I am learning how a healthy lifestyle can overcome chronic illness. I don’t have the answers but the path to finding a solution is recognizing there is a problem. Overcoming poor eating habits is one of the reasons why health and wellness will secure a happy retirement for me.
What is a Healthy Lifestyle? The World Health Organization defines health as “not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, but a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being”. Finding what works for me is the main reason why health and wellness will secure a happy retirement.
Wellness has been defined more as the action an individual takes to meet the above definition of health. The older I get the larger my waistline has become. This correlates with the less activity I am also doing. I am on a continuing journey to find what works for me. When I awas young I could get away with eating anything as I was generally more active.
The more online I have become then the less I have participated in sports and outdoor activity. My health is more than what I eat. Wayne Dyer says ‘it’s what we think about what we eat’ that is important. That is why I am taking a more holistic look at myself to create a healthy lifestyle. I now think about and picture myself enjoying that healthy body again.
I thought I did not have any chronic illlnesses but apparently obesity is along with heart disease, stroke and cancer.
It’s back to the drawing board for me and educating myself on how to make appropriate nutritional and lifestyle choices. What I eat does play a role in disease prevention and according to Palemla McDonald, Nurse-Practitioner. Palema states in her book, The Perfect Gene Diet, ‘Good nutrition has a powerful effect on a person’s health, and is the number one integrative-medicine tool.’
I don’t want to end up attached to a bedpan in old age. I would much prefer the image of me attached to a backpack and travelling the world enjoying a healthy lifestyle. How about you?