How We Give up Responsibility for our Health and How we can Take it Back
Everyone has the innate desire within them to be healthy. We can all think back to the last time we were sick and remember how miserable we felt. No one wants to feel that way! Ask almost anyone the question, “Is your health important to you?”, and the answer will most likely be yes. So if nearly everyone wants to be healthy, then why are so few people actually healthy? A lot of people might read this and think, “I am healthy!”, and they probably are by a certain definition.
What it Means to be Truly Healthy.
Let me go further and define what I mean by being truly healthy. By healthy I mean completely vital and full of energy throughout the entire day. By healthy I mean getting sick very rarely, or not at all, and not suffering from any chronic conditions. Very few people have this, and if a thought is coming up such as, “Oh man, I’m not healthy by this definition!”, there is no need to feel ashamed. We live in a world where it is actually extremely difficult to achieve true health for a number of factors. Our soils are over farmed depleting our food of vital nutrients. Chemicals and antibacterial products are in nearly everything nowadays which puts stress onto our bodies. Even with the intention to “be healthy”, sifting through the vast array of different diets, techniques, supplements and theories out there can be completely overwhelming!
Why Giving up Responsibility for our Health to our Doctors is Foolish.
Because of this overwhelming feeling, many people tend to defer the burden of “being healthy” or “my health” to someone or something outside of themselves. A typical example of this is when people put their full trust into their healthcare professionals or doctors, thus giving up responsibility for their health. Let me be clear here and say that I do not mean that healthcare professionals cannot be trusted. What I mean is that by allowing a person other than ourselves, in this case our doctor, to make important decisions about our health, we are giving up our power to some degree. I do believe that it is wise to take into consideration the advice given by doctors and healthcare professionals, but blindly following this advice is foolish. As amazing, kind and awesome as our doctors might be, he or she will never care about our health as much as we do because when something goes wrong, we are the ones who suffer, not them! On top of this, our doctor has a lot of other patients to see and cannot possibly give us the time and attention that we need in order to maintain a true state of health.
Many People put too Much Trust Into the Sources of Their Foods.
Another way that people give up their power is by putting too much trust into their food sources. Ask a friend enjoying a meal some questions such as, “Where did this food come from?” or “What are the ingredients of this food?” or “By what process was this food produced?”, and he or she would probably look at you like you’re crazy! My point is that the attitude most people have is to completely trust the companies producing these foods. Attitudes such as, “I bought it at the ‘health food store’ so there must not be anything bad for me in here or else they wouldn’t be selling it!”, are commonly held by many people in our society and is especially true for the major chains of “healthy” grocery stores.
Is it so crazy to want to know where something is made and the process by which it is produced? Don’t we deserve to know this information? Again, this comes back to people feeling overwhelmed by the research required to obtain such facts. This fear is the main reason people give up their power to things outside of themselves such as food companies. It’s easier to take on the belief, “My doctor told me it was good for me” or “They’re serving it a restaurant so it must be of good quality”, than to take responsibility and find out the answers for ourselves, which could lead us to a healthier state of being.
How Putting Pride Aside and Admitting we Don’t Know Everything can Help us Achieve True Health.
I think a lot of people are simply afraid to find out that the things they have been putting into their bodies for so many years have actually been causing them harm, so it’s just easier to stay in the dark. The first step to achieving health is admitting something that takes a lot of courage. It is the simple statement, “I don’t know”. By simply admitting to ourselves that we have no idea what it would actually take to achieve our health related goals, that we don’t really know where our food is coming from or by what processes it is being produced, that we don’t know what all those big words on the label actually mean, and that we have no idea what the hell gluten even is, we have taken a massive step that most people will not be brave enough to take because of their sense of pride. Once we do this, we have taken the first step to reclaiming our power, because once we admit that we don’t know something, we have the ability to find out.
When I first realized that I was giving up my power it opened up a major door for me. I was suffering from chronic fatigue and finally recognized my own fears around not knowing how to heal myself. As soon as I admitted that I didn’t know what the next step was toward finding relief, I was able to reexamine all of my previously held beliefs. This ruthless questioning led me to a complete lifestyle change and the astonishing realization that all of my actions had created my condition in the first place. I finally recognized that by simply changing my own behaviors I could change my state of health.
Asking Simple Questions Helps us Reclaim our Power.
The first step after admitting that there are things we don’t know concerning our health, potentially holding us back from achieving our goals, is to start to asking some basic questions. Just asking a question does not necessarily mean we are going to change our beliefs, we’re just becoming slightly more inquisitive. We can start this process by examining the foods we currently have in our kitchen. Check out the ingredients label and if there are unfamiliar words, do a quick google search and and find out what that substance is and why it might be in the food. Starting out this way is taking a baby step toward becoming more responsible for everything that we are putting into our bodies. Doing this simple exercise is easy, takes five minutes, and can kickstart the investigative attitude that is required to be truly healthy in our modern world. Eventually this will lead us to ask more questions related to the origin of the ingredients and the processes by which those ingredients are subject to.
We all Deserve to be Truly Healthy.
The main takeaway here is that there is only one person in the world who cares about our health as much as we do, and that person is ourselves! We all deserve to wake up in the morning feeling good. Everyone deserves to have energy throughout the day and to be as disease and pain free as possible. We are all worthy of health and vitality in every sense of the words!
Our bodies are incredibly intelligent and are simultaneously and constantly regulating our blood pressure, digestion and hormonal balance among many other complex processes. The number one source of information we should be listening to is the subtle signals our bodies send us. The body doesn’t speak english, it communicates with us through feelings such as hunger or pain. When we start to tune into these signals we gain a greater sense of awareness and can act on these signals. We should always trust what our body is saying above any other sources of information. On top of this heightened awareness we can become more curious about information presented in our society as “fact” when it comes to health and nutrition. We can reclaim our power and enjoy a healthier and happier life by starting to question the ingredients in our food and the processes by which that food is produced, thus taking back responsibility for our own health and allowing ourselves to let go of blaming external things for our state of wellbeing.