“Ask not what your doctor can do for you; ask what you can do for yourself.”
Most of today’s chronic illnesses are lifestyle-related, which means there’s a lot you can do to improve your health. Of course your doctor can try to help you with pills or surgery, but if you continue with your old lifestyle patterns, the problems will likely persist or worsen. Plus being sick is expensive! Then there are the side-effects of the medication and/or complications from scarring. So what can you do? You can throw your hands in the air and accept your high blood pressure, bad knees, and shortness of breath, saying, “It stinks to get old.” or “It runs in my family.”
… you can do everything you can to help yourself first. You can take control of your own health, starting from wherever you are today. Things can improve dramatically with the addition of just one healthy habit at a time. You don’t have to go “on a diet.” If you just ate a healthier lunch every day, you’d see improvements. Or if you walked 10,000 steps every day. Or drank a gallon of water every day. That success feels good! Each healthy habit displaces an old bad habit, and builds confidence. So you add another healthy habit. And another. Now you’re winning! Before you know it, you’re in a different mindset. You’re in the game now, and on the road to a healthier life.