These 4 pieces of advice from the great masters have inspired me on my path to healing and helping others live happy, healthy lives. The wise sages keep the statement simple, but the message is very large. If you follow this wisdom, you will live to the best of your health potential and enjoy life more!
1. Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food – Hippocrates
Many of us have become to accustomed to eating with our tastebuds. We forget that food is an incredibly beneficial ally in our quest for health and longevity. Picture the soup a loved one brings you when you are sick, and you know that food really does have healing properties. Start making at least a dish a week from scratch using whole foods. Juicing is an easy way to work in the nutritious foods. Colorful fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants that protect you from disease. Nuts, seeds, beans, whole grains, high-quality lean meats: all are full of compounds that benefit your whole body. So bag the processed foods and instead eat more medicine! Trust me, it will taste so good, you won’t need any sugar to make the medicine go down.
2. Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. – Plato
Everyone knows that physical activity is good for you. Regular exercise can help promote physiological wellbeing, strengthen the immune system, maintain joint mobility, increase energy—the list goes on and on. The trick to fitting exercise in every day is to choose a fun fitness activity that you will actually want to do every day: try yoga, a dance class, hula-hoop, swim, or tai chi. Also, look for opportunities all through your day to add in physical activity. Power-walk, run, or ride your bike instead of driving. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Be safe and have fun!
3. The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly. – The Buddha
Regret and worry have a hugely negative impact on your health. In addition to meditation, a practice you can start to bring yourself back to the present is to take a silent retreat! Don’t worry, no need to take two weeks off of work, start with just ten minutes a week. Walk in silence in nature. Sit quietly in your bedroom or on your porch and just notice life around you. It will give you a much-needed break from work demands and obsessive planning for the future or past regrets.
4. Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. – Lao Tzu
This one pretty much speaks for itself! Take your first step now and watch the amazing results pile up.