In this post, you will find out the biggest mistake we make and the #1 thing we neglect when trying to create a better life for ourselves.
I’m going to tell you about my experience so you can see how important this is.
So here’s the answer you’ve been dying to know; the one thing we neglect that ends up costing us in the long run: our physical health.
How we end up neglecting this:
It’s very easy (relatively) to sit and plan out our goals for the new year, or short-term goals for lives. We all have either a rough idea of what we want our lives to be like or a clear vision of the life we want to achieve. But here’s the catch:
How are you going to enjoy the successful life you envision if you’re in bad health?
It’s not easy to change our diet or lifestyle. In fact, I’ve been on this journey for about a year now and I still haven’t mastered it.
But let me tell you how my poor diet almost lead to me needing surgery at 21 years old.
In my journey to strengthen my mind, I failed to strengthen my body.
I’m very skinny because of my fast metabolism (which I think is on steroids sometimes), but I eat A LOT. And before I got sick, I had a very unhealthy diet. I had a rigorous schedule in college where I worked up to 24hrs/week and I was also a full-time student. So when I came home from work/class, I was never in the mood to cook. I was too tired. So you know what that means…
Fast food galore. Most of my money was spent on fast food. It was just more convenient.
Even when I shopped for groceries, I got frozen meals because all I had to do was heat them up.
To make matters worse, I’d be so tired that I’d eat while lying down in bed watching Netflix. Sometimes I’d even fall asleep right after.
My health started to deteriorate.
One morning I woke up and I couldn’t swallow.
Okay, okay maybe I’m exaggerating just a little bit. I could swallow, but it hurt to swallow. My throat felt swollen. It was as if there was no room for anything to pass.
So I did what any concerned individual would do about a health crisis like this – I Googled my symptoms.
Dr. Google told me I had throat cancer. Now, Google always has cancer as its go-to diagnosis so I was more skeptical this time around, even though I was worried. So I decided to seek more specialized help.
I consulted Dr. WebMD and I got a more reasonable diagnosis – strep throat.
So long story short – I did a strep test and it was negative so I was really worried now because my only other option was cancer. I found an ENT doctor (ears, nose & throat) that a friend recommended but I didn’t actually make an appointment until my symptoms came back after a month. I took my chances the first time because I was a broke college student and her fees weren’t in my budget – but I’m glad I went. She diagnosed me with acid reflux and said that I had to change my diet immediately (and she really emphasized immediately) otherwise I would have to do surgery.
So I had to cut out pretty much everything in my diet that had flavor until my symptoms went away. But enough about me.
Here’s what I learned from that that can help you:
It may be expensive to eat organic/healthy but it is more expensive to be unhealthy. Seriously. You don’t want to find this out the hard way. You’ll not only pay more money in medical fees, but you also lose your time being sick when you could be doing something of value.
You can’t strengthen your mind and neglect your health: if you’re not in good health, you spend a lot of time worrying. Worrying about your health and expenses related to the issue. If your mind is consumed with worry, you can’t be productive. You’ll also have an even harder time trying to remain positive if your health is depreciating.
Take a holistic approach to personal growth: if this isn’t already obvious, I’ll say it again. Don’t just focus on improving your mindset. You have to work on your diet, relationships, mental health, and every other major aspect of your life.
You can’t live a good life if you’re not in good health: how do you expect to enjoy the things you manifest when you’re too sick to even think about it? Poor health is one of the things that are most difficult to ignore because for one it’ll cost you a lot of money to get better, and you also feel like crap. I highly doubt the vision you created for yourself in the first post is you in poor health. Take my advice and start eating healthier now.
Let’s Get Practical
Q: So what have I been doing about my health? A: working on it, that’s what.
This is one area I won’t claim to be an expert in. It’s still very much a work in progress. My diet restrictions may not apply to you because you probably never had acid reflux. You can read more about it here if you’re curious.
This wake-up call has led me to do something I never thought I’d do – attempt to be pescatarian! I’d say vegan but I’m not at a point in my life where I think I can cut out shrimp and salmon – and I don’t know if I’ll ever be.
In the meantime, I’ve been trying to incorporate new recipes and meal options in my diet that are healthier. I haven’t been able to find a one-stop-shop for all my dietary needs and questions but I’ll be sure to post an update when I do.
While that’s in the making allow me to show you the effects of my new diet on my skin:
Ever since I cut out red meat, fast food, and a range of foods my skin has literally been GLOWING. In addition to that, a big part of why my skin has improved is due to my daily green smoothie and tweaks in my skin care routine (post on that coming soon!)
I was literally shocked by healthy my skin has been looking lately. Clear skin is one thing, but honey do you see that natural glow?
P.S. I only have my brows filled in in that picture.
Green Smoothie Recipe
- flax seeds
- unsweetened almond milk
- organic sugar (if you wanna be extra like me)
That’s it! I try to drink this every day. The only days I miss are when I run out of spinach or bananas.
P.S. Kale is also great for your skin and I used to use it in my smoothies in the past but for some reason, I’ve just been using spinach. I plan on trying kale for a while to see if there’s any difference.
On that note, I need you guys’ help on this. Leave a comment below or send me an email if you have any recommendations for blog posts/videos/websites that are geared toward pescatarianism.
Click here to go to the next post in the series to learn how you can manage your finances better, and what I’ve been doing to manage mine.
Also, if you haven’t already, check out the first post in the series:
Other posts that will help with your personal growth journey:
- The Secret to Achieving Your Near Year Goals
- What Nobody tells you about Personal Growth
- 4 Ways to Take Your Life to the Next Level
- 3 Types of People You NEED to Have in Your Life
- The Hidden Truth Behind Why you Struggle with Time Management
- 4 Toxic Relationships that are Killing Your Dreams