1. I make caring for my health a priority in my life, paying attention to all my activities and ways of being. My other top priorities are caring for others in my world and doing a quality job in my work.
2. I find and do the right exercise program for my body to stay (or get) fit and trim, and stick with it to promote flexibility, strength and endurance for life.
3. I eat a balanced diet of wholesome foods for my weight and body type (to maintain or achieve an optimum level).
4. I am aware of my food and substance weaknesses and abuses such as sugar, caffeine, or alcohol, and I take steps to avoid them or use them sparingly. From January into the warmer spring time is an ideal detoxification period, depending on your climate and body warmth. See my book, The Detox Diet, Third Edition for more information.
5. Since I personally have struggled with my own weight (because I just love food and didn’t eat the right foods growing up), here are my five specialized resolutions for keeping my body trim:
- I drink plenty of good, clean water, at least two quarts daily.
- I focus my diet around vegetables, which are nutritious and low in calories.
- I chew my food well. By eating more slowly, I feel more satisfied and nourished with less food and experience better digestion.
- I eat minimally or not at all after sunset and ideally eat my main nutritious meals at breakfast, at midday, or by 6pm.
- I exercise regularly to burn calories, enhance my circulation, and stay positive and fit.
6. I allow myself enough sleep to rest my body nightly, thus recharging my batteries and supporting my immune strength to protect me from illness.
7. I take appropriate nutritional/herbal supplements for my body’s ideal function and health. See my book Staying Healthy with Nutrition for more information.
8. I maintain an attitude of health in caring for and loving my body, such that I will follow yearly healthy habits. My body is my only lifelong possession and I treat it in a loving way.
9. I pay attention to my emotions and stresses, and continue to develop non-aggressive ways to express my feelings and let go of stress.
10. I ask others, especially loved ones and co-workers, what they need from me and I do what I can to support them. Likewise, I let them know what I need as appropriate to each life situation. In other words, I care for others and allow them to care for me.
My bottom line motto for life at this time is, “Keep love in my heart as much as possible, say yes whenever I can, and be able to say no!”
2015 by Elson Haas, MD