It's been 6 years since I first noticed my tumour (a.k.a Fibby).
I was scheduled for an MRI to determine Fibby's position, but a week prior to the MRI, I went on vacation, and drank, not unlike a fish. Fibby and alcohol never got along, and she grew rather large. By large, I mean the doctors compared her to a 7-month-old fetus. My feet were swollen, and I was asked by two different people how far along I was. Ouch.
The size was a huge concern to the specialist, despite my explanation of having just returned from a week-long drinking binge, and I was sent to the oncologist. The rate of growth had convinced the doctor that the tumour was likely cancerous, and my option at that point was a full hysterectomy with possible chemotherapy and radiation.
I tried my best not to laugh out loud when the oncologist told me this. The look of confusion on the faces of the doctor and nurse was funny to me, as they were clearly used to people breaking down in tears with the suggestion of the big "C". Cancer has never been a concern to me. I look at it as a way for the body to let us know that something is not quite right, and you'd best sort it out. Plus, I love a good health challenge.
When I smiled at the nurse, she slowly put down the box of tissues and tried to think of what to say next. It was awkward. I walked out of the oncologist's office that day and decided it might be time to sort out this mess I had created, and that's exactly what I did. My health is back on track, and Fibby is a thing of the past.
In the next few paragraphs, I’m going to give you 7 logical ways to take back your health. As humans, we tend to over-complicate things. We didn’t always, but we do now, so let’s see if we can do some time travelling back to the simpler life, when our knuckles did not drag far from the ground.
1. Remove from the equation, the fear of being sick or dying.
Let’s face it, we are all going to die, and we are all likely going to be sick at some point in our life. Being fearful however, only leads to stress, which in turn leads to further health issues leading to premature death. Do you see the irony? Fear thee not and start thinking logically when it comes to your health.
In my case, when the doctor suggested I likely had cancer, rather than panicking and creating more stress on my body, I analyzed my situation to determine what my body really needed.
2. Assume a different perspective.
What health issues are you presently dealing with? Are you trying to deal with many issues independent of one another? Now bundle them all up into one mental package and assume they are all happening for the same reason. Even if they are not, just humour me here.
So now you only have one little issue with which to deal. Your health. Not diabetes. Not hormonal issues. Not high cholesterol. Just your health. Makes things a little easier mentally, doesn’t it?
3. Consider what you are putting into your body.
Everything that passes through your body has an impact on your health, positive or negative. By “passes through”, I don’t just mean via your stomach/kidneys/liver, but also through your skin, hair and lungs.
Somewhere along the way, we started to use all sorts of weird products in our daily lives. Deodorant, moisturizer, cologne, shaving cream, cleaning products, over-the-counter drugs. I’m here to try to convince you that you DO NOT NEED any of this.
We have been convinced by companies to douse our bodies with chemicals every day, and somehow this is supposed to help us. It is not. On the contrary. There are so many healthy, homemade alternatives. “DIY whatever” is all over the internet. Take the time to learn and do your health and your wallet a favour.
4. Think like a Neanderthal.
You may not think you know how to eat, but instinctively, every species does. I can guarantee you there are no squirrels reading the label before throwing it into their grocery cart. With that said, try to revert to your days of being a Neanderthal. They ate food that grew from the ground up, and likely killed another animal for protein. Although being vegan in the 21st century, I can attest that this is not necessarily required.
5. Start the process of elimination.
The following five have been shown to cause various health issues, and should be considered for elimination, even just temporarily, to see how your body responds:
I don’t think I should have to mention cigarettes and recreational drugs, but to be safe, I just did.
This list might seem kind of obvious, yet I see people around me consuming predominantly from this list, every day, and it astonishes me how they are still walking the planet. No judging.
You don’t have to remove them all at once. Try removing just one for a week or two and see how it goes. Check how your body feels. More energy? Better digestion? Then remove another and so on.
6. Replace what you eliminate.
In the last step, I mentioned elimination, and this may have put you in a state of panic. Stay calm! You still need to eat, I get that. Although I did try not eating for a while. It didn’t go over so well… I’m kidding, but there were times for me, when not eating at all seemed easier than figuring out what not to eat. It’s less complicated than I thought, as it turns out. One replacement at a time.
7. Take one simple step.
If you suffer from aches and pains or other more severe health issues, and sitting behind a desk all day is making things worse, quit! No, no, don’t quit, but I will suggest you do something about it, as health does not improve on its own.
Don’t think about it any longer. Take one small step (for man, one giant leap for mankind. Sorry, I couldn’t stop myself) towards improving your health.
My suggestion? Start removing processed foods from your diet. You don’t have to do it all at once of course. Remove or replace something you are certain is not good for you, and go from there.
So, get started today and remember, it’s YOUR health. Own it.
P.s. If you need some ideas on how to reduce processed foods, click on the link below.
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