One Life: This is all we get!
Knowing that we will be here on this Earth one time the question becomes: What are you willing to do to make it your best?
This question constantly feeds through my head as I live my life. Whether I am about to put food in my system, get exercise, see my chiropractor, socialize with friends, head to the office, or deliver a workshop my choices are about an EXTRA-ordinary quality of life.
As our societies stress levels rise it is essential we are taking EXTRA care of ourselves through many different avenues. There are societies in the World called “Blue Zones” which is where it is common for those to live over 90 and in to their 100’s with little risk of chronic disease. These societies tend not to follow the brainwashing that goes on in our country such as Larry the Cable Guy’s recent Prilosec commercial. Here is a picture of Larry telling us it is ok to eat corndogs because if we take a Prilosec then we will be OK. What a joke!
Unfortunately many people live their life through these commercials by being stressed out and wondering why they are on blood pressure meds, eating garbage foods and being on cholesterol or diabetes medicine, not having social networks or a sense of purpose and being on anti-depressants, and the list could go on.
The fact is: IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT! This is what has been engrained in to your brain since a child but if you continue to lead that lifestyle then you will be like everyone else in our country (heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, etc).
The definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
Samantha, Shalonda, and myself are 110% committed to having everyone in our office live their greatest life so PLEASE take advantage. We want to show you and teach you what you can do different than everyone else and what the healthiest people in the planet are doing that are dependent on drugs or a poor quality of life. The 3 of us were put here to be servants to you so please ask questions, send e-mails, come to workshops, read my e-book, and get involved.
The societies that live the longest have common qualities and I want to touch on 4 of them as I feel they have the power to allow you to live your greatest life.
1) Get Regular Movement
Many of the societies that live to be over 100 tend to walk regularly, hike mountains, work the land, and perform other activities that create movement. They are NOT sitting in front of computers for hours a day and destroying their spine. NOW, I know many of us rely on computer work for our jobs but it is crucial we cut out time throughout the days for movement and exercise. ONE life, find the time! Walking around the office every hour, walking after meals, hiking mountains on the weekends, and other activities you can think of that would be more natural for the body.
2) Eat Foods Congruent With the Body
These societies tend to eat mostly a Mediterranean Diet filled with fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and stay away from processed junk food. Even the foods people think are from Earth and not processed tend be some of the most processed foods in the supermarkets such as milk, cheese, and grains. Once again our society has more stress now than ever so eating foods more genetically designed for the body will create a healthier internal environment.
3) Create Social Circles
Most of these healthy societies have large social circles where they get together for meals, games, or good conversation. In Okinawa and Loma Linda with the 7th Day Adventists they congregate regularly in person. Our society is obsessed with Facebook, Twitter, and other social media websites as well as reality TV. By connecting with people regularly and getting together for functions can truly help maximize and increase your quantity and quality of life.
4) Find Your Purpose
Each society that has a long and healthy life tend to have found a sense of purpose they live for. In our culture we look forward to “retirement” yet we have no interests, hobbies, or extracurricular things we do to keep us fulfilled following this phase of our life. Finding a place to volunteer, living to serve others, falling in love with a sport, a passion for helping others live better lives, or becoming a mentor there are countless possibilities to develop your sense of purpose.