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My Resolve to be Healthier S E T T I N G G OA L S A ND L I V I N G B E T T E R
T he start of a new year is a time of beginnings. It’s about making positive changes and resolutions. But even with all this talk of change and setting goals, a lot of people don’t follow through. By the middle of February, about 80 percent of people have given up or forgotten about their resolutions, according to U.S. News &World Report. The best way to see your ambitions through is with accountability. Don’t go it alone. Instead, work toward your resolutions with two partners who are working toward the same thing, whether it’s weight loss, learning a new skill, or whatever you have your mind set on. Hold each other accountable, and you’ll quickly discover how much easier it is to keep your determination. Many of my goals for the new year are related to health. Through November and December of last year, my father-in-law faced heart issues. In summary, his heart wasn’t pumping as well as it should, and as a result, he had a pacemaker put in. Thankfully, the surgery went well, and he’s feeling better. I looked at the pacemaker as both a good and bad thing. It’s good, because it has improved my father-in-law’s quality of life. On the other hand, we must look back and think about what may have led to this point. Was it genetics, bad habits, or just a weak heart —or a combination of the three? I bring this up because I lost my father to a heart attack. He died at age 51 when I was a junior in high school. He missed a lot of life because he had some bad habits. This is one of the many reasons why I care so much about living a healthier lifestyle. To help, I read many articles and books written by some of the most prominent doctors in the country. A large number of these doctors left the mainstream health care system to focus on more holistic or
integrated approaches. One thing I read often is that
many people can cure their diseases or even avoid them entirely by adhering to a proper diet and plenty of physical activity.
If proper diet and exercise can help stave off a heart attack or avoid having to need a pacemaker, I’d say it’s worth it. In light of this, my daughter, Codie, and I have been trying a healthier diet together. It’s calledWildFit (GetWildFit.com), and it’s a 90-day program designed to not just help you eat healthier but to change the way you think about what you eat. During the first two weeks of the program, you don’t necessarily change your diet. Instead, you really think about what you’re eating —before you eat it, as you eat it, and after. It gets you to consider your cravings and note how certain foods affect your body and mind. You may really want that cheeseburger, but after you eat it, you’re not going to feel great. The creator of WildFit talks a lot about why we get cravings. It can be traced back thousands of years when fresh, clean drinking water was in short supply. When humans were little more than cave dwellers, most fresh water came from eating fruits or vegetables high in water content. This is built into our natural instincts, so people often eat when what they really need to do is drink water. I’ve been taking this approach, and it works. The next time you feel hungry between meals, reach for the water. Nine times out of 10, you’ll quench your craving. Of course, the biggest part of the WildFit program is cutting out the unhealthy parts of your diet. While you don’t cut anything out during the first two weeks, the third week is where things kick into high gear. Continued on page 3 ...
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