As soon as our eyes open in the morning, we are making choices – when to get out of bed, what to wear, which car to drive, which route to take to work, etc. We also have to choose whether or not to eat breakfast (you know… that most important meal of the day that many skip right over), what to eat, how much to eat, etc.
The same thing happens with exercise – what to do, how much to do, when to do it.
We all have plenty of choices in this life we live. Some seem less significant that others (and probably are) and some seem enormous and affect our very existance.
It’s very clear to me where most Americans place their health choices. They think that each choice of what they eat, when they eat it, how much they eat, if they exercise, when, where, how, etc., etc., etc., has nothing to do with the outcome of their physical abilities to be active, their mental alertness, their lack of symptoms, and so on.
People just don’t realize what’s normal anymore and why some choices they are making are causing not only them, but their kids, to suffer needlessly.
Let me tell you a story about me.
I’ve always had a really good memory and been able to figure most everything I put my mind to out. I have been able to self-teach myself computer language code, as well as many other things. However, several years ago, I got what I would call “brain fog” for lack of a better term. It was bizarre. I couldn’t think as clearly as I once did. I couldn’t remember things from just days prior. It was very unlike me.
However, it took me awhile to realize there was even an issue. The “fog” settled in so slowly that I hardly noticed it was there. I just kept living my life, knowing I was struggling a bit, but never stopping to figure out what the problem was.
We were gluten free and ate fairly healthy already… so I thought.
Then it happened.
Have you ever had a moment in time – an epiphany, an “ah ha” moment as Oprah called it – that you knew something would change your life drastically?
Mine was reading Alissa Cohen’s book Living on Live Food. What an eye opener! It made total, logical sense to me (I’m a very logical thinker), and I, literally, put it into practice the very next day.
The premise of the book is about eating living, raw foods, their benefits to the human body, and MANY raw recipes in the last half of the 1+ inch thick book.
I wrote my list. Went to the store. Bought my first round of foods for several raw meals. To be honest, some were great and some were amazingly awful. However, I stuck with it, tweaked, tried new, and came up with several meals we LOVED eating… including my kids.
Eventually, I ended up being about 97% raw.
Then one day it hit me – I was sleeping 6 hours a night and feeling GREAT. I had absolutely no more brain fog. I was remembering everything I needed to – could recall it in an instant. It was total mental clarity.
I was happy, healthy, and radiant. My teeth got whiter. My eyes got brighter. My complexion changed. It was amazing!
Looking back on it, I was so shocked that I hadn’t realized what trouble my body was having until I fixed it.
Just like when I started really exercising about 1 1/2 years ago… I didn’t realize I was getting so winded just walking up the stairs until I didn’t anymore. I remember the turning point being one day over at my sister’s house, playing in the backyard with my kids and nieces and nephews. I must have been running for 30 minutes straight – kicking balls, tossing balls, carrying kids, etc. Not once did I get winded or needed to stop. I felt like I could have kept going for hours! It was incredible.
What was even more interesting to me was that I didn’t realize I was in that bad of shape until I was in good shape. Weird how that works.
So, what does this have to do with you? Stop and evaluate your life, right now. Don’t wait until tomorrow. Do it today.
Do you have headaches a lot? Do you have stomach pain? Are you not remembering or thinking clearly, like you once did? Are you struggling to make it through the day because you are so tired? I ask these things because they all happened to me and it took me awhile to realize I needed to do something about it. And that those symptoms are just that – symptoms of a greater problem – either of a lack of nutrients, exercise, etc.
Don’t wait another day. Take action today. Health is a choice. It’s daily picking up the right foods to eat and choosing to move our bodies instead of sit.
If you need help, I’m here for you. I’m not an expert, but I’m a mom of four who has seen and felt miraculous changes in health by just implementing a few, simple steps. Let me help you! Contact me TODAY!
Jessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple, to help you feed your kids quick & healthy! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!