The Three Habits of Health

The Three Habits of Health

The Three Habits of Health


The Three Habits of Health

Healthy Habits

The way you take care of yourself is just as crucial a determinant of your future happiness as your savings account. Many people invest in their financial future, but they never consider their health future. A large nest egg is of no use to you if you’re not there to spend it!

As you plan for your health future, you must consider the three important components that pay the biggest dividends: nutrition, exercise, and positive mind-set.

1. Nutrition:

Make every calorie count as you strive for lifelong health. Eat lots of foods that are rich in nutrients and low in calories—and remember my health equation, H (Health) = N (Nutrition) / C (Calories). Also remember to regularly include foods that have special cancer-protective features, notably the G-BOMBS, Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds.

2. Exercise:

Exercise regularly. Make it a part of your daily routine. A gym membership is nice, but there are plenty of other opportunities to work out your body over the course of an average day. Take the stairs, for instance, instead of the elevator. Walk or ride a bike instead of driving. Take frequent exercise breaks and do something active for just three to five minutes, then go back to work.

3. Positive mind-set:

A healthy mind-set is a prerequisite for a healthy lifestyle. The best way to develop one is to be optimistic and surround yourself with people who engage in and support your health. Show people you care about them with your actions, not just with words. A positive mind-set results from your goodwill to others. It is like putting deposits in your lifespan account.

These are the three essential habits of health. The more you practice them, the more routine they become. You won’t want to act any other way.

Many people—healthy and unhealthy people alike—are often obsessed with food. The goal is to live a fully balanced life where people, food, and exercise are all in the right place. The key to finding food’s place in this delicate balance is by practicing the three habits of health until they all become a natural part of your life. Balancing your diet style for optimal health is part of, and most natural and effective when it is connected to, balancing your life between exercise, rest, sleep, recreation, work, family, friends, and intellectual pursuits.

This is an excerpt from The End of Dieting.



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