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The 5 Keys to Good Health, All Day, Every Day

Started by progga34-612, September 27, 2018, 12:35:41 PM

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The 5 Keys to Good Health, All Day, Every Day

or at least get out of each other's way!

1. Food. Food is not the devil. Fake food is the devil! Whether the latest article decries salt, sugar, fat, or meat, they all lead to the same conclusion. Eat real food, as Michael Pollan so wisely said, in moderate proportions. And cook your food yourself as much as you can. If you eat whole foods – fruits, veggies, whole grains, unprocessed, unfrozen, free of preservatives, made by you at home with fresh ingredients – you avoid all of the perils of the excess of anything.So eat simply and well, most of the time, and help your body out immensely.
2. Sleep. Get some. Sleep is the time when your body takes itself to the shop and runs the repair software. If you're chronically not getting enough sleep you're behind the curve on oxidative damage, a natural byproduct of all metabolism. That damage to cells and DNA builds up, which is how we age. If you are tossing and turning get up out of bed, stretch, do a headstand, lie on your back with your feet up the wall, or meditate.
3. Exercise. It's all about sweat. A lot of yoga and exercise teachers shy away from saying you have to actually sweat, but you do. You don't change your cardiovascular state or your energetic state if your workouts don't include sweating. You also don't get the glorious detox that is one of the main benefits of exercise. So find a way to sweat at least 3-4 times a week. Yoga is great, running, or plopping on one of those machines at the gym.
4. Meditation. Meditation is about being, not doing. It's a strange concept for busy people, who, like most of us, measure their lives by accomplishment. But truly, it's not about doing one style of meditation and certainly not about doing any one kind "right." It is simpler than that, and while the abstractness of "being" can make it seem hard, just start by seeing if you can sit for 10 minutes every day and be with yourself.
5. Enthusiasm. I was going to say Love, but Love has all these sticky meanings attached to it. Enthusiasm seems simpler. It's what one school of meditation I practice teaches as a fundamental. If you can find enthusiasm for anything – life, work, a chore, a problem, your meditation practice, even your irritating coworker – you can find lightness. The mind will hold onto a whole lot of junk that enthusiasm, paired with a little amusement, like a magic wand, has the power to dissipate. And when you dissipate all those whirligig thoughts you find clarity and then, quite often, a way forward. Enthusiasm is like spring-cleaning the storage closet of your head.