Dr A's facebook post of today (cut and pasted): USE YOUR BEST BRAIN TO GUIDE YOUR HEALTH. Once your heart and soul are committed to health-promoting diet and lifestyle practices, you need to get your best brain involved. Your brain will strategize, plan, and monitor your activities. Also, you need to systematically replace (delete) negative self-talk with positive, affirming self-talk. Negative self-talk statements include: “That was stupid, Ji...m.”; “I eat like a pig.”; and “I am so… lazy.” Stop allowing those negative self-talk statements to depress you and drag you down. Replace the negative with positive statements like these: “Way to go, Jim.”; “I can select my food carefully and promote weight- and health management” “I enjoy the mental boost I get from regular exercise.” You need to meditate about your positive self-talk statements and write them down. Practice saying them aloud and silently. In The Simple Diet we give you more details. When you complement yourself your brain gets the same sort of buzz it does from a chocolate sundae (and your body does not have to deal with the calories!) “I can practice health-promoting self-talk and enjoy it!” Best, Jim
This was Dr. A's facebook post of 13 hours ago (cut and pasted). "INVEST YOUR SOUL IN YOUR HEALTH. Loving yourself with all your soul brings a deep sense of purpose to your activities. Examining your inner self and bedrock values brings a focus and sense of meaning to your pursuits. Meditate and pray about your values and how your spirituality leads you to plan your priorities. Discuss your values and priorities with a sensitive family member—who shares similar values—or a friend who can help you with your goals. We should practice the very best behaviors that we want to model for our children or other younger people that we influence. Clearly defined goals and a deep sense of purpose are essential for weight loss and health management. Blessings, Jim"
This was posted yesterday on The SD facebook by JIm (cut and pasted) Kind of appropriate for Sunday monring: "Dear Friends and Simple Diet-ers. Love yourself with all your heart. My research over the last 6 months has focused on meditation and health. Out of this study, and my prior obesity research, I have concluded that loving yourself with all your heart—your passion—is the most important principle for promoting health. Jesus teaches that we should love God, our neighbor and our self with all our hear...t, soul, mind and body (Mk 12:30,31). Loving ourselves with all our heart means having a deep passionate love that works for the best health etc. for ourselves. This means we have the same passionate desire and work for the best for ourselves as we do for our children, grandchildren and family. Paul adds that “our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and we should honor God with our body” (1 Cor 6:19,20). He also adds “whether you eat or drink, do everything for the glory of God.” We need to identify the activities that best promote our health and then use our passion for our health to motivate us to follow these disciplines. Blessings, Jim"
This is Dr. A's most recent Facebook post (copied and pasted) "The Simple Lifetime Diet is more than a diet. It is a life-long plan for loving yourself with all your heart, soul, mind and body. Our research shows that wellness and health result from four simple practices: nutritious eating (which accounts for more than 50% of good health results), physical fitness (about 20%), positive thinking and planning (about 15%), and meditation (about 15%). Nutritious... eating means eating a high-carbohydrate, high-fiber, low-fat diet rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables with protein from low fat dairy products, white meats and soy. Physical fitness includes cardiovascular activities, such as non-aerobic (e.g., walking) and aerobic exercises (e.g., biking or swimming); weight training for muscle strengthening; stretching activities; and balance activities (e.g. standing on one foot or walking heel to toe in a straight line like tight rope walking). Positive thinking and planning requires developing goals and plans that engage your whole heart and soul. Replacing negative self-talk with positive, affirming self-talk energizes your brain and body. Meditation means developing a discipline of 15 to 20 minutes of quiet time twice daily. Devotion and prayer practices are two ways to make meditation a part of your daily routine. More details on my blog-- see andersonsimplediet.com. Please post your comments and questions. Best, Jim"
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