I have often told my husband how badly I want to show people how good they can feel. I know its a step by step process, but when you’ve taken a lot of the steps yourself you want to share them with everyone! I have been on a health journey since I was 16 years old, I’m almost 27 now. I’m not talking about a journey that I was subconsciously on, I have actively been pursuing good health for 11 years. Safe to say this is longer than most people actively pursue health in their lifetime. I feel so blessed to be living in a time where there is access to the information I need to keep pursuing my health, but I also know that the age of technology has made it very confusing for people to separate the good from the bad.
Today I want to share what my daily/weekly rant to my husband tends to sound like. Often it’s difficult for me to share my passion for health through writing, I’d much rather speak it. Anyways, it goes something like this:
If I could give people just a snapshot of how good they could feel, I know they would make the necessary changes. The problem is that most people are used to feeling “just ok.” To them, this is what good feels like because they have never felt any better. Their doctor tells them they are in good health, and that’s enough. Sadly, most of North America’s health care system’s numbers are based off the average in the population. Instead of comparing everyone’s results to the golden standard, they compare them to our very sick population. As long as you’re not dying, you’re “ok.” I don’t want to be just ok, and I don’t want you to be just ok. We don’t have many years on this earth and I want us to spend our time living life to its fullest and that means being actively involved in pursuing good health.
Nothing frustrates me more than when people use age as an excuse. No, you cannot eat junk just because you are young. No, you should not be satisfied with “age appropriate” health. Who decided these things were true!? All of our choices have an affect on our bodies in some way or another and the younger we realize this the better. I have known very sick young people and I have known very healthy adults. I’ve known 20 year olds who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I have known 60 year olds with more muscle tone than an 18 year old. Yes, someday we are all going to die but I want to live my youngest, healthiest life for as long as possible. I want to feel good until the very end if I can and I want you to be right there with me. When I was 18 years old I felt 60 years older. My body was failing me, inflammation was taking over my joints and some days it hurt to even get out of bed. I am who I am today because I realized that advocating for good health was up to ME.
My sister in-law, Jazmin, has stage 4 cancer. She has had stage 4 cancer for over 4 years. When she was diagnosed, at age 16, she could have easily accepted what the doctors told her but instead she actively pursued health. Despite the fact that not many people believed she would live as long as she has, she has continued to actively pursue health in the midst of a terrible disease and has outlived her prognosis. If she can do it, so can you.
My brother, Eythan, ended up with the same genetic/autoimmune issues as I have and much like his big sister, it has set him on a path to pursue life long health. He knows the journey never ends and that this is a lifetime pursuit. He would tell you himself that his passion comes from the fact that he know what it feels like to feel terrible. He and I both agree that what was once one of our biggest trials has now turned into our greatest blessing.
My mom has spent 28 years trying to find help for my brother, Kyle. Kyle has severe autism and has been through some terrible health scares over the years. My mom has spent thousands of hours researching every possible solution. She has tried hundreds of them. She would not be in such an active pursuit of health if her son had not hit rock bottom.
I don’t wish ill health on anyone, but if it takes rock bottom to force you to climb back out then so be it. Don’t wait. Rock bottom will come for most of us if we don’t keep pursuing optimal health. It may come anyways, but you can be better prepared. With 1 in 3 people being diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, I want to make sure that my body is as ready as it can be if that is something I will ever have to deal with. The National Cancer institute estimated that 147.3 billion dollars was spent on cancer treatment in the United States in 2017. It’s a money making machine that is only growing. Can you imagine if that 147.3 billion dollars was spent on cancer prevention? Imagine how much progress we could make! There is a budget of 33.1 billion dollars allotted for cancer research, that’s still a lot but it’s nothing compared to the 147.3 billion being spent on treating it. I am not suggesting we stop treating cancer, I am suggesting we put more effort into cancer prevention so we don’t have to treat it as often. I realize that many of the factors are out of out control and that some of the heathiest people get cancer, but I also know that there are many types of cancer that are heavily reduced by a change in lifestyle/diet. Cancer is just one of the many diseases that is sweeping the nation and if we don’t do something soon we will all be part of the statistic.
You don’t know how good you can feel until you feel it! So today, at the end of this lengthy rant, I want to encourage you to take one step towards your health. This might mean giving up a bad habit, trying a new kind of food or simply meeting with a health professional. Don’t wait until you hit rock bottom and NEVER settle for “just ok”. You’re worth more than that. It’s time we started an optimal health epidemic, and that starts with you.
I would love to help you on your journey, I’m not near as intense in person 😉
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