Eating Healthy is a Lifetime Commitment

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Have you ever gone on a diet and after losing the weight you wanted, you ended up gaining it all back, plus ten pounds? Here’s what happened:

For years you go to the drive thru to pick up your favorite fast food meal. Then one day you look in the mirror and say, “Hey you are looking kinda chunky,” so you decide to go on a diet… any diet and you lose 50 lbs. Then you look in the mirror and say, “Who is this sexy babe?” But before you know it, your driving past your favorite fast food joint and you can hear it calling your name. You try ignoring it but one afternoon you decide to just buy a small bag of fries. That’s all it takes. One bite and you’re hooked.  The next thing you know you are sitting in that same drive thru line three times a week. Salt, fat and sugar just tastes so good!  It’s addicting and chemists are paid big money to come up with more tasty junk food, to keep you coming back for more. A few months after you lost the weight, you gained it all back, plus a bonus ten pounds.

Do you get the picture? If you want to keep the weight off you have to continue eating the healthy foods. No ifs, ands or buts. It’s a lifestyle change and it’s permanent.

It’s the same thing with cancer. You finally beat it. Your doctors gave you the “all clear.” If you want to stay healthy, you have to make healthier choices. You have to be committed to a healthier lifestyle. Your life depends on it. Your body just went through a major war. There are lots of casualties, including your immune system. In order to rebuild your immune system, you have to feed it healthy foods. Junk food has zero nutritional value. Its empty calories.

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If you want to heal; eat fresh, raw (or lightly steamed or sautéed) organic foods (or conventional foods that you can peel off the skin). Drink fresh green smoothies and/or juices. I’m talking home-made juices that you made yourself. Bottled juice from a grocery store has already lost a good deal of nutrients through pasteurization and from sitting on the store shelf. The longer fresh juice sits around, the more the good stuff disappears.

 

If you think you don’t have time to make your own juices, smoothies or a salad, think back to when you had to take all that the time for your doctor appointments, the infusions, healing from surgeries, etc. Making your own meals gives you a sense of control. You know what’s in your food. You are in charge of your health and you decide what you put into your mouth.

You make time for everyone else in your life; your family, your boss, Facebook, Twitter. Isn’t it time you make time for yourself?

 

Be well,

Inge

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