Compelling reasons to make positive changes
It wasn't until someone in my family was diagnosed with Cancer that I started to think about my own lifestyle .
While I was accepting of the fact that we had now to fight against Cancer and we would need to be united and surround our dear family member with positive energy and support , I did for the first time realized that our lifestyle in general was making us prone to more cases like this.
I read as much as I could about Cancer and started to understand the role of exercise, diet and mental factor as tools to reduce the impact of the disease or even to avoid its development.
Having practiced sports for many years earlier in my life I thought I was armored against heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc. I thought I could eat anything and still be healthy, I thought I could sit down in front of a computer or the TV and still be immune to chronic diseases. I thought my headaches were due to the stress of my job, and getting a cold every 4 to 6 weeks was something normal for me.
Until Cancer paid us a visit, and changed our lives forever. My dear family member survived after undergoing surgery and chemotherapy thanks to a very experienced Doctor that was in charge of the treatment, and is still with us, leading a normal life, as much as possible.
But our lives changed positively , I have now become a more responsible person with my diet, being more active physically, and devoting time to the mental aspect.
I have being able to share with my family the benefits of incorporating more vegetables and fruits in our diets, and avoid red meats, sugars, etc. as much as possible, without being extremists.
I have now become more active physically, adding daily walks to my daily routine, no need to spend hours at the gym, just a few minutes every day bring lots of benefits.
And I have shed 60+ lbs on the process. Needless to say I feel better than ever before thanks to turning a negative event into a positive learning experience.
I am aware we were reactive instead of proactive, but at the end, we have learned and made positive changes in our lives.
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