Taking Responsibility

I have had the privilege to observe some negatives in the lives of others, and in doing so, I had to examine myself to see if I might be doing the same things. Sometimes we learn more from watching negative behavior than we do from watching positive behavior, however, both can invite good learning experiences.

From my observations, I have determined that many of the negatives in my life and the lives of others, come from not taking responsibility for things that we are definitely responsible for.

For example:

I am responsible for my own health. I recently went to the library and found books on how to prevent memory loss, and how to strengthen my bones. When my doctor wanted to add another medication for osteoporosis, that had the side effects of having your femur bone become brittle and break, or you jawbone deteoriate….eeeewwwwhhhh…(Now what would that look like???), I decided… NO Mamm, thank you very much, but NO!

The memory loss thing is just a minor forgetfulness right now, but I don’t want it to become worse. I am learning to make lists on paper, but many times I practice just keeping the lists in my head and making myself remember them.

From the library books, I have learned that whether it is osteoporosis, mental decline, or any other health disorder, it all boils down to the foods we eat, reducing stress, and getting enough sleep to let our bodies mend themselves overnight. All the books tend to recommend a Mediterranean diet which consist of lots of fruit, vegetables, and limited animal proteins. For osteoporosis too much animal protein can rob the bones of calcium.

I found a bone building website that said apples have a phytonutrient that builds strong bones. No other food has this certain nutrient except apples, with most of it being in the peeling. Wow! They also sold a weighted vest that studies showed improved bone density as much as medication did.

Weighted vests are good, but constant added weight in the form of excessive eating is not. If my knees are hurting because I carry too much weight on them, then I need to lose the ten pounds that would reduce the pressure on my knees by thirty pounds. (I read that on a chart in the orthopedic doctor’s office while waiting for my mom to get back from x-ray. For every pound you lose, it takes three pounds of pressure off your joints.) Overeating is one of the worst things you can do for your health.

I get stressed when things break and don’t get fixed for ages and ages. To prevent this stress, which by-the-way causes memory loss, bone loss, heart disease, etcetera, I need to be responsible and either fix them or get someone who can. I need to do it as soon as possible, and not wait until whatever is broken causes even greater issues further down the road.

I am convinced that God has placed a medicine cabinet in our backyards and grocery stores. Many of the diseases we acquire come from not eating what God has placed before us and desiring to overeat foods that are too rich in manmade substances. Soda anyone?

Healthy foods from the garden.

Healthy foods from the garden.

An herb pot used to enhance meal preparation.

An herb pot used to enhance meal preparation.

Flowers grown in the garden to add beauty and reduce stress.

Flowers, grown in the garden to add beauty and reduce stress.

Until recently, I had always been a proponent of a book that said… God has put cravings in us, and if we eat what we crave, we will be getting a balanced diet. If I ate what I craved, it would be powdered sugar donuts and not an apple. My new thought on this is… as we lead our hearts to do what is right, we should also lead our heads to desire healthier foods that can heal our diseases.

On the last Carolina Camera episode that was aired on WBTV from Charlotte, N.C., there was a 103 year old lady that still went bowling, took a dance class, lived by herself, drove until she was 98, was thin, mentally alert, not on any medications, and she was a joy to watch her face light up as she talked about how she lived her healthy, sweet life. When asked what her secret to long living was… she replied, “The Lord has helped me all my life.”

God has provided all we need for a healthy life. We have to be responsible and guide our hearts and heads to see what He has prepared for us.

Life started in a garden. Life is maintained by a garden.

God provided sleep for restoration and rebuilding of cells in our bodies.

God provided water to wash away toxins.

God gave us a brain to help us figure out what causes us to be stressed and the ingenuity to figure out what we need to take that stress away. He created us with stress relieving endorphins that are released when we exercise.

It is all pretty amazing!

Taking responsiblity for these things will make a better life for us and those around us, and instead of living out our lives in a torturous slow death, we can actually live a life of joy and happiness and maybe end up bowling when we are 103.

 

 

Exercise

I feel like I get a lot of exercise working in the yard and garden. This helps me manage my weight as I get older. Last week while my niece and nephew were visiting I got more exercise than ever. If we did what kids do on a daily basis, it would be impossible to become overweight.

If you are playing or working all the time, it doesn’t give much time for eating. If you ate only when you are hungry, which occurs suddenly in the middle of the work or play, then went back to working and playing as kids do, you would not have time to overeat.

Below are the exercise incorporated play that we did the whole week.

Walking through the petting zoo.

Walking through the petting zoo.

Digging hole for fish pond so the kids could pick out fish.

Digging hole for fish pond so the kids could pick out fish.

Swinging

Swinging

Swimming

Swimming

Playing with the dog

Throwing sticks for the dog.

Riding bikes

Riding bikes

Riding in grass uphill to the barn.

Riding in the grass uphill to the barn.

We even had bike race challenges to see who could ride uphill through the grass to the barn and get there first.

After the first day of bike riding, my leg muscles screamed in protest. As the week went by my muscles adapted and I could ride with the best of them. Due to all the gardening I do, I was in pretty good shape for all the activity except the bike riding.

If we adults could remember the play we did as kids and pull out our bikes, swim, hike, play with the dogs, and dig holes in the dirt, we would never have to worry about our weight again.