Letter from the Editor: October 2016

During the past six months, I’ve been on a mission to better my health. I’ve read all kinds of articles, and I’ve tried a lot of different things, hoping that they would stick. To my surprise, living a healthier lifestyle wasn’t as expensive or as difficult as I thought it would be.

During the past six months, I’ve been on a mission to better my health. I’ve read all kinds of articles, and I’ve tried a lot of different things, hoping that they would stick. To my surprise, living a healthier lifestyle wasn’t as expensive or as difficult as I thought it would be.

I can’t remember what jump-started my health kick. It was probably something vain, such as trying to make my skin clearer or to make my hair grow faster. Either way, it made me take a step back and look at my overall health. At 25 years old, I realized I was heading down a bad health path. I was drenching my breakfasts in syrup and adding globs of jelly to my sandwiches, not to mention those all-too-often cookie treats and the whipped-cream-topped drinks. That on top of working a desk job, I didn’t like the future trajectory for my health.

So I decided it was time to take control. No more excuses. I cut added sugar from my diet. I added more water to my daily intake. I chose to adapt to a normal sleep routine. I realized that nobody else could take control except for me. And I stopped using my age as an excuse. You’re never too young to worry about your health.

Since adapting to a new lifestyle—notice it’s a lifestyle and not a diet—I’ve noticed so many positive changes. No more headaches (and I was experiencing at least one really bad one per week). Not nearly as many afternoon crashes when all I wanted to do was take a nap. And my skin has thanked me. Even my mood seems a little less haywire.

My whole point is that taking care of yourself and your health is a good idea at any age. You should never feel as if it’s too hard. Just start with small changes and add more as you go. And if you need help, there are plenty of doctors, nutritionists and fitness trainers in Stark County that are here to help you. Speaking of these health professionals, check out our feature on Top Docs, and see what five things fitness trainer Chris Collett loves about Stark County.

Looking for more inspiring stories? Read the stories of four local women who fought breast cancer in our Brave & Beautiful section. I’m sure you’ll be moved by their stories and their strength.

Until next month,
Kelsey Reinhart, editor