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Will the Elephant always go where the Rider wants?

Will the Elephant always go where the Rider wants?

Here we go again. It is time to make your New Year’s resolutions.

Most New Year’s resolutions have to do with health: lose weight, eat healthier foods, exercise, stop drinking sugary or caffeinated drinks, etc. Meaningful New Year’s resolutions involve making lifestyle changes.

To make a lifestyle change, you need to replace a bad habit with a good habit.

To be successful, pick one significant lifestyle change that you want to accomplish and follow these six steps to success.

Step 1.

Understand that a lifestyle change is a commitment with yourself to change your life for the rest of your life. …[continue reading]

Counting on willpower is like counting on an untrained eelephant.

Counting on willpower is like counting on an untrained elephant..

“When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all.” ~ Augusten Burroughs

Who doesn’t want to be healthy?

To have, or to regain, good health:

  • We know what to do. It is a familiar mantra. You need to change your lifestyle. This means you need to replace bad habits with good habits.
  • We know how to do it. Another familiar mantra. You need to eat healthy, exercise, and manage stress.
  • We know why to do it. When you change your lifestyle and replace bad habits with good habits you will prevent and reverse chronic diseases. You will reverse heart disease. You will reverse type 2 diabetes. You will restore immune health. You will prevent or reverse a host of crippling diseases: cancer, strokes, heart attacks, dementia, depression, obesity, metabolic syndrome, etc.

But, apparently, we do not know how to change our lifestyle. It is easy to say, “change your lifestyle,” but it appears we simply are unable to do it. We keep trying. As a group we have a 95% failure rate.

Why are unhealthy people so reluctant to change their lifestyles? …[continue reading]

Who doesn'twant to be more in control of their health?

Who doesn’t want to be more in control of their health?

Who is ultimately in control of your health? Is it your body, driven by hormones, or your mind/spirit which is your soul, your thoughts, your intellect, and your free will? What is the role of your mind in healing your body?

Religion and medicine have wrestled with the mind-body question for thousands of years. It has only been since the beginning of the Age of Enlightenment that the split between religion and medicine became final and complete.

The Roots of Western Medicine

Modern Western medical practices are based upon the views of René Descartes (1596 – 1650). Descartes’ theory of the fundamental separation of mind and body remains today as the foundation of Western intellectual thought and Western medical science.

In his treatise on man, De Homine, Descartes declared that both animals and humans are wonderful machines. Because modern Western medicine is grounded in Descartes’ writings it is important to understand some of the history behind the publication of his writings.

The first of Descartes’s writings were completed in 1633. A friend of his, Maron Mersenne, wrote to him of Galileo’s fate, that same year, at the hands of the Roman Inquisition. Galileo was threatened with torture and convicted of heresy. He was placed under house arrest for life – his crime, you might recall, was stating that the sun, not the earth, is the center of the universe.

Descartes immediately suppressed publishing his own treatise, until he came to an agreement with the Pope – his writings would not have anything to do with the soul, the mind, or the emotion. The mind remained the jurisdiction of the church. Medicine and science would deal only with the physical body. [continue reading]

The Body Is Separate From The Mind

The Body Is separate from The Mind

The human body is hardwired for survival

Humans are wired to prefer fatty and sweet tastes because they are efficient sources of energy, and our bodies are wired for survival. The body will fiercely protect against starvation.

For you to be able to maintain good health, you need to come to the understanding that “you” are made up of two separate parts – a human body and a human mind. The body is physical, but the mind is something different. You cannot “show” me your mind. I will discuss the relationship of the body and mind/spirit at another time, but the starting point of good health is to have an understanding of the separation, or split, between the body and the mind. The mind is far more than the body in which it is housed.

The mind is the thinking, decision-making, emotional part of “you.” Think of it this way, the body is a material entity which exists and has physical form – your body has arms, legs, organs, a brain, etc. But the mind is NOT the brain, which is part of the body.

The brain is merely one part of the physical material that constitutes the body. We can take the brain from the body and display it. We can map the electrical currents in the brain. The mind, however, is something that cannot be displayed because there is no physical thing that is the mind.

For the sake of clarity, it is important to eliminate the concept of having subconscious thoughts. This is an unclear concept. For example, what does it mean if I tell you that a boxer was knocked subconscious? You know what I mean when I say: “The boxer was knocked unconscious.” This means the boxer no longer has a conscious awareness, but the brain is still automatically carrying on bodily functions. [continue reading]

Jared Fogle at 425 pounds, before he started hi "Subway Diet.z'

Jared Fogle at 425 pounds, before he started his “Subway Diet..’

Jared Fogel became known as the college student who lost 225 pounds on a “Subway sandwich diet.”

By his junior year at Indiana University, Jared had soared to 425 pounds.

He avoided social events to save face, and gobbled junk food alone in the dorm room. As Jared describes it, “I knew you were supposed to go out on dates and go to parties, but because I was so big, I just took myself out of the equation. I didn’t want to allow myself to be made a fool of.”

Jared said that at McDonald’s he’d scarf down double quarter pounder cheeseburgers and supersized fries, and wash it all down with a couple of apple pies. He puzzled between 15 and 20 cans of soda each day and the typical snack was two candy bars.

As his weight reached 425 pounds, Fogel’s sleep apnea worsened. He woke up every 10 to 15 minutes and went to classes groggy and sleep deprived. Once he even fell asleep at the wheel, waking immediately when he felt his car veer into the grass.

“I didn’t hit anything, but it finally scared me enough,” Fogel said [continue reading]

A Small Rudder Can Change The Direction of a Supertanker. One Small Habit Can Transform Your Life.

A small rudder can change the direction of a supertanker.
One small habit can transform your life.

Your life is driven by habits, some good, and some bad. By changing one habit, you will be able to completely transform your life.

A habit is like a rudder on a ship, and small rudders turn big ships.

Supertankers – the biggest ships ever built – have tremendous momentum as they move forward through the water. Imagine 550,000 metric tons moving at full forward speed. It takes a huge force to keep a supertanker on course, yet a small rudder is able to exert this force.

“A rudder is small, and it is attached to the very end of the ship, but it has such power that by this little rudder and by the power of one man – and that power gently exerted – the great bulk of ships can be moved.” – Aristotle

Some Habits Are Keystone Habits

Some habits effect a single aspect of your life, but other habits are keystone habits that impact many areas of your life at the same time. Keystone habits have a ripple effect. Research has shown that we have a few trigger habits – singular habits – that transform other areas of our lives. It is on these keystone habits you need to concentrate your efforts. [continue reading]

Would this be a good reward for you to build a habit of exercise?

Would this be a good reward for you to build a habit of exercise?

Did you know that all diets get about the same results? If you are currently on a diet, I can predict the outcome.

This year, Consumer Reports National Research Center polled its readers who tried 13 weight loss plans – four popular commercial plans and nine well-known do-it-yourself plans, such as Atkins diet Paleo diet, and South Beach diet.

Consumer Reports concluded that significant weight loss was possible on all of the plans. However, most respondents said they were able to take off weight, but were having trouble keeping it off. This is where most weight loss programs fail.

Medical and scientific research verifies Consumer Reports’ poll. Research results show: for every 100 individuals who start out on a weight loss plan, only five are successful. This means that traditional diets have a dismal success rate of only 5%. Why do so many fail? What is the secret that you need to know to be successful?

Number One Reason You Are Unable to Maintain Your Weight Loss …continue reading