HEALTH SCARES WORK: HOW INTERNAL PROBLEMS FORCE YOU TO CHANGE COURSE

Doctor Pointing at Tablet Laptop

“You will change or forced to do so.”


test results

Most people go to sleep and wake up not really thinking about their health. Problem is, things arise that force you into the doctor’s office. Now, for me, I like to go to the doctor’s office throughout the year. And even with that nothing is guaranteed. So you say to yourself, why even do it if there is no guarantee with health? Well, statistically it puts you at a strong disadvantage. You are supposed to care for your body even when the doctor’s visit renders there is nothing wrong. That doesn’t mean you’re supposed go, “Oh, there’s nothing wrong, back to the donuts and ice cream.” Bad decision to make once you have been given clearance.

longevity means a lot

Everyone want to have a long life on Earth. But when you get news that you must change your lifestyle, then you are forced to come to a realization. You want to live longer than you are going to live change the lifestyle. Or, you can go at it like you have been doing. That is the thing that wakes people up. And hey, you still may live longer, but do you want to live longer and be forced to live in an assisted living quarters. Because there is nothing more upsetting to see someone that is much much older who refused to change their ways early in life. Now they have to have someone around the clock caring for them until the day they die.

use others as an example

Depending on your family history, you may be prone to have sicknesses unlike others. In my family, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease is a problem. So I have to be extra careful considering it is on both sides of my family. Now, granted, since childhood, I grew up an athlete, but every now and then I feel a little sick. A lot of times it’s nothing but a little bit of stress and anxiety. I will say for the most part I am fine. But if you come from one of these families it should be a wake-up call when you see people getting ill from sicknesses you know you have a lot of control over.


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GROWING YOUR OWN WELLNESS: HOW TO CULTIVATE YOUR OWN FOOD FOR HEALTH

Selective Focus Photography of Vegetables in Basket

“You eat what you grow.”


personal garden growth

Living in New York City, I wish there was an ability to grow your own crop. I would love to have a space to grow some type of crop for my own personal consumption. But if you live in the majority of the United States, you can grow your own crop in a garden in your back yard. Or, if you have enough land there are ways to grow more for you and your family. Just make sure your know what you are doing, because growing crops takes more than just digging up the ground and throwing some seed in the Earth hoping to have a successful outcome. But you also want to check on other aspects of growth before you start, such as laws.

growth laws

You want to start eating healthier foods, but you can’t just go to the store because the cost is so much money. So now you want to grown your crops to consume, but check the laws. In the United States, there are laws prohibiting the growth of certain crops in certain areas of your property. Which means, you may not be able to grow crops in the front yard of your house. But as far as the backyard, there are a lot less regulations. But also, make sure that the crop in the backyard is something you can grow as well. Meaning, strawberries are a better pick to grow, than cabbage because cabbage has a smell that resonates in the air. But beware of strawberries considering mice need fruit for energy. So understand, your health is important, but we do have laws.

surviving the right way

If you want to teach your child/children a great way to self sustain, then teach them how to grow crop. It not only promotes a healthy way to live, but it also shows them how to survive off of the land in which they reside. Before I spoke of the laws concerning growing your own crop, but for those that can, they don’t. Utilizing your land fully to the best of your ability is crucial to your survival. So for those out there with the means and land to do it, go for it. And if you know someone with the land that will allow you to grow, ask them as well.


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THE BODY IS A TEMPLE: CARING ABOUT WHAT GOES INSIDE

Women's White Top and Orange Floral Skirt

“We are pure in form.”


what goes inside

We often grab something to eat, downing it into our stomachs, not realizing what we are doing to our bodies. We engage in activities that can cause our bodies harm. And those side effects we don’t feel until time progresses. So I say, your body should be treated with care and it will continue to care for you for a long time. Now, so many people don’t look at the human body as this sacred temple to be cared for until they get older. Once they age and realize it, the damage is far along. So deal with the situation at a young age or deal later.

how we see ourselves

As you take a look in the mirror, do you like what you see? Because if you don’t it will show itself in the decision you make concerning your body. I walk the streets of New York all the time and see people jobbing and power walking. Then you see people shoving the greasy food down their throats. And for them, they are not too willing to give up the bad stuff to make their lives worth living. They also may not care how they see themselves, especially if no one else is checking for them. But we also have to take into account, keeping your body together just takes a lot of work. Work that is beneficial in the end, but hard in the beginning.

take the first step

In order for you to live that healthy life, you have to first start actively caring. Not just reading books and taking notes. That is the minor adjustments, you must do. Live the holistic life and hold true to it. Get yourself into a pattern so that it becomes what you do, and not a job. Because then you’ll start to get frustrated with the lifestyle. It has to be more than just exercise and eating right, it has to be a belief system.


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HEALTH CONSCIOUS GENERATION: WHEN DID IT START

Woman Measuring Her Waist

“When did it all come about?”


this is all new

Have you ever noticed that we are in a generation where everyone around you is health conscious? All we do in today’s society is count calories. And my question would be when did all this start? Because to me it seems like it came out of nowhere. Or better yet, maybe it’s just a regional thing. Because living in New York City, you see people jogging early in the morning and late at night. Yoga studios are packed and Whole Foods grocery store is tough to navigate the store and the long lines in the produce section. Trust me, I have no problems with it, but when did it start?

early memories

For me growing up, the people who were into fitness was guys like Richard Simmons or the Tae Bo workout tapes by Billy Blanks. Now, over the internet and on television, someone is promoting their healthy way of living. And it has become a very lucrative market. I remember my mother used to attend her weight watchers meetings, now, people hold their own private groups outside the more known name brands. So when you think of exercise, generations past remember only a few people who were promoting their healthy lifestyle. And it actually was from this, the spark of social media gurus came about.

being in the know

With every past generation, we get to be more and more in the know about ourselves as humans. And for that reason, people are more health conscious. Because we have the ability to understand what we were in the past, but we are more aware of the future today. So moving toward the future, the more we know, the more we realize certain things are just not good for us. We won’t reach everyone, but the masses hopefully we do.


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MODERATED JUNK: “HOW TO” EAT WHATEVER

Two People Holding Chips and Fried Chicken

“Unhealthy, yes; delicious, yes.”


greasy goodness

You ever look at the menu of a dish you would like to try simply because you know it’s unhealthy, but yet it taste so delicious. There is nothing better than a double cheese burger with all the condiments and toppings. Not to mention the chili cheese fries, oh yeah, and two brats with condiments and toppings. Wait, I forgot to drink it all down with a Coca Cola. That just sounds like a heart attack, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal, stomach cancer, nerve damage, mess. But I am willing to bet you it taste amazing. But how did humans figure out that the most unhealthy of foods are always the best food to eat. Only the healthy dishes are the most disgusting.

watered down portions

Want a burger, then instead of eating beef, you might want to go for chicken, but make sure that chicken is grilled not fried. Or better yet and ostrich or turkey burger taste just as good if not better. But let’s be honest, how many ostriches are there on this planet that can feed everyone who want one. You like to eat fries, fine, eat then baked instead of the traditional method. Then again, they are so much more tasty when it is cooked crisp. And when it comes to having a drink, do you really need to break out the two liter, I think not. Having a cup of apple or orange juice is just fine. Better yet, when did waster stop becoming this great beverage to drink.

moderation is key

Consuming almost any meal is fine, as long as you don’t do it too often. A weekend of eating an entire cake or box of donuts is good if it’s something you do every four to five months. I have been known to eat a pound cake from the store in one sitting. Only thing is, I did this two times in the year 2018. Twice in one year is fine, but every weekend, or even every other weekend is bad for you. So know how to eat unhealthy in a healthy manner.


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DRIVING ON E: HOW TO INCREASE THE ENERGY IN YOUR BODY

Photo of Man Jumping On Box

“Wake up, workout.”


get your numbers up

If you start the day off and you only have limited energy, then you need to do something better with your lifestyle to start the day off right. You should not be starting your day with limited energy because sleep is when the body restores itself. Now, there are exceptions, the elderly tend to be one of them are people who are going to be low on energy. They have lived a 70, 80, or a few 100 years on earth. It will take some time but they are able to move about. But if you are in your 20’s, 30’s, and maybe even your 40’s, struggling to wake up in the morning could be linked to some form of health concern.

food fuel

You know how when you were a child your parents said eat your fruits and vegetables. Well, they were right, in addition some other eats like nuts and wheat. You need to get these foods inside of you because they provide your body not only with the energy it needs. But you also are able to remove any of the bad through your system. But if you are eating whatever, your body will start to be drained. A draining body with no matter how much sleep will be harder and harder to restore at night as you rest. So insert the proper nutrients for the body to continue after you wake up in the morning.

lift-run-lift

Exercise, yes people, you have to go to the gym, or run, or do something that will make sure that you have enough energy. I have been exercising since high school and I am in my 30’s, and I still exercise. My body only have had problems adjusting because of the new work schedule I have over the recent year. But even with that, I awake, ready for the day. ┬áSo my advice to you would be, if you’re waking up in the morning, and still tired, it may not only be your job. You might not be living the healthiest of lifestyles.


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REGIONALLY OVERWEIGHT: WHY SPECIFIC REGIONS MUST CHANGE THEIR HABITS

Person Holding Tape Measure

“Get it together.”


overeating in america

I come from the Midwest, and if you know anything about this region of the country, you know we love to eat. And let’s not leave out the South as well. And to put things into perspective, when I say eat, I mean everything has pork fat, lard, fried, and glazed. Oh yeah, BBQ’d and smoked to perfection. And here lies the problem with the regions. Because when you have of the top fattest cities, four of the top five in one state (Texas) that possess a serious health concern. I know we live in a country where we can eat what we want, but there has to be limits. Texas, as I mentioned, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan; these places lead the charge in being overweight.

good eatin, bad problems

What happens when you consume so much food, you start to develop health issues surrounding the food you eat. Diabetes, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, hyperglycemia, colon cancer, stomach cancer, throat cancer, liver disease, pancreatic cancer, gallbladder disease, kidney failure, and loss of vision (which can stem from diabetes). Now, if eating good means any of these issues, keep the meal over there. But we seem to not care and tell people don’t tell me what to eat. But it will be the problem of someone when they are forced to care for you when you lose a leg to Diabetes. So eat what you like, but think for just a moment those who may have to care for you.

hell, water can be bad drinking too much

You want to have a few donuts, fine; a little Haagen Dazs, go nuts. But go nuts every now and then. You can eat anything, just don’t make things a habit. Too much bread and not a balance of other foods can lead to illnesses. And what is more healthy then good old fashion bread. Well, there are fruits and vegetables; but beware, too much fruit raises sugar levels as well. You don’t need to eat sweets to still get sick. And after hearing this you say, now who cares. If fruit gets me sick, let me eat my donuts in peace. Well, nothing is guaranteed, but fruit is a hell of a lot better than chips and cookies and donuts. So eat as you wish, but don’t say you weren’t warned.


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