Not so snarky!

I was in the grocery store today.  I pushed my laden cart into the shortest checkout line.  Ahead of me I heard a heated conversation going on between the cashier, her bag boy and a customer.  “My dad takes $1000 worth of prescription medications every month, and Medicare only pays half!”  “My mom has breathing problems and the doctors have run 20 different tests. They can’t find anything wrong!”  “I don’t know what to do, we all are not getting any younger!”

Have you heard people express these sorts of pain to each other?   My hearts aches with pangs of sympathy for people that are suffering, and I’ll bet yours does too – what can we do?

That last woman’s statement really got to me.  She spoke as if we all are doomed to be ill and at the mercy of doctors and pharmaceuticals and insurance companies as we get older!  How can I not be snarky here and serve you, kind reader?  Because, I am sure you can guess that not one of these 3 staters of the facts seemed healthy to me.  Even the 20 or so year old bag boy was at least 30 pounds overweight.  This cashier and customer seemed to relegate themselves to an awful fate of hopelessness.

All of this begs the question: why are unhealthy people unhealthy?  Genetics?  Circumstance?  Well, OK, maybe sometimes.  But, how about- usually, it’s our choices.

How can I convey a message to the world that goes against what is on the TV and everywhere we drive, that says it is okay to do things that are very bad for our health?  Why are we so upset when we talk to each other about all the suffering that obesity leads to?  I think people feel like they don’t have choices.

Aahh!  But we do!  Great choices for a healthier lifestyle are everywhere!  It is just that we have to look beyond the Burger King to find the produce stand.  There is a choice to make between high fat and high sugar goodies and eating the whole foods that truly support our health.  My kids would eat chocolate chip pancakes every day if I let them!   It is labor intensive to cut up the veggies and cook everyday!  I think it is worth it.  My girls are learning.

We all know and love someone who is embroiled in their own health care horror story.  What can we do to help?  I think it is important not to judge someone’s lifestyle choices.  My teenage daughters worship Steak and Shake, so I have practice everyday with this life-giving concept. We always have some healthy choices available to us every day – we just have to choose them.  We can encourage each other!

I am here to be an example of making good choices for my health and my contagious wellness!  Mahatma Gandi said, “Be the change you want to see.”   I like this idea.  Join me and be the change you want to see.


Jump for fun and profit!

My shoulder hurt.  That spot just between the shoulder-blade and the lower neck.  For me it is always the left side.  Why never the right?  Do you have a pain like this?  My fingers know exactly how to dig into the flesh there to release the “crunchies”.  You know the crunchies.  They pop when the sore spot is accessed by the fingers.  Instant relief!  But it is fleeting.  After a few digs in, the ache just aches more.  Sip some water.  What to do?  I remember what those “crunchies” really are.  Do  you know?  Yep, a toxin deposit right there.  It hurts!  Sip some water.

I have a few spots in my body where I have painful toxin build up.  This left shoulder pain has come and gone for years.  It feels awful!  It is a nagging pain that ibuprofen doesn’t touch.  Have you ever felt this way?  Where does it hurt?

I found a solution.  I jump on a rebounder!  Jumping just 10 minutes a day keeps my body mostly pain-free.  This is a bold claim.  I can hardly believe that I am stating this.  But it’s true.  Oh yes, I haven’t jumped on the rebounder in a couple of days!  Sip some water.

Ten minutes of jumping up and down is all it takes to jostle my body enough to free those nasty toxins that get stuck in the tissues.  Sip some water.  Water carries them away to where my system does what it does to get rid of waste.

The effect of jumping on the rebounder is cellular!  How about that?   Yes!  One current theory that makes a lot of sense to me states that as you jump up and down the contents of every cell are hurled against the cellular wall causing it to regurgitate its contents.  Empty now, the cell craves!  It reaches for fresh nutrients.  Sip some water.

Today my shoulder hurt.  I”ll admit I  tried to talk myself out jumping.  “I don’t feel like getting sweaty.”  “The kids will be home in a few minutes.”  “Blah, blah, blah!”  My shoulder hurt!  A bit more of squeezing the crunchies told me what I already knew.  “Get on the jumpy Shayla!”  Thank you my beautiful mind!  I set the kitchen timer and I hopped on.

It doesn’t have to be strenuous.  Just gently up and down, one foot to the other, back and forth.  My rebounder came with a diagrammed workout, but I have never done it.   I have mine set up in a big window.  I turn up the music or I move it over to indulge in a little TV.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.  That’s what my kids say.  Sip some water.