Can you be healthier today than yesterday? Of course! Life is full of ups and downs. The last couple of years have proved that. But you can take control of your life and create the healthy lifestyle you desire.
Be Healthier Today Than Yesterday
I celebrated my 70th birthday last week. Yay me! There was a time when I never thought I'd live to be this "old." But today, I feel younger and healthier than I did 15 years ago. That's because when I was 55, I had a heart attack. It was the most painful experience of my life, way more painful than childbirth.
I decided I was never going to do that again and set out to heal myself. Let me tell you how.
What I Learned
My body was giving me signs and signals that I needed to take better care of myself. I had gained lots of weight, was exhausted all the time, had joint pain, and had arm pain when I walked. It took having a heart attack to wake me up. Don't let that happen to you!
I learned to pay attention to my body. And I learned to write everything down in a journal because I'm not good with attention to detail. Now, I document what I eat, how it affects me, and my health changes, which allows me to intelligently talk to my doctor. I use a journal that I developed. It works perfectly for me, and I think you might like it too. It's available in two sizes.
What You Can Do
If you take one small step each day toward your goal to be healthier, I know you will feel better and probably live longer.
My changes happened slowly. But looking back, I can see that changing my diet, getting more exercise, and reducing stress were key factors in why I am healthier at 70 than I was at 55.
And you can do it, too.
You can read my brief healing story here. Or get the whole messy story with lots of tips in my memoir cookbook.
Just One Little Change
You don't have to change everything at once. I didn't. Your health improves with each change you make. Can't run a mile? Okay. Can you walk a block or two? Can't give up sugar? Okay. Can you eat only one cookie instead of five?
That's what I did. And it worked. I no longer have any joint pain, gut pain or heart pain. I still take the medications my doctor says to take, and all my numbers are always perfect.
I find that every day is better than the previous day. At 70, I can hike for 4 hours, up and down steep hills without pain or heavy breathing! I had trouble walking a block before.
What Can You Do?
I'm grateful that I'm healthier today than yesterday. Can you say the same? What are you doing every day to improve your health?
Choose one thing you can do to make your life better and do it. It doesn't have to be a big thing. It could be simple, like giving thanks each day when you awaken.
Or it could be a big change, like giving up sugar or cigarettes. Bigger changes take more work and determination, and the benefits make them worth the effort. If you slip up, always remember that every day is a new day and you can make a new choice today.
When you are comfortable with your first change, make another one. Each change you make improves your life.
I know you can do this. Be healthier today than yesterday.
Nourish Your Body & Soul
I encourage you to care of yourself by eating satisfying, nourishing food that is good for your body and makes you feel healthy. Protect your spirit by living authentically, moving your body, and taking time to replenish and rest. I think you might also like these recipes & posts from Recipe Idea Shop:
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Disclaimer: The author is not a health professional or nutritionist. She is offering her research and personal reflections about her health journey and is not providing any type of medical or nutritional advice. This post is for informational purposes only. It is offered as a tool for people to discover their own suspected food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities. Readers are highly encouraged to read, write, and reflect on the ideas presented. Consult your healthcare professional before initiating any dietary or exercise program.
This post was first published on Recipe Idea Shop February 7, 2022.
Last Updated on May 4, 2022 by Adriana