Most people at this time of the year makes resolutions, and one of the top resolutions is to get healthier. Here are 5 things you can do for your health, to achieve your health goals.
- Set Goals
- Ban Processed Foods
- Get Moving
- Embrace Gratitude
- Find Your Center
Let’s expand on these.
One thing that stops people in their tracks is never actually setting goals. There is an old saying that if you don’t plan on where you’re going, how will you ever know when you get there? Also imagine if you got on an airplane but the pilot had no goal where he was flying to? Maybe you want to go to Hawaii but you end up in Alaska because that’s where you the winds took you.
Set specific goals and then work on attaining them. If you have a specific goal, but not sure how you want to attain it, then let me know and I’ll be happy to help you work on it.
Ban Processed Foods
One of the most damaging factors to our health is processed foods, thus you want to reduced or eliminate process foods from your diet.
I know that it’s hard in our society to avoid all processed foods, so you do the best you can, and when you step out and have something that isn’t a whole food, don’t beat yourself up over it. Just accept what it is and the nutrients (even if very little) you are getting.
Remember, if it comes in a box and you just have to heat it up or put in a microwave, then it’s heavily processed and not good for you. When going shopping remember the outer isles are where the real food is, the inner isles are all processed, and your daily mantra should be “if it’s not food, don’t eat it.”
If you want a good program that gets you started in the right way, and cleans out the toxins from the past year (and especially over the holidays), then ask me about the 21-Day Purification Program that I offer.
All things that don’t move becomes stagnant, hard, and inflexible. When we as humans don’t move our bodies start to shut down, we become less flexible, and overall our health declines.
Just simply walking each day for 20-30 minutes does the body good. If you can do even more mobility throughout the day, that will be better.
Weight lifting, aerobic exercise, and stretching is all good for you and will help you live a longer, and more comfortable life. You can do simple swimming, take up yoga, learn Tai Ji, get on a dragon boat team, or get more aggressive and seriously pump some iron (just like the 70 year old woman that took up bodybuilding, and at 80 won the world record in her age division for dead lifts). No matter what you choose, just remember to choose to move.
One of the single greatest things you can do for your health is to embrace being grateful for all the things in your life, even the things you may not think to be grateful for.
Many people try to think of all the big things; a roof over their head, their kids, their spouse, etc., but when you take just five minutes a day to vocally state everything you are grateful for, that list is gone pretty quick and you have to think of more things to be grateful for.
How about being grateful for the people that created the technology that allows you to be reading this online right now? How about being grateful for everyone that has taught you how to be a better person, even if it was their example of how NOT to be a good person. So many thing to be grateful for, just embrace it and you’ll see. I’m very grateful for all of my patients that allow me to help them in their health needs, and also grateful for all the teachers stretching all the way to the start of Chinese medicine, for allowing me to learn this wonderful medicine and to be able to share it with you.
Find Your Center
Finally we come to something that I feel is the most important of all, finding (and maintaining) your center.
Ok you’re probably wondering what the heck do I mean by this, and it’s really pretty simple. We have this place in our spirit that is calm, relaxed, it’s the zero point, and your center. However, this center is always being pushed around by daily life, and things will do whatever it can to take us out of our center. Yes that guy that just cut you off in traffic and flipped you off can take you out of your center, or your favorite sports team just lost (or won) can take you out of your center too.
To keep your center is to not allow anything to take you out of that center space, that place of calmness, and peace. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but just like going to the gym, the more you do it, the stronger at it you get.
Start with simple things that stress you out, and then not letting them bother you so much, and eventually not bother you at all. Then you start applying this to bigger and bigger things that stress you, or push you out of your center. One patient told me that he use to get upset about some simple things, and then took on the attitude of “what would White-Eagle do” and was then able to blow off those things that really don’t matter, and definitely don’t need to move a person out from their center.