Since today is the kick-off for the six week holiday challenge, I've asked physician and newly appointed Dean of the Nutritional Education Institute, Dr. Jay Benson, to share a few thoughts with us. Dr. Benson is well versed in modern, high-tech medicine and the nutritional and natural methods utilized by Dr. Fuhrman, and sees the majority of patients at Dr. Fuhrman’s office in Flemington. He also works side-by-side with Dr. Fuhrman on nutritional research, gives lectures, and answers questions on Dr. Fuhrman’s Ask the Doctor forums. Welcome to Disease Proof, Dr. Benson.
On your mark…get set…go! The six week holiday challenge officially begins right now!
You've made the commitment to eat for health over the holidays, so what do you do next? Do you hope that everything goes well and wish that the external forces that control your life push you in the right direction? No, no, no. Remember, YOU are in charge of you and your future, and your health destiny is in your hands. Now that that has been said, this is what are you going to do now……plan and prepare.
As a boy scout, I was required to repeat the boy-scout motto, “Be prepared,” in scout meetings. This motto was chosen for a good reason. It reminded me that my preparations and planning may mean the difference between surviving or not; whether that be deep in the woods, or in the middle of a big city.
The environments that you will be in may bring all types of challenges and dangers, but these can be averted with careful planning and preparation.
So let’s get to planning:
- Decide exactly what you will eat and when so that you won’t have a choice later. You are more likely to do something consistently if you decide and prepare to do it well in advance. If you wait and see what will happen, hoping that you will not fail, then you are sure to fail. Make it easier on yourself by planning each meal carefully and completely; and then stick to your plans, no matter what.
- Get out the healthy recipes that you enjoy the most. Try new recipes and ask your nutritarian friends for their suggestions. Make sure to keep your refrigerator well stocked at all times with freshly cleaned vegetables, fruits, and cooked beans for quick meals. [If you are traveling by car, keep a cooler filled with healthy foods at all times. If you are flying, make it a priority to get to a grocery store upon arrival to stock up.] Be prepared, at all times, in all situations.
- Make a detailed grocery list twice every week and only include foods that are part of your planned meals. By having an inflexible list you will be less likely to succumb to the rampant advertising of unhealthy junk food in the stores.
You can rise above the noise of holiday temptations with careful planning and preparedness; and you will come away with earning great health! Here's to excellent health for all this holiday season!
traditional Thanksgiving meal image credit: flickr: carbonNYC