Sticking to healthy habits can be difficult; it doesn’t help when your commitment is met with verbal jabs and side-eyes.

Believe or not, there are plenty of people in our society who won’t regard seeing you change your diet and improving your health in any way as “positive”, because your actions will put a certain pressure on them to do the same. Not everyone has the courage or knowledge to be able to improve their health naturally.

It’s important to remember that most of these critiques are the result of people who are misinformed about health or people who feel insecure or disappointed about their own health-related decisions.

I have been a popular DJ for most of my life, so I noticed this attitude shift of people around me when referring to me more than once these days. “Oh, he is changed…” I often hear.

Well… Actually, I have not changed. Let me prove it:

  • My weight at 49 years of age is 67 kg (10.5 st.), which is my healthy weight. I was the same weight when I was 18 years of age. So, that didn’t “change” much, did it?
  • I am still the same funny, outgoing, and entertaining person that I have always been (whenever I have been healthy that is) so, this didn’t “change” much either, correct?
  • I am not sick. I am just as healthy (and even healthier I should say) as I was when I was 18 years old. So, this didn’t “change” much either, right?

As you can see, not much has changed here and I am not the one who has “changed”.

In fact, YOU are the one who changed.

YOU are the one who is so overweight, sick, and miserable that you cannot even handle an intelligent conversation these days.

YOU are the one who is in and out of the hospital constantly because you cannot sort out your diet.

YOU are the one who thinks you are too intelligent to waste time reading a book.

Sadly, that’s how I feel when dealing with most people of my generation these days.

So, the next time somebody say to you, “oh, you’ve changed”, you should reply, “no, I am not changed; I am the same person I have always been. I have “restored” my health which is an entirely different thing.”

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Ariel Belloso

Ariel Belloso is a writer who transformed his health through the power of raw food. The former DJ and music producer's life changed forever in 2001, when his mother was diagnosed with leukaemia. Already a keen nutrition researcher, Ariel calculated that eating a raw, plant based 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 85th birthday! Using the knowledge gained from his years of ongoing study into natural health, Ariel has also managed to overcome several serious health issues himself, as well as helping many others regain their health and improve their quality of life. Ariel has written 5 books on the subject of natural health, nutrition, and fitness.

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