Seeking a Better Life: Navigating Health, Sustainability, and Well-being

Many people are searching for the answers to central questions like: How do I live a healthy life? How do I promote longevity? What do I do with my low self-esteem? My anxiety? How do I avoid loneliness? How can I contribute to sustainability? What can I do to promote biodiversity and contribute to reducing climate change?

Everyone understands the importance of education. We learn to read and write. We learn to drive, and we train for a job. But there are areas where we leave it to the individual person to figure it all out for themselves: Life itself – and how to live a happy, healthy, and sustainable life.

SHAPE Your Future Life:  An Answer to Life's Most Pressing Questions

In a busy everyday life, it is hard and often overwhelming for most of us to cut through the noise and navigate in the landscape of misinformation and collect the evidence-based knowledge we need.

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That’s why we have created an information- and learning portal focused on different dimensions of health: Our planet and environment, our personal well-being, our interrelations, our emotional health and empowerment, and our coexistence with wild and farmed animals.

Educating ourselves in the five disciplines provided at the SHAPE Your Future Life platform, enables each of us to make conscious choices about our well-being and the consequences of our lifestyle on the ongoing breakdown of biodiversity and climate.

The Silent Epidemic:  Lifestyle Diseases and the Power of Choice

The way we live our lives – and especially the way we eat – is often based on unconscious choices, old habits, and obsolete norms. And it makes us sick!

About 50% of adult Americans are living with some form of cardiovascular disease such as heart disease and stroke . However, 80% of premature heart attacks and strokes are preventable with a healthy lifestyle .

Meet the Founders:  Combining Medical Expertise with Psychological Insight

The two founders of SHAPE Your Future Life have decided to apply their professional insight and skills to provide the knowledge that enables you to live a happy, healthy, and sustainable life. Anne is an MD, PhD and a specialist in diagnosing breast cancer. From her professional position, she observes the increasing number of people suffering from lifestyle- and chronic diseases. She has studied the disciplines of lifestyle medicine and its ability to prevent, treat and even reverse chronic disease. Anne is married to Per. He is an examined psychotherapist and author of 6 books. He has a long creative and academic background. For the past 25 years, he has worked as an advisor and coach for individuals, couples, and teams to improve their skills as individuals and leaders.

Diet, Biodiversity, and Our Global Impact:  Why Every Choice Matters

Lifestyle and chronic diseases are responsible for more than 70% of premature deaths globally. Our healthcare systems all over the world are on the verge of collapsing, and this will unfortunately affect us all. WHO now recommends shifting entire populations towards healthful plant-based diets that reduce or eliminate intake of animal products in order to improve human as well as and planetary health.

For individuals with a typical Western diet, a sustained dietary change towards a plant-based diet will add about 10 years to your life, if you make the change at the age of 40 and even more if you do it earlier in life.

It is a myth that we need to eat meat to get our protein. Plant proteins easily meet your dietary needs, and they come packaged with healthy compounds such as fiber, vitamins and phytochemicals. In contrast animal protein is packaged with unhealthy compounds such as saturated fat and cholesterol .

On a Western diet you typically get more protein than you need, but less than 5% of individuals on a Western diet meet the daily requirements for fiber intake. Fiber is only found in plants – there is no fiber in animal products. In contrast cholesterol is only found in animal foods. There is no cholesterol in plants. Our body is able to can make all the cholesterol we need to thrive.

The huge consumption of meat and dairy products globally is responsible for massive biodiversity loss and climate change through intensive animal farming. We poison our water and soil with pesticides and animal manure. We expose farmed animals to cruelty. We eat and consume as if the resources are infinite. Globally, we feed more than 50 billion farmed animals annually, but we can’t feed 800 million starving people. Every 10 seconds a child starves to death!

Changing the Paradigm:  The SHAPEbook Community and Personal Empowerment

As Albert Einstein has put it: ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results’. We must act differently!
At SHAPE Your Future we address the why and the what to do. We provide easily accessible evidence-based information and inspiration.

We have so much knowledge that we want to share with you. In short, we recommend adopting a whole-food plant-based diet, but every step towards a more plant-based diet count.

If we develop and educate ourselves and support each other, our minds and actions will change. That is why we at SHAPE Your Future Life have created ‘SHAPEbook’ – a community for inspiration and knowledge sharing.

History has shown us that great changes begin with the people. Everything begins with you. Your openness and your will to educate yourself in the skills of life, you were not taught at home or in school.

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