In Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life by Dr. Claudia Welch, she purports that our ailments and sufferings are due to our lifestyles and through changing lifestyle, diet and stress management we can heal ourselves and prevent disease. Firstly, let me say, this book is not about menopausal women as the word "hormones" elicits. The book is geared toward women, young and old. However, it is my contention that men, too, suffering from things like depression benefit from the same changes.
Ayurvedic medicines and Traditional Chinese Medicine are based in preventing health issues, not merely treating them. Thus, they focus on taking care of the bodies in which we live by honoring them with proper diet and nutrition, proper sleep, and strong stress management skills. While I firmly believe this, our environment is in no way accessory to living this way. Thus, the bane of our existence is our very existence. We have to change our way of life in order to reap its benefits.
Dr. Welch quotes the numbers on how much money is spent on health care here in the West. She cites that the bulk of these dollars are spent on treating, rather than preventing. How does $2.1 TRILLION sound? 95% of that was to cure ailments, not prevent them. What if we focused on mindful living, making choices that were good for our bodies, rather than our wallet or schedule?
The grocers are do not make our shopping trips conducive to whole, fresh food kitchens. They push the pre-done mess with a vengeance. Then, they mark up the organics, which, by the way, is what you should be buying when you buy whole, fresh foods to cook. Otherwise, you are feeding you and your family pesticides. Our society does not promote healthful, wholesome living. We are brainwashed (strong word, but it isn't too far from the truth) into thinking that we don't have time for this. We don't have time for that. We are so busy that we HAVE to order pizza or we NEED those frozen dinners.
You don't. Really. You. Don't.
Plan. Shop. Cook. You can be free of the chains of the drive thru and be queen or king of your home, your health, and your children's health. By the way, with two people in the home working, there isn't any reason why both parties can't contribute to this endeavor.
There is a growing movement in this country toward homesteading and living naturally. It is the adult generations answer to healing the damage that is already done...to our environment and to our bodies. If that is an option for you, great. I applaud you. Really. I can't slaughter my own meat. I need the grocer, but I need him to provide organics. For those not yet on the natural living bandwagon, now is the time to step in and stop damaging your bodies and start healing them.
Investigate the best food choices for your children and yourselves and follow through.
When you fuel your body with wholesome, natural foods, your family will feel better. You will be healthier. And hopefully, able to manage your stress better because you are equipping your body in the way that it was intended to be fuelled.
Don't fall for the ruse of the advertisers, the health care industry, and *ahem* the government. Educate yourself. Think. Act. Be healthy.
Ok, I know some of you are swearing at me after this post. This is the first in a series (sorry :)). But I feel with you. Making change isn't easy, but it can be done. So what are you doing that you could change to improve your family's health? Leave me your words and rotten tomatoes in the comments! :)
© Tania Dakka and Chaotic Musing, 2011