Saw this list on one of those natural doctor's websites. Though I think the first entry should be "Serve the Lord" and the secnond should be "Pray and Study His Word" I think it's a good list...

There are certain basic tenets of optimal health (and healthy weight) that have always remained permanent truths, regardless of what marvels modern science comes up with next:

  1. Eat a healthy diet that’s right for your nutritional type (paying very careful attention to keeping your insulin levels down)
  2. Drink plenty of clean water
  3. Manage your stress
  4. Exercise
  5. Sunlight
  6. Limit toxin exposure
  7. Consume healthy fat
  8. Eat plenty of raw food
  9. Optimize insulin and leptin levels
  10. Get plenty of sleep

My first thought was, "That's It? It's that Simple?" But then I really started thinking about it. I've been training for the Army Ten Miler (10-miler race) for two months (yes even during the 3-day fast) and haven't lost a drop of weight. I've also been heavy in real estate classes, so many of our meals have been the bagged or frozen "heat n eat" variety, and I've had to skip many means (yes, even between fasts) to get to class in time. So why did I not lose any weight? Could it possibly be the food? Before we moved to the DC area, everything we ate was from scratch. Now with approx 3-4 hours spent in the car commuting every day, our food quality has suffered and there's definately LITTLE time for "from scratch" meals.

I don't konw enough about toxins and leptins, but for the next month I'm going to try a few things, and I encourage all of you to join in with me:

My list:

  1. Eat a healthy-er diet)
  2. Drink plenty of water (at least 8 cups)
  3. Manage your stress (more prayer and Bible study helps me in this area)
  4. Exercise at least 30 min a day (my previous was at least 10 min a day)
  5. Sunlight (well, maybe on this one)
  6. Eat at least 1 cup of raw food (veggies) per day (think salad or baby carrots)
  7. Get plenty of sleep (go to bed after Peanut goes to bed)