So, Friday I went to my Bikram yoga class in the evening instead of the morning because I have the bootcamp in the morning. As tired as I was I had to go because this past Friday we had a guest teacher. This was a woman who has been teaching the practice since 1997 and has been practicing since the early 70’s, and coincidentally, she’s in her 70’s. And she looks incredible! Seeing her reminded me of why I am on this journey, why it is so important to have optimal health and to make sure that my relationship with food heals me and nourishes me instead of hurting me.
People always ask me why I care so much and “what’s the big deal” and my favorite “you’re going to die anyway, might as well die happy” or “you can’t control when you’re going to die, might as well die happy”. But that’s just it! I am not working at my eating habits to lengthen my time on this earth. I have no idea when I’m going to die. No. That’s not the goal. The goal is to not grow old in a sick body.
I’m looking at everyday Americans in their 60’s and 70’s and hell, some even in their 50’s and they are in so much pain. They have disrespected their bodies for so many years and finally their bodies have had enough. Their organs are tired, their joints are failing, the system is breaking down…………and yet they are still alive. This can go on for decades – living a life of slow deterioration. And too many people think this is inevitable, that it is part of getting older. That is a lie! It doesn’t have to be that way.
If we work hard and use food as medicine instead of as abusive drugs, we can develop healthy, strong bodies that reward us for our good behavior by lasting and sustaining good health throughout our lives. This 70-something yoga teacher reminded me of that on Friday. She was beautiful and strong and full of vitality…….and she was 70. And I wanted to remind you guys. This is why we care so much about losing weight. This is why we need to eat the right foods. This is why we must heal our bodies and maintain a good relationship with food.
You can not control how long you live but you play a big role in determining the quality of life you will live.
To your health,