It sounds like such a simple question but in all reality it is not. If we all did as much for our health as we should, our country and the world would be far healthier than it is. Health care costs would be lower and people would most likely not be as cranky because of pain.
Part of the problem is that we see the doctors as holding the key to our health, rather than impacting our health through our daily actions and activities. We think because we have insurance for when something goes wrong, that we can put off the little healthy activities that add up. It is part of our human behavior to do this.
I am always amused when I hear people talk about how healthy they eat. I worked in a fast food restaurant and people would order the salad bar and then add on fries and a milkshake. I always sat there dumbfounded, but hey in the fast food world, its profits over health. We weren't allowed to encourage people to think about what they eat. We were to sell them as much as we could get them to eat.
People talk about how healthy they are...
I see people talk about how healthy they eat, but then if you go into the grocery store of certain areas, it does not match what people claim. If you look at the overall obesity in these same areas, there is plenty of evidence that people don't eat as healthy as they think they do. Look at how much produce is purchased versus how many soft drinks, snacks, and processed foods go through the cash registers.
How many people go and gulp down sugar-flavored coffee drinks every day. Do you realize just how many calories are in one of those things? If not, do a google search and you'll find the answer.
If you aren't reading the labels in the grocery store, you're eating stuff that is of questionable value and most likely full of sugar or other things that do nothing for your health. I am constantly amazed at what is put into foods in the grocery store. It blows my mind and if you don't read every label, you're going to get bamboozled.
Activity that gets you moving...
How many people go out and walk or take part in activity that gets them moving where they can burn some calories, move the toxins from the cells, and get those joints a rocking? We've all got the same amount of minutes in a day and its really up to us in how we use those minutes. Are you being effective with your minutes? If not, what can you do to change that?
Diabetes is fast becoming a major health issue in this country and so much of this is caused by lifestyle choices. If you keep dumping sugar and junk into your body, sooner or later it is going to catch up. Why not start cutting back on sugary drinks or sugar in your diet. Add more "water" to your day. Keep a glass of water close to your desk and see how many of those you can drink in a day.
There are so many things we can do to impact our health, but for whatever reason, we don't do them. We talk about it. We sometimes mock those that don't do it. Yet, we're right in there making the same poor choices.
About medications and doctors...
Just because you're on a medication that has balanced whatever issue out in your life, it doesn't mean that this condition is okay. It just means the medication is replacing your role in the condition. Yes, I know that there are some medications that are needed and I'm not telling you to stop your meds. What I am urging you to do is think about your role in the situation. What more could you be doing?
Don't expect your doctor to have the time to hold you by the hand. Many doctors are so overwhelmed with patient loads that they have little time to counsel you. Many really want to help, but outside factors, including your willingness to change, often prevents them from doing what they need to do. Far too often, doctors have their own paradigms of healing, so why not learn on your own and discover how you can interact with your own health.
We all make choices on our health. We all make decisions as to whether we're going to work to be more healthy or not. Often, everyone waits until they are at the critical emergency state before we wake up and start to do something.
Our health is not going to improve on its own if we keep treating our mind and our body like garbage dumps. So, I'll end with the question I started with on this blog post.
What more could you be doing for your health?
Feel free to leave a comment of what you think you could be doing to help your own health. See if you can come up with a plan where you take action and do something. You may just be saving your own life from misery, pain, and expensive medical bills.
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