Guest Post: Jillian Michaels Interviews Suze Orman

June 27, 2011

in Blog, Guest Posts, News, Facts, Fitness

Happy Monday!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  Ours was busy, but it was great!  Had a wedding on Saturday, then on Sunday, the sun was out, so we got out on our boat for the first time this year!  Yes, that’s how bad the weather’s been in rainy Vancouver.

Hope you’re liking the new and improved Busy But Healthy™!  I think it’s looking pretty slick! Wish I could take the credit, but I’ve got a great web team!!! 

So I’ve got a special post for you today!!!  If you’ve never been to the site Everyday Health, you must check it out.  I found it recently, and its one of the sites I’ve got bookmarked!  Its got so much health information through a variety of resources. To name a few, they have a calorie counter, a symptom checker, forums for active discussion of fitness and healthy living, and many other useful tools.

Fitness celebrity Jillian Michaels, has just become the Inspiration Editor on the site.  Here’s a sneak peek at her first interview!
EHlogo_small.jpgIn her latest book, The Money Class, personal finance guru Suze Orman discusses the importance of understanding individual lifestyle habits to make smarter financial decisions. She sits with close friend and new Inspiration Editor of, Jillian Michaels, to talk about her road to success and shares her thoughts on the relationship between health and wealth. Read excerpts of the exclusive interview:

On the importance of making health a priority:

JM: I want to take a moment to bridge the gap here between health and wealth. You are often quoted as saying that our health and our wealth go hand in hand. Can you explain this statement?

SO: In most cases your health goes down the drain when you have wealth problems. You don’t go to a doctor because you don’t have the money. You don’t eat the right food because you don’t have money. You worry all the time because you don’t have money. Your blood pressure is high because you don’t have money, and on and on. This is why your health must be your priority. You can have all the money in the world. You can be a multi-billionaire, but if you do not have your health it means nothing. Your health is the No. 1 important thing in your life.

JM: Can you share anything specifically about taking care of your financial priorities so you are able to take care of health issues? What should people know about saving for medical emergencies and or health insurance?

SO: I can tell you this: The No. 1 reason for bankruptcy today in America is medical expenses. For this reason, health insurance is really important and each person needs to sit down and understand what they need health insurance for. Ask yourself: Are you someone who needs to go for medical exams all the time? Do you often get sick? Are you on medication? That’s a whole different type of coverage versus being someone who is generally healthy, eats well, and doesn’t get sick often. Health insurance can go two ways: You can have more costly health insurance, which will cover every single time you go into the doctor except for a small co-pay, or if money is tight and you’re fairly healthy, then you should acquire major medical health insurance, which is a necessity in the event of a catastrophic injury or health emergency.

JM: What health challenges have you faced, and what do you do personally to stay healthy?

SO: This past year has been incredibly hard on me. I’ve had a horrific back with herniated discs and problems with my lungs that have kept me up at night for weeks on end. Because of this I’ve become an expert on all of these topics. I research them myself. I even read the books written by the doctors I have seen. And ultimately, with the power of being informed, I trusted my gut and knew when to listen to the doctors and when not to in order to turn my health around. With patience, time, trial and error, and information I was able to rehabilitate my back and manage my asthma that I have struggled with since childhood.

Check out the full article here
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