So, last week I was preparing a salad for my husband to have with his dinner. My mom had given me a mandolin for Christmas a few years ago and I found it to be super helpful and efficient when chopping vegetables. EVERY time I pulled it out to use it I would hear my mom in the back of my head, “be very careful! It’s very, very sharp and you don’t want to cut yourself!”
I bet you can see where I’m going with this.
There I am chopping away at the carrots when, “gasp!” I pull my finger away and look…whew! That was close…I must have just missed….oh, shoot…nope…here comes the blood.
Ok, stay calm..it’s just a cut…run it under water (ouch!), get some paper towels, apply pressure.
3 mins, 5 mins, 10 mins, 15 mins go by and it’s still bleeding through…let me look again…”OH MY GOD THERE IS A CHUNK MISSING!”
I took a few deep breaths and tried to stay calm. Do I need to go to the ER? No…all they are going to do is clean and wrap up my finger and then charge me a $250 co-pay…I can do this!
A few bandaids, neosporin, and some white medical tape and the bleeding finally stopped.
I was diligent in keeping the cut clean and dry by changing the dressing at least twice a day and used a cleaning spray and neosporin every time.
The healing process AMAZED ME. I was sure I was going to have a hole in my finger for at least a few months. Here it is day 9 and it almost looks normal again!
This got me thinking…the human body is incredible! A nurse friend of mine said to me, “protein is the building blocks of cells, and I know you’ve got that covered. Plus, you’re healthy, so it’s healing nicely.”
You know what…SHE’S RIGHT!
We often equate health with a clothing size or a certain number we see on the scale because that is what the diet industry tells us. But really health means having clear skin from drinking enough water and eating your fruits and vegetables. Health is having strong muscles because you eat quality protein. Health is not smoking, or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol or consuming massive amounts of refined sugar.
Tying health directly to vanity and not to how the body functions is what’s wrong with society. If I told you, you could save yourself hundreds or even thousands of dollars on medical procedures, vanity procedures and products and “quick fix” wraps, pills, and powders…get sick less and heal more quickly if you just ate clean well balanced whole foods, drank water, and moved your body…would you do it?
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