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(This post was written for the 28-Day Be Healthy Program.)
How do you feel?
Not just physically, but mentally and emotionally?
If you are giving two thumbs up, that’s great! Congratulations!
But, if you are in any way unhealthy, overweight, struggling with bad habits, or feeling like you’re on a steep decline, it’s no wonder.
Know you are not alone.
But, I’m not going to throw a bunch of stats and numbers at you now.
First of all, you’re probably well aware of the health crisis going on in the United States and around the world. Maybe your family, workplace, or neighborhood has been touched. Sadly, we don’t need to look far for evidence.
Secondly, it doesn’t really matter – to your health – what the trends are. If everyone in the world was in perfect health – except you – you’d still want to improve your condition, wouldn’t you?
There are a few reasons for the dramatic increase in chronic degenerative dis-ease during the past few decades. Some are within the control of the individual and some are not.
So, you’re off the hook as far as what is out of your control.
It might help to keep in mind, on your journey toward better health, the Serenity poem/prayer:
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
What are some things mostly beyond our control?
- the tremendous increase of toxins in our environment – air, water, soil, food – even ‘healthy’ food
- the significant decrease of nutritional value of the soil in which our ‘healthy’ foods are grown, meaning fewer nutrients going into our bodies which depend on them
- the number and intensity of emotional stressors we are exposed to
- which foods are available to us and their cost
That covers a lot of ground. But, what about the choices we’ve made over the years? That’s our responsibility, right?
Well, that depends.
There are a few reasons why we shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves for the state of dis-ease.
- We have been given – and continue to be given – bad information and bad advice.
- Some of the recommendations we were given have led to addictions that are hard to break.
- Government subsidies, clever marketing, and overblown media reporting of bad science have made unhealthy choices easier to make than healthy ones.
Over the past century, science has taken a back seat to money, power, and politics when it comes to health recommendations.
As a result, many people who have listened to and adhered to advice from their doctor, the media, government agencies, and certain non-profit associations are now suffering as a result.
We cannot undo the past but it’s time to begin anew and do so without any guilt or self-blame that will only hinder our efforts and hold us back from achieving our goals.
Knowledge is power but only when that knowledge is based on fact and then properly applied.
Otherwise, it sends us down the wrong path, indeed.