Healthy Choices Matter: Let's Be Well
In the realm of health, medicine or science, there is a lot that I don't know and am never intending to diagnose or cure anyone. Every circumstance is different and there is no way I could or should expect my thoughts to apply everywhere. I have had a lot of experience and exposure through my own health, the health of my children and my work with The Herb Garden that has convicted me of some important things that the average American either does not know, acknowledge or put into practice.
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With so much disease that often doesn't make sense, it behooves us to remedy the issues that clearly do make sense. Let's do what we can!
Weight-gain is a health risk, not a body shaming opportunity. At best, we all have different ideal weights. Our genes decide how big our bones are, so we are never supposed to be the same size as whoever the chosen queen or king of culture is today. How good or bad we look AND how much we care about that, is largely up to us. Regardless of that, unhealthy weight-gain is a health risk. That means it changes the way our body works. From little things like shortness of breath and tiredness to a greater risk of diabetes, stroke, cancer and depression. How you eat and how little you move can, in some cases be the deciding factors between developing these diseases or not. If that applied to you or your family member, why wouldn't you make some changes?
Where there is disease or a health issue, a change in diet or lifestyle has to be made to see great improvement. From the big diseases like cancer and heart disease all the way down to allergies and respiratory conditions, if you are hoping for improvement, the very least you need to be doing is eating a colorful healthy diet and moving! Especially children that struggle with asthma or crazy allergic reactions, in general a change in diet and lifestyle can go a long way in correcting struggles like this. And in case you didn't know, sugar is in everything and in the doses we typically get, sugar makes everything worse. Sad story, but undeniable fact.
We all have different struggles and different priorities, but feeling well enough to do the things we love is probably something we share. I love the herbal remedies and nutritional education I've received through The Herb Garden and Nature's Sunshine, but even if you don't share that appreciation, cooking and eating at home, drinking more clean water, including more veggies and healthy fats, and making physical activity part of your life are simple straight-forward things that will change your life! And just imagine if our children and grandchildren grew up understanding how valuable wise choices about their food and activity were!
It's easy to dismiss things like eating better and moving more as 'not that big of a deal' or 'not the most important thing'. And I get that. It is hard. And making healthy choices doesn't always fit right away with your budget or schedule and it doesn't feel like it should matter so much. But when there is hardly a person who doesn't have a major health complaint or major disruption to their life because they can't get out of bed or they are depressed or they are just in so much pain or they can't focus or breathe or cancer is continuing to show up everywhere - It is just becoming very clear that like it or not, it DOES matter. Moderation, absolutely. Enjoy your food - YES! But living like it doesn't matter and then wondering why our bodies seem to be against us, well that just isn't wise. None of us can control the genes we were given or be master of all environments or circumstances, so health issues will come. I just hope we can all understand more how our choices can benefit or hurt those issues.