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Cast off-- Celebrate good health!

Friday, April 27, 2012

 

WHOO!!! The day has come! After five weeks of being confined to a cast around my wrist, the doctors finally sawed that baby off. It was the most liberating feeling, even though my ligaments and muscles are still pretty tight. Now I can ride my bike again, I can open doors again, I can put on socks again, and I can use a can opener! It’s really amazing to realize the simple tasks that are actually quite difficult to do when you don’t have access to both of your hands.

Luckily, I broke my left wrist, so I was still able to manage most things with my right hand. I still was able to take notes in class, cook for myself, and drive my car when I needed to. This whole experience has, however, made me so grateful for having an otherwise healthy body. Now, when I go on a run or ride my bike to school, I feel so lucky to have a body that doesn’t hold me back. Good health is a key to success!

Though my situation was quite tame compared to other broken bones—only five weeks in a cast, still able to walk, and no surgery—it was enough to inspire me to strive for better health in the rest of my life. I stopped eating almost everything with processed sugar or gluten in it, and I feel absolutely fantastic now. Fruits and and vegetables dominate my refrigerator. Besides just feeling better in general, I feel more energized and upbeat all the time!  

What you put into your body is what you will get out of it—it’s true what they say: you are what you eat. Luckily, being healthy in Boulder is very easy. It’s a vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free friendly place, with many restaraunts offering these options on their menu. Lots of people in Boulder engage in healthy eating practices, whether for political or personal reasons, so finding the motivation to stick to your eating plan isn’t too hard, either. Even the dining halls in the dorms are conscious of people’s unique eating habits. Gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options are always available for students.

It may seem like a dramatic shift, but I would recommend it to anyone. Taking baby steps toward better health, like excersizing a few times a week and trying to add more fruits into your diet, will really go a long way. Take advantage of your good health—it is your greatest asset. 

Salads are my new best friends!

 

Lauryn
International Affairs, Anthropology • Colorado Springs, Colorado