A new year will be upon us in five short weeks, and I wanted to offer a four-part series to help both of us think about 2018 in advance of any planning, goal setting or resolutions that may be taking shape as you get ready for next year.
As I see it, there are four key dimensions that will influence our success, happiness, the meaning we derive, the significance we seek and the basic wellbeing of our lives next year:
Our allocation of time
Of course, there are many other considerations, but I’m going to focus on these four, starting with the most important one, our health. One thing I know for sure is that everything is better when I’m healthy, and nothing works well when I’m not.
You may have read that now, due to new American Heart Association guidelines for blood pressure, 46% of Americans are either in a state of prehypertension or have hypertension. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for almost 1 in every 4 deaths.
I have a new lens through which I’m looking at my health that you may find helpful. I’ve been traveling non-stop this year, and my immune system has taken a beating, so I downloaded a book called Never Be Sick Again. And while the title and the science may not be your cup of tea, it did change how I look at things. Here’s the core argument:
There AREN’T thousands of different diseases; there is only one: malfunctioning cells. It doesn’t matter if it’s a common cold or cancer. The bottom line is that if your cells are healthy, YOU are healthy. The next key point is that there are ONLY two causes of disease: deficiency (insufficient nutrients) and toxicity (excessive toxins). Final point, there are six pathways each person travels towards health or disease. I won’t go into them here, but I will share my key takeaway and what I’m doing about this interesting approach to my health.
I’m severely limiting white foods. Yep, simple and, for me, easy to remember, if not slightly hard to do – sugar, salt, milk and flour for starters. I’ve convinced myself that if I can reduce the toxins and make room for more nutrients, I’ve got a better shot at keeping my cells healthy. My focus is food. There are plenty of other toxins any of us could focus on, but for me – white food. Just the absence of color tells me it’s empty.
You may not care what I’m doing, but I do hope you consider this one disease, two causes idea. It’s super-simple, easily refutable by any expert that may choose to do so, and certainly not a silver bullet.
However, I’ve found the simpler, the better when it comes to my health. Sleep, water, emotional space, some exercise and, for me, now, eliminating toxins and making room for more nutrients.
If you don’t need to make any changes to improve your health, congratulations. If you do, start small and start now. Don’t wait to make a New Year’s resolution.
I’m trying to eat things that come from a plant and aren’t made in a plant.