Imagine this: You get home from work tonight. Exhausted, you set your keys on the table and hang up your jacket. You begin thinking about what you might have in the fridge to cook for dinner as you casually thumb through your unopened mail. But then you notice a letter with a law firm logo on the return address. Curious, you tear open the letter to see what it could be about. As far as you know (or remember), you weren’t speeding in a school zone or party to any lawsuit. But then you read the most unbelievable of things: you have inherited an indescribable fortune from a generous benefactor. You read and re-read and re-read the letter again in utter disbelief. There is nothing you have to do to earn or claim it. It’s already in your bank account, waiting to be spent.
How do you think you would respond?
We’d like to think that saner heads would prevail but odds are, the first thing you’re likely to do is run out and eat the most extravagant dinner you can think of. Progressively, over the next few days, you’ll probably go and buy anything and everything that you’ve ever wanted but never had the means to get before. You might take a spontaneous trip or buy a sports car and pay in cash. For weeks, you won’t even consider what the balance in your bank account is. But, as that initial surge of euphoric spending starts to wind down, you will eventually begin to think about using your fortune a little more responsibly—investing, saving and budgeting. You’ll probably consult a professional advisor who knows how to navigate the treacherous waters of financial planning. And, most likely, you’ll coast along this way for a considerable amount of time—your fortune entrusted into the hands and judgment of another person, just happy to be finally carefree.
But, eventually, time will pass, and your understanding of finances and the way the world works will begin to expand. You’ll start to see opportunities and causes that you would like to invest in. You’ll observe other people managing their own fortunes. And you’ll watch them, the captains of their own futures, as they reap the rewards and gain a deep sense of gratification, knowing that their fortune is being used in exactly the manner that they deem fit. And at some point, you will know that the time has come for you to take action.
This is exactly how we are with our health.
Good health is an indescribable fortune. Just ask anyone who doesn’t have it, and they will tell you that no amount of money could ever be as valuable as a lifetime of health. We can choose to waste what we have, or we can choose to invest in it and turn it into something that lasts and helps us make a lasting impact on others. When we are young, we often take our good health for granted. We live with little regard for the consequences of our actions and constantly presume upon the incredible resilience of our bodies. But as we age, we begin to feel the changes in our day-to-day lives. We start to realize that we won’t be young forever, and we begin to accept the reality that the choices we make today will determine how we spend the remainder of our lives.
For many, the realization is the genesis of their journey down the path of healthy living and natural eating. They go to their local health food store or consult with their most “granola” friend and begin implementing subtle changes to the way they do life. For some, these subtle changes are enough. They are content knowing that they are making an effort to live better. But for others, there is a sense that they should be doing more than simply hovering in a cloud of good intentions and living on the periphery of health consciousness. If you’re one of those people, you may be asking, “So where do I go from here?”
Setting a course for educating yourself about all things healthy can be daunting. Too much information and WAY too many opinions and options can cloud the path you’re on; this dense fog of confusion can make it hard to even know where to start. If this is where you are, or if you are just looking for additional resources to further your understanding of healthy living, here is a short list of current hot topics in the health community that you can investigate to help get you started:
Organics: The word “organic” has become so common that it’s easy to overlook. Learn what it means and why it’s important at Organic.org.
Gluten Allergy/Intolerance: Recent studies suggest that as many as 1 out of every 100 people may have sensitivities to various kinds of gluten, but the information that the medical community largely relies on is based on tests done almost 60 years ago. To learn more about gluten challenges and resources, check out the following sites:
Leaky Gut Syndrome: You may not have heard of this term before, but it has become a huge topic in the world of healthy living and is proving to have a much larger impact than was previously believed. Learn more at these sites:
Supplements: Everyone wants to know they are getting the complete nutrition that their bodies need, right? Well, not everyone knows that 95% of the dietary supplements available today are synthetically made and consist mostly of rock and coal tar. But there are alternatives. You can read more on this topic in the following articles:
Formal Education: Self-study is a great first step and can help improve the quality of your life considerably, but sometimes you need to take things a step further and learn from those whose experience and expertise surpasses what you can ”Google” on the Internet. A new program from Mannatech and Texas Woman’s University provides an accessible and affordable option to learn more about health and nutrition. Check it out!
Don’t squander your fortune; Educating yourself can help you make the most out of the life you have been given.