Today is July 4, Independence Day, in the United States. For many of us Americans, this is a day of relaxation and enjoyment with our family and friends. But, what I think of today is the ultimate luxury of freedom.
For me, freedom means choice. And, since I am a health and wellness expert, that choice is important to me as it relates to my health. The freedom to choose a healthy lifestyle is one of the most valued freedoms I can think of.
However, like all choices, there is a cost associated with it. I constantly hear from people that it’s “so expensive to eat healthy.” And, yes, it can be. To eat a superfood salad costs $15, where a burger in a drivethru restaurant is $2. Is the extra $13 worth it? You bet it is!
That extra $13 leaves me feeling light and refreshed, full of energy and vitality in the short term. In the long run, it leaves me with clear arteries, a high functioning immune system and organs, not to mention a body that I not only feel well in, but am proud to live in.
The extra money I choose to spend on healthy foods keeps me out of the medical system, off prescription drugs and with little time away from work, resulting in a loss of pay. It gives me the freedom to experience a healthy life, which for me means traveling, hiking, biking, spending quality time feeling good in nature and with loved ones.
I still live in my “starter home” at nearly 40 years old. I don’t buy the latest and greatest brand name clothes or purses. However, I purchase quality food and supplements to nourish my body. I buy yoga packages, gym memberships, training appointments galore. I have an infrared sauna in my house, an inversion table and the best elliptical on the market. I choose to spend money on staying healthy, which is a freedom I love to indulge.
On this Independence Day, I am grateful for the freedom we all have to choose the life and body we want. We all make choices and spending our money on preventative health is just that: a choice.
Wishing you and your families a fabulous holiday and celebration!