Work It by Paula Martinac

Paula is a guest writer who responded to the  Audience Participation invitation.  Read more by Paula on NutritionU

 

In the whole maddening “conversation” about the health-care bill now under scrutiny by the Supreme Court, I realize that the most important thing to me is health. Not just mine, but my partner’s… my dog’s… my biological family’s… my clients’… my friends’… I even care about the health of people I’ve never met!

 

I’m now blessed with good help, to use a common expression. Because it IS a “blessing,” as those of us who’ve been seriously, life-threateningly illness can tell you. A lot of people take their health for granted until they reach that “life-threatening” point. If you get a second chance, as I did, you start to think a lot about what you might have done differently, what you might have done earlier. You start to want to encourage others to think about it, too.

 

So here’s my spiel.

 

Being “blessed” is not the same as being lucky. I’m not lucky with regard to my health – I work at it. So even if you’re blessed with good health, take the opportunity now to consider if there’s anything you might do to support your health better, for the long term. Could you, say, go for a brisk daily walk? Could you take the stairs at work instead of the elevator? Could you enjoy a piece of fruit for dessert instead of a bowl of ice cream? Could you practice one stress-management technique daily, like deep breathing? Could you prepare a simple dinner from scratch from fresh ingredients instead of popping a frozen meal into the microwave?

 

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, I encourage you to get started now. Don’t wait for the threat. Work at your health. Earn your blessings.

 

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