The basics are how the details that make up life has unfolded to me throughout my nursing experience as a Oncology (Cancer) Nurse and PACU (Surgical Recovery) Nurse, analysis of my own lifestyle choices, three bachelor degrees in different areas of health and exercise, and life’s trial and error. Allow me to share my compounded analysis with you:
The human body is a beautiful incredible machine. Similar to an automobile and its engine, the body requires fuel to work effectively. Unlike diesel or gasoline, the body’s fuel is made up of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. While there are many types of foods that meet these fuel categories, there are only certain foods that efficiently meet the body’s fuel and nutritional requirements. Would you put diesel in a gasoline engine and aspect your vehicle to run properly or at all? No, the engine would eventually or quickly become non functional. The human body works the same as you consume empty calories consisting heavily in carbohydrates, sugars, artificial sweeteners, GMO’s, “bad" fats, or overload the body in one particular category, the body will eventually or quickly become non functional.
Now the human body is admired most for its physical appearance, physical ability, mental ability, and ability to adapt. There are 7 different classes that affect our health, life, and what we admire most: food choices, physical activity, environmental exposure, family genetics, social outlook, stress, and sleep. Each of these classes holds the same individual importance, they all work together equally to create health, and they all impact the life you choose to live.
How we manage these above listed 7 classes directly correlates with our likelihood of developing chronic disease and illnesses. Examples of chronic disease and illnesses are a multitude of cancers, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, arthritis, osteoporosis, influenza, urinary tract infections, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, sleep apnea, and many more. If you could simply change a few of your lifestyle choices to combat these and many more chronic diseases and illnesses would you? Would it help if I told you that the lifestyle changes you make will soon be as if you always did it that way?
Lifestyle changes are similar to learning how to speak, read, walk, or tying your shoes; with time these learned patterns become thoughtless habits. So why not start learning patterns that are beneficial to your life and everyone around you!?
First key to change is realizing that there might be an issue followed by educating yourself! It is my hope that I can help you along these first steps of change and maybe even a little bit further. I would like to be your catalyst to change as mine was an abrupt awareness developed through the eyes of my many cancer and surgical recovery patients. So the take home message, is it ALL does matter! It matters what you put on and inside your body, how you allow your body to be exposed to environmental factors, how inspired you are to take a few more steps along your walk to finding health. I promise you will feel happiness, health, and empowered because it really does only take ONE to make a DIFFERENCE.
To Come in Nurse’s Notes:
I will begin highlighting each of the 7 classes that affect our health, life, and what we admire most. These highlights will include useful information, resources for analysis, do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, recipes, and many more learned tips for success. Soon the interweave of healthy choices and environmental awareness will appear seamless; at least it has for me.
Rachelle McEwen, BSN,RN,ATC