It’s fun to think about what I would do if I were wealthy. I like to picture the things I would do and places I would go if I were wealthy. I would travel to far-away places with mountains, beaches, and rivers. I always picture myself being active and doing things. Walking. Biking. Skiing. Riding horse-back. Always in some kind of beautiful and exotic scenery.
I’m not that materialistic, so I don’t really think about having lots of things. Although one exception is to have a large, beautiful, and functional kitchen. I spend a lot of time in my kitchen cooking for my family and leading cooking classes because I love doing those things. So there would definitely have to be a nice kitchen.
I’ve asked others what they would do if they were wealthy, and they have all told me of things they would like to do and places they would like to go. Do and go. I think that the unspoken given for everyone is to be in excellent health and completely pain-free. Nobody has ever said to me that they envision having a chronic degenerative condition and/or have difficulty moving around, or worse, be unable to move around.
Which gets me to my next point: what good is having wealth if you don’t have your health to enjoy it? You need to be healthy to do the things you want to do and go to the places you want to go. In other words, you need to be healthy and feel good to be active.
I know several people who are not just envisioning wealth, they are wealthy. Some of those I know are obese and/or have some chronic degenerative condition along with having difficulty getting around. Mind you, none of the wealthy people I know were born into wealth. And I’m sure that when they imagined being wealthy, they didn’t imagine being in the conditions they are today.
Sure, if you’re going to be in poor health, being wealthy is probably better since it allows you the best possible treatment and care. But what does that mean? More pills? More procedures? Better walkers? Better beds? Bigger TV screens? Perhaps convalescing in a resort or spa while they’re turning you to prevent bed sores and helping you to the bathroom? So you’re sedated and oblivious. But I doubt that’s what you envisioned.
Many people just assume that they will end up with a chronic degenerative disease, and that it’s just a matter of time. And that is very likely to happen on a western diet that’s loaded with fat, sugar, salt, and highly processed foods.
The great news is that it doesn’t have to turn out that way. We have much more control over our health destiny than most of us realize. It comes down to the food choices we make with every bite.
A whole food plant-based diet has proven over and over again to prevent, stop, and even reverse chronic degenerative diseases by eliminating significant risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and obesity. A whole food plant-based diet prevents and reverses diabetes, heart disease, and erectile dysfunction (this is documented all over the scientific and medical literature). Additionally, a whole food plant-based diet prevents strokes and most cancers, and significantly lowers the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments as well as autoimmune diseases, neuropathies, and visual impairment.
And I’m talking about just with whole, unprocessed foods from any common grocery store. No special medications. No special supplements. Just plain, old groceries. Apples. Bananas. Berries. Melons. Tomatoes. Avocados. Lettuce. Spinach. Kale. Carrots. Cucumbers. Peppers. Potatoes. Squash. Brown rice. Quinoa. Whole grain pasta. Beans (not the kind with pork). Almonds. Walnuts. Sunflower seeds. Pumpkin seeds. Flax seeds. You get the idea.
By adopting a whole food plant-based lifestyle, you can have excellent health, along with more energy than you can imagine, which allows you to continue to do all the things you love to do. Now, isn’t that wealth?