Reactive vs. Proactive

I was having a conversation with my husband yesterday about some routine maintenance my car needs. I’ve officially reached the “overdue” stage for a transmission flush. This procedure is generally due after 50,000 miles and every time I take my car in for an oil change, the kind gentleman reminds me that he’d really love to take my $150 to have it done. My husband is of the belief that it’s not necessary unless the fluid levels are low or there is something happening that requires a response. For the sake of this blog post, let’s call this a Reactive Response. In other words, “Don’t do anything until you NEED to do something.”

I’m more of a Proactive Responder in that I feel like $150 now may prevent the need to have to do anything that could be much more costly down the road. Let’s face it, a new transmission or heaven forbid a new engine are going to be much more costly than $150.

So, as I pondered our conversation, I realized that many of the people I know have adopted similar styles in their lifestyles. They are Reactive regarding their health rather than Proactive. I hear things like, “I don’t use vitamins because it’s a waste of money.” Or, “If I get sick, I’ll just go get some pills from my doctor.” These philosophies seem easier and less expensive in the short term, but are they really?

What if you were to be more Proactive? What if eating foods that helped to reduce the levels of inflammation in your body helped you to experience less discomfort? What if understanding that the chemicals you encounter every day, that could also be carcinogenic, allowed you to do something about them before it became a problem? Better yet, what if adopting a more proactive lifestyle helped your children to be their best?

It doesn’t have to be hard or complicated in any way. In fact, it’s really easy! All you have to do is become aware of the chemicals in your life and reduce your exposure to them. What does this mean exactly? Processed foods are loaded with chemicals. Learn what they are and eat less of those things. Want to make it easier? Just load up on more whole foods like fresh fruits and veggies! Drink more water! Treat your body as well as you do your car. Do routine cleanses (oil changes), use good fuel (food), and most of all HAVE FUN! Your emotional wellbeing is every bit as important as your physical well-being.

So, I challenge you to be more proactive! I guarantee that in the long run, you will feel amazing! If you’d like to have a conversation, let’s schedule a complimentary consultation.