Our perception of health is broken. And we need to fix it immediately.
I recently read Crunchy Betty’s post about her bad experience in a hospital, and it pushed me over the edge. I was going to hold out until next year to talk about this topic (when I have some great classes planned) – but I just can’t. These issues are too important!
Something is seriously broken in our healthcare systems, but also, in the general public’s perception of “how to be healthy.” I’m not a doctor. Or a nutritionist. I’ve just learned through experience that what I eat makes a HUGE difference into how I feel, my immune system, my energy level, and my happiness.
I can sum up my health philosophy like this:
- Our bodies WANT to be healthy. Health is our natural state. Our bodies tend towards health when they are given the right foods & conditions. Our bodies know how to heal themselves, we just need to give them the right environment.
- Food IS medicine. What we eat is absorbed into our bodies and provides energy and nutrition to keep us alive and functioning at peak. I am constantly saddened that people eat such poor diets – full of processed, “fake” foods, drink lots of diet soda (if it doesn’t have calories, it must be healthy, right?), need coffee, sugar, caffeine and alcohol to get through the day and then expect to have perfect health because they take vitamin pills. Really? Calories and fat are not what we need to worry about – high quality, nutritious, balanced foods are what feeds our body and keeps us healthy. I’m thrilled to see this concept is becoming more mainstream now – there’s even a TV show called The Food Hospital here in the UK about it!
- But it’s not just about the food. Food is a key element of health. But we can’t be happy and healthy eating a perfect diet if we’re in a bad relationship, working 80 hours per week at a job that’s boring, never see our friends and are not sleeping well because of stress. A good diet is only one part of health. We need to take a holistic view and get everything into alignment. We all know that life is more than a job or checking off each item on the to-do list. But making the necessary changes is tough. We need some balance, and that includes relationships, career, hobbies/creative pursuits, exercise and spirituality.
- Cooking real food (which includes the occasional cookie!)
- Learning how to make stuff yourself (fewer chemicals, better for the environment AND creatively satisfying)
- Kitchen remedies using food and herbs
- Natural beauty products that are good for you and fun to make
- Creativity & lifestyle tips to help you find your own balance