Eating healthy and exercising is more than just losing weight. Having a positive mind is more than just being happy. It’s also about preventing what I believe, and have learned from years of research are preventable diseases and illnesses.
1 out of 4 people you know will get cancer.
2 out of 3 people you know will get heart disease.
Over 3 million Canadians suffer from some form of lung disease.
In 2012, 6.5% (1.9 million) of Canadians aged 12 or older reported that they had diabetes.
If you combine those 4 diseases above, 9 out of 10 people will die from what could be preventable diseases every year.
Now Consider This:
To date, 3589 hospitalizations have been reported in Canada for 2014/2015 for the flu (influenza).
59% of adult Canadians are either overweight or obese.
31% of young Canadians (17 and under) are either overweight or obese.
Hundreds of years ago people died from diseases and illnesses that had no cure. Today, people are either suffering or dying from what are preventable diseases or illnesses. We have come so far with modern medicine and can do some pretty amazing things. I will never take away from that. I feel blessed to live in such an advanced time. However, we now rely entirely on modern medicine to cure what ails us and have become reactive when it comes to our health instead of being proactive. As you can see from the stats above, modern medicine can only take us so far. We must take our health into our own hands. Our medical system, doctors and nurses can’t keep up with the revolving door of people coming in wanting and needing to be cured.
The Threat – My Personal Perspective
What is threating our health? I believe the threat is in our daily decisions.
What we eat
What we think
How we move
There is a cure though, and in order to be proactive, we need to start making our health our #1 priority. We need to stop reversing disease, illness and obesity and start preventing it.
How do we this? By making healthy choices in what we eat, what we think, and how we move. I’m always saying, “you can’t have a healthy mind without a healthy body and you can’t have a healthy body without a healthy mind.” So what do we do? How can we become more proactive? It starts with knowledge, then taking daily action, and making smart daily decisions.
Knowledge Is Key
1. You must learn what nutrients your body needs and how to get it from the food you eat. Knowing this will help you enhance your health. I’m not talking about counting calories either. Calories are not created equally. I’m talking about essential nutrients that every human body needs. Healthy eating is not only good for your body, but also for your mind. Your brain needs just as much from nutrition as your body does. The two are so interconnected. Knowing this and learning this can transform your life. Your question should be, “what does my body need, not only to survive, but to thrive?”
2. You need to learn and practice having a healthy mind: positive thinking, letting go of limiting beliefs and past pains, what your strengths are, what your weaknesses are, what you desire, how you want to feel every day, what attitude you choose in negative situations, etc. Every thought you think will be at the center of the decisions you make towards your health; positive or negative. It’s not always going to be easy, but it will always be worth the effort and the work.
3. Be active and find an exercise routine that you love. Every move you make can increase your odds of promoting whole-body health. On average, we sit for 8 hours a day and that doesn’t include sleeping. If you don’t have time for exercise, just move.
Get up from your desk and walk around.
Stand up while talking on the phone.
Stretch a few times a day, even in your office.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Park further away, so you can walk.
Dance to your favorite song around the house.
Exercise and daily movment is good for your mind, your body and your soul. If you move more than you sit, you will make healthier food choices, you will sleep better, you will decrease stress, boost your immunity, and you will literally be happier because exercise release happy endorphins into your brain.
Now consider this…if you take into account everything above and knowing that there is something you can do, will you do what it takes? What is your health worth to you? If you are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, you are probably ready to make positive changes. All it takes is one change at time, one positive decision at a time, and one action step at a time.
Laurie-ann Sheldrick, The Contagiously Positive Girl
Stat Sources: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca