Just another reason to eat healthy and exercise.
As reported by Will Dunham from Reuters, Dean Ornish conducted some studies on men with prostate cancer who elected against surgery for remediation. To try to combat the low grade cancer: the men in the study:
- Ate Healthy,
- Exercised 30 minutes a day, and
- Meditated | Prayed | Thought for 60 minutes a day.
Guess what happened? In three months time, they lost weight as expected, but even more encouraging is they actually changed Genes. The healthy lifestyle activated some disease fighting genes and deactivated some unhealthy genes. WOW!
Read the Original News source: Healthy lifestyle triggers genetic changes: study
I know many a people who say they can’t lose weight or can’t get healthy, because they have bad genes or they are big boned, or you name the excuse. Well, here is a study that says even if you have bad genes, you can get healthy with lifestyle changes. To steal a phrase from someone before me: Yes we can!
What’s stopping you from committing to a healthy lifestyle?
I want you around. I want you to live life! Enjoy what Earth, God, Metaphysics provide for you. Happiness is health and family. Frolic with grand children at the park, Watch your dog chase his tail, or just watching the trees blow in the wind.
Where do I start?
Well, Let’s Think about it.
What do kids get on their children’s menu at restaurants? They get connect the dot pictures. It allows the child to create a dog, lion, car, or any number of pictures by following the dots one at a time slowly and incrementally. It’s much easier to connect the dots to draw a picture than to draw on a blank slate.
So, connect the dots! Start Slow, be methodical and incremental. Work up a ladder. I’ll expand on this method later, but here’s the abridged version:
- 0 days – 14 days: Commit to weighing yourself everyday for the first 2 weeks.
Don’t worry about the details. The fact that you are weighing yourself everyday is the accomplishment!
- 14 days – 42 days: Continue weighing yourself everyday, in fact, don’t stop weighing yourself for the rest of your life. Add to that small amounts of exercise everyday. I recommend the 8 minute weight workout, but you could also do 10 minutes of walking everyday, gradually build up.
You’ve got some great new habits now. you weigh yourself everyday and you commit to your 10 minutes of exercise a day!
Lets add another dot.
- 42 days – 56 days: Continue your current weighing and exercise habits. Now add tracking your diet everyday. Keep a pen and paper handy. Write down everything you eat, and just keep track, don’t worry about how much you eat. Just log it.
We’re finding out internally what we do. when we eat. It will guide us in our nutrition plan. Do I really eat 3 starbucks a day? Do I have that many potato chips? you can be amazed at what you eat without knowing it. Again, remember the goal is to Identify and Track. That’s the accomplishment for this dot.
- 56 days – 84 days: Pick one dietary change each week, and focus on that change.
Examples: I recommend lowering your diet each week by 200 calories. Or, Pick a food item that really causes you trouble. For me it is french Fries. If I cut out french fries, I cut out a ton of places I’d go to eat which means I make different diet changes. I also have the challenge of large portions. So, that can be my change. Whatever it is, Pick one and focus while keeping up your habits.
- 84 days – forever: Rinse, Recycle, and Repeat. What I mean, is this is lifestyle change. we have to be willing to commit to the change and keep it at that. it’s a change. No going back. Learn to love new foods and new ways of eating, Learn to love exercising, make it fun for you. By creating these new habits, we can replace our old diet habits.
How do you connect the dots? What’s your incremental lifestyle change you can make? Can you commit?
Of course, I recommend simpleweight for managing this healthy diet and exercise planning.