The greatest wealth is health. ~Virgil
Virgil’s right! Think about it: what good is billionaire status if you’re struggling with your health?
Joe Cross is independently wealthy. He’s a venture capitalist who did so well that he doesn’t have to work anymore. He invests in purchasing businesses.
Yet he found himself struggling with obesity and autoimmune disease.
He decided to tackle his health problems head on.
Are you ready to invest in your most important resource: your health?
Feel The Pain
You’ve got to feel the pain.
You’ve got to acknowledge how terrible you feel when you see a picture of yourself. Or when you glance in the mirror.
I’m NOT talking about those of you who may struggle with serious eating or body image disorders.
I AM talking to those of us who know better. We’re the walking wounded. Especially us North Americans in the United States.
Diabetes, auto-immune disease, heart disease, shortness of breath, sluggishness, depression, anxiety.
All of these conditions are often linked to what we eat.
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Connect With The Pleasure
Take out your whiteboard.
Write down the pleasure of living with good health. I’ve thought of, and experienced, just a few of these:
- Mind Body Connection. The healthier I am, the sharper my mind is. The healthier I am, the better I feel emotionally. I can handle stress more easily.
- Self Confidence. When I’m healthy, I feel good about the way I look. When I feel good about the way I look, I think and act in more healthy ways.
- Character. As I discipline myself to eat in more healthy ways, I learn new self-control, and I grow in discipline and integrity.
- Energy. It’s been called the fuel of excellence.
- Wealth. As I think and feel healthy, I will be able to better offer value to others. The more value I add to others, the more I will earn in return.
- Longer Life with My Loved Ones. Some people brush good health aside. “I know of people who live until 100 years of age, and they smoke, drink, and eat whatever they want.” True, I suppose. But I would rather live to be 100 years of age while feeling great 🙂
What To NOT To Eat To Be Healthy
Eliminate the White Poisons
Would you like a simple and powerful change that you can make in your diet so that you will be absolutely amazed at how soon you get noticeable results? Develop the habit of eliminating the three white poisons from your diet: salt, flour, and sugar.
We tend to consume way more salt than necessary for our body, especially here in America. When you and I consume too much salt, our bodies compensate by retaining water to hold the salt in solution. Too much salt can contribute to such poor health conditions as high blood pressure, fatigue, poor digestion, sleeplessness, nervous twitches, and a general feeling of tiredness throughout the day.
This next poison is a painful one to write about, indeed. The average person does not even need extra of this poison for ideal health and functioning. Yet we Americans consume almost 120 pounds of extra sugar each year! And how much of that happens during the holidays?! I was speaking with a physician the other day, and she told me that when we start consuming more sugar, our body starts craving even more, to the point that it starts going through withdrawal cravings when we cut back on the sugar. This is starting to sound like sugar dependence!
The solution to dealing with the problem poison of sugar is to change our eating habits when it comes to the last poison, that is, flour. Unfortunately, much of our bread, pasta, and baked goods are made from flour that has been ‘refined’, which is another word for ‘bleached’, which is another word for “OF NO VALUE.”
Brian Tracy, in Million Dollar Habits, shared the following analogy. When we eat simple carbohydrates contained in refined, processed, and bleached flour, it is like throwing gasoline on a fire: it produces a short flare up, but does not continue burning. In order to produce a long, sustained, even burn of energy, we need to consume complex carbohydrates, such as brown rice, whole grain pasta, whole grained bread (think Natural Ovens, or Ezekiel Bread, both of which are found at Whole Foods), and every kind of colored fruits and vegetables.
Reduce or Eliminate Trans-Fats
These would French Fries and a diet high in fatty red meat.
What To Eat and Drink To Be Healthy
We need to drink way more water than we do. Start out with just one glass of water per day. Then make it two, until you get up to at least six eight ounce glasses of water each day.
Hands down, vegetables are the one thing I would tell you to radically increase in your diet. Unless you are a pure vegetarian, I doubt that you and I get enough vegetables in our daily diet.
These are great, too. Substitute ice cream and candy with fruit when you can. But remember that fruit has sugar too. Try to eat 40% fruit and 60% vegetables.
If you’re allergic to gluten, you’re avoiding wheat products. Look for breads and rice that are wild or brown, versus the white bread or white rice.
Lean Poultry and Fish
Fish is the best for you. But lean turkey and chicken will do as well. Wash thoroughly!
Fish Oil Pills
Go to your local health food store and buy a bottle of quality fish oil pills.
A multivitamin a day can help counteract any pesticides or free radicals that your healthy eating fail to cut.
Articles and Resources I Recommend
If you’re not yet sure about changing your health, watch Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead on Hulu free. This will jump-start you into health and fitness like no other movie I’ve seen.
Lose It is a website that will help you lose weight. But I’m mentioning this site because you can enter everything you eat, track your calories and nutrients, and get free reports about your food breakdown based on the United States governments guidelines for healthy eating.
The Healthy Eating Plate and the Healthy Eating Pyramid, from the Harvard School of Public Health has some helpful infographics.
The Vitamix. This blender has revolutionized my fruit and vegetable intake. I LOVE it! (Yes, this is an Amazon affiliate link 🙂 I bought my Vitamix shortly after watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. I’ve juiced before, but the problem is how long it takes for me to set up and clean up. With my Vitamix blender, I can prepare and clean my veggies and fruits in 5 minutes. I clean my Vitamix in 30 seconds by filling it halfway with water, adding a drop of soap, and running it! I’ve made green smoothies every day since!
Finally, whether you get a Vitamix or not, you can use your blender to make some great smoothies. I recommend Raw Family‘s great website and free iPhone app (look on their site). There are a series of tremendous videos that show how you can use the Vitamix to build your health.
When Your Health Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade
I hope Jim Cross, from the movie Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, inspires you to make lemonade out of lemons if you’re feeling down about your health.
It’s never too late to start choosing health. Use the above articles and resources to change your life. You can do it slowly, a bit at a time. Or you can go hog-wild and revamp your entire diet. Either way, I hope you’ll invest in your health! It’s one of the greatest forms of wealth.
What changes are you going to start making this week?