The latest reports on our health as a nation and a community are so alarming that we can no longer just stand by and feel helpless. The good news is that we are living longer than ever. The bad news is that our quality of life as we live longer is in jeopardy; we are sicker than ever.
Most of you know that symptoms are like fire alarms. Well there are more and more drugs to turn off the fire alarms without handling the fire. This allows us to slowly fall apart and require ever-increasing amounts of powerful drugs just to barely stay functional. The sad part is that we are aware of what is happening and yet avoid taking decisive action to correct the problem because it is inconvenient, different or socially not the norm.
At a recent event where we had a presence, many people would come by our booth and give voice to having a problem. However, they chose not to investigate our simple ways to solve the issue. Some of the comments were “isn’t there a pill I can take?” How silly! This is insanity, (definition – insanity: doing the same thing over and over expecting a different outcome).
On the national scene, there are new diets springing up almost weekly. New rhetoric about losing weight and advice on health occur daily. What’s really happening is more scary and out of control than can be imagined. It is no wonder that health care in North America is struggling to stay functional under the constant burden of personal and corporate irresponsibility.
The recent issue of “Nutrition in Action” Healthletter gives the facts about what is really going on. Here are some highlights:
- Generally, if you are overweight and inactive, diabetes is almost a sure bet.
- Obesity (measured by BMI) in WA in 1994 was less than 14% or 1 in 7 people.
- Obesity in WA in 2010 was between 22 and 26% or approximately 1 in 4.
- Diabetes in WA in 1994 was less than 4.5% or less than 1 in 20 people.
- Diabetes in WA in 2010 was between 6 and 7.4% or approximately 1 in 15 people.
- While our numbers increased, many other parts of the country were significantly worse.
The problem of obesity and diabetes are just the tip of the iceberg. In observation of people and habits here is some of what is going on:
- We are too sedentary – antidote – GET MOVING, 30 to 60 minutes daily of exercise that makes you break a sweat.
- We eat too many carbohydrates – antidote – STOP the cereal, bread, pasta, rice, bagels, doughnuts, pop, juice, candy, energy drinks, etc.
- We are short of vegetables – antidote – EAT green vegetables for 2 -3 meals per day.
- We are generally sleep deprived – antidote – TURN OFF THE TV or computer and get 7 – 9 hours of sleep in a dark, room with no electronics and an open window for fresh air.
- We are generally dehydrated – antidote – DRINK ½ your body weight in ounces of filtered spring water every day.
- Our diets are inappropriate – antidote – EAT a diet that is 75% vegetable, 15% protein, 5% healthy fat (coconut oil, olive oil etc.) and 5% starch.
- We are relatively unconscious about what comes out of our mouths and the thoughts that we fill our mind with – antidote – WATCH YOUR WORDS as what you speak about, comes about. And what you think, you create.
The mission of Robust Life Center is to improve the health and well-being of our community to the degree that we are able to live fully with a high quality expression of service to ourselves and others with the ultimate viewpoint of changing the outcome for the planet for generations. Help us by getting fully engaged in a our program of nutrition and lifestyle enhancement to create VIBRANT SUSTAINABLE HEALTH. DO IT NOW! ENCOURAGE EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO DO THE SAME! WE WILL WIN!!!