As regular readers may have already noticed, I’m a tad obsessed with the health of my family. I just wish that living well equating to being well, because as with everything else there are always other variables to consider. Apparently where we live plays a big part in how healthy we are likely to be. Who knew?
Apparently, purely based on my postcode and the fact that I’m a woman, I am most at risk of lung cancer or mesothelioma (cancer caused by asbestos exposure). Of the 71 counties in the UK, Greater London ranks 13th for medical conditions (eeek), with breast cancer topping the list for women.
So, what can we do to offset some of these risks?
I personally err on the side of being as healthy as I possibly can, because I’m a firm believer in prevention being better than cure. It’s why my family eats the way we do. A super clean diet, chock full of organic cooked from scratch goodness, free from common allergens and refined sugar. Rather than just viewing food as fuel, I see it as my main weapon against illness, disease and a general feeling of meh (both physically and mentally).
Living life in this modern world is exceptionally hard work, why make it even more difficult by giving our bodies insufficient nourishment? With allergies and autism to factor in for us, surely I’d be a bit foolish to load my kids up with food I knew they reacted negatively to.
The gift of good health
Perhaps I have a fairly unique view, because I know first hand what the long term effects are of eating too much junk as a child. I’ve suffered from various gut issues over the years, which had to be remedied by going on the super strict auto-immune healing diet GAPS. I also have a mouth full of fillings, and have had to have too many replacement teeth for a person only in their thirties. Not only is it unattractive, but all the dentistry I’ve undergone has cost me a small fortune.
The way I see it is this: you simply can’t put a price on the gift of good health, which is what I hope I’m giving my children. It would be great for them to have one less thing to worry about as they emerge into adulthood.
After all, life’s tough enough!