Healthy choices are better than unhealthy ones, but they’re not a guarantee for a problem-free life.
Growing up, healthy choices weren’t important to me. I never gave a second thought to healthy eating or exercise. And I never considered the safety (or hazards) of products.
Quite naively, I thought that because I lived in First World America, my products and food all were safe — and good for me.
When I realized this was not the case — and I had spent a lifetime consuming unhealthy things — I wanted to change for the better.
- I started reading labels.
- I stopped buying toxic products, like cosmetics made with parabens or cleaning supplies made with triclosan.
- I cut out processed food and tried to buy as much organic food as possible.
With every healthy choice, I felt confident that I could benefit the health of my family members. If we just continued pursuing a healthy life, we could forget about health problems.
Except that life is not like that.
One morning, when my husband and I woke up and thought our neighbor had started fracking directly behind our house (praise God, he hadn’t), I realized what very little control I have over my family’s health.
Sure, healthy choices are better than unhealthy ones. They may help us prevent certain problems.
But they’re not a guarantee for a problem-free life.
Other factors in this broken world plague our best attempts. Someone else’s poor choices might directly affect you. Your own unhealthy past might create a problem. Genetic issues may be stacked against you. Or life just happens.
Healthy choices are good. They’re better than unhealthy ones. But healthy choices don’t guarantee health.
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