Can it really be this easy? Are there really just 3 pieces of better health? The answer is a resounding yes!
Too often, like so many things we tend to make health and even treatment of certain illnesses more complicated than they need to be. As a regular reader of our materials you understand some of this already but let's try to put it all together today in a simple fashion.
The first piece of the 3 Pieces of Better Health, in fact, the mainstay of better health and yes recovery from illness has got to be diet. A plant-based Mediterranean-type diet. This diet with very limited, to no animal products, plenty of healthy fats like olive and fish oil, and little to no refined sugars is not only perhaps the healthiest diet but also quite likely the best for our brains and nervous systems or what we doctors call neuro-protective. So, this has got to be your first priority.
Secondly, there is no question that physical activity is paramount to your wellness and recovery from any illness. My advice to you is to simply start where you are! If you're recovering from surgery, for example, use that wheelchair or walker as much as you possibly can. If you are completely mobile, walk whenever you can and in fact avoid sitting for more than 20 minutes maximum any given time. Believe it or not, these deliberate but simple physical activities when done consistently during our day probably do more for blood flow and strength than any other single thing you can do throughout the day. This includes going to the gym in the morning and then sitting all day on the job or at home.
Finally, so much has been written about mindset and health. Your attitude, your support system, and your interaction with family and those you love go a long way towards ensuring you have this third but key piece of better health. Also, add daily meditation, regular thought-provoking reading, and a simple downtime, and you literally have a lifelong winning combination.
Finally, please don't make your life or health plan more complicated than it is! Just think of all the time, money, and energy you'll save by simply becoming self-sufficient with your shopping and diet, exercising at home, and having a healthy mindset!
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