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The Last 10 Years

Yesterday, my grandfather suffered a major stroke. He has lived a good, long and fairly healthy life. He is in the hospital right now, most of his family around him, waiting for the inevitable and hoping that he goes peacefully and without pain. My Grandfather lead a good life. He was born during the first World War, fought in the second war. He was proud of his service, and often bragged about all the gals he met while overseas. Most of all, he took care of his family, no matter what. When my Grandmother was very sick and dying from complications of T2 diabetes he was there, and took care of her. In the past few months his health started to go downhill, but even then was in pretty good spirits. He was always pretty active and very sharp, and there is a part of me that is thankful that he will not have to suffer long.

My Grandmother who passed away several years ago spent her last years, suffering and in pain. My Grandfather has spent the last ten years being active, and enjoying life. Many people ask me why we should even bother eating healthier or leading active lifestyles, if we are just going to die. I think the answer is in how we spend the last 10 years of our lives. My Grandfather made a lot of good health decisions through his life, and as a result he was able to spend his last years in a much better place than most. No one will live forever, no matter what kind of diet they eat. However how we take care of ourselves is going to make a difference to how we live out our life.  His life reminded me of a very powerful commercial I saw on how we will spend our last 10 years of life.

When thinking about how you live your life, think about your aging process and what you want it to look like:

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I will miss my Grandfather greatly, and I will honor his life everyday in how I live my life.

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*My Grandfather holding my hand on my wedding day, I know as I go through my life, he will still keep holding my hand.

About the author

Natala is the director of communications for Engine 2 Diet, she is also one of our coaches on our support site, Engine 2 Extra. A few years ago, Natala was at the end of her rope. She was on almost 15 medications daily, had out of control Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, issues with nerve damage, and was morbidly obese. She was just over 30 years old. She decided to take her life back by becoming plant-strong. She has lost over 200 pounds, got off of all of her medications and now has great health numbers. Natala plays the violin and studied music therapy. She became passionate about plant-strong nutrition, received her Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, a certificate in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and is currently pursuing a degree in nutritional sciences. Natala is also a featured speaker at our Engine 2 Retreats she talks about the reality of our nations obesity epidemic as well as providing practical steps to becoming a healthier person.

8 Responses to “The Last 10 Years”

  1. Dorothy says:

    Sending you tons of love Natala, your grandfather I am sure is so proud of you.

  2. Ann Marie says:

    Congratulations to you and your weight loss and new way of life.

  3. Ursula2007 says:

    My sympathies on the impending loss of your grandfather. He sounds like a wonderful man!

  4. Kathy G says:

    Natala, sending good thoughts your way. You have such a talent with words.

  5. Justine L says:

    Natala, wow your out look on life is wonderful, My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. I have always noticed as one life is ending another is just starting. (usually as a new born). I feel with your words and and passion for a plant-strong life, you have helped and continue to help many begin to live again.

  6. Jean Hayes says:

    Wow, feeling happy and sad all at the same time, so glad your Grandpa had such a good life and so glad he was there for you! I see so much suffering as people age in my work as a nurse and I agree that I want my last 10 years to be vibrant and healthy ones, do not want to spend them in hospitals if I can avoid it. You are wise beyond your years young lady!

  7. KatieLoss says:

    Deepest condolences Natala. This is a wonderful reminder to not only take care of our selves so we can live those last 10 years to the fullest, but to take care of the important relationships in our lives.

  8. Terri Trimble says:

    Natala, what a beautiful tribute to your grandparents’ lives. We learn so much from our grandparents – I have lost two of mine this year and it has made me realise how privileged I was to have them in my life for so many years. Sympathies on your loss and may your memories of them both bring you comfort.

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