By Byron McNutt

DHI Media

Have you ever heard someone say they hope to earn and save just enough money during their lifetime to live comfortably to the day they die? Sharing gifts and memories while alive is the best advise.

Those people are saying they don’t need millions of dollars to be happy, yet they don’t want to be deeply in debt, either. Sure, it’d be nice to have a little extra money in the bank to pass on to children and grandchildren, but if you spend your last dollar on your last day on Earth, so be it.

About 13 years ago, I found this article about food and diet misconceptions. Since we are approaching the holidays, a time of year many of us overeat and then make New Year’s resolutions to eat better and lose weight, I thought I’d pass them along to you.

A cynic might say, “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to slip in sideways – a glass of fine wine in one hand, strawberries in the other – body totally used up, totally worn out and screaming, ‘Now, that was a wild ride!’”

The following essay asks and answers several questions about healthy living. Most people break their resolutions by the end of January or they give them up for Lent. Now you’ll have some good excuses.

Q: I heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?

A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that’s it. Don’t waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make it last longer. That’s like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?

A: You must grasp the logical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism for delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat a chicken. Beef is a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable).

And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?

A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy it distilled wine, which means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get more of the goodness that way. Beer is made from grain. Bottoms up!

Q: What are some advantages to participating in a regular exercise program?

A: Can’t think of a single one, sorry. My motto is, “No pain ... good!”

Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?

A: You’re not listening! Foods are fried in what? Vegetable oil. In fact, they’re permeated with it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?

Q: Will sit-ups prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?

A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

Q: We all want to know. Is chocolate bad for me?

A: Are you crazy? Hello! Cocoa beans ... another vegetable. It’s the best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?

A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.

Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?

A: Hey! “Round” is a shape.

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Are any of my readers planning to get a tattoo for Christmas? Look around. They can be seen just about anywhere, on anyone.

Tattoos were previously popular with sailors, working men and criminals. Now they are worn widespread by both men and women as body art. Tattoos for women now account for more than half of all tattoos.

Last year, the tattoo industry generated an estimated $1.6 billion in revenue, according to market-research firm IBISWorld. The firm expects the industry to grow at an annualized rate of 7.7 percent.

Younger people, especially millennials, are being inked. An estimated 47 percent of young people, ranging in age from 18 to 35, have at least one tattoo, 37 percent have at least two; and 15 percent have five or more, according to a 2015 Harris Poll.

In comparison, 36 percent of Generation X and 13 percent of Baby Boomers are inked.