How often do you wash you car, fill the tank with just the right kind of gas, clean the windshield make sure there is enough oil in the engine, change all the belts, parts and tires that are worn? We make sure that we get those tune ups, and best gas when they are required for the life of the car. Are you beginning to get my drift? We really do put a great deal of effort into how we take care of our automobiles for the re-sale value and longevity of the car. We often take better care of our cars then we do our own bodies and health.
Most of us take CARE of our bodies only when we absolutely have to in a health crisis, or when it is really too late. We can not trade them in for an upgrade. We are stuck with the bodies we have, and there is no way around the aging process. I believe that if we put as much attention and care into our bodies as we do our cars, we would all be a lot healthier, live longer and remain more attractive as we age. How are you caring for your body?
Let’s take a look at what I believe to be the best possible way to take good care of these transport mechanisms we call our bodies. I will keep this simple in this blog and hope that you read some of the articles I will continue to post and the eBooks that will eventually be for sale on this site. Most of us feel we don’t have the discipline for making too many changes, or adding to our To Do lists on a daily basis, especially as we age. However, making a few specific changes can make a huge difference for optimum health and longevity. Although many of us rely on the fact that we inherited some good genes that have kept us relatively healthy, that only goes so far as we age. The medical system is there to work in partnership with you, not FIX you when you have made a mess of your health. Remember health professionals are not miracle workers and every medication has a negative side effect. Medications are not needed for most health issues, you, your nutrition and self care are the CURE!
The bottom line for your Self Care To Do List
Begin your day before eating with a cup of hot water with lemon juice. If you can tolerate it a pinch of cayenne pepper to increase the metabolism. The hot lemon water will alkalize your body. A healthy body is one that is alkaline and not acid. Although one would think that lemon is acidic, in the body it has the impact of changing the acid alkaline balance in a healthy way.
Breakfast should be fruit which is a great natural way for you to help the intestines evacuate. Most of you drink coffee to help do this, coffee acidifies the body. Add an ounce of healthy raw nuts and you have a healthy breakfast for the start of your day. The natural sugars from the fruit and the added protein and oil from the nuts will give you energy and focus for hours.
Eat every four hours for the rest of your day to keep the metabolism burning hot so that calories get used and not stored as fat. Three meals, with lunch being the largest meal, and dinner being a light meal of salad and soup. Then you can add a light snack between lunch and dinner and if you go to bed on the later side another snack a few hours before bed.
Take a really good quality multi-vitamin each morning and for my middle age and older clients I highly suggest a high quality Omega 3 Oil. If you have joint pain take double what the label suggests, if not just what the label recommends. Omega 3 oils also help to keep the body alkaline, you can get non fish Omega 3 oil and include Walnuts in your diet as they are the only Omega 3 oil containing nuts.
Drink 10 glasses of filtered water spread out over the day, and make sure you are not drinking out of plastic containers.
Reduce the amount of refined sugars,and grain products, they cause inflammation. Try and rid yourself of dairy as dairy is filled with toxins and is very high in sugar and fat. You can get calcium from greens and sunflower seeds. Most important is to increase the amount of fresh vegetable both raw and cooked daily, and lessen your animal protein to maybe three times a week.
Try and find a time during the day, first thing in the morning works for me, to spend at least ten minutes in quiet, focusing on your breath and detaching from your thinking mind. Getting good at this takes practice, but even if your mind is racing you will benefit from doing this as a daily discipline.
Walk at least a half hour at least five days a week at a pace you can manage. Push your body when possible. You can break this half hour into shorter segments.
Stretch every evening before you get in bed. Stretching not only keeps the body limber, and in alignment, but it helps build and maintain muscle. You can order the Stretch and Relax DVD from this web site which will help you to both stretch, do deep breathing and relax all at the same time.
Get eight hours of sleep each night and find a moment to review your day and be grateful for everything positive in your life.
I hope you will incorporate this Self Care into your lives and not wait until you hit a health crisis. I find that when I am in crisis, the last thing I can do is start a new regime. Your bodies must be treated with great care, nurturing and love so take back Stewardship of your body. You know what they say “There is no time like the present”…. this is not a dress rehearsal, it is your life!