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Making Health a Priority by Frederic Patenaude

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Making Health a Priority by Frederic Patenaude

What does it mean to “make health a priority?”

I often hear in different situations that health is the most important thing in life.

People often say, “Health is number one because, without it, nothing in life is fun or enjoyable.”

I think most people will agree that health should be a priority, but in reality, won’t live by this principle.

I say that because the people I often hear making that statement don’t make significant efforts in taking care of their health. Perhaps “making health a priority” means going to the doctor for checkups and hoping for the best.

When you look at the facts, we have to admit that health is rarely our priority.

Here are some examples:

Most smokers continue smoking even though it is destroying their health. The pain of quitting and the pleasure they get from smoking are more important than the distant thought of living a longer life.
The vast majority of people, when survey, think they eat a very healthy diet. But what’s on their plate and the results in their weight and health tells a different story.
Most people don’t exercise enough, even though they know it’s important for their long-term health. However, they find plenty of time for other activities such as watching TV.
I’m not saying that I’m perfect myself and that I expect anyone to be. But I think there’s a big difference between what we say and what we do.

We say health is the most important thing. But our actions show that we value other things more, such as pleasure, convenience, etc.

To stay healthy, we have to do a few things:

1) First, we have to believe that health should be a priority — above other considerations like money, leisure, and “trying to fit in.”

2) Second, we have to believe that we have the power to be healthy. That it’s not about “luck” or “genes” but the daily actions we take. Seeing the doctor on a regular basis is NOT prevention.

3) Finally, we have to make healthy a priority most of the time. It doesn’t need to be 100% of the time. But you have to find that sweet spot where the occasional indulgence is truly occasional — where you’re getting the results you want.

How to Make Health a Priority

Here are some practical ways to truly mean it when you say you will make health a priority. Those willing to go the extra mile will reap the rewards!

It won’t always be easy. But if you believe that health should be a priority and that you have the power to keep yourself healthy by your daily actions, then you’ll make it happen!

1. Not falling for the excuse “I don’t have time.”

I didn’t understand when people said that they ate Kraft Dinner because they “didn’t have the time.” It probably takes more time to cook Kraft Dinner than it does to open a can of organic beans, dice an avocado and add it to a salad, topped with seasonings or dressing.

Maybe you don’t always have time to shop. In this case, you should always keep a few foods that are both healthy and easy to fix for those time when you truly “don’t have the time.”

For example, I keep organic canned beans, pre-cooked rice or quinoa packages, and frozen vegetables, among other things, for those times.
At work and in my car, I keep Lara Bars, or nuts and dried fruits.
Think ahead! The problem is rarely a lack of time, but poor organization.

2. Find the time to exercise

Exercise is a different beast. It takes not only time but actual physical energy. And this is where most of us fall short. In reality, the problem is not time, but motivation. That’s why you have to find a program that you’re motivated about — and in this way everyone is different.

I realized that I did not do so well with self-motivation when it came to exercise. With food, I’m okay doing everything on my own. But with fitness, I need coaching. So I found an excellent gym that offers this service — with people that are very knowledgeable and that I trust. (This took some researching!).

You have to find an exercise routine that you enjoy and stick with it.
Don’t fall for the idea that “it’s too late to work out — I won’t fall asleep” — as research recently debunked that one. (Bottom line: we sleep better no matter when we exercise!).

3. Don’t keep unhealthy foods at home

There are times when I would eat something unhealthy if it were easily available. But I don’t keep anything unhealthy at home, so it makes it a lot more inconvenient to fall for a craving. Not keeping unhealthy foods in the house is one of the most important ways to make health a priority!

4. Spend on your health

It’s funny how much we say that health is a priority but how little we spend on health, such as organic food and fitness coaching. Most people consider hiring a fitness coach a luxury but consider cable TV or smartphones essential.

In Western countries and especially in America, we spend the smallest percentage of our salary on food compared to other nations in the world.
We spend more on health care than ever before — which should instead be called “disease care.”

I’m not implying that eating healthy is necessarily expensive. But it’s funny how people won’t buy a banana at an airport because it costs one dollar, however, won’t hesitate to spend $7 on a latte and a muffin (i.e. cake) at a coffee shop.

Be willing to invest in your health. If it’s truly a priority, then that means there should be a budget devoted to your self-care. Are there some areas where you could cut down on unnecessary items? Maybe fitness coaching or meal plans is what you need to take your health to the next level. If so, spending on this might make more sense than on vacation to Hawaii.

5. Learn to say “no” often!

I once heard a person who had successfully lost a lot of weight and maintained their success long-term say that the secret was “saying no.”
Saying “no thanks” to food at the office — like donuts brought in by co-workers.
Saying “no thanks” to seconds.
Saying “no thanks” to dessert.
Saying “no thanks” to that third glass of wine.
There are times when saying yes makes sense. But to get there, we have to learn to say no!

6. Creating Your Personal Rules

Making decisions is tiresome. It’s best to know in advance how you’re going to react in certain situations before those situations occur!
Have a strategy for what you’re going to order at a restaurant in such a situation.

Work out social problems in advance.

If you allow yourself some indulgences, like drinking, decide in advance how that will fit into your life. Perhaps you have a simple rule, like never drinking during the week, or a maximum number of drinks.

Create your rule and stick to them! This strategy puts you in full control of your destiny.

The secret to making your health a priority is no secret at all… Make it a priority!

Tim Ferriss, someone I rarely quote when it comes to health, says something I think is worth considering:

“If I sleep poorly and have an early morning meeting, I’ll cancel the meeting last-minute if needed and catch up on sleep. If I’ve missed a workout and have a con-call coming up in 30 minutes? Same. Late-night birthday party with a close friend? Not unless I can sleep in the next morning. In practice, strictly making health #1 has real social and business ramifications. That’s a price I’ve realized I MUST be fine paying, or I could lose weeks or months to sickness or fatigue. Making health #1 50% of the time doesn’t work. It’s absolute — all or nothing. If it’s #1 50% of the time, you’ll compromise precisely when it’s most important.”
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Tips on How to Avoid Gluten without Going Crazy by Herbal Papaya

Tips on How to Avoid Gluten without Going Crazy by Herbal Papaya

Gluten can be a hard thing to kick from your diet, read these quick tips to help you on your gluten-free journey!

More and more people these days are becoming intolerant to gluten, Celiacs, or simply avoiding gluten for their own dietary reasons. Gluten, however, can be a hard thing to kick, especially when you’ve been raised with having bread products with every meal.

Toast for breakfast – nope. Burger for lunch – no bun please. Garlic bread with your Italian dinner – so hard to resist. Believe us, we’re addicted to bagels and pizza just as much as the next person, so we can feel your pain.

As is usually the case when the consumer market changes so drastically as it has with gluten, the food producers have obliged with making progress in better and a greater variety of non-gluten products for everyone to enjoy.

There’s still a long way to go, but non-gluten products have at least come further than what they were when we were growing up – anyone else try rock-hard, flavorless, tiny sized gluten-free bread a decade ago?

Besides the greater presence of gluten-free products out there, there is a whole community now that supports the gluten-free diet. It can be overwhelming when you first cut out gluten, and now there are so many tips and articles to read to help you transition. There are a ton of foods out there that you may have never known had gluten in them until recently.

In an effort to help anyone who is currently gluten-free or who is looking to cut out more gluten from their diet, we wanted to put together a quick list of tips to follow to help avoid gluten without going crazy. We hope you get some use out of it!

Cook/bake your own food

The easiest way to avoid gluten is by cooking and baking your own food. You know exactly what is going into what you’re eating because you’re the one putting the ingredients into your food. If you’re extremely sensitive to gluten, this could be a good option to focus on.

And hey, you get to learn or improve on a new skill that makes new friends easily! And you get to show how yummy gluten-free food can be to your friends and family.

Bring snacks or toppings when going out to eat

Sometimes it can be hard eating out, especially if you’re a Celiac and you can get sick with even a trace of gluten.

To prevent this from happening, bring your own snacks and/or toppings when going out to eat. That way you won’t go hungry and you always have a back-up plan if you don’t see anything that would work for you to eat on the menu (or you don’t trust that there hasn’t been cross-contamination in the kitchen).

The same idea works for toppings – example: if you enjoy salads and love croutons – bring your own gluten-free version as a topping.

Check your medication

Check with your pharmacist about what is exactly in any medication you’re taking – surprisingly, a lot of medications contain the same protein that is in wheat, rye, and barley (as does a lot of mouthwash).

Gain a new perspective

Instead of moping around about the loss of enjoying your favorite wheat-based foods, celebrate the fact that this could be a wonderful new way to start implementing a healthier diet into your life.

Sure pizza may be a no-go for you now, but the fact that you can now eat healthy whole grains, like brown rice, corn, and quinoa will likely help improve your mood and your body will be strong and healthy. It only take a new perspective to change your thoughts about getting rid of gluten!

Be vigilant about reading labels

Even the products that you’ve used in the past can change their ingredients without notice, make sure to double check all ingredients on the packaged foods you buy at the grocery store to prevent doses of gluten from getting into your diet.

Popular packaged foods that usually include gluten can be pre-made broths, rice mixes, pasta sauces, and soy sauce, although there are many others out there too. Do your research, find trigger ingredient names that point to gluten (i.e. wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt, Kamut®, etc), and avoid those. Easy peasy.

Use gluten-free substitutes

Bummed that you can no longer eat your favorite pasta dish or have donuts for breakfast? Chances are there is now a gluten-free version of those food items! Almost every food that traditionally has gluten in it, now has gluten-free alternatives.

Sure, they may not taste exactly like your favorite gluten food, but at least it’s something, right? And, similar to how much dairy-free and vegan food alternatives have progressed (vegan cheese anyone? yum!), gluten-free alternatives are only getting better in terms of their tastiness.

This goes for when you’re cooking/baking your own food as well – there are plenty of options these days for cooking with gluten-free ingredients, even for cakes and pastries!

Remember foods that are naturally gluten-free

And remember, you don’t have to find alternatives for everything, there are plenty of foods that are gluten-free friendly out there.

Fresh fruit and veggies, quinoa, teff, amaranth, polenta, buckwheat, corn, millet, and tapioca are all gluten-free, start using them as the base of your meals and get rid of the bread at every meal mindset.

Yes, some alcoholic drinks have gluten, too

Beer drinker? You may be sad to remember that beer is often times made from malted barley or wheat. There are more breweries these days that are offering at least one gluten-free beer to their customers, but there’s still a long way to go in the beer industry for the gluten intolerant.

If you don’t want to give up alcohol completely, there are plenty of alternative routes you can take while still avoiding gluten. These generally include cider, wine, sherry, spirits, port, and liqueurs.

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