Healthy Lifestyle Tips

Do you know deep down that if you got cancer, you would radically change your life? In a very private area of your mind– do you think it would be too hard to live a healthier life without some major catastrophe initiating the changes you know you would make when you have to?

I think there is a lot of wisdom available from people who have waited to have cancer before initiating changes. One comment I hear over and over again is “…well– if I had known these changes were so possible to do… and I would feel so well: mind, body and soul wise, I would have started to make these changes before getting cancer!”

In Kelly A. Turner’s book: Radical Remission she notes 9 key factors for health, and details the latest scientific research on each topic. They are in no particular ranking order:

1. Radically changing your diet.

2. Taking control of your health.

3. Following your intuition.

4. Using herbs and supplements.

5. Releasing suppressed emotions.

6. Increasing positive emotions.

7. Embracing social support.

8. Deepening your spiritual connection.

9. Having strong reasons for living.

Let’s consider initiating a change or two, before any possible catastrophe. We’ll feel glad we did.

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Weight-Loss Pearls of Wisdom III

More pearls to live by:

1. Losing weight slowly is better than never.

2. We can say “No thanks, maybe later”.

3. If not now, when?

4. Eat breakfast at home. It’s important that your body TRUSTS that you can be depended upon to feed it regularly, as you ask it to do things like shower, make lunches, drive to work, read emails, think and organize.

5. Understand your inner body and mind.

6. Get your body to trust you, and it will shed those fat cells it was desperately holding onto.

7. We deserve a healthy body. It’s time to care about ourselves as much as we care for our loved-ones.

8. Each of us are so different. Think of exercise that fits your personality. Follow routines and patterns that allow you to get healthy, happy and proud.

9. Go towards your new goals in very small steps that will encourage the sense of confidence (that you can do it) and self-trust (that you will follow through with what you say to yourself you want to do). Cross these off one at a time: (1) Have an idea such as wishing to use a weighted hula hoop. (2) Plan to research which ‘Winners’ has one. (3) Schedule the time to buy it. (4) Assemble it. (5) Hoop for 1 minute. (6) Keep increasing the time on the hoop as per the instructions. Little by little is the key. It is MUCH harder to intend to start something next Saturday morning for 30 minutes.

10. Joke: “No, thanks. That piece of cake will look better on you!”

Weight-Loss Pearls of Wisdom II

1. Carry good food with you at all times. Hunger will sabotage our weight-loss.

2. Understand the balance between food and activity.

3. We are not alone.

4. We didn’t get overweight by eating too many vegetables!

5. Tracking keeps you honest and on track.

6. Losing weight and keeping it off is a lifetime committment.

7. Portion control is important, especially with pasta and rice.

8. Measure everything and stop guessing.

9. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change.

10. Ask yourself: “Is it worth it?”

11. Exercise can be fun if you find the right activity for you.

Weight-Loss Pearls of Wisdom I

1. If you trip on the first two stairs, don’t throw yourself down the rest of the flight.

2. Waste it, or waist it.

3. If ya sorta do it, it sorta works.

4. It’s about being healthy, not skinny.

5. Engage in the pursuit of health whether you are gaining, on a frustrating plateau, or losing body weight. You are worth it.

6. Never reprimand yourself or feel shame about slip-ups. This is worse than the slip-up.

7. Nothing tastes as good as self-pride feels.

8. Dive into learning about sugar, fibre, water, alcohol, in-activity – like your life depends on it.