The story of the month for August 2009 comes from Dr. Daisy Sutherland from Dr. Mommy and Friends.

Dr. Daisy is a Chiropractic Doctor, mom to 5 children which she home schools, and married to her soul mate. She has always had an interest in health, wellness and nutrition and today is happy to share her knowledge and widely help others. Dr. Daisy focuses on helping individuals take control of their bodies and health and make informed decisions regarding their health.

Dr. Daisy’s inspirational story is one that shows us that we really need to listen to our bodies and be in tune with them. Our bodies are our best indicators of what is right or wrong for us at each stage of our life. This is perhaps the best advice we all need to take to heart, as too often we get caught up in what the “media” or “others” tell us to eat or do.

And so here is Dr. Daisy sharing her story with us. May it motivate and inspire you to be accountable for your own health and wellness:

Area(s) of My Health and Wellness that Needed Change

The areas of health I have decided to change focus on diet and exercise. I was a vegetarian from the age of 15 until I became pregnant with my 3rd child (9 years ago). At that time I began to eat more meat products and quickly realized that it was not a wise idea. I continued on this diet for close to a year to please my family and make it easier when making meals and grocery shopping.

After many days of feeling uncomfortable and my digestive system not complying, I reverted back to my vegetarian diet. Now, 2 years back on my original diet of non-meat products but still including seafood, I feel much healthier.

I have also included regular exercise in my daily routines. It was difficult at first because as we age, we still believe we are capable of doing what we did in our youth, oh how untrue! Our minds do not age as quickly as our bodies and I suffered many injuries before giving into the idea that my body could not handle the impact anymore.

So, my diet is back to vegetarian and I am now doing low-impact exercises that include walking, swimming and bicycling.

Strategies I Implemented & Their Results

Since realizing that I can not do the high impact exercises that I was once used to doing, I have included 3 to 4 days of low impact exercises into my daily routine. I have including treadmill walking, bicycling, swimming and yoga into my exercise routine.

How My Changes Benefitted Me

My overall health and wellness is remarkable. Since changing my diet and incorporating different exercises, my entire well being has changed for the positive. I am not against anyone eating meat products, but for my body is was not a wise choice. Of course, I am one to preach that everything is fine in moderation and the key word is moderation.

Next Steps on My Health and Wellness Journey

I continue my journey of eating healthier meals and snacks with treats on occasion. I have adapted my way of living and taught my family the importance of healthier meals as well. All our meals are home cooked and including a variety of vegetables and lean meats for the meat eaters.

Many more seasonal veggies and fruits are on hand as well to avoid the temptation of junk food and sweets. Although, we avoid having those tempting items in our home having some on occasion and practicing moderation works too.

Wisdom & Inspiration for Others

The most important message I can send is to make the effort and take control of your life. Only you can control your life and health.

We all know what is ‘good’ and ‘bad’ for us and it is up to us to make the appropriate decisions. Just as anything else and as I mentioned, moderation is the key.

I have known many who begin crazy fad diets, to lose weight and only find themselves putting on all the weight they lost and more.

Making smart choices will help you live longer.

Avoid fast-foods and sugary snacks and of course the large amounts of butter and salt too. It is fine to treat yourself on occasion, but use it as just that, ‘a treat’.

You are given one body and one life to live, why not live the healthiest you can. Your heart and your body will love you and you will be happier as well!