Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Metamorphosis: First Steps to Optimal Wellness

Today I would like to give you practical advice on taking responsibility for your wellness. It's not an easy thing to change your lifestyle. So many of us are caught up in habit and in convenience. You'll have to trust me when I tell you that actually cooking real food instead of opening a box or can, can be a spiritual action. It can be a destressor element to your day. Preparing your meals can actually be meditative!

It also forces you to think about what you are planning to eat, therefore lessening the chance of a quick drive-thru high fat, high sodium, junk meal. Dare I ask you to commit to NOT eating at fast food places for the next month? Dare I ask you to cook real food for a month? You know you just may not want to go back to those drive-thru places after a month. Hey, I'm not kidding.

For the next month before you eat anything I want you to ask yourself: Is it nutritious? I want you to think about what you eat. Keep a food journal, but expand it a little. Write not just about what you eat, but how you feel about your level of wellness and how you feel about the changes you are making to improve your state of wellness.

I would like you to write me about your progress if you'd like to. You can write to me at quantumwellness@charter.net I'll be your cheerleader, your listener......your partner in wellness.

There have been a few books which have made a lasting change in how I take care of myself. I'd like to share these books with you. I hope you find them as enlightening and helpful as I did!

Let's get started!

First, let's look at some books about nutrition.

Dr Joel Fuhrman has written an excellent book regarding nutrition.
"Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss"
This book is especially good for folks with auto-immune disorders!
You can buy it here: http://tinyurl.com/h4lxo

Stephen Nugent, PhD has written an excellent book, "The Missing Nutrients". Do you think you eat well? Do you think you are getting all the nutrients your body needs to function optimally? Read this easily understood book to discover what your diet is missing. This is a not-to-be missed book. Get it today for the health of both you and your family.
You can buy it here: http://tinyurl.com/ogw9h

Mark Hyman and Mark Liponis, both doctors, have written an excellent book I think everyone should read!
"Ultraprevention: The 6 Week Plan That Will Make You Healthy For Life"
Lots of good info in this book! This is a life-changing awesome book with an emphasis on prevention of health problems.
You can buy it here: http://tinyurl.com/ecfxp

Next post we'll talk about exercise! But you don't have to wait till then. If it's ok with your physician, why not start today to incorporate more exercise into your life. You can do it in small increments. Park farther away from the store when you go shopping, don't use the automatic doors at the store, (use the door which requires you to expend a little energy), take a walk at lunch-time or before you go to work, take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you give it some thought, I am sure you can come up with more small opportunities for exercise in your daily life.

OK, these books will get you started! Read them and go get some REAL food!
Think how GOOD you will feel knowing how much better you are taking care of yourself!

Until next post.......Happy Reading!!!!
and don't forget to let me know how you're doing!

Wishing you wellness and joy,

Pam Murphy,B.S.,RRT