A post of gratitude for good health

by Amy Renee
A post of gratitude for good health

Several of you who read this blog may already know that my reason for turning to a plant-based diet is due to what I’ve learned about how animal food intake correlates with chronic disease. I examined tons, I mean TONS of research during my post-graduate work on everything from depression to cancer to multiple sclerosis to cardiovascular disease to Alzheimer’s disease…the list goes on and on and on. Yet this remains a topic too many people are unwilling to listen about.

On my 4 Mind Body Soul FaceBook page I mentioned my trip to Michigan to participate in the Relay for Life Event with my mother and sister this past spring. It was a life changing experience. Truly, amazing. My mom gave the survivors talk and she did an amazing job. I posted the YouTube video on my FB page. I’ve been meaning to write a post about the entire experience, but every time I start writing I end up quitting because it just gets too emotional.

This past week I traveled to Michigan for a memorial service. This amazing lady was yet another victim of cancer who also happened to be my mother’s best friend. My mom took her passing very hard and I wanted to be there for her. Unfortunately I ended up a total blubbering mess thinking about what it was going to be like when my mother, my best friend passes. I can’t imagine life without her.

This morning I woke up and didn’t want to get out of bed. I guess I was still tired from the long flight yesterday. I laid in bed and looked at pics of food on Instagram on my phone. I came across this one picture that looked delicious, so I emailed it to myself so I could look up the blog later and hopefully find the recipe. What I ended up finding was a blog of a beautiful girl with an awful diagnosis of Lupus and MS. But the very first post I read wasn’t negative or depressing, it was inspiring and motivational. This girl talked about how she made the choice to change to a plant-based (vegan) diet to help her chances for a better prognosis. She also wrote about other things she was doing to help combat her illness such as meditation and exercise. It was a truly inspiring post and it reminded of my passion for plant-based nutrition.

I am so grateful for my health. And I will not take advantage of it! I will continue to eat a delicious, plant-based diet, exercise regularly, and try my best to incorporate meditation and other forms of mind-body connection into my routine. Of course there is always the chance that we can do everything right and still get cancer or MS or some other dreadful disease, but why not fight the good fight? I know I will. Won’t you all please do the same? Life is too precious. And no matter how short or how long each of us are on this Earth, don’t you want your life to be of the best quality it can be?

Thanks for reading.

 

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