Are You Wondering “What In The Health Is Going On?”
As Washington pundits unravel the Affordable Health Care Act, many Americans are left wondering what their health insurance will look like once the dust settles.
Google defines Insurance as a company or government agency providing a guarantee of compensation for specified loss, damage, illness, or death in return for payment of a premium.
If you have ever filed an insurance claim you know, there is rarely a guarantee of compensation for anything. There are a dozen reasons (or excuses) insurance companies find to not pony up payment when their members become ill. You have to be as determined, focused, and unrelenting as a dog with a bone to get your due. Going through the insurance process can be frustrating, confusing, and can leave the best of us feeling like we have no control.
It’s Smart To Have Insurance For a Rainy Day
No one knows when life events like an accident or a major illness will visit. But the majority of our well-being landscape is positively or negatively affected by our daily choices and habits. Eating nutritious foods, engaging in daily exercise, getting plenty of sleep, and choosing a pawsitive mindset are some of life’s simplest, best, and most affordable remedies.
Making daily habits out of these healthy lifestyle choices are the foundations for optimal well-being. And like a savings account, that yields rich dividends, a long-term daily health investment can lead to a longer life on planet earth and can leave you less dependent on insurance and more in control of your destiny.
Your favorite animal friends can be an integral, unexpected, and enjoyable part of your day-to-day healthy lifestyle.
5 Ways Your Pet Can Help You Be Healthier & Less Dependent on Insurance
- Your dog can be a great fitness ally getting you to walk more and enjoy the great outdoors
- A cat’s purr can do wonders to soothe your nerves and your relieve stress
- Are you burning the midnight oil? Take a cat nap during the day – with your cat
- People who walk their dogs tend to connect with other people on their walks. Connection to our communities adds to our longevity.
- Taking care of another being who depends on you for their well-being is a healthy way to take a break from your worries and makes you feel better about yourself and your purpose.
Becoming more and more aware of the animal-human health connection and the many unique ways it manifests in our life can be a wonderful perk for your long-term health and wellness. But it is not free. It requires paying close attention to your animal friends and giving them what they need to thrive in their lives: healthy food, plenty of water, exercise, warm beds, and love. Yes, it costs us, but it’s worth every single penny.
CARLYN MONTES DE OCA is an author, speaker, animal-human health expert, acupuncturist, and plant-based nutritional consultant. A former film editor on such movies as Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Three Men and a Little Lady, Carlyn holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University in communication arts and a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Emperor’s College. She is also certified in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies at Cornell University. Montes De Oca was voted PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50 and has been a spokesperson for the Guardian Campaign at In Defense of Animals. Today, she is also the founder of The Animal-Human Health Connection, whose focus is to bring awareness to the many powerful ways that animals enhance human health, happiness, and longevity. Montes De Oca lives in Marin County with her husband, Ken, an award-winning sound editor, and her beloved rescue animals.