Back when I was in college in 1988-ish, one day I remember listening to a song and commenting to my roommate “That’s my problem, I’m a victim of love!”. To which she responded “You are a victim of yourself”. That memory hit me the other day when I was reading yet another ‘health is a matter of perspective’ article. Well, this is my article to end this year and begin your new year.
I know I was a victim of myself. And every now and then I catch myself leaning towards it. Here’s the way I see it: We all know what we need to do to keep ourselves sick, at status quo, healthy and at premium health levels. The question is at what level do you operate at?
You notice I didn’t say want to be at, I asked operate at? That is where the ‘victim’ comes into play. I think everyone knows someone who has some sort of chronic condition that can be very easily kept at bay and yet that person chooses to contribute to the symptoms versus taking those few extra steps away from it. And it is very easy to turn a blind eye to the extra complications the pharmaceuticals add to your health (hey, it’s treating the problem at hand right? Or is it?). And you also probably know someone who exercises regularly, is strict with their eating, takes their vitamins/etc, and still has a laundry list of health issues. So what is up with them? Well, they could be punishing themselves for something deep rooted. They could like the attention their symptoms provide. They might use their health issues as the only way to validate asking for attention/company (they might not know how to socialize without having a health issue).
What they don’t realize is that freeing themselves of their illness will give them a whole new lease on life. My husband and I have a disagreement on eating hormone free/antibiotic free vs eating conventional. He says we don’t need to spend the extra $$$ on these foods.I say that by eating this way, we are not spending hundreds of $$$ on pharmaceuticals that these foods would be causing our bodies to be struggling with (extra hormones in the body = insulin resistance, adrenal and thyroid issues, sex hormone imbalances (PMS, depression, etc), digestive issues from the antibiotics, and weakened immune system). I want to die healthy not live sick.
Why have those you love see you struggle and hurt when you don’t have to? Why draw them into your drama of a life? That is a selfish decision. Especially if you have young children who will be wishing you were healthy enough to play with them or you are older and are subjecting them to watching you suffer and have them feel that pain.
I know this is a pretty serious topic today, but it’s the truth and I know you will agree with me. I might upset some of my new readers with this, but I don’t mind striking a nerve, the way my roommate called me out 25+ years ago, and maybe helping someone take a step towards the health or getting someone to take their next step towards optimal health.
Happy Healthy 2013.
Adrienne Falcone Godsell is a personal nutrition trainer and food coach, in Tampa, Fl. Visit her website adriennefalconegodsell.yolasite.com for more info and how to get in touch with her. She is available via Skype sessions as well as locally in Tampa.
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