The West Indian Lifestyle: Deadly Diet

A healthy lifestyle not only involves eating healthy but exercising and doing anything that promotes a happy mindset. “Your mental health, emotional health and spiritual health are all just as important as your physical health.”

We in the caribbean are plagued by diabetes and heart disease; albeit some are hereditary. Our diet is filled with fatty foods high in cholesterol that when coupled with no exercise is a recipe for disaster. We do everything in excess – there’s no balance.

There are those who are pre disposed to obesity and other diseases due to genetics and yet live completely care free when they should to be more mindful of what they put into their bodies.

Eating unhealthy is very easy especially considering it’s cheaper and easily accessible. But with commitment one’s lifestyle can drastically be changed by simply starting a home garden. We are very fortunate to have fertile lands that bless us with a wide range of fruits and vegetables.

We are a people who find any and all reason to fete and have a cook up; for e.g boat launching event, a custom in Carriacou which involves the killing of goats and sheep. It’s a massive feast. We eat what we want when we want but aren’t prepared to suffer the consequences- then are quick to blame medical practitioners when things get bad after refusing to get medical check ups. There are those who wait until their condition has deteriorated to the point of no return then there’s nothing that can be done medically. Yes, we all have to die but don’t let it be torturous- you should be able to enjoy life to the fullest and not be ruled by a disease.

They say we are what we eat and what we put into our bodies is a reflection of our overall state of being. With the deplorable state of our healthcare system, we should be more motivated to conform to a healthy lifestyle.

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