Whether a sprint, a 100-meter dash or cross country, set a goal to start the race of a lifetime today! Reaching the finish line comes in different strides and strategies for each person. It’s challenging, and I think we can all agree that it will not be easy. Preparation will be one of your keys to success in the New Year for your healthy journey. Focus on behavior strategies for your personality and/or character. What works for you? When can you set aside time to prepare? What do you know about the foods and beverages you consume? Are you utilizing markets or neighborhood gardens in your communities or nearby? If you have a green thumb are you growing fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables?

The Relay Race

• Learn how to cook, living a healthy lifestyle means lots of cooking and less eating out
• No time to cook, use one off day and prepare for the whole week
• Build flavors in your food, it makes transitioning to different diets easier, nobody likes bland food
• Eat organic when possible
• Drink a gallon or more of spring water per day, preferably Crystal Geyser, Fiji, Mountain Valley, Starkey, not purified, tap or filtered water
• Be physically active for at least 15-30 minutes per day or exercise at least 3 times per week and include weight lifting
• Enjoy a daily intake of herbs because they naturally provide the body with minerals, this can be accomplished with teas or capsules
• Limit or eliminate canned foods, prepared or fast foods, as they contain unhealthy preservatives
• Ditch the microwave, use a toaster oven, conventional and/or convections oven or a food warmer for on the go meals (microwaves kill your nutrients and emits radiation)
• Eat more alkaline foods, an alkaline diet wards off disease while an acidic diet contributes to the onset of disease, Dr. Sebi’s Nutritional Guide
• Limit or eliminate a meat and seafood diet because they cause severe inflammation and destroys the integrity of your mucous membrane
• Limit or eliminate alcohol/beer/wine intake because fermented foods contribute to yeast build up and disrupt gut health
• Eat fruits with seeds only, no seed= genetically modified
• Cut out the whites: white flour, white sugar, white rice, white cow’s milk, use alternatives such as, chickpea/garbanzo, teff, spelt, coconut, kamut or rye flour; date sugar or agave nectar; wild rice, fonio or quinoa
• Limit or eliminate dairy products (milk, eggs, cheese) as they are acidic, dairy intake contributes to breast cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, digestive problems and mucous build up
• Try alternatives to cow’s milk (cow’s milk is for baby cows), such as hemp milk, coconut milk, walnut milk, brazil nut milk or hazelnut milk
• Eat whole grains such as, quinoa, amaranth, kamut, rye, spelt, wild rice, teff
• Use high smoke point oils for cooking such as, avocado oil or grapeseed oil
• Only use low smoke point oils for cold foods (salad, cold pastas) such as, olive oil or coconut oil
• Ditch table salt and pick up sea salt which naturally consists of Iodine (protector of thyroid health)
• Limit or eliminate sodas and juice, for example sugar is highly acidic and contributes to onset of disease, such as, diabetes and obesity
• Limit or eliminate processed foods, as they contain hybrid and genetically modified products, artificial flavoring, food coloring and contribute to chronic disease such as, obesity and especially colon cancer
• Limit or eliminate yeast and yeast products (breads, yogurt, beer, wine, alcohol) as they can trigger yeast growth and/or overgrowth and can weaken the immune system
• Limit or eliminate soy, soy is linked to the increase in estrogen, breast cancer, thyroid problems, dementia, stroke and prostate cancer
• Limit or eliminate wheat gluten, as it can cause gut health problems, inflammation and intestinal damage
• Use smaller plates; eat at a slower pace; use plates for snacks instead of eating out the package
• Use nutrition labels; heaviest ingredients are listed first
• Eat foods with ingredients you can pronounce

I know it’s a long list that is hard to digest! Remember what is at stake: obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke… When you gear up and approach the start line, know that there will be hurdles but don’t give up. Try one or a few behavior changes for at least 30 days. Evaluate your progress and any changes you notice or feel. Keep a daily log to visualize process and track changes. Then your old behaviors will be a thing of the past.

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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