This article is literally from my heart and I hope it comes across that way. I am not trying to judge or offend anyone. This is more of an open letter to myself because I know I have to wake up. If I can encourage just one person to make this change, it will be worth it for me.
While in the middle of some heavy research I am currently working on, I kept hearing this voice in my head saying “It is time for people to wake up”! This literally happened for almost a week. So, I had to take a pause from that and write this.
Unhealthy Habits Passed Along
I am talking about our health and making it a priority to do better so we can be better. “We don’t know what we don’t know” but it is still on us to do something about it. It’s about changing this “generational curse’’ we keep handing down to our children so naturally, they make the same exact unhealthy choices we make.
Think about it for a minute… how did your parents eat? What were you fed as a child? More than likely, you were taught to eat as your parents ate. They meant well, but they just didn’t know any other way because they were taught the same habits from their parents. Sometimes it’s even a cultural thing. Some of you reading probably had/have a different situation and were taught to take care of your body and ate all of the right things.
Some of the “hereditary disease” we say we got from our parents were actually the result of learned behavior. We are not at risk for heart attacks and heart disease because our parents had it… we are at risk because we eat the same things they did to cause it.
We need to educate ourselves on what we are consuming daily and putting into our bodies and our family’s. Even if you are thin and active. You might look healthy from the outside but on the inside, you may very well be deficient or lacking nutrients.
I’m sure by now you have identified if this is something you struggle with. This is not intended for everyone. Only for people looking to improve their quality of life and make healthier choices. Some of you are already doing it. That’s awesome! Keep it up! I personally know I need to make better choices.
Most of us eat for pleasure and have a YOLO mentality. We need to realize we are not invincible. People are dying so young and most of it is related to our lifestyle and what we eat, and don’t eat…
We really need to see food as a way to get the much-needed vitamins and minerals our body is craving in order to have optimal health. Our bodies do not have a natural ability to make most of the vitamins and minerals we need, so we have to get from the foods we eat, or we must supplement our deficiencies with nutritional supplements.
What Are We Living For?
Parents! We need to live for our children and see them grow up. We need to be a part of their most epic moments in life. We shouldn’t be a burden on them when we get older all because we choose not to take care of ourselves early on. The same goes if you are married. We don’t want our spouse left to care for us if we can help it. We want to live a full life full of adventure and special memories.
Moms, I know it’s hard. You have the kids, a job, hectic schedules and a long list of other daily “must do’s”. You sacrifice your health so your family can keep functioning. Find time to take care of yourself. If you feel overwhelmed and stressed out, that’s even more of a reason.
Dads, the stress for you is real. So much pressure to provide for your family. The long hours at work… A restless night of sleep… no other option but to grab fast food while on the go. No time to focus on yourself. Not to add any more to your plate but your family needs you here.
I know not everything boils down to food and lifestyle choices. Unfortunately, we can have a genetic disorder or develope diseases, cancer and other debilitating illnesses that are unrelated. We don’t have a choice in that matter. We need to take control of the things we do have control over. If by making a few small changes we can change the course of our future for the better, we owe it to ourselves to do just that.
I had a conversation with my husband yesterday about how he never got a chance to meet his grandfather because he passed away early on of a heart attack. My husband’s father never got a chance to meet his grandchildren because he had a heart attack and died before they were even born. I told my husband that will not be him. He will break that chain and live to meet every single grandchild born. We need him to be around so we can grow old together.
One Small Change At A Time
If you were to make one small change today, what would that be?
What is keeping you from making that change?
We can’t afford not to make a change. Time is passing us by one day at a time. We deserve to live our best life possible. Your life is so precious and so important.
There are so many things in life that cause us to worry but our health shouldn’t be one of them. In order to make that a reality, we need to change our direction.
WE MUST START TODAY! It’s never “too late”. I know the title of this article says the opposite but if you are reading this article, your right on time.
Here Is A Good Place To Start
Start with food. Next time you go to the grocery store, try to shop the parameter of the store as much as you can. This is where the healthiest options are. Try to avoid junk and processed food. Search Pinterest for healthy whole food recipes prior to your trip. Challenge yourself to only drink water throughout the day.
Coffee is still okay if you need it. I’m a coffee drinker so I understand. HERE is a great recipe for my favorite coffee that is packed with health benefits and it tastes yummy too!
Try to find ways through your day to optimize your health mentally and physically. Exercising is a great way to do both at once. Try to squeeze it in a few days a week.
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What Is Your Why?
Most importantly, you have to know WHY you do what you do. Knowing that will help you filter out anything else.
This is a call to action. Who is ready to head towards optimal health so you can live an Optimized Life?
I will be the first to commit. Please take away my heart and passion for your life from this article. I am on this journey with you.
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