Nutrition and Lifestyle

Why you should take your health seriously.

June 3, 2019

What happens if you don’t eat well? Don’t exercise? How will a high sugar diet impact your future? How does your body cope when you don’t eat enough vegetables and fruit?

It’s not about dying young, it’s about the quality of your later years.

My passion for health started when for some reason I pondered my own inevitable ageing. I came to the conclusion that I wanted to be a fit, youthful, able 90-year-old. I would not allow my age to cripple me to a wheelchair where I would spend the last 5-10 years of my life.

People’s usual retaliation to toxic habits is that they live fast die young. I can’t express enough, you will most likely not die young. Modern medical science is GREAT at keeping us alive, but it is yet to fully master creating the same quality of life as you had in your youth. A live fast die young attitude could result in crippling conditions, suffering in the last years of life

4 in 5 older adults will battle at least one chronic condition or illness such as heart disorders, arthritis, or osteoporosis. 50% will battle at least two.

People have come to the conclusion that disease, physical demise and dependency are simply part of being old. They blindly accept to take numerous chemical medications for various ailments as well as address the side effects of those drugs.

Disease and discomfort are not normal.

By taking care of your body in your good years, you keep it strong, fit and powerful into your old age. You don’t allow cancer to flourish because your immune system was supported. You don’t allow osteoporosis to hold you back because you exercised and ate the right foods. Disease and discomfort are not inevitable. They are the result of poor eating and lifestyle decisions.

But heart disease and cancer run in my family?

I am not denying genetics. But the study of Epigenetics is revealing that we do in fact have control over our genetics. Genetic predisposition is just that, a predisposition towards a condition. Not a final sentence. Predisposition means that through certain conditions, you are more likely to have that condition given the right conditions around it.

For example, if you have a family history and genetic predisposition towards diabetes, eating a high sugar diet will most likely result in the development of diabetes. However, and this is the big secret, if you ate and lived in a way that was in a way opposite to the condition, you can clearly avoid it. Diabetes is insulin resistance, so, cut out sugar, eat in a way that promotes blood sugar stability and your likelihood of getting diabetes is vastly reduced.

Disease, of the body or mind, is the direct result of how you eat, live, exposure to chemicals and pollution, exposure and dealing with stress and the state of your mind.

Yes, it is possible to eat well, live well, have a healthy mind, avoid toxicity and still get sick. But that is an anomaly. If you look at Bluezones, the inhabitant’s rates of sickness are virtually non-existent. This is proof that the way we are living is making us sick.

But remember, you have the power. Illness, of the body and the mind, is avoidable through taking care of the things we do, think and eat.

Poor eating habits effects on the body and mind

Let me define unhealthy eating

  • High processed foods
  • Diets high in animal products
  • Low fruits and vegetable intake
  • Sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Simple carbohydrates
  • Below recommended water
  • No exercise
  • High stress
  • Little attention to mental health
  • Poor emotional and intellectual health

Poor eating habits have numerous side effects.

  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • Poor sleeping habits
  • Moodiness
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Physical tension
  • Insulin resistance
  • Poor attention.
  • Getting sick often
  • Allergies
  • Brain fog
  • Lack of vitality for life
  • Life feels heavy
  • Acne
  • Dental caries
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pre-markers for disease (Eg: high blood pressure)
  • Bloating and puffiness
  • Extra weight

Sedentary lifestyle effects on body and mind

  • Obesity
  • Some forms of cancer
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Increase chances of developing osteoporosis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of motivation to pursue goals
  • Reduced confidence
  • Increased blood pressure and elevated cholesterol
  • Reduces cognitive capacity, especially as we age
  • Poor quality of sleep
  • Reduced immune function
  • Increased systemic inflammation
  • Increased risk of hormonal imbalance

Cut the bullshit

OK so here we are. These are the possible consequences you are facing if you choose to not focus on eating well, exercising and or taking care of your mind.

Can you live with that? Can you continue to eat unhealthy foods in full knowledge that it stresses your body and mind out and ultimately leads to poor quality of life?

But Liezl, You just don’t know. I am busy. I have kids. I have a busy job. I cant afford it. It’s so hard. It just who I am. It’s in my genetics. It’s a condition. I don’t have time. I am not strong enough. I don’t know enough.

I call bullshit.

Do you see those people that are healthy? Those that have great lean bodies. The ones that seem to have it all? Well, they are people. With lives. Just. like. you. They face the same insecurities and the same challenges as you do.

Life is about priorities. When you say you are too busy, it means that it is not a priority. Make health and exercise a priority.

Excuses are great ways to hide your laziness. I’m sorry/ not sorry for saying that. But as a Nutritionist, as someone in the health field and working with others, I recurrently experience these excuses and what it really comes down to is a lack of decisive action and focus and just doing it.

If you want a great body, do it. You don’t need a gym membership or amazing gym wear, just put some dam shorts on, put a home work out video on and get to it. Take your earphones out and go walk. That’s it. If you want to feel confident about yourself, read self-development books and work on it. Face your insecurities square in the face and tell them that’s not what you choose anymore. Make the decision and work until you get it.

Its very simple to get what you want. It may not be easy but that’s ok. Feeling shitty and living less than who you are is equally as difficult. So what do you choose?

Stop making excuses as to why you can’t be your best self. People that succeed faced those excuses and made it happen anyway. While the first couple of weeks or even months are hard as f**k, it gets easier and easier until one day getting up at 5 am to go for a run is a habit like brushing your teeth. Choosing the veggie option and opting to not drink a sugary drink comes natural and dare I say you even enjoy it!

WHY? – Because you have done it and connected to the fact that you feel amazing for doing it. On the flipside, you are connected to the fact that if you don’t do it you feel shitty.

You are worth taking your life seriously.

I have worked with people since I was 15. I have met thousands of people from all walks of life. Part of my personality is to get engaged. I don’t want to know about the new deal on at the fashion store or what Anne said about Steve, I want to know about YOU!

And what I have come to realise, from others, and most definitely myself is that modern life, western society and ideas creates a limiting belief that we are worthless. Not enough. Clever enough. Pretty enough. Built enough. Manly enough. Simply, not enough to have a great life.

From this limiting belief its no wonder people aren’t bothered about getting their shit together. If you don’t believe something is worth the effort then why would you?

But read these words as seriously as you want to live. I mean them as seriously as I value my own life:

YOU ARE WORTH LIVING A LIFE OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS. YOU ARE WORTH FEELING AMAZING. YOU ARE WORTH REALIZING YOUR POTENTIAL.

But where do you start? I will follow up on this in a next post on simple ways to be healthier in your eating, physically as well as in your mind. For now, you can go have a look at a Whole Foods Diet to get started!

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