ASK THE HEALTH GURU: August

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By Devin Burke Special to The Pineapple

THIS MONTH’S QUESTION:

Why do so many people wait until their health is on the line to finally make a change?

ANSWER:

It may be common to have low energy, get sick a few times a year, and be five to ten lbs. over weight, but please don’t make the mistake of thinking these symptoms of an unhealthy lifestyle are normal… because they simply are not! Sadly, most people fall into the category of “not really feeling healthy, but not really feeling unhealthy enough to make a change.” What people WILL do is much different than what they CAN do. Interestingly, most people don’t realize how unhealthy they are until they start to become healthier. This state of being “not really healthy, but not unhealthy enough to do anything about it” is a scary place to be in, because it only leads to one place…disease and dissatisfaction. Unfortunately, I’ve seen this time and time again. In my personal experience over the past ten years of helping people transform their health and realize their potential, I’ve seen this far too often. I frequently used to question and wonder how this happens and have discovered a few things. For starters, most people gradually fall into an unhealthy lifestyle. I’ve never met anyone (yet) that has shared with me that they wanted to feel low energy, depressed and unfulfilled. But ‘life’ always seems to happen and the next thing they know, they are (for lack of a better term) ‘fat, sick and nearly dead.’ Now this state doesn’t happen overnight but rather for weeks, months and years. It’s a slow and gradual process that deceives. My job for the last ten years has been to wake people up and shake them out of this unsatisfying state of poor health. Because the truth is that we are born to be vibrant, healthy human beings. It’s our birthright. Unfortunately, this right has been unappreciated by many, leaving us with the health crisis we’re experiencing. But what keeps me up at night is the question “why?” Why would someone sacrifice the blissful state of well-being to one of slothful, unfulfilled and dissatisfaction, when all it takes is a few simple choices and a little extra effort? I’ve concluded that it’s just a lack of awareness. People don’t know what they don’t know. Health is our greatest gift. Not convinced? Just ask someone who has recently lost theirs. It’s not pretty! Cancer, diabetes and heart disease wreak havoc on people and their families. The truth is that cancer, diabetes, and heart disease can all largely be prevented through making healthier lifestyle choices. So why do so many wait till their health is on the line to finally make a change? I believe it’s also this deceptive state of “not really feeling healthy, but not really feeling unhealthy enough to do anything about it.” Do you fall into this category? Do you know you’re eating the wrong foods and making poor lifestyle choices, which only give you short term fulfillment at the expense of your health? If you do, this is your wake up call. It’s time to make a change, to finally say goodbye to fast food and hello to healthy food fast. Don’t wait till you’re diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, heart disease or worse. You have a choice. Yes, life is short and meant to be lived. But the funny thing is, when you finally start taking better care of yourself is when you start experiencing what life really has to offer…more joy, more energy, more love, more fun and more success. I have great news. It’s not too late to make a change. As a matter of fact, it’s really never too late, because small choices lead to big changes. Just like you don’t become over weight by eating one unhealthy meal, you don’t become vibrant and healthy by going on a temporary diet. It’s through making small, consistent LIFESTYLE changes that lasting impactful results are experienced! And you are worth it! If you hope to bring health into your life in any kind of long-term committed way, you must connect with your “big why” or the deep tenacious reason that lies close to your heart for wanting true wellness of both mind and body. This reason must be attached to what you value in life and where you see yourself going. Only from connecting with this strong core reason and the value behind it does the strength and motivation spring to keep you committed to making the necessary small changes every single day. We live in a world were disease and dissatisfaction are unfortunately becoming the normal. But there is a better way. Wake up to the realization that your life is your most precious gift and start valuing it as so by taking action on becoming the healthiest, happiest, best version of yourself. You owe it to yourself and the world. Devin Burke is a Wellness Educator, Health and Fitness Coach. He has studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. His life’s mission is to inspire and educate as many people as he can to experience optimal health. Visit www.DevinBurke.com to learn more.