The holiday weekend has started. July 4th is a time for friends and family, fireworks, and food. You remember this day as the day our country declared independence from Great Britain, but have you declared our independence from the lifestyle that keeps you bound to less than optimal health?
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Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
You’re excited, you’re motivated, you’re seeing results with Pritikin living. Now, how do you stay motivated? Get tips from Pritikin’s psychologists and other lifestyle-change experts for developing a lifelong love affair with healthy living.
Visualization is a powerful tool and can help you lose weight, reduce stress, and enhance immunity. We think in words and images every day, and our thoughts lead to actions. If we harness the capacity of our minds for positive change, we are using one of the most powerful tools available to achieve lifestyle goals.
No, this isn’t one of those advertisements in the backs of magazines that makes you laugh at its crazy claims. More and more research demonstrates that stress causes aging at the cellular level and interferes with health, effective problem solving, memory, mood, and concentration. If you exercise your mind with a relaxation technique, you’re strengthening your physical, emotional, and mental functioning, and, you’ll feel calmer and more in control. No one is immune from stress. As a “Saturday Night Live” alum observes:
Every Pritikin guest has different challenges to master in order to achieve their weight, fitness, and health goals. What are your challenges? I ask every guest I coach this question during our first session. Whether the answer, is “making good choices in restaurants” or “exercising when I hate it”, the prescription for progress is the same.
If you find that you’re having trouble “getting with the program” or fatty, salty, sweet foods are calling your name too many times, and you’ve tried every trick you can think of, your next step is to make a strategic call, and say…
“Don’t tell me what to do!” If you smiled in recognition, thinking of your child or grandchild, think again! This dialogue is “self-talk,” the running commentary that buzzes around our own adult brains most of the day.
For Pritikin grads, your online membership is a wonderful addition to the tools you learned while a guest at Pritikin. When you leave the Center, you take your knowledge, successes, and enthusiasm with you, which bolsters your progress toward a healthier you at home. Yet, sometimes, you might feel your resolve wavering, and you don’t have the benefit of fellow guests and Pritikin staff applauding your victories, and motivating you when you’re feeling ambivalent. So what do you do? Log in and find out!.
If “ignorance is bliss,” then knowledge is even more blissful because it leads to lasting, positive behaviors rather than the temporary peace of self-deception.
What’s more, recent research suggests that positive behaviors like healthy eating and a physically active lifestyle can enhance not only our physical fitness but our mental fitness as well.
When you leave Pritikin, you are one of the fortunate few who know the facts on weight loss and good health. At first, this new knowledge, the progress you made during your stay here, and your enthusiasm will be enough to keep you on track despite temptations. But it’s not only the availability of unhealthy choices that can make the transition home difficult to maintain.
BE HONEST, but don’t fall into the trap of needing to be perfect! Take pen in hand, and write down everything you ate, including all the samples you tasted when you were cooking, or if you were lucky, just keeping the cook company while you sipped a nice Chardonnay.