Healthy Life Starts with You

Hey chef rich here from 1PL8 kitchen, where we cut through all the nonsense, and use our kitchens as our pharmacy and our food as our greatest medicine. There is a lot of power in food, and we are going to show you how to make it nutritious, delicious, fast and easy.

Today I want to share another key to making your health goals easier, and that is by being self-committed.

I have talked to so many people and hear the same excuses, and I use the word excuses on purpose. The definition of excuse is to release from obligation or responsibility.

I want you to hold yourself responsible, you already are committed to other things, like job, friends, family, and children.

Well that is different those are my responsibilities.

And I would argue your main responsibility is to yourself. Not taking care of yourself first, lessens your ability to take care of others.

This self-commitment does not mean we disregard everything and just become self-absorbed or selfish. It means we take time and develop our self-care checklist. This list of needs, not desires, must be met every day because of its importance. This cannot be a list that you spend time to develop then do not implement it or give it the effort it deserves. Your list is your lifeline, so it must be taken seriously.

The first item on your checklist should be getting enough sleep. According to the CDC insufficient sleep has been linked to the development and management of a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. That is a scary fact, that some of you may be able to identify with. But again, the good news is that the majority of these chronic illnesses are reversable. So how much is enough, on average we need about 7-9 hours of sleep for a normal healthy adult.

What we do not want right now is the excuse monster to raise its ugly head. The excuse monster is that voice inside offering hundreds of excuses to why you cannot get that much sleep.

Fight that monster and control it. Only you can hold yourself responsible for your life. It is hard and will challenge you, but it is not impossible, and I know you can do it.

Our next opportunity would be to develop a social care list, and this is not the cold, two faced side of social media. This is face to face real tangible friends. Its building relationships with people that genuinely care about you and your wellbeing. It can be lifelong friends or a person you just met at the store and hit it off. I can take my kids to the park and within 15 minutes they have met new friends. Why is it as we age our ability to say hello and make friends decreases? We have exchanged our face to face friendly interactions with cold, feelingless, swipes for pictures or people that may or may not be authentic. There is no electronic device that can do for you what a real friend can.

start slow once a month make plans to go to dinner, get a coffee, or just go for a walk with friends, you don’t have to spend money, and the benefit will be amazing.

The way we think and the information we allow in our mind is critical. We must be very exact of what we allow be entered. How we digest and process that information will also determine our mental well-being.

It is a simple thing to say but an exercise that you really have to work on. With the 24-hour social media bombardment and tv and radio it makes it exceedingly difficult to just unload mentally.

We must take time refocus our thoughts, stimulate our mind or just empty it and listen to the wind. It can be doing a puzzle, getting lost in a book, or just sitting in prayer. Any of these exercises will benefit you and you should choose which one you prefer, and then do it.

There is a major link between faith and overall well-being. If you know me, you know I have a very strong faith. My belief in God and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the foundation of who I am. My trust and love for him allows me to live a life that is not dominated by stress, fear or society.

It has created a heart in me that is empathetic, loving, and honest. It does not matter to me what your color, sexual preference, political side, or ideology.

My job here is to love all, not to judge others. This power allows me to not stress over things that I can’t control, gives me the strength to keep my mind clear, and the heart to serve others.

Thank you for listening and sharing your time with me.

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