We live in a world in which we have been tricked into thinking that we could do whatever we want...eat whatever we want, abuse our bodies however we want...and then take a pill, or have some kind of medical treatment to erase it all.
But it doesn't work that way. Our lifestyles and eating habits play a very important role in how our future will play out. The major diseases plaguing us today...obesity, diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, some autoimmune disorders, dementia, etc....are mostly due to unhealthy lifestyle habits.
You can't erase a lifetime of bad habits with a pill or a medical treatment.
Do you remember being a kid and having the ability to improvise with whatever situation you were in? If you were stuck on a long car trip, you would think up a game to play. Or if the weather was bad and you couldn’t go outside, you would invent something fun to do. Or during a power outage, you pretended you were living in ancient times.
As an only child growing up, I was in that situation countless times. Boredom didn’t defeat me; it challenged me to be creative and productive in the moment. There were no limits on what I could think up, imagine, or do. I was fabulous at putting on dance shows for imaginary audiences, creating enough artwork to fill a museum, and pretending that roller skating in my grandmother’s basement was an Olympic sport.
As we get older sometimes we forget what that is like because we get caught up with all the stresses and worries of an overscheduled busy life. And sometimes use those stresses as excuses for not bothering to keep up with healthy intentions. When things don’t go as expected, it is easy to get off track and get flustered.
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Megan Ántoni Placa, MS, CNS