After a long day in the Southern sun and heat – we decided to relax, as a family, in the air-conditioning with a movie. After a little convincing – we agreed to watch a documentary titled What the Health. This documentary details some of the hypocritical claims and statements made by several major health associations. Claims that appear to be driven by the influences of large corporations with deep pockets and profit driven agendas. Claims that, in my opinion, do nothing more than confuse the masses and offer a scapegoat to the vulnerable.
I don’t plan to cover the ethical arguments of such behavior nor my opinion on these agencies. What interests me most about this movie and others like it (Food Matters, Fork Over Knives, etc.) is the abundance of information. Information, data and facts that clearly show why we should care about the food we eat, the integrity of the supply chain producing the food and the clear, small yet actionable steps anybody can take to regain control of their health.
Here is what I know… Health Care is a trillion dollar industry in the United States. Nearly half of Americans (45%) suffer from 1 or more diagnosed chronic diseases, and millions more go undiagnosed. These chronic disease include things like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and several, several more. I bet you know someone, or maybe you are that someone, who is impacted by such a condition.
The truth is – these diseases have been on a steady incline in our post WWII population. An incline that directly coincides with emergence and growth of the supermarkets, frozen dinners, fast food restaurants and industrial agriculture.
I don’t think this is a coincidence… These things were created to help busy families keep up with growing demands… Growing demands driven more by societal conformity than need. We are blessed to live in a country with much. These Illnesses and conditions are regularly preventable, and frequently manageable through early detection, improved diet and exercises .
To put it simply – you have control. Your health is in your control.
Our bodies are amazing organisms, capable of communicating issues or aliments and even healing those aliments. We just need to listen and act. Act in a way that heals our bodies.
I challenge you to take one step in the direction of imporved heath by viewing one of these documentaries, try new recipes, exercise or commit to giving up one bad health behavior (sodas, frozen dinners, smoking). I’m not suggesting you jump into a 100% vegan diet – I asking you to take baby steps… as the old adage goes “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”
There are several articles on theCORIEstory.com to get you started… but I recommend Food Journaling first.
It’s a quick post that will help you learn to listen to your body and in roughly 1 week of food journaling – you’ll see patterns emerge around certain foods or inactivity to give you a direction to focus on. Treat health as a lifestyle, not a fad or diet. Stand strong when societal conformity attempts to lure you back into destructive habits. And above all…
KEEP TRYING TILL YOU GET IT RIGHT!