I believe that each of us should have a “Health Strategy”.
We’re taught to plan for college, a successful career, a family and retirement; but very few of us were told that we should plan ahead if we want to be healthy as we age.
Creating a health strategy is about making a commitment. Whether your commitment is documented on paper, on a computer hard-drive, or in your head, when completed it will represent a plan of how you want to live your life from a nutritional and health perspective.
I’m not saying you have to write a lengthy, professional-quality document in order to stop eating carbohydrates. We’re not trying to reorganize Microsoft here. But we are talking about YOUR health and trying to improve your odds of a longer, healthier, disease-free life.
So let’s get started.
The steps required for a general Health Strategy are listed below, along with a brief explanation of each.
1. Identify your primary goal or vision. A Health Strategy has a long-term goal. As an example: “Upon reaching my planned age for retirement of 70 years old, I want my health to support my desire to continue playing golf each week, travel internationally once a year with my spouse, and the ability to be active with my children and grandchildren.
2. List current health issues that if not resolved, in the future will interfere with your primary goal. Any existing chronic condition should be identified such as migraine headaches, acid reflux, anxiety disorder, insomnia, fatigue, etc.
3. List family medical history to which you are genetically pre-disposed. This would include significant, hereditary health issues such as cancer, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s.
4. Take ownership of the behavior(s) that you need to change..Are you a food addict, addicted to carbohydrates, drink excessive amounts of caffeine, soda or alcohol, unable to find time to exercise? Be honest.
5. Identify the nutritional changes that need to occur to support the level of health you hope to achieve. This is where I come in. We will work together to identify the areas of your daily dietary habits that will not properly support your long-term goals.
6. Plan for self-sabotage. Prepare in advance for “falling off the wagon”, you’ll have a much better chance of preventing it if you know your weaknesses.
7. Set milestones and deadlines. Set milestones of where you want to be with your health status about every 5 years.
8. Identify expectations and goals. This is a long-term plan; a marathon not a sprint. Be reasonable with your expectations
9. Be grateful. After implementing your strategy and begin to experience improvements in your health, be grateful. Even a silent acknowledgement of gratitude does wonders for your internal body chemistry and long-term thinking.
By creating your personal Health Strategy, you are taking a monumental first-step toward a healthier future. Way to go!
Until next time, wishing you health and happiness!