A Decision is Not Just an Event, It’s a Path

Tough love time.

(No, not like that!)

It’s about your life decisions.  

When you’re a baby, it’s OK to make decisions based on emotions.  You see a cookie, then you eat it.  No worries about tomorrow – about consequences.  

When you’re an adult, you have to start making decisions based on how they will effect you tomorrow.  It’s no longer acceptable to make decisions based on emotions.

It’s like when you’re driving.  Good drivers are paying attention to what’s 2 or 3 blocks ahead of them.  Bad drivers are reacting to every little thing – slamming on the brakes at the last minute; causing accidents.

What you eat and how you think and how you move dictate what pre-determined path you’re on.  They also affect the people in your life.

Yeah, sure, muffins are delicious.  For now.  Today’s delight on your tongue is tomorrow’s spare tire.  The spare tire turns into diabetes.  The diabetes and excess weight strains your heart and then you have hypertension.  The medications leave you feeling tired.  The lack of exercise makes the other problems worse and also your body starts hurting everywhere because you can’t move it properly.  Next thing you know, you’re spending your long-awaited retirement years alive, but with no life.  

And it all comes down to decisions.  

Once you’re an adult, it’s no longer a matter of “bad genes” or “bad luck.”  Lots of people have “bad genes” and have gone through periods of bad luck – we all have.  But it’s ultimately your decision how to react to these things.  If your spouse is bringing pizza home for dinner and you’re trying to make a healthy change, it’s time for a serious talk.  

Genealogy is not destiny.

To deny the effect of food on your

  • blood vessel integrity (extremities, brain, lungs, etc.)
  • Liver detoxification ability (which will also impact your brain health, skin health, cholesterol, and like a million other things)
  • weight
  • blood pressure
  • pancreatic health (diabetes)
  • digestion (reflux, constipation, IBS, …)

…is it ignorance?  I don’t think so.

We all use Google.  We are in information overload.  

I think there’s so much information out there on healthy living, there’s no possible way that someone is just completely ignorant of what they should be eating / doing / thinking.

It’s usually emotional.

Stress.  (Meditate / do yoga / get acupuncture or take some Kava)

Convenience / laziness.  (“I hate cooking!”  Yeah, me too, but I still do it.  Or, hey, have healthy meals delivered to you.  I hear that’s a thing now.)

Peer pressure.  (We’re all drinking!  You’re not???)

Pleasure.  Which I think ties in with the stress.  I know when I’m stressed, I like to drink, and when I drink, I don’t always make the best decisions about my health.

The good news is that you can change your path at any time.  You just have to make a different choice.  One choice at a time.  

 

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