Health and Your Inner Teacher

When you travel the halls of your memory, who do you remember as your most influential teachers? How did these teachers influence your life and change it for the better? Great teachers spark more than math, literature, or science in your life. They spark something else as well, something deeper and long-lasting that stays with you. As an individual living your life, you have another teacher you may not have touched on in your memory. That teacher is you! When you’re trying to get healthy and support your body and mind better, your inner teacher is key toward achieving what you want.

Health involves learning. You learn about your body and which lifestyle habits foster balanced health, versus which habits derail health. But you also learn something else. You learn about yourself as a person, how you face challenges, and which obstacles are blocking your road to health. The journey toward health involves more than regimens for diet, exercise, and sleep. The journey is unique to who you are and where you’re at in life too.

Bringing out your inner teacher to learn about your health isn’t always easy. Everyone wants to believe they are perfectly healthy, and sometimes facing the reality that your health needs more support can be challenging. It means admitting that you’re not perfect and that you still have more to learn. It takes knowing that supplements, medications, or doctor’s visits alone can’t keep you healthy. You as a person are an essential part of your health, and acknowledging this fact takes honesty and courage.

When you call forth your inner teacher in an open and honest way, you can explore your physical and mental-emotional health through a unique lens. You can ask yourself if there are societal and personal expectations that are burdening you and blocking your health. You can explore whether some part of your past unfairly has a hold on your health and who you are today. You can explore your relationships with yourself and other people to see whether they are supporting or hindering health. You can also notice how you manage stress and emotions and whether your current approach could use some adjustment for better health.

Good teachers both challenge you out of your comfort zone and patiently support you through the discomfort that can result. Getting healthier can feel strange and uncomfortable at times. The body and mind are used to doing what they always do—in other words, homeostasis or equilibrium. They will maintain states of health, but they also maintain states of unbalanced health. To get healthy, your inner teacher has to push you beyond comfortably unhealthy habits. On the other hand, your inner teacher also has to patiently help you through these potentially awkward transition periods and regularly remind you: “I can do this!”

What steps have you taken lately to bring out your inner teacher on the road to better health? If you feel that it’s been a while since you’ve listened to your inner teacher, that’s okay. He or she is always there and you can turn to that side of yourself when your health feels neglected or stuck. Remember to give your inner teacher the same respect that you would any other great teacher in your life.

As you head into the autumn season, a period of time that is infused with transition in the air around you, encourage your inner teacher by asking yourself the following questions:

1) What are current strengths in my health?

2) What are some weaker points of my health that require more attention and learning?

3) Without focusing too much on the past or the future, what steps can I take today toward better health?

4) What are my obstacles to health in the present moment?

5) How can I create space in my life for my inner teacher to express itself and help me with health?

As you ask yourself these questions, you’ll find that your body and mind naturally know which direction to go in—if you listen to them. By paying attention to your inner teacher, you’ll learn new things about your health and how better to support it. And you’ll enter your own hall of fame of great teachers.

Plan Your Grocery List for Better Health Options Because Food Matters

For anyone who is toying with the idea of finally taking control of his or her own health must start at the beginning: Plan your grocery list. That means replacing some of the food from the past, just gradually will do. It is fact that food labels don’t tell all, but become familiar with them and become aware of the culprits and certain ingredients to avoid. Along the way this becomes a learning curve, and over time you will know what to avoid. You will become a shopping detective with the best results ever: Better health!

What is stopping most of us? To measure success with money, luxury and fame, then you owe a big round of time, hard work and dedication to such a success. On the other hand, your earnings solely depend upon how much time you put in to your job or business. Indirectly, you get busier day by day. living mostly upon non-nutritive, fast made and ready-made foods. People develop several health issues only due to their irregular diet, non-nutritive food and inadequate amount of sleep. Most money earned being used and spent on health issues later.

So, it’s important that one must have a healthy grocery list to know what to bring home. This doesn’t mean a healthy grocery list is all nutritive only. You can have all the minerals, vitamins and food extracts through pills. Rather a healthy nutrition plan implies to organic foods, consisting almost of all types of body requirements in a certain proportion. It varies with age. You can’t consume as much as carbohydrates and proteins as a growing child can absorb. Children are in their growing phase and mostly physically active. If you are a matured human, than your body just needs those minerals and vitamins for the bodies metabolism.

Maintaining a healthy eating plan would keep you active, energetic, fit, cheerful, fresh and enthusiastic. You must focus on covering all types of fruits, vegetables, nuts and other sources of natural products. Fruits and vegetables have vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which help your body metabolism to stay in control. If you are unable to understand much of these nutritive terms, than you might consult a nutritionist. They go through your medical records and design a healthy eating plan for you meeting and avoiding all your body requirements. It’s not like that you need to take each type of food on daily basis. All you need to take care of is to cover all sorts of nutrients regularly. The best way to do this is by having a variety of foods.

The benefits of a healthy grocery list will help you lose weight, rejuvenate your energy level, make you feel fresh and energetic and better metabolism. It’s not mandatory that you will have to eat every type food daily. You may continue your regular diet and try something new organic food source sometime. For example, you might like to chew few groundnuts or cashews while watching a movie instead of grabbing a pizza or something.

A healthy grocery list must include fruits, protein enriched foods and milk. If the day starts with a heavy breakfast, like boiled eggs, milk, some cheese’s, fruits etc. this will give enough energy for the rest of the day. You need not to worry about lunch seriously. Just simple food will do. You should always keep in mind not to let your stomach stay empty for a long time. You might opt for 4-6 smaller meals a day to keep your stomach busy. In that way you wouldn’t be making overdoses with throat-full of foods.

The food situation is by far more serious than people realise. What you eat and how you construct your diet can make that difference whether you fall victim to chronic diseases and even cancer.

I made changes to my diet many years ago. I check carefully what I buy of the supermarket shelves. I take daily a natural supplement and exercise. I haven’t seen a doctor for over a decade. Age doesn’t matter. I still do things today I did ten or fifteen years ago and I’m over eighty years of age.

Eating healthy will let you live healthy, make no mistake, because food matters.

To Publish Or Not To Publish? Fame Is The Key

The publishing industry is in a mess.

I have just spent the last six months working with a well known literary agent who has been trying to sell my latest book to one of the big five publishing houses. I am a nationally known expert my field, have written 3 previous books and over 150 scientific publications, and maintain my own website and blog. I wrote a comprehensive marketing plan, as part of the 80 page book proposal, and committed $25,000 of my own money to pay for half of this. My agent loves the book, thinks it has great sales potential, and has really tried hard to sell it. But to no avail.

Why is this?

It’s simple. I am not famous enough. I don’t have a large enough public platform. I am not regularly on TV. While I am well known in my own field, I am not a celebrity in the public sense. I have never been on American Idol. I don’t do reality shows. I’m not a politician, a world class athlete, a news anchor or a sex goddess.

My agent’s advice was simple. Become famous. Market yourself online. Become a TV Doc, or work with one. Develop yourself as a ‘brand’ and increase your public platform. When you are famous, come back and I will resell your book proposal.

His message was that selling books nowadays is 90% marketing, and 10% writing. You have to have a good idea, of course, and it helps if you can write a bit, or find someone to do it for you, but the key to becoming a commercially successful author is fame. Look at Sarah Palin. Her second book in six months is being sold on the basis of her national platform. Who would have ever thought that she would be classified as a best selling author? But she is. My agent is right.

Publishers no longer spend much time on marketing, unless they are dealing with a famous (bankable) author. Most books fail to sell. Most publishers give up on a book if it hasn’t sold well within the first eight weeks. It is now the authors job to do the marketing as well as the writing. And with the number of books being sold each year in steep decline, as TV and the Internet take over our spare time, the situation is not surprising.

So now authors have this catch-22. You have to be famous before you write your book. No longer can you expect your book to make you famous. The cycle has shifted back a notch.

What a strange world we live in. I am going to try and be famous, so that I can publish my book, and become more famous. Does this make sense?