Nutrition, Exercise & Chronic Illness

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“A body at rest tends to stay at rest and a body in motion tends to stay in uniform motion.”

This is Newton’s First Law of Physics yet we can apply it to our own physical bodies.  Those of us who spend long hours doing commutes to jobs where we spend longer hours sitting at desks find that we don’t always have the energy we once took for granted.  Our bodies want to stay at rest.  When you add this to hurried meals often consisting of fast food, is it any wonder Americans have an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, chronic fatigue and other chronic illnesses?  Unfortunately, the more out of shape we become, the more we try to make our lives easier by doing things which don’t require us to be in shape and eat foods we think will be fast and easy.  This means we get even less exercise and end up just feeling worse, thus continuing the downward spiral.

The good news is that we shouldn’t feel too hopeless or helpless in terms of changing our lifestyles.  A study published in the December, 2010, issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine concluded that those with chronic illnesses who exercised 30 minutes a day had a reduction of anxiety symptoms and genuinely felt better.  This was true for all of the patients with chronic illness and included cancer patients as well as patients with fibromyalgia.  In addition to relieving symptoms of anxiety, exercise can help reduce fatigue, chronic pain and stiffness.  While we may all know that even light exercise can support heart health and increase stamina, did you know that it can also help stop the insulin blockers which lead to diabetes?   If we can teach ourselves how to stay in motion even if we’re doing only small things, it can help us stay in motion and feel better.  This, along with a healthy diet, can combat chronic illness and chronic pain, improving our mental and physical health.

To learn more about a healthy diet and lifestyle visit or call one of our certified health coaches at 1-800-980-7208.When it comes to nutrition, we can change our bodies by changing our minds.  Don’t think of junk food as being “fast food” or “convenient food.” Instead, think of it as “sick food” or “dangerous food”.  Remember that you will look and feel worse after eating it, which in turn ends up hurting you more than the time you save by purchasing and eating it.  If eating fast food will cause obesity, raise your cholesterol, increase your risk of diabetes or heart failure, why would you think of it as a reward or a convenience?  Try adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your daily diet.  Before you crinkle your nose at this idea, try simply adding a salad (without a fattening dressing) or bringing raw carrots as a snack for lunch.  Add a helping of elderberries to your cereal several times a week.  Studies have shown it decreases the risk of breast cancer and diabetes while also relieving problems with yeast infections, asthma, colds and flu.  Elderberry juice was even used to treat the flu epidemic in Panama in 1995.  Some scientists are even using elderberries in treatment of such life-threatening conditions as cancer and AIDS.  These few small steps can work wonders for your overall physical and mental health.  You might even be amazed at how much more control you feel you have in your life when you decide to take the first small steps down the road of good health and wellbeing.

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