed meats meals low in nutrition. Dinner is where we can eat home-cooked meals but many families have very little time to cook after a long workday and commute. Choosing fast food is becoming a more popular option for families without time or budget to feed their families.

Typical Pinoy breakfast, looks delicious but terribly un-nutritious. From Instagram.

WE KNOW WE SHOULD EAT HEALTHY, BUT WHY DON’T WE?

We know all about the health benefits of eating fresh salad vegetables. But we always find a reason not to eat a salad. Maybe it’s too expensive. Maybe we don’t like the taste. Maybe we feel healthy enough at the moment.

 

Growing your own vegetables is easy to do and is rewarding.

EAT HEALTHY NOW OR BUY MEDICINES LATER

But one thing is certain. We’ll all reach a stage in life where we wish we could be healthier. How many of us have parents, uncles, aunties, or grandparents who are suffering from complications of high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, or gout?

We have no idea how much the medical bills will cost until we are shocked to find out when it’s too late. Many wealthy to middle class families have lost everything in a desperate attempt to medically treat a sick family member. And for those without enough financial capacity, tragic premature death happens far too easy due to a lack of money.

Did you know that the average life expectancy of a Filipino male is 66 years old and female is 71 years old?

The decisions we make today impacts the future. Eating healthy in our 20s, 30s, and 40s, will make us feel better in our 50s, 60s, and beyond. It’s not just about living longer, it’s about feeling healthy in old age.

If you think a salad is expensive now, wait until you see the ongoing medical bills for medicines and hospital visits.

 

Eat healthy now or pay the price in the future

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