“Being healthy” doesn’t have to be hard. BUT I feel like our society, culture and science have made a simple issue very complex. Every day there is a new diet, a new superfood (even though yesterday it was “bad”), a news report about the growing number of marathoner’s who are dropping dead.
It’s enough to make you want to sit down and eat a bag of Doritos.
Being health is about giving your body what it needs to function it’s best. Your body will do the rest.
Your body knows how to bring back balance and restore health. All we have to do is support it’s innate wisdom.
When this happens, true healing occurs. The underlying cause is corrected, so your symptoms disappear. When you take a synthetic drug, lets say Lipitor and your symptom (“high” cholesterol) get’s better, no real cure has happened because whatever was causing the elevated cholesterol in the first place has not be addressed and the disease process continues.
I want true health and true healing. And it doesn’t have to be hard to achieve it.
How do we do that?
Here are the 4 simple steps I have been using in my clinical practice that consistently produce results. No pill-natural or otherwise- can give the results that these 4 things will. In fact, I would argue that true health cannot exist without these four foundational lifestyle practices.
The 4 Secrets to Unstoppable Health
1) Eat a wide and colorful variety of real, whole food. There is no “upper limit” on fruit and vegetable consumption. No matter how much you eat now, you can add more.
2) Move. You don’t have to run marathons, do CrossFit or look like a bodybuilder/model (unless you want to!). Just move every single day. And try not to sit so much.
3) Sleep. Absolutely fundamental in maintaining and restoring health. For the darker, colder months of the year aim for 9 hours. Summer can be less, but still should try to get at least 8 hours a night.
4) Manage “stress” aka “RELAX”. Seriously one of the hardest things I ask my patients to do. Slow down. Say no. Unplug. Do yoga, meditate, sit outside and watch birds. Cry. Do a slow walk in nature. If you hate your job, quit it. If you are in a bad relationship, leave it. If you need help, ask for it.
If you can do these things, you will be giving your body the ingredients it needs to build health, restore order and harmony in your body. You don’t need tons of fancy supplements, synthetic drugs or a to Zumba 7 days a week.
Start small. Start with one simple change. Little changes over time give big results.
So, what one small thing can you do for the next 30 days? Comment below and let me know! I would love to cheer you on!