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.
- 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?