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TODAY I write in the truest fashion of the blogger- to spill my guts, rant, and get some stuff off my chest.
We don't all need to be skinny minnies but we do all need to treat our God given bodies with respect and nurture it with foods that promote health- these foods are: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protiens and a minimal amount of junk foods and sweets.
Regular exercise is not just about wearing a swimsuit in public. It is about conditioning your heart- the very heart that has the life sustaining, formidable task of keeping us alive. Respect it. Love it. Give it exercise and feed it healthy foods. Don't clog the highways it needs to do its job to circulate your blood. (Think about a bus trying to get around double parked cars on Lexington Avenue.) Clogged arteries disrupt the flow of blood- sometimes taking it to a complete stop- hence a heart attack or stroke!!
FOOD IS FUEL FOR THE BODY. Nutrition makes every cell in the body do its job.
It REALLY is Simple- The body is alive and needs live nutrients. PERIOD. Your car doesn't run on milk- it runs on gas. Our bodies cannot run on junk! We need to provide it with nutrients.
Years ago a doctor in Italy told me- (no one can dispute the fact that the Italians have it right when it comes to food) DO NOT EAT PROCESSED FOODS. That advice is better than any medicine anyone can ever prescribe me after I am already ill. AFTER THE FACT can be too late. After we have cancer (the types that can be prevented) After we have diabetes (the type that can be prevented) After we (with healthy thyroids and metabolism) gain so much weight that it is impossible to exercise and we compromises our quality of life and put our health in jeopardy.
Thank God there is medication to treat disease and save lives, but prevention keeps the quality of life going and avoids the need for medications we need after we are already ill. After is complicated, painful, stressful and costly. Before- can make a difference. Before- we can prevent. Before- is NOW.
WHO DO WE BLAME? THE MEDIA? THE MEDICAL PROFESSION? OURSELVES? OUR PARENTS?
Let's stop blaming and start changing.
Medical professionals need to be educators and facilitators of heathy lifestyles. Some physicians could play a larger role by advocating for a healthy lifestlye before handing out prescriptions. Just saying to your patient "You should lose weight" is NOT ENOUGH. Nurses are so overworked with being assigned too many patients for one person to handle and doing medication pass on hospital floors that they do not have time to do important counseling and lifestyle education upon discharge. I know this from experience.
I am a girl on a mission and my mission is to get the word out. It starts at home, in the schools, in the work place. It starts in our own refrigerators.
I wrote a really good book on the subject. It doesn't have any steamy sex scenes, but being healthy and fit can definitely help your sex life! (Since sex sells I figured I'd throw that in!)