Lessons learned…and still learning!

I’ve been away from the computer for a while, but I haven’t been away from my education about the value of eating properly.  In fact, it’s just the opposite.

I have been discovering just how important it is, not only to exercise and eat well to maintain a healthy weight, but I am learning about the importance of the quality of food and the combinations of vitamins and minerals that my body requires to function properly.

Several months ago I was diagnosed with a condition that, in the most basic terms available, is causing the discs in my neck to deteriorate.  This was initially caused by a minor car accident several years ago and not by poor eating habits, but it seems that there are several ways that getting the proper nutrients from food and consuming a consistent amount of water daily as well as proper exercise and sleep could have helped to prevent the progression.

Due to the development of further symptoms, a number of tests were run.  At first I thought these new symptoms were brought on by my neck issues but it was discovered that I have borderline low levels of both Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D.  It appears that the years of concerning myself with “eating light” as opposed to “eating right” have possibly resulted in a negative physical response.

I have changed a number of things in my daily diet and I have added some supplements.  These supplements should only be taken on the advice of a medical professional as you can actually cause yourself harm if you take anything your body does not require and can’t process. Having said that, it’s always best to get what you can from a proper diet. I am hoping that when (if) my levels return to a stronger position, I will be able to stop the supplements and maintain with better meal choices and combinations of foods that work together to optimize their values. Spend a little time researching the nutritional value of the foods you eat.  It will be interesting to see what you are getting a lot of, and what you are missing.

It is equally important to make sure that you exercise regularly and that the exercises you are doing are performed properly and safely. Rushing through a workout or pushing yourself when you are too tired could cause you to perform the moves incorrectly and you can do more damage than good.

If you are doing at exercise program at the gym, ask one of the employees to confirm that you are using the equipment safely.  If you are doing an exercise video at home, make sure to pay attention to the directions they give regarding posture, positioning and safety and follow them.  If you have the opportunity, use a mirror to be sure you are performing each move the same way as the instructor.

These will not only keep your muscles and bones safer, but it will also allow you to get the most benefit from each exercise.

Finally, make sure to get proper sleep.  I know it’s difficult to make time to rest, but your body will remind you (the hard way) if you don’t find a good balance.

Hopefully, the changes I have made will help me to return to my former self.  I have learned a valuable life lesson.  I hope to pass this lesson on and prevent others from making the same mistakes.

Stay healthy. Stay fit. Stay safe.

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