Growing Older .....

 

Growing older has so many distinctions. My older friends tell me not to grow old because it is so limiting. I tell them that the alternative is that I die now, so I choose to get old. I see so many of my generation and older in poor health and know it did not have to be. Their lifestyle choices made by them and the world around them have contributed to the consequences they now experience. Many of these lifestyle choices were made because they were told things by governmental agencies and companies and believed these companies had the public's best interest at heart. Perhaps the companies believed they did. 

I used to listen to my mom and aunt tell me I needed to eat better because I shouldn’t eat so much sugar or drink soft drinks. Finally, I understand. I have researched for myself and studied and had so many patients who were ill with diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). I finally listened. I finally learned. It is reversible. Changing the way we eat, what we eat, what we buy, how we move our bodies, how we grow our food and how we live our lives has a direct correlation on the illnesses our body does or does not acquire.

I stopped consuming the refined, processed products that the corporations sell for profit. I learned to grow my own vegetables in soil full of nutrients. I learned that good fats do not make you fat but are needed to make our bodies function appropriately. I learned that our bodies are very resilient and can mask symptoms for many years and then as we get older, the body no longer makes up for the years of abuse and succumbs to illness. So the alternative is not to die now, but to eat correctly now, to make exercise a daily part of my life, to grow food properly, to manage my stress, and to sleep at night. Then I can do as my older friends tell me, “Not get old”. I have learned how beautiful true Real food is and how much enjoyment there is in dining and eating it. I can feel the difference in my body when I put the correct fuel in and when I do not.

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