Heart, Health, and History

Wow!  Sad but true: we have to part with the phrase: “Happy New Year!” right about now…  February is already here and I cannot believe that just a few short weeks ago, we were all coming back home in the early hours of the morning from partying with family and friends to celebrate the new year: 2016!

Instead of lamenting on how fast January left, let’s pay attention to what it is bringing to us.  Of course, being this “Always Looking For The Positive” in hearrhealthandhistorythings movement, I try to stay in the “plus zone” and look out for what elevates my spirits.

Ready?  We have a few things to cover for February and it’s not only LOVE…

I know, I know…  You thought I would be writing about another cheesy, heart melting topic that make the eyelashes bad and the butterflies flutter.  It is not too far, people.  For you to have a fluttering heart, you need to have a healthy one, you have to take responsibility for your health in general.  I also want to take you on a quick history stint whatever your heritage.  Can you ride with me on this one?  There might be a few shiny gems for you encrusted in my little Black History tribute as it relates to heart and health.

hearthealthandhistory1The Heart:

Seriously?  You thought you would be involved in Valentine’s Day without a healthy one?  I have to tell you, if that muscle is not pumping right, you are in no shape to take on the game of love.  OK, I might be a little rough on you here, but I am “serious as a heart attack” and no that is not a pun.  The Mayo Clinic has a thorough description of the term here and I encourage you to check it out.  Basically, it is still one of the leading causes of death in the world today and we have to not only be aware of it, but also to act upon it.  Keeping your heart healthy can enhance and elongate your life.  You want to be able to hang out and have a great time with your great grand children, right? You also would like to enjoy many (and I mean MANY) V-Days to the max, right?  So get the main apparatus checked out.  Before you even go to your doctor’s appointment, be well prepared to make it smooth.  Lastly, you are NEVER too old to have the “heart to heart” with your doctor (wink, wink!)

Your Health:

Oh, do I have a treat for you in the few weeks!  You will have to tune in to find out about this nice little resource I got to help me on my health journey.  In the meantime, I cannot help but to empower you to take over your health.  We are still talking about Valentine’s Day, people!  Without good health, there are a LOT of things that can preclude you from enjoying the month of Love (or any month for that matter).  Now, we are not talking about stuff out of our control.  I am only talking about the thoughts and behaviors that we have the ability to choose.  It’s all about choices.  When I found that out, it was quite an awakening for me.  There are some choices I made in the last 21 days that helped me lose some physical and emotional weight!  No, I am not talking about any magic pill, but I am talking about the brain.  By enriching it with knowledge about how to have a more balanced life both physically and mentally, we are armed with tools enabling us to make good choices for our health.  Ask questions when you meet with your doctor, see a counselor/psychologist if things get overwhelming (I am telling you this is no wasted money), hire a health coach who will give you sound advice to help you manage the “homework” those professionals give you, and LOVE, yes, LOVE on yourself!hearthealthandhistory2

History:

You know I had to put that little piece in there, right?  Well, how could I not acknowledge Black History Month in this post since the topic of heart health is such an important one in this community?  When gathering information on the subject, I could not help but be impressed (negatively) by the enormity of the issue… As a Haitian woman, this spoke volumes to me and found some even more valuable health information for my sisters over here!  Heart disease is a leading causes of death in the people of color community; as we celebrate this rich heritage, I want to make us aware of the those issues plaguing our health.  Yes, I am honoring Black heritage, but would like all people to take heed and positively change our future and learn from our history.

People, it is heart month, no matter how you look at it.  My hope is that you are able to enjoy not just V-Day, but several decades of a healthy life.  I promise you, it will not be an unreturned investment!

What will you be doing to start taking control of your health?

Love and Faith,

M

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30 Responses to “Heart, Health, and History”

  1. Heart health is so important. Last year my BFF had a heart attack at the age of 36. Luckily she bounced back but that isn’t the case for everyone.

    We have to make sure we take time to love ourselves and that means taking care of ourselves.

  2. You need a healthy heart to enjoy the fruits of thy labour. Great post and it saddens me that we are the race with the highest heart problems.

  3. We just lost an uncle to a heart attack last week. Of course it was a total shock to all of us and definitely opened my eyes to our own heart health.

  4. This is such a great post. You really have to take care of your heart before something happens. Waiting for it to get bad is never a good idea.

  5. Very nice post, especially so close to Valentine’s Day too! Everyone should get their heart health checked out, it’s so important.

  6. Heart health has been on my mind for a long time now. After my mom’s two heart attacks, I had my cholesterol checked and it’s horribly high. So I’m doing everything I can to bring it down and not end up dead before I’m 40.

    • I am sorry to hear about our mom’m heart attacks… Good luck in getting yourself back to a healthy state, because you already know what it’s all about, you will be successful in keeping up with the information you have gathered and implementing your plan to staying healthy.

  7. I have been eating healthier and have lost some weight. Hopefully I will be able to keep it up.

  8. I encourage everyone to find a primary physician that they like. Discussions about wellbeing are as important as illness.

  9. I guess having a healthy heart goes hand in hand with the love month. Apart from the love month we should also learn to appreciate Black History Month.

  10. I will be heading to the doctor soon for my annual visit. I want to make sure I am starting the year off on the best foot!

  11. I can’t believe how quickly this year is already flying by. I have been recovering from back surgery that I had 6 weeks ago. It’s hard to believe how far I’ve come with that. Now to work on a few other health issues to get me closer to being pain free or as close to it as possible. I also need to work on a weight loss plan too. It’s just so hard but I’m just being honest. 🙂

  12. I really love all of the things you talk about in this post. We take all of these things for granted and need to be reminded we are blessed.

  13. This is such a good reminder. I havent had the best start to the year but this post is a good inspiration to change my attitude towards my misfortune. Thank you and all the best for 2016 x

  14. I think it really is important to watch watch you eat and what goes into your body, as well as exercise and keep stress down. Such a great post!

  15. Your right we need to take care of our heart. Prevention is better than cure, making the right choice like what you said having a balance life will lead us to a healthier life.

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