Welcome to Revolutionize your health
Before discussing how to revolutionize your health, let us define the term health. Health means different things to different folks. We define health here as: "health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. `` - WHO Constitution. You can see that to revolutionize your health means that we need to make lifestyle changes to live as complete physical, mental, and social beings. Many experts break down health into six essential components:
- Physical Health. Your physical health is probably the most critical aspect of health.
- Social Health. Most people underestimate the power of social wellness, which relates to interacting and communicating with others.
- Cognitive Health.
- Emotional Health.
- Cultural Health.
- Spiritual Health.
Physical health includes wellness, measured through physical strength, endurance, and flexibility. Aside from those things, physical health also covers nutrition, exercise, medical care, and appropriate use of medical systems. This blog will have articles or posts on nutrition, emphasizing following a whole food plant-based diet. Good nutrition and diet are more than eating vegan or following a whole food plant-based diet. Based on the information above, revolutionizing your health is, for many, a lifestyle change. It is a lifestyle change where individuals must be cognate of the six components of health, and you should make this lifestyle change if you want to be successful in revolutionizing your health.
The Problem - Our diet: namely food-related diseases
One might assume that a country as big as the United States would have the lowest rates of health-related diseases due to its economic status. However, even a large country with many resources can suffer nutritional inadequacy. In the United States, we have high rates of obesity, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses related to eating and nutrition. It would be best to change your dietary habits and lifestyle to revolutionize your health. The state of our health is not good!
How do you feel? Overweight, tired, and feeling rundown by noon? As a nation, we should be wary of being sick and tired. We function on less sleep than we used to, eat more takeout food, and take more prescription medications than most other countries. If you are eating the Standard American Diet, which we know has poor nutrition and health, this could be why you are feeling the way you are.
Smoking used to be the number one cause of death in the United States but has now been reduced to number 2. Know what has replaced it? Our diet – namely food-related diseases like obesity, diabetes, and conditions related to it like high blood pressure. The Global Burden of Disease Study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—indicates the number one cause of death in the United States is the way we eat. Smoking kills half a million Americans every year, but hundreds of thousands more die from food-related conditions. NutritionFacts.org.
The Solution - Revolutionize your health by changing your diet
A critical factor in revolutionizing your health is discovering your “why.” To be successful in any endeavor or undertaking, you must "Find you why" why do I want to do this! To find you why is one of the most important things we do when we set goals to make changes in our lives. It is essential to have a clear understanding of why I want to do this. Why do you want to change? The "why" is crucial or necessary for making the change. Because if you are not committed, you will not be successful. It may not be easy to stay focused at times, but you must be successful.
I talk from experience as I have been a plant-based vegan for over 12 years now and must admit that I have fallen off the wagon at times. However, it is like everything in life; you must get up and move again. You will be successful if you commit and know "Why" you are ready to change your health and lifestyle.
The truth is you don't have to suffer from diabetes and obesity. There is a solution that has been right in front of you. You can change your health by what you choose to put on your plate. It's time we started eating the way we were intended to all along. Does the food we eat directly impact our health? You bet it does!
Summary and moving forward.
For an understanding and overview of plant-based diets in general, read: What is a Plant-Based Diet, Types of Plant-Based Diets and Understanding Plant-Based Diets. Also, see Plant-Based Primer: The Beginner’s Guide to a Plant-Based Diet by the folks over at Forks over Knives. These resources will help you begin your journey and guide you in the steps to revolutionize your health by making a transition to a plant-based diet.