The last year hasn’t been the easiest at times as so many people I love and care about had their lives negatively effected by chronic disease and despite having brilliant medical care, it just wasn’t enough.
So I’ve been pretty busy.
It started with a cancer scare for my mum, which led to me running blood tests on both my parents and accidentally discovering my dad had a kidney tumour. Matt sadly lost his step dad to type 2 diabetes and pulmonary disease. My granddad was placed in care suffering from Alzheimers and my gran, who has osteoporosis, fell before Xmas, fractured her pelvis and ended up pretty much wheelchair bound.
One thing that has really struck me about chronic disease is that it doesn’t just effect the person inflicted with illness, it impacts everyone around them, lives are changed and sometimes permanently.
So what is the ONE resolution that I need you to make for me?
I need YOU to get your sh*t together in 2018.
If you know you need to make some positive changes, just blinkin well DO IT.
Stop proscrastinating and making excuses, it’s not fair on your body and it’s not fair on those that love you.
The science and research is already there. Your lifestyle has a massive impact on your physical and mental health:
- Being overweight or obese is clearly associated with an increased risk of breast, colon, endometrial, oesophageal, kidney and pancreatic cancer.
- Alcohol is a major contributor to cancer and cancer mortality rates, reducing intake is an important and hugely under estimated cancer prevention strategy.
- A combination of aerobic and strength training significantly improves glycemic control in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Strength training maybe more effective as muscle contraction increases glucose uptake and improves insulin sensitivity.
- Studies have observed walking and spending more time outdoors is a promising treatment for depression or depressive symptoms.
- Nevermind 5 a day, studies suggest we should aim towards 10 servings of fruit and vegetables a day as fruit and vegetable intake is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and all-cause mortality. Green and yellow and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts and cabbage) are significantly associated with a lower cancer risk.
- Lack of physical activity is associated with every chronic disease and just 30 minutes of moderate movement daily makes a significant difference to your disease risk.
- Sleep deprivation (<6 hours) even in healthy people causes changes to hormonal and metabolic function and is associated with decreased carbohydrate tolerance, high cortisol (stress hormone), insulin resistance, weight gain and high blood pressure making it a risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Strong associations also exist between insomnia, depression and anxiety too.
- If you’re still smoking and taking recreational drugs …
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Fitter 365 is a fantastic community of members with ongoing support, monthly meal plans and informative videos and webinars and our books offer almost 300 recipes so you’ll never be short on tasty, healthy food to eat.
We’ve devoted ourselves to making sure YOU have everything you need, so in the words of one wise little dude…
“Do it or do not, there is no try” Yoda
You owe it to yourself and your loved ones.
Happy New Year and let’s raise a green tea to you leading a FITTER lifestyle in 2018.
Keris, Matt and Hamish xxx