Chances are, the majority of people you know (except maybe your health-conscious friends!) don’t believe they have much power over their own health and how they feel.

Most people tend to hand over that power to self-proclaimed health experts, doctors, and people on television who claim to have all the answers.

Being a healthy person today is an uphill battle, and everybody who goes against the grain faces these challenges, and more.

Plus not everyone has the courage to take the necessary steps and become responsible for their own health.

In most of the world right now, it’s far easier to eat easily available foods that rob your body instead of nourishing it.

But the truth is that you have far more control over your health and wellbeing than you may realize.

However, not all people around would be so kind if you decide to make those changes and improve the person you are – whether these changes involve your diet or lifestyle.

Most people don’t like to change, and more often than not, your healthier new behaviour may put some people off; even unconsciously at times.

When these things happen, it’s better to be start behaving selfishly and dedicate more time for yourself.

You’ll find it to be a period of peace, quiet, and extreme productivity.

Quitting smoking was, for me, such a case. I smoked for 15 years; by 2006, I was a chain smoker going through a packet a day.

Trying to quit this habit was probably the hardest thing I ever had to do. I remember comparing it to having to deal with my father’s death.

After trying to stop smoking unsuccessfully for a year and failing, I said to myself, ok, I’ve had enough. I am going to do whatever necessary to stop smoking, and so I dedicated most of my time to studying and fighting my addiction(s).

I got a hold of as much literature on addiction as I could find, especially all of Allen Carr’s books, which have been extremely helpful, not only in dealing on quitting smoking, but also on issues with alcohol and other drugs.

During this time I became a new person, an intellectual one some might say, but also a “boring” person for some. Some of the people around me obviously didn’t like this new persona.

I still kept behaving politely with everyone, regardless of my change in lifestyle, but I’ve started spending a lot less time with those people.

Taking time for yourself to sort through your own health issues can be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do in your life, and sometimes that means a change in social attitude.

Being called selfish doesn’t feel like a compliment, but the trait can actually make you a stronger, better person.

In short: If you cannot help yourself, you will not be able to help others.

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Ariel Belloso

Ariel Belloso is an author and blogger who transformed his health using the power of raw food. The former DJ and music producer’s life changed in 2001 when his mother was diagnosed with leukaemia. Already a keen student of nutrition, Ariel calculated that eating the correct raw diet could help his mother overcome her cancer. This became his motivation to learn more about natural health and the raw food lifestyle. Following her son's advice, not only did Ariel’s mother beat her cancer, she recently celebrated her 81st birthday! Using the knowledge gained from his years of ongoing study into natural health, Ariel has also managed to overcome some serious issues himself, as well as helping many others to regain their health and improve their quality of life. Ariel has written 4 books on the subject of natural health, nutrition and fitness.

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