Why don’t singles take better care of their health?
For many it is a matter of time.
Time. It takes time to stay healthy.
Nutritious meals always take longer to prepare than
fast food or happy hour fare.
It takes time to walk three or four days a week.
It takes time to relax. It is often much easier abd seemingly quicker to keep
running in circles than it is to relax.
Confusion and confliction. We hear confusing reports and have conflicting goals: eat this; no, don’t eat it! Exercise three times a week; no, that is not enough. Relax; no, better yourself and reach your goals. Take time for yourself; no, the kids need a ride. Take a vacation; no, the boss wants this job done.
The fact is that singles don’t have time to be sick!
There is no one but you to do your job, take care of the kids, go to the bank, pay your bills, wipe your fevered brow, and serve you
breakfast in bed.
So, why get sick?
Most illnesses in life are caused by lifestyle choices.
So, why choose to be sick?
Most singles don’t choose illness. They simply don’t have the knowledge to choose health. In fact, most singles don’t realize health is a lifestyle choice.y don’t have the knowledge to choose health. In fact, most singles don’t realize health is a lifestyle choice.
So, what can you do about it?
- Start with knowledge.
Take time to attend a health fair or two. Make certain these health fairs are pushing prevention not cure or healing. Don’t buy a six-year supply of Vitamin XYZ or a miracle powder that will make you healthy, wealthy, and wise. Just attend, pick up literature, listen to speakers, and gather knowledge.
Watch two or three videos or read two or three books about nutrition that do not have an agenda. Published materials with agendas, such as losing weight or eating for your blood type, are often written only to sell those books or videos or to sell an idea–such as, “Yes, it is really OK to eat red meat and ice cream.” They have no scientific basis, but are often quite appealing and/or convincing.
How can you tell?
Look for books/videos that cite many, many scientific studies for their claims and advice. Books that cite few scientific studies rarely have good basis in science.
Ask yourself, “Is it too good to be true.” You know you can’t eat red meat and ice cream and remain healthy. You know some exercise is necessary.
Ask yourself, “Who or what does this book benefit?” Is it the dairy industry, the vitamin and supplement industry, or you?
- Steer a middle course.
Going to extremes such as an all-raw diet or working out for hours is a mistake. Take a middle course and continue to learn as you change.
- Don’t ask your doctor.
Medical doctors rarely have extensive knowledge about nutrition and often don’t have knowledge about other components of illness prevention either. They deal with cures; not prevention. Certainly, there are exceptions and doctors are changing but…
- Learn how to relax.
Meditation, yoga, massage, a good book, sleep, laughter. Learn to incorporate these things into your life.
Now we are back to those health fairs and books again.
- Allow time for change.
Change takes time. Often you feel you are going forward one step and falling back two steps. Don’t get discouraged; just remember that the prize is increased energy and your health for life.