According to many studies and research the conclusion drawn is that many of these diseases we see overtaking the people in our country today are lifestyle diseases! For instance, cancer and diabetes in many cases can be prevented or reversed with healthy lifestyle habits.
You cannot put your health into ANYONE else’s hands – not your spouse, not your doctor, not your pharmacist – the responsibility for your health rests solely in your hands. So you have a responsibility to learn all you can so you can make informed decisions. The exception to this is our children. It’s our responsibility to provide them with the best nutrition possible and also to model healthy habits for them as well.
So just what are those habits?
1. The most critical factor for staying healthy is nutrition. We all know that our soil is mineral depleted and even organic foods are not as nutritious as they once were. I know organic foods are more expensive and people, particularly people with families, have financial constraints. I am learning you either pay now – or pay later – in health care, doctor and pharmacy bills. So, choose the best quality foods you can afford. That includes the best quality water, since that should be your drink of choice. If you need help restructuring your diet (or your children’s diet), please contact me, I am here to help.
2. Next, move your body every day. Did you know studies show that lack of exercise is a cancer risk factor? Exercise not only helps with weight management (overweight is a risk factor for certain cancers and diabetes), it improves bone health, circulation, mood and brain health as well as making you look better and increasing energy.
3. Get adequate rest and sleep. Your body renews itself at night while you sleep, your brain consolidates memories and learning and lack of sleep is a cause of hypertension and a risk factor for insulin resistance – leading to type 2 Diabetes.
4. Finally, consider taking a high quality supplement. No matter how carefully we try to eat, a supplement just makes good sense to cover any deficiencies. A recent study says that regular vitamin and mineral supplementation lowers colon cancer risk more than 80%! Just be sure to choose one that is high quality.
Obviously this is a brief overview. In fact, It’s all part of my 3D Living Program! But in reality, it doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, the more we simplify our lives and habits, the healthier (and happier) we will be.
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#s 1 – 4 = DONE! And hey, I have already done them all today and it’s only 9:30 am! ha ha. It can only go up from here!
Good for you!! That’s awesome.
Ann… Those are amazing stats when you mention the study about regular vitamin and mineral supplementation lowers colon cancer risk more than 80%! — You know, I’ll be honest I’ve gone back and forth on vitamins, the types of vitamins, and I’ve even heard NOT to take them, because they’re full of stuff I don’t need. I’ll do more digging here and always ask you for your opionion as well. If you’re 100% on board with a certain vitamin, and that all families should take this, I would love to get your take. Thanks again Ann… Your insight is incredible…
You know Rob none of eats a perfect diet so I honestly believe supplementation is necessary to cover nutritional gaps. I recommend the Beyond Organic foods and that’s an awesome beginning as your nutrition should definitely come from fresh, high quality foods. But none of us gets it perfect. Supplements are just that – in addition to a good diet. I don’t know that there is one particular vitamin all families should take. Everyone has different needs etc. That being said – Omega 3’s and vitamin D3 are 2 I do think everyone can benefit from. I’m always available to you anytime!
So true about our health is up to us to take care of!! So many times we want that magic pill just to take care of things for us.
Thanks for posting.
Thanks Jen – yes, most people seem to be looking for the “quick fix” and unfortunately, there really isn’t one.
Ann, I recently watched the documentary “Forks Over Knifes”. It talks about this subject, of nutrition and getting more towards a plant-based diet. I just picked up “The China Study” from the library as well. Do you agree with the vegetarian lifestyle. I can’t imagine living without meat as I’ve always assumed you needed it for adequate protein.
Also – have you ever worked with folks with Auto-immune disease? Like Hashimoto’s Disease?
My wife was diagnosed with Hastimoto’s by a chiropractor a couple years back. She’s had chronic pain issues for years now.
Children with Autism as well (diets)? My daughter has Autism and we’ve had her off gluten/casien/soy/eggs for years now, but always looking for things to help her GI tract stay in good shape.
Thanks – probably too much info for a post reply!
Michael – my son recently watched the same documentary and tried to go vegetarian for a month with his fiancee – they didn’t quite make it for the entire month. He said they just didn’t feel well and actually started gaining weight. My personal opinion from reading research and personal experience is this: everyone is so metabolically unique that you really can’t say one way of eating is right for everyone. Personally, I eat meat – as long as it’s the best quality – not to sound like a commercial, but that’s why I got involved with Beyond Organic foods. Some people do very well on vegetarian diets and others need the animal protein. I actually haven’t worked with anyone with Hashimoto’s Disease or autism. Getting your little girl off gluten/casein/soy and eggs is important – so many people overlook the gut/diet connection. I’ve read that fermented foods and Donna Gates and her Body Ecology Diet has been very helpful. I’d be glad to give you more info so you can look into that if you are interested.
By the way definitely not too much info for a reply – I appreciate the time you took here. Feel free to email me if I can help in any way!
My husband and I were just talking about the fact that most of the health issues are due to lifestyle — mainly a sedentary lifestyle. All of our modern conveniences are actually really bad for our health.
As for nutrition, I don’t really like good food. I prefer junk food. I get my nutrition in a shake that I make every morning that is packed with vegetables and fruit. It’s really quite tasty. My favorite healthy snack is nuts — macadamias are my favorite. I’ve recently adopted raisins as my favorite sweet snack. Both nuts and raisins are quick and easy.
Thanks for the reminder that we pay now by making the right choices or pay later with health issues that will cost money in doctors, meds, etc.
Have a Victorious Day!
So true Marianne. Thank you for being so honest – many people I talk to say they don’t like healthy, good food. They are so conditioned to the taste of junk food that real food doesn’t taste good. Taste buds can be retrained – in fact the hold of junk food is so strong that it’s like giving up an addiction for many people!
Ann, I love your four points. It always seems that when my life seems to get crazy and I start forgetting my healthy living I begin feeling less energetic and so on. I will put these on my fridge and when I begin to feel overwhelmed I will refer to them and make some changes. Blessings, @missioncoach
Thanks for your comment, Rob. I’m glad you found the post helpful. I agree – when things get busy and begin spinning out of control the first thing to go is usually the healthy habits! It happens to all of us. Hope these will help you moving forward!