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Lifestyle Diseases
contributing factor: (partial)
life style: way of living (eat- Publish Date: December 9, 2006
ing, sleeping, etc...)
related: connected; caused All Sound (Audio) Archives Available At:
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typified by: including; illus-
trated by by Shiori Iwagaki
diabetes: blood sugar dis-
ease The major contributing factor to life style related diseases, typified
obesity: very fat, too much by diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, is often obesity.
fat Therefore, we have to think about losing surplus weight.
surplus: extra; too much
the other day: a few days When I was watching TV the other day, I found a program which
ago tried to introduce a way to cook low-calorie dishes. It showed food
calorie: energy unit from images for a full hour. Then they let 3 overweight guests eat 3 full
food servings of curry-rice (Japanese style curry with rice). The dishes
images: pictures were made with lower calories than normal but that “tasting” totaled
overweight: fat (adj.) 1,800 kcal.
servings: plates of, dishes
of, portion If you have a chance to visit to America, in which many people are
tasting: very small serving struggling to lose excess weight, try watching TV. You will find it is
totaled: was a total of filled with food commercials and medicines that are supposed to
excess: too much, extra help you lose fat.
supposed to: should; proba-
bly will However, the best way to lose weight is not by eating low calorie
reducing: making smaller food, but by reducing the amount of food you eat.
portion: amount you eat,
serving It is really difficult to reduce your meal portion sizes while surrounded
unbelievably: incredibly, by actual food or images of food on TV-- unless you have an unbe-
amazingly lievably strong will. So, it is very important to keep away from this
will: mental strength, mind toxic food environment. But avoiding food advertising images is still
strength not enough. Because if you who want to lose weight, changing your
toxic: poison physical environment is not be enough. What is most important is to
avoiding: staying away from keep your mental environment free of unhealthy food images.
to shift: to change (or move)
mental focus: what you This is important for all of us. We have to find a way to shift our
concentrate on; what you mental focus from food to healthier foci such as sports, reading or
think about music.
foci: plural of “focus” (more
than one focus) Perhaps instead of calling them “life style related diseases” we should

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root causes: deep causes, call them “thought related diseases”, for thought and emotion are the
true/original causes true root causes of these diseases.
anxious: nervous
an outlet for: a way to If we are always worried and anxious we may eat as an outlet for
express; a way to get (feel- these feelings. If we constantly think of failure and problems, we
ings) out may eat as a way to distract ourselves from these thoughts.
constantly: always, fre- Therefore, it is our negative thoughts and emotions, and our inappro-
quently priate way of dealing with them, that is the true cause of obesity and
to distract: to break concen- “lifestyle related diseases”.
tration, to suddenly think
about something else So our challenge is to shift our thoughts and emotions-- and to han-
inappropriate: incorrect; not dle the negative ones in a better way. This is the best way to lose
good for the situation weight and gain health. We can enjoy the satisfaction of finishing a
dealing with: using; trying to really fat book. We can enjoy the achievement of passing a difficult
solve (something difficult) exam. We can enjoy the exertion and effort of sports. Of course, we
challenge: difficult task or can enumerate many more positive pursuits. The point is, chang-
problem ing our mental focus is the key.
to handle: use; deal with;
survive/solve a difficult situa- There are many ways to cultivate a healthy mental environment. We
tion don’t even have to wait. Today, or tomorrow, we can start to think in a
gain: increase, get more different way.
achievement: success, vic-
tory Learn More:
exam: test
exertion: hard effort (usually Shiori’s Art and Essays
physical) http://ateliervolonte.gozaru.jp/
enumerate: list; tell one by
one Mindful Eating Article
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the point is: the main idea
the key: the most important
to cultivate: to care for and
help grow

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