Are you disposable?

Giving my body the respect it deserves allows me to believe it will look as good as this vintage fridge. It might be old, you can see it’s old, but its well looked after and will probably last a very long time.

Over the holidays I had a string of meltdowns. First the fridge died. Then the vacuum called it quits. Finally – and the most devastatingly – my old n’ faithful hair straightener decided her time was also up. Whilst I sat wondering what I had done to deserve such a ridiculous (not to mention, costly) string of events, I started thinking that now days, things are made to be disposed of. Long gone are the days of 30 year old fridges and vaccum cleaners that your Nana passed down. Thing’s are not made to last. Well… at least, some things. It made me realise that at times, we treat our bodies no different to a disposable fridge. Unlike the fridge – your body is built to last a lifetime as long as we afford it the care it needs.

Potentially if we serviced the fridge, vacuum cleaner and hair straightener ā€“ if we oiled their bits and bobs – treating them with the respect these life saving gadgets deserve, they might last longer. Your body could probably do with this same level of care and service. This care would shine through the whites of your eyes and the glisten of your healthy glowing skin.

What I am saying is this – don’t treat your body like a vacuum. If it’s anything like my vacuum, I put off emptying it’s innards for as long as possible, I let it fly around the room behind me like a rally car whilst I suck up yesterday’s crumbs, and I have never once considered servicing it. Not ever. What I do realise is that my body needs me to make sure I treat it right. I’m in charge of my decision making brain and my actions.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking your body will withstand repeated bashings and flying around like my vacuum. We all know we can not live forever – but I can bet my bottom dollar that when we treat our bodies with the love and respect they deserve – in the form of healthy living ā€“ our bodies will live for a long time and give us many reasons to be grateful. Be kind to your body; feed it well, rest it well and your body system will work well – including those reproductive bits. There is one thing I repeat to my patients – your body is a very smart mechanism. It knows where to direct it’s attention to keep your vital organs working. However, your reproductive organs aren’t vital. Your body will work without them and if these reproductive parts aren’t working well, it’s a sure sign that your body is saying ‘we can’t focus your energy on here right now, so we will simply switch it off.’

A more fertile you, starts with you (and a little help from me).


  • January 10, 2011 By Vicki 8:12 am

    Love this post Nat. I am trying to do my best at looking after my body with the occasional slip up (potato crisps). I have to have my coffee everyday but otherwise me and my family are healthy eaters.

    Happy New Year
    Vicki xx

  • January 10, 2011 By Katy 8:13 am

    That is so true – I have now printed out this post and it's stuck to the fridge as a reminder!

  • January 10, 2011 By Sam 10:44 am

    Thanks Nat – great reminder of why I'm ramping up my healthy routines. I'm keen to see a naturopath/nutritionist in Brisbane – new territory for me so would love to hear if anyone has any recommendations. Thanks!

  • January 10, 2011 By Sweeter Living 8:16 pm

    I love this.
    As they say 'your body is your temple'. Stopping once in a while to remind ourselves of this is a great thing.
    Oh, and don't they also say bad things happen in 3's??? Hopefully that's your run of bad luck done and dusted! šŸ™‚

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