In my last post, I wrote about some of my thoughts on health. Now, don’t get me wrong; I fully admit that I don’t have it down or am the role model for health. I’m a 49 year old woman who struggles daily on many levels. However, I have read a lot written by those a whole lot smarter than I am, and I do buy into the theory that we eat too much crap (chemicals and sugar particularly), don’t eat enough REAL food, don’t exercise enough, are too stressed out, and take too many pills looking for the quick fix for physical and mental health. So, it made me happy to see the following news story on NBC Nightly News yesterday.
According to this story and the research behind it, advanced cancer survivors can increase their chances of living by 42% by following the American Cancer Society’s guidelines for healthy living. And guess what? Drinking a glass of wine per day is included as a healthy habit! Surely we can all get behind that one!
“We found that patients who maintain a healthy body weight, engage in regular physical activity, and eat a diet rich in vegetables and whole grains and low in red meats and processed meats did better and survived longer than those who didn’t,” said Dr. Erin Van Blarigan of the University of California, San Francisco, who led the study.
What I don’t get, and I’m talking about myself here too, is if I’m told that I can LIVE if I exercise and eat healthy. or I will DIE if I don’t, why on earth wouldn’t I do what it would take to live??? What if the probability was 90% or 100%? What if we are talking about kids or grandkids? Is our dependence on processed food, sugar, and internet or television so strong that we are willing to give our lives and our children’s lives for it? <3
Source: Fox, Maggie. “Colon Cancer Survivors Live Longer With Healthy Habits.” nbcnews.com, 17 May 2017