Extra! Extra! Read All about It! I’ve Discovered the Panacea to Good Health!

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There is no panacea, magic pill, secret sauce, or one thing that can fix our health. Our bodies are made up of various systems that operate symbiotically at different levels, interrelated in complicated ways. So much that science tells us and yet so much that researchers still do not truly understand. So many ancient remedies that seem like old wives’ tales, and yet… at least anecdotally, a lot of them seem to work. So many people peddling their one secret Way. Just buy their book, take their master course, or sign up to be coached by them. And under the comments section, one can read just as many “thank you, this helped me so much” boxes as “this is a hoax and a waste of your money”.

What does that mean for those of us trying to find our way?

It means each of us has our own individual path, we must do our own research, we have to experiment on ourselves and try out different things, we need to rely on our own common sense and intuition to discover what can work for us. We need to develop persistence in doing routines that are good for us and resilience not to slide into bad habits that are detrimental to us.

We can only share our own experience and successes and not necessarily give advice to encourage others to take our paths. Our personalized, customized-for/us, and through-trial-and-error ways.

If I were to write a book after I reach my ultimate level of health and wellness because people want to know how I did it, it would be called “No, There is NO Magic Pill: Baby Steps to Physical and Mental Wellness”

Chapter 1: There is No Panacea

Chapter 2: Food, Exercise, Sleep, Thought, Feeling, Relationship

Chapter 3: Try What You Can Afford Versus Advice from Chinese Parents

Chapter 4: It’s All Related; Do Your Research

Chapter 5: You Start Where You Start

Chapter 6: Break the Vicious Cycle Somewhere

Chapter 7: Find Your Tribe; Do What You Love

Chapter 8: Reframe Your Perspective: Helpful or Harmful?

Chapter 9: Decide What You Want and Just Do It

Chapter 10: You Don’t Fail Until You Quit

I am incredibly proud of myself. Over the past few months, I have changed my relationship with food, established that an average of 10,000 steps daily is doable, and fit into some of my all time favourite clothing that I have not been able to wear in a long time (many years). One concrete measurement is weight… and I’m happy to say that I’m down 20 lbs from my high of 200+ lbs.

I will write that book once I’ve hit 150 lbs, can run a 10k, and am the picture of health both physically and mentally. Stay tuned!

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The Body Wants Something Good!

From time to time, I want to have a kale salad. A pre-packed, easy-to-put-together salad bought from the supermarket across the street. With the yummy poppy seed dressing. Tasty and no work for me.

For the next 24 hours after eating said salad, I seem to crave bad food a little less, there seems to be more of a bounce in my step, the stairs look more appealing than the escalators, ideas for work flow nonstop in the shower, calmer thoughts cross my mind when dealing with roadblocks, I’m less likely to be angry with my children, many things seem funny rather than annoying, the late night pizza commercials just seem bleh rather than overwhelmingly appealing, appreciation fills my heart when I look at my husband…

It’s just salad, but seriously, it’s as if my body goes: Oh wow, I’m feeling satiated and content, let’s do what we should be doing. This is the break in the cycle we need.  Do it again!

This morning I woke up and decided that I wanted to sit in the dark (cross legged, half lotus, back straight) and quiet my mind. After 10 minutes of deep breathing and letting thoughts come in and then leave my mind, I suddenly wanted to do all those warm up exercises that my Kung Fu teaching had us do at the beginning of class.  Then my core told me to do some sit ups and planks for a few minutes… Then the body wanted to be stretched out. After that, the best shower ever.  What a great way to start the morning!

One step at a time, baby, but oh so yay!