There’s a history of osteoarthritis in both sides of my family, and gout. Throw in a little rheumatoid arthritis, lots of physical labor, obesity, heart problems and red meat and sugar addictions and the prognosis for a healthy body start to look bleak. Sounds pretty scary doesn’t it?
Well, we really do have a say in our own future you know. What we eat, how we move, the vitamins we take – these are things we have control over. We can choose to look at life as a crap shoot and just pray for the best, or we can decide how we want our life to look. I’ll be the first to tell you I lived life hard in my youth. I was young and living in Chicago and had a ball. Late nights, great friends, lots of dancing, drinking and playing – and I’m lucky I got out alive. Lots of my friends didn’t. Life goes on though, doesn’t it? As fun as those days were, I would not want to be living that life today.
Today I’m in my 60’s and I relearning how to eat better, taking the best vitamins out there that actually work – and I believe have saved my life, and learning how to better care for my body. I’ve stopped eating wheat and my stomach is better. Not the best, but better. I have slipped this month and was drinking energy drinks. Not a good move – because they are awful for gout – they build up uric acid. If you’ve never had gout, just imagine some little elf inside your foot trying to stab his way out with a knife, over and over. On top of that, I have a stress fracture in my foot. Bad shoes, or osteoarthritis or just bad luck – who knows. Time will heal – and continued use of my good Melaleuca vitamins.
I’m eating better. I’m using my fitboard. I’m staying positive. I’m talking to you guys. I’m seeing a therapist when I need to. I’m taking great supplements. I’m making choices that work for me. I’m living with these bones, accepting who I am, and not giving up. I’m pretty freeking fabulous. Those are my choices.