Living your best life by investing in your health. Don’t put off today for an unhealthy tomorrow. I see it too often, life gets in the way and your health goals go right out the door. Without your health nothing else matters, don’t wait until you are lying in the hospital bed to gain motivation to make a lifestyle change. I was very inspired to share one of my new favorite books with you, The Detox Diet by Dr. Elson M. Haas. Haas stated (2012), “Eat and live in a way that creates and supports health, vitality and longevity” (p. 62). We all want to stop the aging process and Haas contributes his longevity to decades of detoxing. Let’s discuss the key factors that support health, vitality, and longevity.

Nutrition:

I explain to my clients daily, nutrition is key and it’s still the hardest obstacle for most everyone to conquer. “You are what you eat”, “Abs are made in the kitchen”, “Eat well to live well”, “Life is too short for bad food”, “Whole food or no food”, etc., they are all true! 80% of chronic diseases such as Type II diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and heart disease can be controlled, delayed, or possibly even eliminated through good nutrition and exercise.  I have changed my life by altering food choices and eliminating certain triggers causing flares with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I firmly believe in using food as medicine because I am living proof it works. The quality of your life can improve through nutrition.

Exercise:

Just move! All the phone apps and smart watches help us to keep moving, there are no excuses! Commit to exercising at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes at 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. So many people find excuses; work, kids, not being a morning person, too tired in the evenings, etc. Schedule your workouts just like a business meeting and know you are making an investment in your health.  Need motivation?  Hire a certified personal trainer. Need accountability? Post it on social media and let your friends know about your new goals.  I feel it’s best to exercise first thing in the morning. Exercise increases your endorphins, energy, and improves mood. You will find you are more productive throughout the day by getting your day started with a workout. Tips to help you get moving: Hire a personal trainer, buy equipment to use at home, set alarm 30-45 minutes earlier than normal, prep your meals the night before so you have one less thing to worry about, and lay out your clothes for the gym so you are ready to go as soon as you get out of bed. Here is a sample at-home workout to get you started!

Rest/Sleep:

Are you getting enough sleep and rest? This is time to recover and regulate your cortisol levels for optimal hormone balancing. Your body repairs itself during the night and needs adequate amounts of sleep to recharge the batteries for the next day. Sleep helps your quality of life, mental, and physical health. Sleep deficiency leads to problems including: chronic diseases, irritability, brain fog, uncontrolled hunger, and mood swings. According to The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the optimal amount of sleep per day is 7-8 hours. Tips to help you rest better: avoid eating dinner close to bedtime, shut off electronics 2 hours before bed, use earplugs for noise, use an eye mask for unwanted light, listen to spa music, drink herbal tea, and read a book with a dim light to help you relax.

Attitude

Dr. Haas states from his website, a personal motto, “This is the only body I have and I am going to treat it with love.”  When I first got sick with RA in 2000, my uncle told me attitude would be everything. Guess what, he was right! I could have chosen to wallow in my own self-pity or get up and move and make the best of it. To this day, almost 20 years now, I tell people RA is one of the best things ever to happen to me. Sure no one wants to have a disease, but what it did for me was drove me to live my best life. I don’t take a day for granted and I am truly grateful for everything in my life. You have a choice to be happy, be the person who inspires someone else. Live your best life now, choose optimism and watch everything fall into place.

References:

Haas, E.M. & Chase, D. (2012). The detox diet: The definitive guide for lifelong vitality with recipes, menus, and detox plans (3rd ed.). Berkeley, CA.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/sleep-deprivation-and-deficiency

Luca, S., Chantal, J., Ouidade, A., Marie-Christophe, B. (2016). Nutrition and chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease. Joint Bone Spine, Vol. 84 (5),547-552. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbspin.2016.10.003

Haas, E.M. (2019) The 5 Keys- ATTITUDE. Retrieved from https://elsonhaasmd.com/the-5-keys-attitude/