I will try hard to not let this turn into a “rant” There are some things I’m passionate about. Health and nutrition is my passion! And, I don’t like excuses or denial. JUST DO IT! My family has bad “heart” genes. My kids will have even worse genes when combined with my hubby’s family’s “heart” and “diabetes” and “obesity” genes.
I get really, really, really upset when I hear family members saying that the doctor told them their conditions (high blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides,etc) are hereditary. So, they just resign themselves to meds! NO! Are you kidding me?! WHAT?! Just because you have bad genes DOES NOT mean that you are destined to be on meds and suffer from these ailments. IT DOES MEAN that you will have to work harder than the person who is genetically blessed!
“YOU DO NOT HAVE THE GENETIC LUXURY OF BEING OVERWEIGHT” – DR. OZ
I loved it when I heard him say that the other day. YES! YES! YES! That’s what I’ve been trying to say! “I do not have the genetic luxury of _______.” Fill in the blank….”not working out” or “of eating ____.” That’s just life. It’s the “hand we were dealt” so DEAL WITH IT!!!
My last bit of “rant” is about health and weight. My family is not overweight by much. My family is not obese. They are all relatively slim people, wearing normal sizes and you wouldn’t look at them and think they were on blood pressure and cholesterol meds or that there were a great deal of deaths from heart disease. The two men in my family who have died in the last 20 years of heart disease (way too early in life – early 50s & 60s) were not obese. They still died of heart disease and attack!
So, when I talk about genes I’m not talking about those people who seem to eat whatever they want and never gain weight….those people may still be unhealthy…inside. My last words are…don’t live in denial that if you’re skinny that equals healthy! It’s just doesn’t always work that way….
ONLY YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE EATING, IF YOU’RE EXERCISING & HOW HEALTHY YOUR LIFE IS!
Diet and exercise are important! What are you eating? What are you doing? How much are you moving? Exercising has a greater effect on lower cholesterol than diet in many cases! Take that in for a minute! They are both important! Here is an interesting clip from Self Magazine in August 2010 about exercise and the changes we make for overall health!
Don’t get me wrong, obesity is a huge problem. The fat around the middle causes insulin resistance = diabetes. It pushes on the kidneys and affects blood pressure. The list goes on and on BUT don’t be fooled if you’re skinny! AND, don’t think that meds are the answer….DIET AND EXERCISE are the answer to LONG TERM health and wellness!
Phew. My fingers are tired from banging on my keyboard.
I struggled with finding pics for this because I didn’t want to “call out” my family and friends with health problems! That’s not cool! So, I used a great Biggest Loser Family!
ANYTHING TO ADD??? Do you all get frustrated talking to your families about diet and exercise? Are they on board? Do your “bad” genes help to motivate you like they do me?