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You Are Worth It! Spend Time and Money on Self
Who will make sure you are healthy? Healthy means not
just the absence of disease, but the presence of vital
energy and enthusiasm--looking forward to each day's events
Phil is 85, bright-eyed, and maintains a good diet. His
request in our coaching alliance is to be more flexible,
have more energy and boost his memory. Although on a "fixed"
income, Phil's health is so important to him, he spends his
own money beyond what his HMO offers. He uses me as a coach,
buys a few supplements, I even saw him in my yoga class!
Defining Self Care
Self care is being selfish, taking time out for just us.
It's also self discipline--stopping what hurts us. It's not
easy to change--our habits, our attitudes, the way we spend
our money, but when you consider the alternative of
premature dishealth and not being able to be free of pain
and discomfort, it's worth a look.
Self Care is Inconvenient
While self care is inconvenient and will cost extra from
your health insurance, the only real guarantee for your
health is you! Self responsibility requires an open mind,
time for research away from the medical model, money
investment, and time to shop for real food rather than
processed fast food. Food that doesn't contain hormones,
antibiotics or pesticides. It takes awareness, discipline
and action to let go of or be moderate in all that doesn't
serve health. That may be coke, coffee, junk food, aspirin,
alcohol, antidepressants, antacids. While the
hormone/antibiotic-free meat I eat is a bit extra, and the
raw cheese with enzymes is harder to find, I follow my
health philosophy, "You can either pay on the front end,
investing in healthy ways, or you can pay at the back end
for a care-giving situation that extracts too much from your
family's resources, or puts you in a resthomes at up to
$40,000 a year.
How Much Are You Willing to Spend for Health?
Many of us are reluctant to hire holistic health
providers, buy only fresh, organic produce, subscribe to
holistic/prevention magazines or buy minerals and vitamins
not covered by our HMO. Yet, as a health and personal growth
coach, author and teacher of self- help and health
information for 20 years, I know my health shot upward when
I left prescription drugs two decades ago, and began a
multi-faceted prevention and holistic approach.
I feel that what I spend money on is a necessity, not a
luxury. I urge my students and clients to invest $50-$100 or
so each month to treat the causes of discomforts, not just
the symptoms. I spend a lot: $25 a month on my body-mind
chiropractor, $90 a month on deep tissue massage, $40 for
Green Magic food enzymes, $15 magnesium-aspartate, $5 kelp,
$10 natural C made from acerola, $10 beet juice extract, $15
cereal greens and $15 for Drenamin to boost my adrenals. I
have stopped most synthetic supplements, most of which pass
through the body, unused. So, I spend almost $230 on top of
all enzyme rich, organic, hormone and antibiotic-free food.
"I'm worth it!"
The Pay Off?
Once you decide to have a healthy immune system, you
won't have a cold or virus for years. Your energy will soar
so high, you'll leap out of bed saying, "What's next?"
You'll lose fat and gain muscle strength to carry all of
your grocery bags out yourself. You'll reach out to learn
new things and develop new friendships. You'll have the
energy to travel wherever you like. You'll replace the
feeling of overwhelm and fatigue with feeling you are worth
it, that your investment will pay off.
About the Author
Judy Cullins, M.A., has written over 20 self-help and
writing/marketing books selling over 85,000 copies. Her 20
years as a teacher, speaker and coach, giving over 100
programs a year, her weekly wellness/personal growth and
writing seminars and her monthly online column "Passionate
Living" at www.sandiegoseniornews.com give her the expertise
to help make clients' lives easier, healthier, and
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