My Gram (pictured below) used to say “There is no greater blessing than your health.” When I was younger, the importance of this statement didn’t really register. When we are kids, we are invisible. Life is great. No worries in the world!
I have slowly grown and evolved to understand and greatly appreciate the importance of that phrase.
I’ve grown to realize how much we can, and should, naturally, control our health. Once we leave the nest of our parents, our health, our basal evolution, is in our hands. What are you going to do to evolve into a healthier you?
Recently, I have been sticking my nose into hundreds of books, blogs, websites, magazines, etc. Anything I can get my hands on that deals with natural cooking, and life, for that matter.
I am learning how important natural, whole foods are to our health….how we don’t really need supplements if we are eating correctly…and just how messed up our food system really is.
When it boils down to it, you can’t go wrong with unprocessed, whole foods. That is what we were made to eat. You can go wrong with any products that “may cause side effects” or with foods that our great, great grandparents didn’t have available. Throughout my blog, I hope to enlighten you on various topics that are intriguing or important to me. I hope something reaches out and strikes a chord of importance with you.
Whole. Fresh. Organic. Local. Non-GMO….Elements every meal should contain. Words the food industry no longer knows.
1. We spend 2.2 trillion a year on health care; 5 times more than the defense budget.
2. We pay more per person for health care than any other industrialized country in the world, yet we are sicker than ever….There is no money in healthy people.
3. Diabetes, Heart disease, blood pressure, diet issues that cost this country over 120 billion each year. michelle obama
4. 1,500 people a day die from cancer.
5. 1 person dies in the U.S. every minute from heart disease
6. 40% of Americans today are obsese.
7. 50% are taking prescription drug. (Lipitor (used to treat high cholesterol) is the most prescribed drug.)
8. 1 in 4 4 year olds are obsese.
9. 1 out of 3 people will develop diabetes during lifetime.
10. Millions of others suffer from degenerative diseases.
11. We are masking chronic fatigue with coffee, sugar, and energy drinks.
I believe the answer isn’t another pill. The answer is in the food we consume. A change in diet could prevent and reverse several of our worse diseases.
To keep reading, check out my post on Vitamin N.
More to come.
Fitness is one of the most basal elements to our health.
1. Helps prevent disease– Working out reduces the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, etc. Cancer survivors are told to begin (or continue) working out to help avoid the return of tumors. It has also been known to improve your appearance and delay the aging process.
2. Strengthens and tones- When you look good, you feel good, right? And when you feel good, you look good. They go hand in hand! When you workout, you are developing your muscles, bones, and ligaments that increase your strength, sexy muscle definitions, and even posture!
3. Enhances flexibility- Stretching and some exercises helps reduce the chances of injury, improves balance and coordination, and relieves muscle tension by loosening muscles.
4. Improves endurance- When you workout, your body becomes more energy efficient- training your body to use less energy so you won’t feel as tired during the day. It also results in a low, healthy, resting heart rate.
5. Controls weight- burning cals!
And in my opinion, the most important:
6- Improves the overall quality of your life! Great stress reliever, mood booster, and can even help you sleep better!
I am currently studying to become an ACSM certified personal trainer, I hope to eventually offer online personal training, workout tips and suggestions, and a few other exciting specialties.
Get excited to evolve!