“It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
—Jiddu Krisnamurti, 20th Century Indian philosopher, speaker and writer
Image from Unsplash by Ani Kolleshi
How healthy are you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually? What daily habits, rituals, and practices do you engage in to optimize your well-being?
What factors do you consider when you evaluate the health of your local, state, national, and global communities? To what degree do they require a rigorous annual physical, and a health optimization plan for the years ahead?
Unfortunately and to a certain degree, we all can be a bit selfish in that we tend to prioritize our inner worlds and our local environments to protect, insulate, and secure ourselves from the considerable negative and sick elements of society.
Where and in what ways can you more fully optimize the health of both your inner and outer worlds? What would be possible if all people on our beautiful planet did this as well?
“So removing vitamin E from its context within plant foods is like sending a general into battle without any troops.”
—T. Collin Campbell, American Biochemist
Image from Unsplash by Anna Pelzer
One of the most interesting and valuable books I have read this year is “Whole” by T. Collin Campbell. His notoriety in the field of whole food nutrition was advanced significantly through the famous China Study. In this research, he demonstrate dramatically lower incidences of significant disease states such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
A key from his more recent studies is that selecting individual or small groups of food components such as individual vitamins as a magic bullet to health is inappropriate and can even be dangerous. Optimal health, he strongly suggests, depends on a symphony of food elements interacting with our own symphony of bodily processes.
Unfortunately, telling someone to eat fruits and veggies doesn’t feed the economic engines of our medical, pharmaceutical, and food manufacturing industries.
Beyond my suggestion to read this important book how can you incorporate far more whole foods as an army to fight disease and support a longer and healthier life?
“When things aren’t adding up in your life, start subtracting.”
Image from Unsplash by Antoine Dautry
A few nights ago I was watching a Netflix documentary series titled “A User’s Guide to Cheating Death,” with Tim Caulfield.
This particular episode was on sleep, and its importance to our overall health and well being.
Through various experiments and interviews with lay people and members of the scientific community, it appears that many, if not most people, have unfortunately subtracted various amounts of sleep from their lives, with considerable consequences in their physical, mental, and emotional well being.
Where might subtracting other aspects of your busy life and adding considerably more time with your pillow help things add up far better in your life?
Consider checking out the series on Netfix or at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7532396/ to see what else you may wish to subtract for some other “cheating death” strategies.
“Don’t give up on what you want most for what you want now.”
About eight months ago, I had my annual physical. For the most part, both the doctor and I were pleased with the exam and lab results, with the exception of my blood pressure. It was getting to the point where medication was on the horizon.
Given my past experience in the pharmacological industry and my strong desire to live as healthy a life as possible, I decided to dramatically alter my eating habits and make food my medicine.
What made this particularly difficult was that I started this primarily plant-based diet while on a family vacation. Restaurant food and countless temptations surrounded me! The good news is that I have remained medication free with normal blood pressure, and have shed a few pounds to boot.
Where are you currently wrestling with yourself regarding what you want in the short term versus what you want most in the long run?
Should you wish to take on a similar health/medication related issue, consider reading Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s book, Whole.
“Dieting: A system of starving yourself to death so you can live a little longer.”
—Jan Murray, late American stand-up comedian
Image from Unsplash by Brenda Godinez
Have you every been on a diet? If you have like many these days, you count your carbs, have gone gluten-free, stopped eating red meat, limited white foods, and perhaps added supplements or super-foods to your daily routine.
My guess is that you may sometimes step on the scale, look in the mirror, and choose your most comfortable clothes with just a bit of angst.
My wife Wendy and I, after visiting our physicians and viewing a number of documentaries with titles such as “What the Health” and “Cowspiracy,” decided to let food be our medicine, with an emphasis on naturally-sourced, plant-based foods.
To our great delight, it is working!
How and in what ways can and will you take on the gift of optimal health in the new year?
Do the necessary and important research, and choose an approach you can stick with for a long and vital life.
I like the work by Chris Johnson and his team at ontargetliving.com, and encourage you to visit his site.
FRIDAY REVIEW: HEALTH
Where would you rate your health on your list of priorities? Here are a few health-related posts you may have missed:
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
“If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?”
“Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.”
“The more you eat, the less flavor. The less you eat, the more flavor.”
Image from Unsplash by Kawin Harasai
The next time you sit down to enjoy one of your favorite meals, try this:
For the first ten minutes, eat only three to five mouthfuls, paying particular note to the texture and flavor of each bite you mindfully chew.
Next, take a “Thanksgiving Size” portion of the same meal, and chow away. Make sure you go beyond your level of satiety to the point of moderate discomfort. Pay particular attention to your awareness of texture and flavor.
Where and how would the practice of eating less in a more mindful manner bring you greater pleasure and perhaps a bit smaller waistline as a bonus?
“BODY: A cell state in which every cell is a citizen.”
—Rudolf Virchow, 19th Century German Biologist
Human Brain Dendrites. Image from The Gallery of Neuroscience.
According to Rose Eveleth’s 2013 article at smithsonian.com, there are 37.2 trillion cells in your body. Other studies give a range between 15 and 70 trillion. Whatever the actual number, it’s a bunch!
Given my interest in health, I ask you to consider the idea of cellular health as a way of enhancing your overall health. It’s similar to each individual doing their part as global citizens to make the entire world a healthier and happier place.
Consider purchasing a copy of On Target Living by Chris Johnson, in which you will find new and optimal actions to make your 37 trillion cells healthier and happier citizens of your body.
“Let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.”
—Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States
My car just reached a milestone, passing the 200,000 mile mark!
In some ways I feel pretty happy, given I have never owned a car that lasted so long and was so dependable.
Beyond the great value this car has given me, I fondly recall all the wonderful outings, adventures, vacations, and new places it took me, my family, and others.
I also take pleasure in the fact that it keeps on going, remaining safe and highly useful, as long as I keep it well maintained.
How can you maintain yourself in good working condition, to continue your life journey beyond what you might expect? It sure beats rusting out, parked in a garage, and going nowhere!
“If it came from a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don’t.”
-Michael Pollan, Professor, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Image from Harmless Harvest
A few weeks ago, at the turn of the new year, millions of people committed for the umpteenth time to live healthier lives. Among the keys to success is the focus on optimal, high-quality nutrition.
In general, the fewer ingredients on the label, the better the choice. Or, choose only those made by Mother Nature herself. A simple way to decrease poor choices is to do the majority of your shopping around the periphery of your market, and avoid the aisles full of items produced in a plant.
Consider turning your next shopping trip into a food safari. Bring more tasty, naturally grown foods into your home and body. Reducing or purging many of the packaged items already in your cupboards and fridge will reduce the chances of making poor choices.