Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Kaiser Permanente Mantra: THRIVE

In so many ways, that word -- THRIVE -- says it all! To thrive is to flourish, prosper and advance. What could be better than that for creating a healthy life where wellbeing is what to strive for in our every day lives.

In that same vein, I wholeheartedly agree with the need to thrive, flourish and prosper. In celebrating the everyday activities of getting up every morning to follow through with the routine things that we do, isn't that what it's all about? It seems so hard to believe that 75% of our healthcare costs go to treating chronic preventable diseases -- like diabetes. Isn't it worth minimizing that number -- especially when we know that we can do something about it?

While the industrialized food world does all it can to make us believe we can't live without their products; can't we see how those very foods have contributed to the demise of our own health? We live in a fast-paced society where it is just so convenient to not bother with what we think is the "small stuff". But, our health and wellbeing is definitely not "the small stuff". In order for us to thoroughly enjoy the everyday "small stuff" like waking up in the morning, having our coffee, hearing our loved ones get ready for their day and everything in between, we want to and quite frankly need to feel good and productive so we can carry on with our lives.

The best way to start out with creating a healthier better life is to eat those nutritious foods that give us that plentiful energy, makes us happy and makes those "small stuff" moments so worth it! After all, who really wants heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure -- no one! It is no guarantee that eating wisely and exercising everyday will prevent us from getting sick, but it is a definite guarantee that we'd be way better off taking care of ourselves than by not doing so.

A healthy diet is one of the most powerful medicines you have to keep you well. Eating nutritious foods increases your energy and is a mood improver can add years to your life by helping fight off heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and even cancer.

Now, try to imagine going to a restaurant with your loved ones or friends and, instead of asking for the "go-to" fries for the table, you ask for a side of sautéed greens or baked or roasted sweet potato fries -- not necessarily because they are just good for you, but because those greens will have become the majority's choice. This is how healthy cultural change becomes a reality... To learn more about thrive, go here.

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