For the most part I eat very healthy and am always aware of what I put into my body. I eat alot of whole wheat products, rice, legumes, veggies and fruits and my meal bases usually revolve around chicken or fish. I am slowly becoming some sort of vegetarian for sure. I gave up red meat almost 2-3 years ago, but wasn’t super strict about it. For instance, going over to a friends house for a barbecue. I was concerned about being rude and not eating their food or saying something.
Because of this diet I can tell you I always have plenty of energy, my skin stays pretty clear and I can keep a stable weight from year to year. I also have a passion for running and usually run around 4 miles 3 times a week. I pair all that with varieting P90x videos with lifting weights twice a week. P90x videos to me are slightly irritating, but when you’ve been working out for as long as I have and used to religously do Cindy Crawford workouts mixed with Taebo workouts back in the day, you can kind of make-up your own workout from memory. (As long as your moving and have an elevated heart rate for an hour).
Another great practice to become active in is Yoga. I began doing yoga back in 2001 and immediately became addicted. I signed up for one class, one class led to two and soon I was hooked. One thing about yoga though, you cannot learn and actually perform it successfully by watching a video. A huge dissconnect will arise from what is taking place live and what you are struggling to do by yourself. You will become frustrated easily. You must go get class experience and have a teacher guide, explain and constantly correct what you’re doing until you get what each pose is trying to do. After several different yoga classes ranging anywhere from about 3 months long you will learn proper form and poses will be memorized.
Finally, another great practice is meditating. If you choose to try a yoga class you will be introduced to the discipline and the basics. One thing I try and do daily, immediatly after leaving the bedside waking up is stretching (yoga) and meditating. This can be a short practice of only 5 minutes! If time permits, 10-15 is more beneficial. Just sit comfortably on the floor (because most of us don’t want to leave the bedroom as it is after waking) and breathe slowly, focusing on your breath and the stretch. It will do wonders for the start of your day. If you’ve taken a yoga class there would be 5 or 6 stretches you would do that would be a great start. But basically just stretching your legs, arms, torso and neck will really loosen you up and relax you. Most people probably awake in a panic, late and begin their day in a rush. It really is a great practice to do for yourself. Try it and you will see. Soon little changes you make will become habit. It has been proven, it takes 21 days to form a habit.
And….some really GREAT documentaries dealing with health issues.
Tapped:The movie, about water http://www.tappedthemovie.com/
Flow: The Film, about water http://www.flowthefilm.com/
The Beautiful Truth, a very practical guide to the intensive nutritional treatment of cancer and other life-threatening diseases that many would consider to have been impossible to obtain. Thanks to the work of Max Gerson, M.D., and his daughter, Charlotte Gerson, this knowledge is readily available. Dr. Gerson cured cancer. He did so with a strict fat-free, salt-free, low-protein, essentially vegetarian dietary regimen, based on great quantities of fresh vegetable juice, supplements, and systemic detoxification. http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/beautiful-truth/
Another one on the Gerson’s. http://www.hulu.com/watch/180363/the-gerson-miracle
Heavy, A&E’s docudrama HEAVY™ follows twenty-two individuals facing extreme life-threatening health consequences as a result of their obesity. The one-hour series follows two participants per episode documenting their incredible transformations during a six month treatment program. http://www.aetv.com/heavy/
Food Matters, (excellent!) Food Matters sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide ‘sickness industry’ and gives people some scientifically verifiable solutions for overcoming illness naturally. http://www.foodmatters.tv/
The Secret, A documentray explaining, with simplicity, the law that is governing all lives, and offers the knowledge of how to create – intentionally and effortlessly – a joyful life. http://thesecret.tv/
What the Bleep do We Know?, It is part documentary, part story, and part elaborate and inspiring visual effects and animations. The film employs animation to realize the radical knowledge that modern science has unearthed in recent years. Powerful cinematic sequences explore the inner-workings of the human brain. Quirky animation introduces us to the smallest form of consciousness in the body – the cell. Dazzling visuals reinforce the film’s message in an exciting and powerful way. Done with humor, precision and irreverence, these scenes are only part of what makes the film unique in the history of cinema and a true box office winner. http://www.whatthebleep.com/
This Emotional Life, a multi-year campaign to foster awareness, connections and solutions around emotional wellness. This groundbreaking project surrounds a three-part documentary series that was broadcast nationally on PBS in January 2010, and includes a national outreach campaign, a dynamic and content-rich website, and innovative toolkits in the areas of early childhood attachment and the emo…tional health of military families. http://www.facebook.com/ThisEmotionalLife
Stress: Portrait of a Killer, by National Geographic. The stress response: in the beginning it saved our lives, making us run from predators and enabling us to take down prey. Today, human beings are turning on the same life-saving physical reaction to cope with 30-year mortgages, $4 a gallon gasoline, final exams, difficult bosses and even traffic jams — we can’t seem to turn it off. So, we’re constantly marinating in corrosive hormones triggered by the stress response. http://www.pbs.org/programs/killer-stress/
Dr. Joe Dispenza, has a dvd out on Eveolving your Brain, and a great website. http://www.drjoedispenza.com/