Why Disease Prevention Has to Start Right Now

My grandma died 7 years ago at the age of 72. She had a heart attack. For a long time she was on a plethora of medications just to keep her blood thin enough to pass through clogged arteries and her heart able to function. She even had heart bypass surgery to replace damaged arteries. For at least 15 years this was her battle, dependent on doctors and drugs.

I wonder, could it have been prevented and could she still be alive today? Grandpa is. Albeit dealing with his own health challenges and recently remarried, which is another story all together!

Grandma’s health would have no doubt been better had she adapted a healthier lifestyle sooner. Her quality of life would have been better too. As far as I can remember, visiting with the grandparents meant fried fish, french fries, and outings to Mcdonald’s for chicken nuggets. Those were grandma’s favorite.

Today I am a raw vegan. Blown away by all the things that cause disease and how simple prevention and healing can be. If my grandma was still around, I’d tell her all about it.

I tell you all this to nudge you in to questioning your own lifestyle habits. Are you doing all you can for your future health? Do you know, for example, what Coca Cola does to the body? Do you justify having things you know are bad by saying it’s only sometimes? It’s not just a matter of how many years you live, but how healthy those years are. Anyone can be motivated by regret, but often times it’s too late by then.

We’ve all heard that heart disease is the number one killer in America. But the last time I asked my dad to swap out the fried chicken for a hearty salad, he said “you only live once.” Sound familiar? I used to say that too, always having a way to justify my habitual indulgences. Donuts were my thing, and if heart disease is hereditary, I was headed in the same direction as grandma.

Eliminating a couple of things can drastically improve your health today.

  • Cut all processed foods – canned food, things that contain high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, high sodium, monosodium glutamate (msg), and any other ingredient on the label that you can’t pronounce.
  • Quit sugar in all processed forms. This includes pastries, breads, and soda.

Replace with:

  • Fresh fruit: bananas, apples, watermelon, grapes, cherries, persimmons, papaya, strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe…whatever fruits you like.
  • Water, either on its own, or fruit infused. Hydration serves a vital role in eliminating toxins from the body.
  • Eat more leafy greens and vegetables. These powerful phytonutrients deliver food to your cells, fight cancer-causing free radicals, and reverse disease.

Today is the day to start disease prevention living, and I’m here to help you do it.

What foods are consistently bad habits for you? What changes do you wish you could make? Do certain diseases run in your family? Do you worry about the future of your health?

Comments (2)

  1. Hi thank you for sharing this. I’ve been following you for some time and love your posts and stories are inspirational. I did the medical medium 28 day raw cleanse in October 2017 and noticed a difference on the 4th day. I still have not had meat but limited dairy and have introduced grains nuts and pastas back into my diet and some symptoms came back. My biggest struggle is finding the time to prep my food. I leave at 645 am and home by 5 then dinner shower bed by 930-10. Hardly any time for myself. I’m married with two daughters and am so unhappy with my life. AND my hair has started falling out since I stopped with my wild blueberry smoothies with spirulina bananas barley grass and a few other ingredients. I have so much to be thankful for but I’m blinded by my sadness. Thought about getting a life coach but funds are limited. I’m also trying to heal my mom from hypertension. She’s on board with eating right but still likes cream in her coffee but she’s coming around. All your food looks amazing!! I’ve copied some recipes down but haven’t made them yet. Keep up the good work!! Take care and God bless! Oh and another thing that intrigued me was your love for God and his only begotten son and that you are a minimalist!! So am I. And trying to get others to be also. ❤️

    1. Hi Shawn. So glad you are liking my posts! I completely understand how making changes can be overwhelming, especially finding the time to prep in a whole new way. What helped me out was making a plan before I got hungry. I do smoothies and a lot of mono-meals: bananas, papaya, melons, mango- some of these are easier to find in the summer. I also blend my salad dressing ingredients and keep it in a jar in the fridge for quick tossed salads, or even as dip for my fave veggies. Early mornings can be made simpler if you blend your smoothie the night before and stick it in the fridge. Make a routine that works with your schedule, shop & prep the basics for quicker grab-&-go. If someone else could do the grocery shopping, that would save on time too. Remember that your body is healing if you continue to eat this way. The first 6-12 months can be filled with ups and downs, but don’t be too hard on yourself. It takes time for the cells in your body to detox & regenerate. Because the gut plays such an important role in our health, we want to heal that first and allow it to fully regenerate and gain good muscle tone. That’s why eating a high water content diet is so important. You don’t want to overwhelm your digestive system. Also, getting plenty of rest, don’t do activities or work that are too exhaustive – keep it light, and decrease your stress as much as possible. If you want more information, I recommend reading the book: Self Healing Colitis & Crohn’s by David Klein, Ph.D. Whatever degree of gut health you may have, this book is very insightful. I hope this helps 🙂 God bless you too!

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