It’s never too late!
At this time of the year one year ago my mother, aged 76, and my father, aged 84, both struggled with serious “age related” health issues.
My mother struggled with high blood presure and cholesterol. My father had started showing signs of fast cognitive decline. He started being uncomfortable with driving his car and had several prolonged blackout episodes.
Now, I put “age related” issues in quotation marks because most often it is not the age that affects us. What is more likely at stake is our lifestyle choices.
- In our daily routines, do we react stressfully to gossip, bad temper, bad behaviours in the local traffic and the like?
Is it very easy for us to go into the “red field” – where both blood pressure and lung ventilation far exceeds the point of health damage?
- What do we choose to put in our shopping bag – Do we tend to choose what is cheap, but also compromised or even toxic for our bodies?
- Do we choose to overtrain and strain our body – because we are not ready to admit to ourselves and to others that we are no longer “fit” and “strong”?
- Do we succumb to the couch potato style of living?
As I went into a thorough conversation with both of my parents they could say yes to many of these questions.
Time to start acting
Over the years I have told my parents a lot about my research, my efforts and my results with lifestyle change as a way of healing chronic inflammation. Now it was high time they started acting as if they actually believed it was possible to reverse these “age related” conditions.
My mother took up the challenge very seriously and thoroughly changed her daily diet. She worked carefully with finding the right structure and the right amount of relaxation for her body both in motion and in rest. She started training Buteyko Breathing in order to develop a healthier breathing pattern. She took some big and very impressive steps towards better health.
My father has quite another temper. It took some time to convince him. And when he finally admitted a habitual change was highly needed, he was only willing to take small steps.
Over the course of year this little “family health recovery experiment” lead to surprising results for both my mother and my father. And most surprisingly my father, with his conservative approach and much smaller steps, got rid of just as many “age related” troubles as my mother did.
How on earth is that possible?
Avoid shortcuts – establish process
We can actually change our life by establishing a lasting process.
What really makes the difference is our ability to maintain the process each and every day.
The steps we take may be small or big; this does make a difference, but not a major difference.
The important thing is to maintain whatever kind of steps we take.
The strongest tool is the ability to accept errors – radical acceptance – and then start all over again. Your errors then will become stepping stones you can use to advance on your course, in your process.
Most of us promote the idea of instant success.
If something in the body does not work well we go to the doctor and have prescribed pills or intervention.
That is not taking responsibility for our own health.
Better adapt yourself to the power of the process – of daily repetition. Patience, slowliness and acceptance are key here.
Instant fixes are not going to work long term.
What should we do about inflammation of the joints
At this point a participant in the videotalk asks: What would you do about inflammation of joints apart from exercise?
Lets start with exercise. It’s crucial that you do not exercise measuring on time, on speed, on distance and on number of repetitions. These measures are goal oriented and this kind of focus promotes inflammation in the joints.
Avoid overtraining, don’t do exercise with high levels of exertion … Instead: moderate!
In order to decrease inflammation we need to normalise insulin sensitivity in our body, because insulin sensitivity, inflammation and glucose levels in the body are highly correlated and physiologically interconnected.
You must also lower or eliminate your intake of refined carbohydrates as sugars incl. flours and hydrogenated vegetable oils – together with alle the foods that contain them.
What should we add to our diet instead? High quality sources of saturated fat.
Faulty studies from the 1950es pointed to saturated fat as a threat to our health and was adopted by all health authorities in the western societies. Since then the load of metabolic diseases have litterally exploded.
What we ought to train and exercise instead of goals and measures, we should train our sensitivity, our ability to listen to our body. When the body hurts it has a message for You!
This text is not a transcript of the video – only headlines.
PLEASE LISTEN TO THE VIDEO ABOVE FOR MANY MORE DETAILS – and get inspiration for your own process!