Take Better Care of Yourself Starting Right Now

You can learn this quickly:

“In a randomized controlled trial of primary prevention, no cardiologist would want to be compared against a good physical trainer or nutritionist. We would get trounced.” —Dr. John Mandrola (quote from Medscape.com Heartwire news article titled PARADIGM-HF: Some Say, ‘A New Day in Heart Failure’ Published January 12, 2015)

Primary prevention refers to steps you take to PREVENT diseases. In this case, heart disease. What I learn from Dr. Mandrola’s quote is that if cardiologists went up against those who teach people how to exercise and eat right, the cardiologists would lose as far as preventing heart disease is concerned.

That is because people who go to trainers and nutritionists learn and follow through with diet and exercise choices that end up drastically preventing occurrences of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, even if they have risk factors. People going to cardiologists—and most other physicians—are looking for them to FIX their problems as they occur rather than PREVENTING them from happening in the first place.

It is true that EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS. Try a little bit every day to make single or multiple choices toward better food options, less quantity and moving more. I try according to my own personal abilities each and every day I am given now. I can’t do anything about the days and years that have passed or exactly what I may do tomorrow. I can do something about today. So far that has helped me lose over 110 pounds.

Before the weight loss my blood pressure was climbing and my cholesterol was at the point my doctor was discussing with me the possible need to take a statin to lower it. I went back to lacto-ovo vegetarianism before the weight loss and my cholesterol dropped. I credit the weight loss with helping me with so many other problems. It appears that exercise is improving my HDL and LDL cholesterol numbers, and it is helping with further weight loss. It is working for me.

As always, talk to your doctor before making any medical choices of any kind. Medical Disclaimer.

Easy Homesteading Start

I don’t have any pictures to go along with this entry, and I know folks just really like pictures. However, this is an easy read and won’t take too long.

There are lots of us who want to become more self-sufficient. We want to know that we can produce for ourselves. It actually is less expensive and much less time consuming to just go out and buy most of our food from the store. However, the cost does depend on the food items, where we are located geographically in this Great Land, and the season.

To just grow a plot of green beans and can them for use during the non-growing season would be a considerable investment in time and materials. Even if we got the seeds for free and planted them in an existing garden, the cost for canning equipment can make the beans more costly than ones already canned at the store.

Infrastructure for homesteading should be acquired over time. Most of it is skills, but there are some tools and consumer products that we can’t produce ourselves that make homesteading viable. Whereas our long dead ancestors may have made every implement from the containers to the tools used to acquire and preserve food, we need to buy some things such as canning jars for the food and shovels for the garden.

That stuff costs money. Money may be tight. It often can be for the person who is seriously considering becoming more self-sufficient. This quandary may cause some to just give up and have to settle for what I call “cheap commercial.” That is falling into having to settle for lower quality, less expensive foods at the store in order just to eat. I’ll be honest. When I lost my so-called day-job that provided the steady income and health insurance, we took a hit on the quality of food we are able to buy. Growing my own vegetables now sounds much more appealing than it ever did.

You don’t have to have a fortune to get started homesteading. I’m asking everyone who reads this to at least plant a tomato plant this spring. Even if you can’t stand tomatoes, you can be sure there is a neighbor or friend who really likes them. Even planting one tomato plant in a sunny spot can yield a bunch of fruit. Plant one in a five gallon bucket with a hole in the bottom for drainage. Stick it in a sunny spot and be disciplined about watering it. You will get a little taste of the fruits of homesteading and the discipline and labor it requires. Commitment will become evident in how well the tomato plant does.