WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- When  it comes to healthy eating we have been told of the virtues of vegan diet, and avoiding  things like bacon, eggs, coffee and chocolate. Well we carnivores now have something to be excited about.  According to recent studies we meat eaters live longer  than vegetarians. The same study showed that runners also have a shorter life span than non runners. It seems that living only on vegetables is hardly possible, our bodies require a certain amount of fat and protein which is much harder to come by eating only vegetables. Vegetarians need to add supplements to their diets. If thatís the case then why would any one want to eat that way. On the other side of the coin I heard that meat eaters also need a certain amount of fat in their diet, and that if you had to survive in the wilderness only eating rabbit meat you would not survive very long either.

    Of course that doesnít mean we can all subscribe to a couch potato lifestyle, pigging out solely on junk food either. While a lot of the foods I mentioned above when eaten in excessive amounts can still have a negative bearing on your longevity. Also a sedentary lifestyle is still not a good thing.

    Being a diabetic, I have found that high carbohydrate foods seem to do more to elevate ones blood sugar level, especially foods and liquids that contain heavy doses of refined sugars. I also discovered that somewhat modest exercise has a very positive affect on those blood levels.

    If you look at a lot of people from a couple of generations ago, many of them ate diets high in fat, and sugar, but still managed to live long lives. However you have to assume that these people did not consume a lot of refined sugar growing up.

    I know of people today that consume as many as six cans of sugar soda every day. When I was younger I drank a lot more pop than I do today, but  I now drink mostly diet drinks. Contrary to some studies I donít feel that it makes me hungrier  or eat more.  It reminds me of a  saying I once heard or read, the perfect diet is chocolate cake, hot chocolate, chocolate candy, and diet cola.

    I have never been a big fan of vegetables, especially raw veggies, so with the busy lifestyle I lead it is a real pain to stop and prepare vegetables  for a lot of the quick meals I eat most often.

    Of course I really think most foods are good for us if eaten in moderation.

    So if you have felt guilty about your diet,  itís not so much what you eat, but how much you eat. If we are what we eat, look around you thereís a lot of pear shaped people out there,  but I donít think they got that way from eating pears.

    Have a great week and do good!