Creating Change: for a better life

Carolyn Guilford
Carolyn Guilford

The goal of this column and the goal of Health Restoration Consulting is to help to maximize your chances of living a longer, healthier life. Our programs are simple, comprehensive, well documented and easy to follow. A New Formula For Health Success!

Our choices of foods is the most important choice we make for our health. Therefore is the most important change to make for restoring and regaining health. Change can be hard. Or, change can be easy. It depends on the strength of your motivation.

Change is hard when we say ‘change is so hard’, because our minds can conger up thousands of reasons not to change, denial, that its not that bad, and fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of pain or some other loss like the loss of control.

I have noticed that change comes very easily for persons in a life threatening situation. When the doctor says to a patient ‘we’ve done all we can’, that person is motivated to change when I tell them and the family how we can turn it all around.

Changing pays great dividends no matter when we change, but sooner is always better than waiting until a dire diagnosis is received. Change can be easy, and healthy changes come jampacked with rewards. Here are a few tips to make change come easily, and to stay.

1. Why do you want to change? Setting out a reason to change is most important. You must be the reason for change, not for your daughter, son, parents or wife. But, because you are worth it, and your life is worth saving. You must be in the equation.

2. Establish a plan. With a plan the way is set out like a road map. Easy to follow and to build a routine around. The critical areas to consider include Food, Exercise, Water, Sunshine, Prayer, Meditation, Stress Management, and Sleep. Many chronic illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and many Cancers are preventable, with the right diet, exercise and lifestyle plan.

Start small — then build on your successes. Instead of promising to work out an hour a day, commit to 30 minutes of exercise, three days a week, for the next two weeks. When you do that, commit to another two weeks. Soon you’ll have established new habits that will carry you through.

3. Prepare for the test. What will you do when temptations come? Out to a dinner buffet? How will you exercise on task filled, or stress-filled days? Set out a strategy for situations that could threaten your goal, and create a plan to cope.

Deep Breathing works. When you’re gripped by a craving, ride it out by taking slow, deep breaths. This will help develop an awareness of the situation and give you the opportunity to choose before you jump. Mindful meditation is a wonderful way to manage cravings. It also helps to ease stress and help you identify your triggers for unhealthy habits.

4. Note: There will be setbacks. So go easy on yourself. If you slip up, give yourself a pep talk and get back on the bus.

There are obvious health benefits from not smoking, losing 20 pounds and walking 30 minutes a day in the sun, including but not limited to a reduction in stress, pain, and depression. But also you get a boost of energy you may have been lacking. Work it. These changes you make now can literally save your life.

And Remember, Health is Wealth.

If you want to change your health for the better, please call me, I want to help you. Additionally, if you have comments or questions about health issues we’ve covered in this column, call or write:

Carolyn Guilford

P.O. Box 2814, Savannah, GA 31402

912) 236-8987

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