When does the second half of your life begin? When you are 50? When you become an ‘Empty Nester”? When you retire? Do you have to wait to be “older” in order for the second half of your life to begin? What do you want to do with the second half of your life? Travel? Get that car or condo on the beach that you have wanted? Sell everything and get a boat to live on? Here’s my question to you – Is it easier to be sick and tired and pop pills, or do you want a better Quality in the Second Half of Your Life?
Seriously now, let’s think about this – I have had quite a few conversations lately with people, who have it all ready set in their heads that they have no plans of being healthy as they get older. They have accepted the brain washed idea that getting older means chronic dis-ease. You know what I mean – arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, cataracts, constipation, acid reflux, hemorrhoids, osteoporosis, cancer. Because that is what happens when you get older, right? it’s just part of the aging cycle. And why would you want to live to be 80 or 90 if you have been dealt some or all of these? Cancer has now been put at the top of the chronic dis -ease list for those in the USA that 1 out of every 2 people will have some sort of cancer during their lifetime. One out of every Two. That is a disturbing thought. Yet no one talks about the fact that even according to the CDC, these chronic dis-eases can be alleviated, if not even Prevented, by what and how we eat.
How ironic, that the one thing we have complete and total control over, we leave to haphazard passivity. Come on now people. We need sustenance right? We are told repeatedly how this food helps lose weight and that food is good for your skin and this other way of eating can help with your blood sugar. And yet we still like to believe that popping another pill will let us eat whatever we want as “Adults”. So that means once we are “Adults”, we can abuse our bodies to the point of our bodies shutting down and can then be sustained by pills, making us “Grown Ups”. Isn’t growing up about learning accountability and maturing to know better?
I watched my mother die a slow, painful, life due to high cholesterol and a fib, taking medication that lead to osteoporosis and cardiac arrest, with her legs that could no longer hold her. Did the last 7 years of her life have to be that way? No. However, she came from a generation that trusted their doctors to have their best interests in mind and doctors that were holistic, being taught about the whole body vs. specialists who only look at one part. I remember her telling me about how her ob/gyn was actually what we now call a functional doctor, who even used homeopathic remedies and herbs. AND it was allowed AND covered by insurance 46 years ago. Try that now. If medical practitioners use anything other than pharmaceuticals,insurance does not cover anything and it is all out of your pocket. So many people cannot be educated about other health choices because the medical field cannot inform them of their choices. Even the medical field is not being educated on thinking for themselves. They are not given enough time to be with their patients to see the whole picture as to what is going on with their health. If they spend too much time with their patients, insurance gives them a hassle.
We are told, take this pill for high cholesterol even though it won’t prevent a heart attack. Take this pill for a fib,but it hasn’t been proven to prevent a stoke. Take this pill for Type 2 diabetes because Type 2 diabetes can no longer be reversed by what you eat. Now, I don’t know about you, but isn’t Type 2 diabetes the former “adult onset” diabetes that was controlled or reversed through what we ate and through exercise to keep our weight at a healthy point?
Look at the CDC link http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/. So, basically you are what you eat. Eat more fruits and vegetables. That is the first step. And a very important one in today’s day since the average American eats maybe 2-3 servings of fruits and veggies a day, yet exist on a brown diet of coffee, soda, sugar, artificial sweeteners, meat, corn, and potatoes. Turn it around. Put 2 to 3 colors provided by nature on every plate you eat. Make sure there is a green, orange or red color that has been grown by nature included when you have a snack. Make conscious decisions about what you eat and drink at every meal. That planner that you have. Exercise, 30 – 40 minutes 5 -6 times a week, needs to be part of your day. And it doesn’t need to be all spin classes and jogging. Add in some yoga, walking, weights, tai chi, Pilates. The exercise we are doing needs to be as varietal as the wines we drink 🙂
Make the Second Half of Your Life more AWESOME than the first. Go out with a bang. Live life to its fullest vs. watching it pass you by. You owe it not only to the ones you love, but more so to yourself.