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The New Health Rules


The New Health Rules

I’m a big fan of whole body wellness, the idea that we need to look holistically at our bodies and minds in order to thrive.   I’ve been really engaged with this idea and have come across a fantastic book that I wanted to share with you.

It’s called The New Health Rules by Frank Lipman and Danielle Claro and it’s about how to achieve whole body wellness.    When I first read the book I couldn’t believe how many of the principles I agreed with.   I’m such a big fan of making small changes over time that stay with you for the rest of your life, and this book does that beautifully.  To quote the book “This book is not meant to change you in a weekend.  It’s meant to map out the healthy habits you want to integrate deeply and forever…..There’s no rush.  Be patient, and enjoy the ride”.   I love that sentiment.

It’s also a brilliantly put together book.  It’s simple, concise and beautifully presented.  It’s something you can dip in and out of, and incorporate some of the principles into your life.

So here are a few of my favourite ‘rules’, taken from the book.

Fill the kitchen with real food

Meaning, the kind of stuff that grows in the ground, goes bad if not refrigerated, or has a limited shelf life.  Leave no space for unhealthy items.  Instead of worrying about food labels, buy fewer packaged foods.  And clear your pantry of anything containing high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners, which travel under the following names: aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, Equal, NutraSweet, Splenda and Sweet’N Low.

Look Up

Be present in your surroundings.  Looking up and out – and making eye contact with others – is a form of nourishment that the age of smart phones has seriously messed with.  See the sky, look at the ticket collector on the commuter train, take note of the people nearby when you’re eating lunch.   Instead of burying your face in your phone – which takes you out of the moment and often into a sort of junk-food-for-the-eye place- lift your head and be part of your environment.

Do something you love for 10 minutes a day

It’s incredibly powerful and healing.  We all think we don’t have time, but most of us can find it somewhere (maybe in the time we spend online – just a guess).  It doesn’t have to be a big deal: shoot hoops on the driveway.  Sketch something on the bus home. Blast music and dance around the living room.  Pick up an instrument and play three pieces. Do it on purpose, like taking a supplement.

This book is definitely worth buying and is such a well presented book that it makes a great present.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do, and it helps you make simple changes that help you eat well, feel good and live long.


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