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.
Fibre (Canadian) or Fiber (American) has been a critical component to my own weigh loss and weigh maintenance. I learned about it slowly and built my high fibre lifestyle up one step at at time.
This is what I learned:
A diet with the proper amount of fibre leads to intestinal and digestive health and this lowers body weight, decreases the risk of colon and other cancers and boosts mood and general
Over the last 25 years, I have gained and lost about 50 pounds three different times. The first time was after my first pregnancy in 1988 (I call this my happy gain). The second time was in 1995 during the year my young husband was dying of cancer (my sad gain). And the third was during a second marriage filled with various kinds of troubles (my traumatic gain).
I was a yo-yo’er and my emotions dictated my body weight reality. I also had a perfect storm of personal characteristics which led to the constant up and downs: perfectionism, ruthless self-judgement, a victim mentality, and feelings of unworthiness.
The good news is that in 2006 I chose to end the cycle. I lost my last 50 and have changed for good. How do I know this? I changed the way I think among other things.
I learned many things about food, fuel, health, behaviour, attitudes and habits. Little by little I learned a great deal about me and about the world around me and chose to move towards health and happiness and away from fighting a constant war with my weight.
Over the next few weeks, I will blog about some of the truths I have uncovered in my journey to live in all the dimensions of health. It has lead to a stable body weight and all sorts of other riches – many of which I hadn’t even imagined.
Some topics will include:
– About Sleep and Weight Loss
This comes from the Marilyn Denis show (Dr. Natasha Turner):
1. Do you take fish oil supplements daily? (Omega 3’s)
2. Do you resist cravings for sweets or starchy carbs like pasta and breads?
3. Do you eat red meat less than three times a week?
4. Do you eat breakfast within one hour of rising?
5. Do you eat five to seven servings of vegetables and one to three servings of fruit per day?
6. Do you completely avoid artificial sweeteners in drinks and food?
7. Do you have sex more than two times a week? (solo counts!)
8. Do you expose yourself to natural light first thing in the morning and sleep in pitch darkness at night?
7-8 yes’s: You are very healthy! Keep it going!
5-6 yes’s: You are health aware
0-4 yes/s: A few changes are needed
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!”
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.