We have all heard the cliché ‘You are what you eat.’ The belief behind the saying is that what you eat directly relates to your body’s health.


In this day and age of convenience foods and microwave meals, authentic nutritious food is becoming less conventional. The many additives in convenience food can cause illness.


The five prime chronic diseases, namely, Diabetes, Cancer, Hypertension, High Cholesterol, and Heart diseases, are linked to infection and defective immune systems. In many instances, additives are excessive in sodium, hydrogenated oil and refined sugars. Many cooking oils cause inflammatory reactions in the body due to additives, preservatives, and pesticides.


Many convenience foods are high in calories and insubstantial in nutritional value, and our health will consequently become vulnerable to diseases.


Healthy eating should start from a young age as genes often play a role in high blood pressure, heart disease, and other related conditions. It is also possible that people with a family history of high blood pressure share communal environments and other potential elements that increase their risk.


Eating healthy is not about dieting and losing weight, it’s about feeling healthier both physically and mentally.

The benefits of healthy eating…

  • May help you live longer.
  • Keep skin, teeth, and eyes healthy.
  • Support muscles.
  • Boost immunity.
  • Fortify bones.
  • Lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.
  • Will boost your immune system.
  • Will enhance your mood and energy levels.


After my first chronic diagnosis, of HIV and AIDS, I adapted rather than completely changed my eating habits (diet) as I was already practising a healthy regimen.

Following my diagnosis of TB meningitis, two strokes and Cancer, I again adapted my eating habits, cutting out and adding healthier options. Once again, after my heart attack resulting in a double bypass, I tweaked my diet to fit in with my health situation and active lifestyle. One of the changes I made was to lose some weight, which I duly did. With the right mindset and eating strategy, I lost 20 kilograms! This loss has increased my mobility and, by so doing, enhanced my life.


A chronic condition can affect anyone. How you manage it is what makes the difference.

You can get cover of up to 1 million rand for your chronic health condition and up to 10 million if you live with HIV.

SMS CHRONIC to 33857 to find out more.

I did!

Disclaimer: The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure, and is not a substitute for professional consultation with a health professional.

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