Several years ago I experienced some health issues that were directly related to poor eating habits and ignored the early signs of colon cancer. As a result, I was diagnosed with colon cancer at the young age of 29. Diagnosed with colon cancer at such a young age was beyond comprehension. However, I soon discovered that cancer does not discriminate, and during treatments I had observed cancer patients of all ages and minority groups. Though it has been more than 20 years since I’ve been diagnosed, my subconscious reminds me that without a well balanced diet and exercise a reoccurrence is very likely.
Poor nutrition and lack of physical activity including exercise can be damaging to ones’ health. The key to longevity and healthy living is a balanced diet from five major food groups: grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, meat and beans. A balance between food and exercise is essential for maintaining good health – and without it you succumb your body to poor nutrition which can ultimately lead to heart disease.
Diets high in fat can potentially lead to colorectal cancer. It is further believed that the breakdown products of fat metabolism lead to cancer causing chemicals. On the other hand, Diets high in vegetables and high-fiber foods may rid the bowel of these carcinogens to help reduce the risk of cancer. Equally importantly is exercise; however the challenge faced with becoming physically active is finding the additional time to workout right? Therefore to effectively accomplish this – I suggest composing a comprehensive schedule of day to day activities and introduce a time table of workouts. Incorporating such a schedule will help get you closer to achieving all your goals.
Not meeting the expectations of your goals can contribute to poor nutrition, thus causing various types of potential health risks. I don’t know about you… but for me the most prevalent would be a recurrence of colon cancer. Other damaging health risks includes: obesity, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory problems, gallbladder disease, etc…
Throughout the seasons we are faced with the demands from our jobs and family that limit the quality time we have to set aside for ourselves to improve on our health and well being by setting goals. To effectively meet our goals and measure the success of each outcome will require motivation, desire, and lots of willpower. Having to endure the physical, mental, and emotional stress of being diagnosed with cancer was enough to motivate me to living a healthier lifestyle. Pushing awareness and educating others is the key to changing lives today for a healthier tomorrow.