How to Avoid Disease
I have always loved reading. There is something about losing yourself in a good story — following the clues and figuring out a great mystery — going back to look at all of the breadcrumbs that an author leaves when you are totally shocked by an ending (Gone Girl style).
Since I love to read so much, as a first generation college student, it made sense to me to major in English. And when my first gig out of college as a paralegal was not quite cutting it, I moved on to teaching, so that I could pass my love of getting lost in a story on to high school kids.
As a teacher, I spent HOURS going back into stories with kids and exploring the breadcrumbs. If they were totally shocked by the ending of Of Mice and Men, we would go back and follow the breadcrumbs. Why should we have known that Lenny was going to do something so terrible? How did the author clue us in to the fact that it was going to be George who would free Lenny of his pain and suffering? What were the important missing details that should have helped us to see it coming? What was Steinbeck really trying to show us?
Our health is very similar to a story. As we write our stories, there are many questions that we can ask ourselves along the way that will reveal to us if we will be at risk for developing a disease later in the story. There are breadcrumbs that we leave throughout our lives that can reveal what the ending will look like. But instead of literary devices, the foreshadowing comes in the form of our nutrition, exercise, stress management, and sleep habits.
We have resigned ourselves to a diseased state in this country. With age comes ailing — that’s what we have accepted.
But what if we don’t have to just ACCEPT that one day we will have a disease? What if we could reduce our risks for a myriad of complicated, painful diseases that take us away from our families? What if we could AGE HEALTHFULLY?
What if, no matter what age we live to be, we can do it with VIBRANCE and LIFE?
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Am I getting 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week?
Am I eating foods that are minimally processed?
Do I eat a balanced diet, full of fruits and vegetables? Nuts and legumes? Whole grains?
Am I at a healthy weight?
What are MY risk factors?
Do I smoke?
What does my alcohol intake look like?
Do I drink enough water?
Do I get enough good quality sleep?
Do I go to the doctor for annual check ups?
Do I enlist the assistance of specialists for important health screenings?
How do I handle stress?
Do I laugh with my friends?
How GOOD is my quality of life?
Answering these questions TRUTHFULLY can help you to better anticipate what the end of your life will look like.
But wait…there’s good news.
Unlike a Steinbeck story, your story does not HAVE to end tragically! Think of your life story more as one of those “choose your own ending” books. You can CHOOSE a different ending TODAY.
Your body is forgiving. You can start making changes TODAY to live the next chapter of your life in a way that aligns with a healthier ending, and reduce and in many cases REVERSE the damage that has already been done.
YOU can live happily ever after.
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