Healthy Living: Top of my priority list

Having grown up with an ill father, diagnosed with diabetes when I was very young and happened to know; and also to be aware of it in my teenage age, affected my way of living.

I grew up in a house where what you eat mattered. My mom was very particular about our diet. Although by profession, she was a home economics teacher; and wellness and nutrition was her passion. She was very particular about our meals at home and now my dad’s situation made things worse for her. We could not just eat everything, she changed the diet for all of us so that we can eat healthy meals daily in support of my dad. Without realizing that she was training us in a certain direction, but we later realized and we are thankful to that.

My meals are always colorful with veggies and everything nutritious. I don’t comprise when it comes to that. My husband and kids know that even though they hate it but in every meal we should have all the carbs, fat, protein and vitamins. Eating two veggies and protein all the time, we ensure that we are covered and not compromising anything.

Drinking water is also another emphasis im my health. When I look back, I realized that I started this journey way back when I was 15 years old. I remember I begin doing road works (as in jogging) to boost my physique. We were told that my father was going to die as he was in always in and out of hospitals, most of the times very ill and sometimes we were not sure that he will make it. But by His grace he lived until when I was 36 years, where he lost his life after being being amputated the second leg. This is what we lived with since my teenage years.

Health, nutrition and wellness matters to me the most because the struggles that my father and the rest of my family went through taught me a lot. I know for that this area in my life I don’t compromise. I push to live healthily daily and this is my journey I vow to walk and finish.

Sometimes struggles changes us for a good course. Life is a blessing and how you choose to live it is a choice. I made this choice and I don’t regret at any moment to have ever chosen it. Today I can proudly say that I am not scared of diabetes like I was before. Like a chronic disease, you can choose to conquer it than being defeated. This is my teachings to my children every day. They can choose to win or lose, heredity is not all an ultimate answer.

Believe in what you doing right; continue doing the right thing and in the end you will reap what you been sowing

Published by mashikoane

A realist, always fond of things that are real and matters. The lover of writing and a staunch reader, growing up with a burning passion of writing. I always have a pen a pad with me, life is a story that I never want to miss writing about. It always fascinates me when we are categorized as introverts and extroverts because that on its own is the reason behind every personality. I grew up being referred to as an “introvert” and I later understood the personality behind it: quite, reserved, peaceful, creative mind & thinking; antisocial and very analytical. Being in that space I always knew that as a writer or reader you cannot do that in a noisy or busy place; you need a quite and peaceful environment. It is interesting how I found myself being able to fit all that I love doing in this space that I find myself loving because I fit so perfectly (besides the stereotypes, it is the truth): they all fit, my list is endless but what I know for sure is that “I am born an artist” I am married to my loving and supportive husband for 23 years, Collen and we are blessed with four children; three adult boys; all grown ups and the youngest teen daughter who is still with us and in high school. I am University graduate with a B.A degree in Social Science (majored in Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology), graduated with MBA in Sports in 2011. Worked for more 13 years until 2009 when we began our diplomatic life as a family. What I am grateful for is that there is always a bigger plan and things happen for a reason. Although mostly often, we do not have answers; all that matters is that we share those experiences and life lessons to inspire and lift others up. This is my passion and I am thrilled by challenges; good or bad and my mind likes solving mysteries that I believe are real; sometimes hidden and not spoken about. My favorite authors Danielle Steel and Agatha Christie always challenges my thinking and approach in life. I began reading their books from 14 years and I am still their fan reader. They share their stories in writing and as someone who likes sharing, I quickly connected with them My life is all about the real world: family, marriage, relationships, health, children, parenting, spirituality, cooking, leisure, travel, reading, writing, engaging, connecting, encouraging......I love sharing Sharing is golden

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