Uplevel Your Health in 2019
By Scott T Sheriff, DC, Dec 16 2018 10:59PM
Being healthy is more than just taking your vitamins, exercising, and eating healthy most of the time. It’s more than simply taking calcium for your bones, fish oil for your heart, or eating protein-enriched Cheerios (yuck!). It isn't taking a drug to control your blood pressure or cholesterol level. Being healthy is a way of life - your health is the accumulation of all of your daily habits.
There is no such thing as a magic bullet. Take a step back and look at the big picture of your total health. Being healthy does not come from stuffing a bunch of buzzwords into your life in a way that's convenient for you. Living healthy is a state of mind, a way of life. It’s a constant awareness that informs everything that you do – because everything that you do affects your health, for better or for worse.
Deep down, we all know which habits promote better health and which habits are detrimental to our well-being. However, coming home exhausted after a long day at work can make it all but impossible to opt for grilled chicken and vegetables instead of a Jack's Pizza or a quick trip to the Arby's drive-thru.
A small shift in your state of mind, from an attitude based on immediate gratification to a way of life based on total health can make a huge difference in your ability to stick to your commitments to live healthier.
Creating a mindset of total health is much easier when you keep the big picture in mind – especially during a moment of weakness. A sad fact is that most people take better care of their cars than they do of themselves. You know that your car will run just fine if you don’t change the oil today. However, you change the oil regularly because you know that if you don’t, eventually the oil will break down and there will be increased wear and tear on the engine. The same holds true for your body. Eventually your body will break down and you may find yourself facing diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or arthritis. Eating poorly today or not exercising today is not going to cause an immediate health problem. However, over a period of years the consequences can be devastating.
Your body remembers everything you do and the effects of it accumulate over time. When you are feeling weak and need that junk food fix, step back and look at the bigger picture of your total health – your lifetime health – and refuse to add anything else that will accumulate and cause disease.
Make your total health your way of life, your permanent state of mind. Don’t simply take a multi-vitamin in the morning and think that you’re doing enough. Most multi-vitamins are garbage anyway. Be constantly aware that your health is precious. Treat your body with the respect that it deserves. When you are feeling stressed and need to snack on a bag of chips, remind yourself that omega-6 fatty acids promote chronic inflammation and disease. Respect yourself by not putting them into your body.
One last thing to remember is that you absolutely do not have to do this alone. Changing old habits is difficult and requires perseverance and dedication. Enlist the help of close friends and family. Tell them what you are trying to do and ask for their support. Talk to me! I love having conversations about health, diet and exercise. As a chiropractor, I don’t simply treat back pain or neck pain. I look at all aspects of a person’s life and we discuss diet, nutrition, posture, exercise, and stress relief. Beginning in January 2019 I am offering three brand new Total Health Plans - one for fitness, one for nutrition and one for relief from chronic pain. Now is the time to uplevel your life - I designed these plans so that I can help you better and each can be customized for your unique needs.
It's never too late to change old habits – make 2019 the year that you truly commit to living a healthy lifestyle. You'll feel your absolute best each and every day of your life - that's what I want for you.