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Healthy Resolutions
January 07, 2006

Chances are your New Year's Resolutions included something related to health. Maybe you resolved to get more exercise, eat right, lose weight or make health more of a priority.

Whatever your health goals, I'm here to help you succeed with this year's resolution for better heath.

First, let me share some basic concepts for optimum health and longevity. These may seem obvious, but if you have a health problem, I can pretty much guarantee your not following these most basic of principles.

  • Eat a diet consisting primarily of whole grains, cooked fresh vegetables, and small amounts of animal protein.

  • Drink room temp water, not sodas, juices, milk, coffee, etc.

  • Exercise regularly

  • Don't overwork

  • Use temperance in sexual activity. More on this in future ezines.

  • Sleep regular hours (at least 8 hours per night)

  • Keep your mind clear of negative thought and stress (meditation is best)

  • Avoid stress and enjoy life (Stress destroys health faster than you may realize. Smile and laugh - it's good medicine.)

    There's many more principles, but there's no need to discuss them until you have the above ones working.

    Now, to help you keep your resolutions, here's a few things that work for my patients:

    1. Take it one step at a time. It's o.k. to start slowly. You'll have more success if you don't overwhelm yourself with changes.

    2. Replace bad behavior with good behavior. Instead of trying to "give up" coffee or soda, for example, replace it with herbal teas.

    Green tea is excellent for good health. Try "Oolong" if you want to lose weight or Chamomile to help you relax. Ginger tea is good for digestion or to fight a cold with chills (not fever).

    3. Remember, it takes 14 days for a behavior to become routine.

    Let's say you decide to exercise 3 days per week. Instead of trying to workout Mon. Wed. & Fri., begin by working out 7 days per week for 2 weeks to get used to the routine. If time is an issue, then do less on some days, but exercise every day.

    After the 14 days then you can taper down to 3 days per week if you want. You'll find that you are more likely to stay with the routine.

    4. Be a leader. Encourage others to join you in better health. It is easier with a friend by your side, but don't wait for others to be ready.

    It is your life, your health and you are in charge. If others get in your way, surround yourself with friends who have the same goals as you.

    5. Keep your health your #1 priority. As you start to feel healthier, it will get easier to make more changes.

    There will be a point when it seems effortless to make healthy choices. Stay the course and soon you'll be feeling great.

    Best of luck in your changes for the New Year.

    Dr. Bob

    Bob Dorris, D.O.M.
    Doctor of Oriental Medicine
    1430 N.W. 86th Terrace
    Pembroke Pines, Fl.

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