Healthy Eating

You will never be healthy, eating healthy foods occasionally. You have to make healthy eating a habit if you want to obtain nutritional health.

I have been doing push-ups five days a week for over 25 years. My arms are pretty strong but it did not happen overnight. I did not do push-ups for a couple weeks or months and then stopped. I had to make push-ups a habit if I wanted to continuously get the results I have. Exactly the same holds true with having a healthy diet.

People jump on the “band wagon” of healthy eating when they read books or view web sites that talk about nutrition. While many of these books and web sites tell you what you should eat in-order to be healthy, they fail to teach you how to make healthy eating a habit. Thus in a short period of time when temptations come, people fall right back into their unhealthy eating habits.

What is a Habit? According to Webster’s dictionary a habit is “a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance.”

Can you see that if we simply apply this principle to healthy eating we will be on our way to vibrant health?

Bad Eating Habits:

Bad eating habits do not develop overnight. For most people these habits began forming when they were kids. Thus one reason why many adults have a hard time breaking their bad eating habits is because these habits have been a part of their lifestyle for many years.

Why Do We Eat Food?

There are two main reasons why we eat food. One is to supply fuel for our body. The other reason is for pleasure. Unfortunately any of the foods that give us pleasure are unhealthy.

Most people make their food selections based on what they see, smell or taste. Look at these three sentences: That pie sure looks good! That pie sure smells good! That pie sure taste good!

Notice that all three statements involve food and pleasure. However the food that is producing the pleasure (in this situation the pie) may or may not be good for you from a nutritional standpoint. That is why we need to be wise in our food selections and not simply leave it up to our sense of sight, taste or smell.

Healthy Eating Can Be Enjoyable:

Some people think of a healthy diet as being boring and tasteless. I think that one reason they feel this way is because most of the commercial ads we see promote foods high in calories, fat, or sugar and only a small percentage of food advertising is done for fruits, vegetables, grains and beans. Thus if there was more nutritional education, more and more people would find healthy eating to be pleasurable and tasty.

How Having a Healthy Diet Changed My Life:

In 1998 my wife finally talked me into going to the doctor to get a check-up. I was not feeling sick but she clearly said that it was a good idea to get a yearly physical examination. Thank God I listened to her.

I have been athletic all my life. I run 18 miles a week. So when I went to the doctor I was not expecting to hear the bad news he gave me. He told me I had borderline diabetes.

Diabetes can be very dangerous if not treated. It is one of the leading cause of death in the United States. It is a disease of the pancreas that causes the body to stop producing the insulin it needs to regulate blood sugar.

My doctor told me that I did not need to be put on medication, however he suggested I start reading any books on healthy eating. That was the beginning of my path to a healthy diet that turned my health situation around.

And so today I can honestly say that I am in excellent health. I feel great, I sleep great, people tell me that I do not look my age, I maintain a healthy weight, I do not take any type of medication, my blood pressure is normal, my blood sugar is normal, my cholesterol is normal, my immune system is strong, and the list goes on.

I do not believe that I am healthy because of chance. I strongly believe that one main reason that I am healthy is because I take personal responsibility for my health. A healthy diet is a great part of this responsibility. Our physical bodies have laws that are governed by proper nutrition. If we violate these laws by consistently eating unhealthy foods, we are going to get sick.

Health And Safety Executive

OHSAS 18001 Policy Guidelines:

The OHSAS Policy is a public statement by the organisation of its intentions and principle in relation to its overall OHSAS performance, which provides a framework for action and for the setting up its OHSAS objectives and targets. The OHSAS Policy acts as the driving force behind all of the enterprise’s activities in the OHSAS field, and can have far-reaching business implications for the future direction of the enterprise. It should be integrated into the enterprise’s overall business strategy and should also be compatible with other organisational policies such as Quality or Occupational Health and Safety. It must therefore be initiated, developed and actively supported at the highest levels in the organisation.

The responsibility for developing the OHSAS Policy should therefore rest with those at the very top of the enterprise (e.g. the Board of Directors or other governing body) and it should be signed by the Chairman, Chief Executive or similar top manager as evidence of commitment. Management will then be responsible for implementing the policy, but continuing support from the top of the enterprise will be needed during the further development of the OHSAS management system and for the organisational changes, which will result from its implementation.

DEVELOPING THE OHSAS 18001 SAFETY POLICY:

The OHSAS Policy is based in part on the findings and conclusions of the Initial OHSAS Review. A number of important factors need to be considered. These are essential to ensure that the policy relates not only to the enterprises individual needs and ideas, but is also in line with recognized OHSAS good practice and any relevant industry-specific guidelines. If the enterprise is interested in working towards certification of its OHSAS management system (now or in the future) then it may also be important to ensure that the policy will conform to the requirements of such a standard.

Once a policy has been developed and published, the enterprise’s OHSAS performance will be judged against it. It is therefore worthwhile spending time to ensure that the policy provides and exact statement of the enterprise’s objectives and can be used as a basis for the development of targets and the OHSAS programme.
Other important sources of info for input into the OHSAS safety Policy development process include the following:

* The result of the Initial OHSAS reviewThe enterprise’s value and beliefs, such as its (desired) relationship with its employees, the local community and the general public.
* The enterprise’s business strategy and strategic plan elements relating to the enterprise’s (OHSAS) direction, opportunities and risks, medium and long term planning including internal and external limits, and opportunities in capabilities and resources.
* Any existing statement on OHSAS aspects; mission statements, old policies, previous statements of commitment in internal/external reports.
* Other policies in existence: such as occupational health, safety, quality
* The views of stakeholders (shareholders, staff) and other interested parties
* Written standards: available recognized ohsas 18001 standard for occupational health and safety management system which include prescribed elements for OHSAS Policy statements
* General statements of OHSAS principles: e.g. from government, public bodies, industry associations, which are relevant to the individual enterprise
* Other codes to which the enterprise subscribes
* Examples of OHSAS Policy statements: from similar companies or enterprises
* Clear definition of the geographical and organisational boundaries of the policy: which countries/regions and which sites, departments or activities are to covered by the policy
* Any specific local or regional conditions.

Content of the OHSAS 18001 Safety Policy:

An OHSAS Policy should clearly delineate the OHSAS areas to be addressed by the enterprise of Organisation and should be relevant to its activities, products and /or services. The policy may address very broad aspects of the enterprise’s activities (such as waste reduction), depending on the nature of those activities. Many ohsas 18001 policies also include aspects of occupational health and safety including statements regarding the working OHSAS.

Some ideas for the content and wording of statements of commitment in an ohsas safety policy are given below. However, these should not be copied as such and should always be placed in context. The policy must be appropriate to the individual enterprise. It may be as brief as one sentence or as long as 10 pages.

General Principles:

* Define extent of OHSAS responsibility (customers, suppliers, staff etc.)
* Ensure minimum of compliance with legislation
* Provide for development of corporate standards in the absence of legislation.
* Establish system to ensure full control of OHSAS situation (impact and risks)
* Make commitment to continual improvement in OHSAS performance (step by step); this is also a requirement in ohsas 18001

-standard, such as ISO 14001

* Make commitment to prevention of pollution if compliance with ISO 14001 is intended
* Develop OHSAS performance evaluation procedures and indicators
* Embody life cycle thinking
* Work towards the achievement of sustainable development
* Commit to development and implementation of an OHSAS system
* Provide adequate resources for OHSAS management

Strategy and Planning:

* Consider OHSAS issues in investment policy and practice
* Minimize the OHSAS impacts of new developments through the use of OHSAS management procedures and OHSAS impact assessment in strategic planning, and project definition and implementation
* Influence suppliers in order to ensure that they contribute to the realization of the policy.

Specific Policy Goal:

* Support for the use of best available technology and management practices.
* Promotion of appropriate OHSAS legislation and requirements
* Waste reduction / minimization
* Reduction in consumption of resources (materials, water, energy)
* Prevention of pollution
* Reduction or elimination of (specific) emissions to the OHSAS
* Commitment to recovery and recycling, as opposed to disposal where feasible
* Reduction in the use of hazardous substances and use of alternatives where possible
* Reduction in packaging

Compliance:

* Co-operation with regulatory authorities
* Compliance with OHSAS regulations in all areas of operations
* Compliance with local or corporate ohsas 18001 standards whichever are the most stringent
* Compliance with the principles set down by the industry association or the ICC Business Charter for Sustainable