Most folks will agree that it is a good idea to take care of their body in order to obtain and maintain good health. The problem is that most people don’t know what to do, or, they do know what to do, but don’t have the willpower to make the changes. If there were a simple, easy to understand, step by step method of improving your life, would you do it? I posed this question to several hundred people and most of them said they would changed their lives for the better if they just knew how. I then surveyed extremely healthy people to find out how they can be healthy and still live a “normal” life. The results of that fact finding mission have been compiled into what I call “The 7 Lifestyle Habits of Extremely Healthy People.” The following is a simple outline of their lifestyle habits: #1 They don’t poison their bodiesYour first step in maximizing your health is to stop polluting yourself. Here are the most harmful food you need to eliminate. The Seven Deadly Sinful Foods: Alcohol Meat Dairy Sugar Coffee Soda Aspartame The Evil Runner-ups:All hydrogenated oils, margarine, nuts roasted in oil, creamy peanut butter, fruit in heavy syrup (canned peaches), canned soups, pickles, sauerkraut, snack crackers, potato chips and other chips. Cereals with added sugars, colors and flavorings, white rice, pasta, bread and other refined products. #2 in Lifestyle Habits: They eat foods that benefit their body They Nourish Their Bodies With Plenty Of Live Foods You are what you eat! Make sure your body gets the tools it needs to build a better you. Water – drink plenty of pure water. Fresh Fruit – Fresh fruit, fruit juices, dried fruit Fresh Vegetables – Put on salads or sandwiches. Use sprouts and sea vegetables. Buy organic as often as possible. Nuts & Seeds – Raw sunflower, flax, pumpkin:natural nut-butters (almond, cashew, etc., Almond milk Whole Grains – Whole grain breads, natural cereals, puffed rice, shredded wheat, granolas, Rice Milk. Tubers & Squash – Potatoes, yams & sweet potatoes, acorn, pumpkin, butternut and spaghetti squash. Legumes – Beans, peas, lentils, soybeans and tofu Supplements can be a great way to ensure that your body is getting all it needs. #3 in Lifestyle Habits: They have structural integrity “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” Accidents, injuries and bad posture all contribute to a breakdown of the musculo-skeletal system. The danger is that the nervous system will suffer impaired nerve function. This leads to a breakdown in the signals from the brain that go to the 80 trillion cells in your body. Many diseases are caused by or complicated by a nervous system that is not operating at 100 % of its potential. #4 in Lifestyle Habits: They cleanse & detoxify their bodies Regular cleansing, fasting and other detoxifying programs help the body free itself of built up toxins. Even a person on a perfectly healthy diet will accumulate waste materials over time, not to mention the build up of chemicals from our air, water and food. #5 in Lifestyle Habits: They keep themselves fit, strong and flexible Regular weight-bearing exercise and flexibility training are vital to being healthy and preventing disease. You don’t have to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but maintaining good muscle tone and flexibility helps enhance your body’s well-being, prevent arthritis and osteoporosis and a host of other ailments. #6 in Lifestyle Habits: They schedule time for rest and recreation Giving your body an opportunity to restore itself must be a priority if you want to be healthy. This includes proper sleeping posture, having regular sleep times, meditation and relaxation techniques. And lots of fun! Overdoing anything can and usually does lead to burnout, which makes you less productive. Remember, this life is not a dress rehearsal, if you are enjoying what you do and could not imagine doing anything else just keep doing what you are doing. If not, take time out to enjoy life. From what I understand, no one ever said on their deathbed “I should have spent more time in the office and less time playing and having fun.” #7 in Lifestyle Habits: They have passion & purpose The number one leading risk factor for not surviving your first heart attack is job dissatisfaction! Spend time doing things you believe in and love to do. The healthiest people live life to the fullest! Maybe your passion is cooking, reading, skiing, being with family or just spending time alone. Right now, think of the one or two things that just make you happy and follow your passion. My mother told me, when I was a child and did not know what I wanted to be when I grew up, “I don’t care if you are a garbage man, just be the best garbage man you can be.” Incorporate these simple lifestyle habits into your life and see what happens. If I’m wrong, so what, nothing was lost. But if I’m right (and I am), you will see an amazing change for the better in all aspects of your life. To set up an appointment please call my office at 770-427-7387 or you can send us a message in the live chat.