What does living a healthy lifestyle mean? It’s living your best life with abundant health each and every day. Your health affects everything you do, so why is it we seem to put our health on the back burner and not put it as a top priority? We all know proper nutrition is important, so why do we not eat nutritious foods and drink nutritious liquids? I feel we are making unconscious decisions about what we eat and drink due to our fast pace lifestyle. So I guess we don’t have time to think about it, could be the problem. In this fast paced world we seem to do what is the easiest and the fastest.
As I was leading a company from the years of 1996 to 2005, I led everyone but myself. Sometimes I would even forget to eat, so my employees would just bring me food. The food was always what we call “fast food”. I started to notice my waist size getting larger, my clothes fitting tighter, and feeling lethargic. I finally went to the doctor to learn I was not living a healthy lifestyle and in fact, I had contracted Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High Triglycerides, High Cholesterol, and high everything. I felt miserable and the doctor told me I was a walking heart attack waiting to happen. This information was bad news and knew I needed to take my life back. I was put on seven medications and set up doctor appointments for every 90 days.
I decided to make an important decision and change my life. I got busy and studied what to eat, drink, and the proper exercises I need to be doing. Within one year I quantified I could stop taking all seven of the medications; I lost 55 pounds, totally reversed my Type 2 Diabetes, and felt like a teenager again. You see, you have to start with the mind first to take the next step to action and sustain your healthy lifestyle protocol.
If I can do it, anyone can do it. What do you do? First, fire all of the fast food and restaurants from your life. All the high fructose corn syrup, sugar, saturated fats, MSG, bad carbohydrates, preservatives, Tran’s fat, salt, and many other ingredients served in the fast food restaurants are killing you and your family. Take complete control of what you eat and drink and learn to cook and put together you own meals.
Here is the plan of action to live a healthy lifestyle and reverse any of the issues you may have.
Discard the 8 deadly S’s: (Sugar, Starch, Salt, Saturated Fat, Stress, Smoking, Sedentary Lifestyle, and Sleep Apnea). Take away the old bad habits and insert great quality habits. Habits are good because we don’t have to think about them. Heart disease is the number one killer in America and is due to mostly the bad habits of what we eat and drink.
Eat before you are hungry and drink before you are thirsty. When you wait too long, you over eat or over drink. I recommend eating 5 to 6 times per day and drinking the amount of ounces of water per day equal to half your body weight. You eat less amounts of food per meal if you are already about half full throughout the day and your body is well watered. You will feel more energized along with better focus and cognitive skills.
Eating and drinking too much at one time can leave you feeling bloated, sluggish and absentminded. Throw out all the sugary cereals, drinks and also discard the flour. Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables and four to five servings of organic fruit per day. Limit your beef to less than five times per month; eat wild caught fish and salmon at least one or two times per week. The bottom line is to eat and drink clean. Exercise 30 to 45 minutes every day even if it is just a brisk walk. Show up for life each day being the best you can possibly be and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
Kirby Lammers is the Owner of Mind, Body and Business