Today I was reading about all the chemicals that most of us put on our bodies everyday by way of deodorant, shampoo. soap, etc. We put chemicals on our skin. We drink them. We eat them in our food. We breathe them. We are told that they are good for us. We naively go along with this belief system until something stops us dead in our tracks, no pun intended. A close relative has been recently diagnosed with Lupus, which is an autoimmune disease. For those of you who don’t know what that is, you can read about it here, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupus. I have been there from the beginning with her before she received her diagnosis and along the way since. It is a horrible disease and it slowly kills its victim, but not without causing all kinds of havoc upon the body with really weird symptoms sometimes. So, through my researching this disease it has become more and more apparent to me that what we put in and on our bodies DOES affect our overall health. I’m not suggesting that she brought this disease upon herself. I’m simply stating that I have made the connection in my mind that some diseases are completely preventable with changing one’s diet and exercise. Even though she suffers daily with this disease and as of today there is no known cure for it, she can, however, improve her overall quality of life, her immune system and energy levels by her attitude, better food choices and other such common sense remedies that most of us have forgotten.
We are bombarded by the media about how being exposed to the sun is so bad for our skin. Yet, we need to get sunshine everyday for our bodies to produce Vitamin D. Granted, we don’t need to lie out in the sun and bake for hours. We can get adequate exposure at around 15-20 minutes. We, as an American society, horde up sunscreen like there is no tomorrow and because we use it all the time most of us walk around with Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D has been shown to help facilitate normal immune system function, the normal growth and development of bones and teeth, and improved resistance against certain diseases, including cancer. Obviously, we can take supplements when we are lacking the “sunshine” vitamin. I have been taking Vitamin D for several years after I was diagnosed with some benign thyroid nodules. I was advised to take Vitamin D to help prevent those nodules from turning into cancer. I take it religiously and hope for the best. For those of us who are carrying around extra weight, vitamin D deficiencies are problematic and very common. If you are interested in reading what the correlations are between obesity and Vitamin D deficiencies, you can read about it here: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/link-between-obesity-and-vitamin-d-clarified.
Over these last few months of beginning the whole surgical weight loss process and then having the subsequent weight loss surgery, I have been awakened with a passion for helping others, especially the bariatric community. I’m hoping that with sharing my surgical weight loss journey with you that you can find hope for leading a healthier life, too. It’s not easy! I’m sure you know that if you are like the millions of other Americans who struggle with being overweight and obese. I have been remiss in adding some of the recipes that I have been using for the last 3 months since surgery. I plan to add some meal plans, recipes and suggestions on here as soon as possible. The more I read the more I feel fired up with excitement to share what I’m learning with you. I have been making changes all the time and implementing them into my family’s diets as well. I am currently researching everything I can about creating natural beauty products. I look at it this way: if I went to all the trouble I did having weight loss surgery and having to drastically change my diet and lifestyle then I’m going to change everything else, too. I stopped drinking tap water 3 months ago. I only drink filtered water now. We have hard water where I live and I definitely don’t want to end up lining my kidneys and bladder with calcium and lime from tap water, which can cause all kinds of health problems. I feel like I was given a new leash on life having had weight loss surgery. I take care of my body now and I’m careful about what I put in and on my body, but, I’m still learning so I know that there are some things that need improvement and change.
The premise for this blog is really still in its infancy. I have hopes and dreams for what all I want to accomplish. I finally feel like I have found my calling in life and I’m going with my gut, pun intended, and moving forward on blind faith.As I learn I will share with you. We will combat the disease of Obesity together, one person at a time. One moment at a time, if need be.I learned a very valuable lesson a few years ago: in order to teach, the teacher must first learn the lesson. I must have been destined to be a teacher because I have sure had my share of learned lessons. Hopefully, we can all learn something and pass it along until the message is loud and clear and collectively, all of us will become the change we want to see in the world.
Until next time…………….Namaste’ :)