Thursday, June 11, 2009

Hungry for Change

CHICKS ROCK! welcomes our latest guest blogger, Sasha:

Sasha is a Cornell University alumna. She loves spending time with her sisters, listening to music, eating, and bettering the world in any way she can.

I always struggled with my weight, but it peaked during college when I was at a height of 5’6” and weight of 188lbs. Realizing the dangerous path I was on, I initiated change in my life almost a year ago and took the road less traveled by: weight loss the healthy way. I focused on improving my health and put into practice everything I knew about health, nutrition, and fitness. After three months, I lost 30lbs and 6% body fat. At 144lbs today, I am an advocate for losing weight the right way and living a healthy lifestyle. I strive to educate and inspire others by using my experiences to show nothing is impossible.

Staying informed is essential, so I read all the latest information about health and nutrition. Unfortunately, most of the information provided by so-called experts is false and feeds into society’s desire for a “quick fix” with “rapid results.” Because of this, when I attended the Health and Nutrition panel facilitated by TWM, I prepared myself for the worst. What I found, however, was a group of well-informed panelists who spoke only truths. It was an amazing event and despite my knowledge on the subject, I still learned a lot.

The event also changed my perception of the United States. The U.S. is known as a “land of opportunity,” but people rarely examine the price paid for these “opportunities.” I think that instead of buckling down to fight obesity, a now widespread epidemic, the U.S. has enabled it by increased production of processed food and developments such as liposuction and gastric bypass.

One of the most important things I learned at the event is that although we cannot necessarily control everything in our surroundings, we can control much of what goes on inside us. Don’t worry about your friends and family who eat McDonald’s every day, make the right choice for yourself! If more people join the health movement, the demand for natural food will increase and spread to become a global hunger for change that decreases incidents obesity and other health issues. For now, I can only dream...

1 comment:

sally said...

I say HOORAY for taking control of your health! And I think it's awesome that you're trying to reach out to the people around you to inspire them to do the same.

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