So, about 4 months ago, my daughter came home from school with a shattered phone screen.
Needless to say, she was beside herself. I mean it’s pretty much a teenager’s life line as far as they’re concerned.
She quickly explained that this guy came up and grabbed her phone out of her locker and was goofing around and dropped it.
And it was ALL.HIS.FAULT!
Hmmm. How do I tell her that while he may have done the dropping, it was actually her fault (and responsibility)?
Well, I said, you were the one who decided to bring it to school in the first place. And that makes it your responsibility to take care of it.
There were tears. And more tears.
And ultimately, she had to pay for it.
Why am I sharing this story?
Well, I equate it to the stories we tell ourselves (or others) about our health as opposed to truly taking full ownership.
We have our knee jerk excuses like we don’t have time to cook.
Or we are just getting old. I mean, I even hear thirty-somethings say this. Really???!.
Or my condition prevents me from doing this.
Or my doctor has diagnosed me with this so I have to take these three medications.
Or, it runs in my family.
True responsibility comes by taking a closer look at the underlying factors to take full ownership.
♦♦♦ Looking at all the time spent during the week on watching tv, scrolling social media, or sitting in the pick up lane at school to find that hour of time to do some planning. Or an hour of time to do some meal prep. There is definitely time if cooking at home is a priority. (And the recipes I share won’t take any more time than takeout!!!)
♦♦♦ Being more aware of the words that we choose to use. Telling ourselves we’re getting old when we hit forty and then for the remainder of our lives is not the right message to our body. And trust me, our body hears our words (and thoughts) and becomes them. (Yes, a little woo woo but that’s how I roll.)
♦♦♦ Putting in the effort for more options or a second, third, fourth opinion. Did you know that there is no way to diagnose someone with fibromyalgia, for example? A “diagnosis” is actually just a sign of symptoms put together. And a doctor then determines the condition based on the symptoms. ALL diagnoses are symptoms of a body (a whole system) that is out of balance.
♦♦♦ Understanding that our body is one whole being and not compartmentalized. Taking medication for one thing will most certainly have an effect on the whole being. Again, make sure you are informed about the particular side effects and other options available.
♦♦♦ Realizing that while our genes may make us more susceptible to illness showing up in a particular way (like mine does in my gut, like my dad and my late grandma), that your genes do not sentence you to illness. We can do things that actually change our biology. This is called prevention.
♦♦♦ That many years of diet and lifestyle factors were what created a body out of balance that became a diagnosis. And yet, we have just as much control over creating a healthy and balanced body.
I don’t mean this to sound harsh. I’m hoping that instead, it’s empowering.
I also realize that some conditions don’t fall into this generalization. But you get my point.
Okay, so I’m not sure that was the best analogy but I guess if you’ve read this far, at least I got your attention. 😉
Here is your weekly roundup!
Very few ingredients and will come together in a snap…WINNING!
I served it with some spicy mayo and a side of steamed broccoli. Simple but definitely not boring;)
This vegan Brussels dish could easily be the main attraction on your dinner table. Serve with cauliflower rice or alongside roasted chicken.
Pretty much a meal in a bowl. Can’t wait to try this!
Perfect to take for a light lunch or pair with a bowl of soup.
PREVENTIONISTA’S TIP: Always use the highest quality ingredients. This includes:
• organic, as much as possible
• wild-caught fish and seafood
• pasture-raised, organic eggs and poultry
• grass-fed beef
Now, go forth and take charge in your kitchen.
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Have a great week!