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Healthy and Young
Was there a time when you considered yourself to be lively, young, energetic, and just experiencing overall health? For me it was high school. I was active, lean and muscular, and because I was always running around on the soccer field I could eat whatever I wanted. If you went to a game you would find me with a sandwich and a snickers in hand at half time, then five minutes later I would be hustling back on the field. I remember my coach making comments about how skinny and fit he used to be when he was our age and how it catches up to you eventually. He had a point but at that time it was in one ear and out the other.
A short time later I was off at college. I ate semi-healthy as far as I knew but definitely enjoyed regular treats with my new friends. I don’t know if you have noticed but virtually all social events are surrounded by food. I mean, you need to let people know they will be fed if you expect anyone to attend, especially poor college students. During this time I was hardly active at all, especially compared to my high school years. Eventually my body began to show some slight changes though most people probably wouldn’t have noticed – and if they did they sure didn’t say anything! At the end of my second semester I began a nutrition crash course as part of my required credits. It was a great class with some interesting information and that was the starting point of my health journey.
A Second Perspective
In my experience people don’t talk much about their bodies when they are feeling good. They typically just speak up about their lack of health, especially when sharing prayer requests with one another. They may be in pain, experiencing a lack of energy, or maybe they were just informed of a major ailment or disease. And that’s normal – right? It wasn’t until that nutrition class, later discussions with both my friends and husband, and continued research on the internet and in books that I realized there is an alternate view of health and caring for the body. It’s the perspective that maybe you can prevent the need for some medications, frequent doctor visits, chronic pain, and possibly even heal your body from some ailments. Better yet, maybe you can even avoid most of those things and experience a good if not great quality of life for even longer than is commonly thought possible.
Body by God
As I continued to research I realized that God has a part in our physical creation and health as much as our spiritual. I believe God to be wise and that His plans for our lives are good and serve His purpose. I believe that He can take away a person who is perfectly healthy by our standards and extend the life of someone who isn’t according to His plan for their lives. But I also believe that God designed our bodies to function in specific ways and that there may be a certain amount of healing and recovering that can be done by the way we care for ourselves.
Friends Along the Way
When it comes to healthy living there are a ton of resources out there and it can sometimes be overwhelming. So let me share some of the people that have played a big role in my healthy living journey. First I’ll mention Dr. Josh Axe. The first thing I ever saw by him was a video about his mom and her battle with cancer. After making some extreme changes to her diet and through prayer her cancer began to shrink until it was gone. I was so encouraged by that video! Be sure to check out her story here. I found Mrs. Axe’s testimony on YouTube and since then I have not only subscribed to Dr. Axe’s channel, but I use his website regularly too. He has a wealth of information on so many topics!
If you are looking for an informative and inspiring read, check out Dr. Jordan Rubin’s story in his book The Maker’s Diet. It is an encouraging testimony about his turnaround after being diagnosed with Chrohn’s disease. He was a man who had a family that could afford to pay for more than the average treatment – and he tried conventional medicine as well as alternative treatments going all over the world to do so. I still go back to his book and always come away from it amazed.
And last but not least I would recommend checking out Dr. Daniel Pompa and his website. He consistently talks about going upstream to find the source of problems that have revealed themselves in your body. His emphasis is on healing at the cellular level.
Will You Join Me?
I welcome you to join me as a I learn and make changes to pursue a healthier lifestyle for myself and my family. When possible, I want to prevent before having to treat, I want to experience a fulfilling and profitable life, and I want to help others do the very same thing!