I came across this picture a while ago and it’s been in the back of my mind for the last few weeks. My summer job is at a long-term care facility and more often than not, I leave work deep in thought about life. Everyday I see people battle with their damaged or failing body just to fulfill the daily tasks of life that you and I take for granted. I see people who have had strokes struggle to hold a cup or a spoon. I see people with weakened muscles have to rely on wheelchairs to get around. I see people with no teeth, unable to eat regular textured food. I see people so sick and weak they can barely even eat at all. I see people suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s unable to recognize their own family. All of it is heartbreaking; simply and utterly heartbreaking.
Why does the body fail us? Why do our minds fail us? Is it fate and simply written in the cards for us before we’re even born? Or is it something we did or didn’t do in our life? Do we not take good enough care of ourselves? Could all this be prevented?
I don’t know the answer to all these questions and I don’t know if there even is an answer. All I know is that I don’t want to be one of those people. I want to live to a ripe old age, healthy and active and leave this Earth knowing that I lived life to the fullest and did everything in my power to take care of the body I have been blessed with.
And so, we come to this picture.
These six “doctors” do more good for you than you might realize. A recent article on CNN suggests that by changing our lifestyle, we can reverse the majority of diseases that hinder our bodies. It is my belief that so many health problems could be prevented if we took better care of our bodies and gave them solely what they need and crave (i.e. good sleep, exercise, good diet, fresh air, sunshine and water). A large percentage of the population are missing out on almost all of these things and their health is showing it.
Good nutrition may be just a piece of the puzzle, but it is an equally important piece as all the rest. I feel like I have made a good start in the last three years to a healthier diet but I am nowhere near as dedicated as I should be. I still give into temptation too easily and allow myself to indulge way more than I should.
Food is our body’s fuel and I want my body to run smoothly, efficiently and healthfully for many many many more years and I am willing to take the necessary actions to see it through. My body is worth it. My health is worth it. My life is worth it.
My name is Mary-Margaret and I am living a healthy lifestyle under the care of the six best doctors in life!