years ago when I worked in a cardiac unit at our hospital, I
was asked to provide nutrition counseling to a man who had
recently suffered a heart attack. After we talked about his
current habits and what he might wish to change, the manís
wife openly expressed her gratitude for the information. The
patient, however, sat with arms crossed and said, "Iíd
rather die than eat like that."
we women donít always change harmful habits either. But
statistics tell us that men typically see their physicians for
preventive health services half as often as women. And on
average, men die 5 years sooner than women of the same age.
the emphasis every June on menís health, according to a
Congressional education program that sponsors Menís Health
is just one topic that men may miss when they fail to show up
for health-related visits Ö and thatís unfortunate.
Lifestyle choices ó what we choose to eat or not to eat,
whether we get off the couch to take a walk or not ó can
have a major impact on many of the health issues that affect
men, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer. And the pot
of gold for men who make a habit of good choices is often a
longer and more vital life.
a good place for a strong independent guy to start? Here are
some ideas from the Menís Health Network, a national
non-profit organization in Washington, DC:
breakfast. It fires up your metabolism to power your day. Game
plan: Whole grain cereal with fruit or grab a yogurt or
healthy granola bar for the road. (Look for health bars with
at least 2 grams of dietary fiber, 10 grams protein and no
more than 2 grams saturated fat per serving.)
least 1 fruit and 1 vegetable at each meal. Even Paleo guys
need the nutrients and dietary fiber packed into these foods.
And they provide healthful carbs to fuel your brain and
salads, not meat and potatoes. If your idea of a
"portion" of meat is half the cow on your plate, itís
time to cut back.
grains, whole grains, whole grains. Whatever grain food you
choose ó corn, oats, wheat, rye, barley ó select those
made with the whole seed of the grain. Whole grains supply
micronutrients and antioxidants that protect against diabetes
and heart disease.
this. Menís health experts say whatís good for your health
ó nutrition, regular physical exercise and health check ups
ó is also good for your love life. Just sayiní.
donít forget to wear something blue this Friday before
Fatherís Day. Itís a good reminder for men that life truly
is worth living well.