Thursday Thoughts – Health Issues Don’t Discriminate

Did you know that health issues don’t discriminate?

Like most other girls in the 30-40 year old range, I too thought Dylan was dreamy! I’m sad Luke lost his life at age 52…

But I see a lot of people commenting on his age and how he’s ‘too young’ to have died from a stroke/complications from a stroke, and while I understand the sentiment, again, health issues DO NOT discriminate.

They affect young and old, black and white, gay and straight, all religions, all political backgrounds, from all parts of the world, all professions, all income brackets… so on and so forth.

Health issues simply don’t discriminate.

And sometimes there is truly no rhyme or reason as to why we suffer health issues.

I know people who don’t really move their bodies, don’t really eat anything of nutritious value, fill their bodies with substances and alcohol, and yet have the paperwork to prove they are “healthy” across the board.

Similarly, I know people who do the majority of things right, and still can’t get into a health groove.

But all this is just one of many reasons why I work out. Why I try to make the majority of the food I eat nourishing and nutritious. Why I get acupuncture to help me heal and deal with stress. Why I drink water like tomorrow it could be outlawed.

Why I do EVERYTHING I do, and WHY I invite others to JOIN ME in making small changes that could make a BIG difference in their life.

It doesn’t mean we won’t face health issues, unfortunately. I mean, if only there was a guarantee, I’m pretty sure that’d propel a LOT of people into action, am I right?!

But there is something to be said for taking PROACTIVE measures. There is something to be said for LOVING yourself enough to want better for yourself. To care enough NOW.

How many of us would get our asses in gear NOW if we had a crystal ball that would predict health issues in our FUTURE?

In a perfect world, doing the majority of things right would set you up for a long life with no health issues or complications. But the world isn’t perfect and neither are we.

But every bit helps, so let us not strive for PERFECTION but rather, strive to empower ourselves to be BETTER than we were yesterday; to shine BRIGHTER than we ever have.

And if you need help and support in doing that? I got you. Truly, we are all in this together 💕

 

Tip Tuesday – Be Smart

The Susan G Komen Foundation has provided tips to help you take the important steps towards a healthier lifestyle, which can do wonders to lift your spirit, keep your weight in check, and help you live a healthy, active lifestyle.

  • Move and Groove – If there is one thing cancer hates, its an energetic, active lifestyle. The key to getting fit is doing something that you love – and doing it long enough to reap the all-important health benefits. Walking is something we all do every day anyways, so why not make it count? A mere 30-minute stroll at a brisk pace is a totally drama-free way to get fit. Bonus? Exercise lowers estrogen levels, fights obesity, lowers insulin levels, and boosts the immune system.
  • Live to Eat Well – A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains is the ideal way to nourish your body. Be sure you have your nutritional bases covered by taking a multivitamin containing folate and staying on top of your calcium intake. Get your daily 1,000 mg by throwing in a little low-fat yogurt, milk, kale, spinach, or a calcium tablet. (Me, I get all my bases covered in my daily Shakeology – super easy!)
  • Steady On – Maintaining your ideal weight isn’t just for looking good in your skinny jeans. Keeping the number on the scale in the healthy range can mean a decreased risk of breast cancer after menopause.
  • Keep the Inner Peace – Diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to keep your body and mind in top form. Take special care of your emotional health by maintaining close relationships with family and friends as well as engaging in the activities you cherish. Reading a book on a Sunday afternoon or catching a movie with a friend are effortless ways to carve out some stress-free “me” time.
  • Don’t Wine (too often!) – While research shows that drinking a glass of wine every day lowers the risk of heart disease, it can actually boost your risk for breast cancer. Keeping your alcohol intake to less than one drink per day may help stave off this risk.
  • Get in the Driver’s Seat – Don’t make the mistake of riding shotgun when it comes to fighting health issues. Take control of your wellbeing by making sound diet and exercise choices, annual checkups and regular screenings.

You can do this – just be smart! 🙂