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Making a Healthy Lifestyle Change – 6 Essential Steps

Making a healthy lifestyle change can be quite challenging, even if you have attempted to undertake such a change before. Many of us mortal humans have tried and failed on countless occasions to make these seemingly simple adjustments in our daily or weekly routines. The problem is that most of us have no idea what we are getting into when we make these commitments to ourselves. After all, how difficult could it be to set aside an extra thirty minutes a day to fit in some exercise or drink an additional 20 ounces of water per day? Are you lazy or do you just lack will power?

Chances are it’s none of the above. You can’t simply pass this one off as a character flaw. The more likely explanation is that your brain doesn’t work the way you thought it did. This is not a bad thing. It’s just something you need to be aware of. After all, you are going up against years of behavior and habit. An individual does not become overweight or arthritic or diabetic overnight. Maybe you should not expect to be able to change it all in a day or a week, or even a month. While you have within yourself the ability to make these changes, whether you actually take the actions necessary to bring about these changes is a matter of how well you know yourself. Here are six essential steps to learning more about what makes you tick and how to make a healthy lifestyle change.

1. Identify Your Priorities and Commitments

Have you ever considered the fact that your behaviors and habits are determined by your priorities? Doesn’t it make sense then that if you change your priorities your behavior will also change? The problem with this scenario is that changing your priorities is much more difficult than changing your behavior and attempting to do one without the other is rarely successful. If we focus on the behavior without determining the priorities, the behavior will always revert back.

The first thing to do is to identify your priorities. This is really a matter of making a list of what is important to you (e.g., family, work, health, etc.) and then organizing these things in order of importance. Typically, the things you spend the most time doing are the things that are most important to you. For instance, do you spend more time each week reading novels or watching T.V. than you do exercising or preparing healthy meals for yourself. At one time or another, most of us have probably claimed, “I simply do not have time to exercise” or “I can’t afford to eat that healthy”. These are not matters of time or money. They are matters of priorities. These priorities are not right or wrong, good or bad. They are just your priorities. So don’t fall into the self-judgment trap. That is a sure-fire way to fail at achieving your goal before you even begin to try.

At least now having done this little exercise, you are more aware of what your priorities have been then you were before. If this causes you to want to change your priorities, this is an important step toward making a healthy lifestyle change. Remember, if we can change the priorities the behavior will follow. But don’t make any changes until you consider the remaining steps and understand what is involved in this process.

People often say, “My problem is not priorities, it is lack of commitment.” So what’s the difference? Without getting into semantics, we come back to the real question: Are you spending the most time on the things that are most important to you? If you doubt that your behavior is not reflecting your priorities and instead feel that you simply lack commitment, then ask yourself why you think you are more committed to something that is not so important to you. Does that make sense?

2. Become Aware of Your Belief Systems

Now that you are more aware of your priorities, consider this. An individual’s priorities are determined by his belief system, and that belief system is based on past experiences and conscious choice. Here is an example. We have been told for years that eating eggs and butter will raise our cholesterol and lead to heart disease. We believed this because our doctors and the media told us it was so. From the moment we chose to believe it we changed our behavior and avoided eating eggs and butter. However, we are now being told that, based on current scientific research, dietary cholesterol from eggs and butter has very little, if any, impact on cholesterol levels in the blood, and that the bigger dietary culprits in elevated blood cholesterol levels are trans fats, refined sugars and processed carbohydrates.

The question of which studies or positions you will follow does not necessarily depend on which ones are correct. It depends more on which ones make the most sense to you — which ones you believe. This is often the most difficult concept to grasp because it goes against everything we have been taught with regard to nutrition and health. We have been taught to believe that there is a right way and a wrong way and these rules apply to everyone. I am sure you can think of many instances when you did something despite your knowledge that it was wrong.

Another way to look at this is to realize that the past does not equal the present or the future. If you look at the sources of your beliefs or behaviors, you will realize that most of them exist because of an experience you had or lesson you learned in the past. If you realize that this belief or behavior is holding you back today, you must ask yourself why you continue to believe or behave in this manner. This belief or behavior may have served you well then in that prior situation. But is it serving you well today? And do you think it will serve you well in the future?

The more aware you are of what you really believe in, the more likely you are to make the choices and behave in the manner that suits your best interests. If you want your lifestyle to change then you must be ready to change your self-image.

3. Create an Individualized Strategy

The standardized one-size-fits-all approach is ineffective and may even be hazardous to your health. We are all individuals and, as such, are as different on the inside as we are on the outside. As human beings, we are each biochemically and physiologically unique. This is precisely why no single diet or exercise program works for everyone. If there was such a program, we would all be on it and there wouldn’t be several completely different approaches represented on the New York Times best-sellers list every week.

Your goal should be to determine which method or approach will work best for you, not what has worked for someone else. This depends as much on your biochemical and physiological individuality as it does on your ability and willingness to adhere to a new exercise program or diet plan. It has been my experience that an individual will not make any such lifestyle change unless it feels right or makes sense to the individual. The largest institutions in the world – religions – are based on belief. If you practice any one particular religion you chose that religion because, based on all of the information available to you, it made the most sense to you or because it felt right in your heart. James Allen said: “As a man thinketh in his heart, so shall he be.”

Once you acknowledge and appreciate the need for an individualized strategy, how do you actually create one? I recommend you find a qualified professional within the area of expertise appropriate for your goal. If you want to focus on improving your eating habits, find a certified nutritional consultant. If you want to begin or change your exercise program, find a certified fitness trainer. If you need an overall lifestyle change, you may need a lifestyle coach or engage the services of more than one consultant. In any case, you should seek the guidance of a trained professional who will not simply give you a standardized or one-size-fits-all approach. You need someone who will take your health history and current lifestyle into consideration before helping you to develop a personalized approach.

4. Tap Into Your Desire/Motivation

Now that we know you will not likely take any actions that go against your belief system, what do you do about it? If your belief system is not giving you the results you desire, you must change your belief system. This is not an easy task. It requires a willingness and openness to change. Even if you seek the advice of a health professional, it may be that professional’s job to give you all of the information and guidance necessary to help you to change, but it is ultimately your responsibility to implement the change. You must have the desire to change.

Anyone who has ever quit smoking will tell you that they did not quit until they wanted to quit, until they had the desire to quit. Even when they acknowledged that smoking was bad for them or their friends and loved ones begged them to quit it was not enough. They had to reach a point where they wanted better health for themselves and acceptance from their friends and loved ones. They had to desire these things more than the pleasure they got from smoking. How badly do you want to change? What does it mean to you?

Yet another way to phrase this question is, “What is your WHY?” If you know your “Why”, you know your purpose and will always have that to refocus on whenever you become distracted or unmotivated.

5. Visualize Your Success

One of the powerful ways to ensure your success is to visualize a day in your life when you have attained your goal. Imagine yourself on a day sometime in the near future when you are healthier and happier because you have changed your lifestyle. Imagine that you have reached your ideal weight, or you are no longer ashamed of your body, or you have reached your desired level of strength, energy and endurance. Get a clear picture in your mind of yourself going about your new daily routine. Imagine it as if it was happening right at this moment. Check in with your senses. How does it feel? How does it smell? How does it look and sound? Enjoy the experience of a healthier lifestyle – of success. Was it worth the commitment you made to yourself? Are you happy? That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

Numerous studies have shown that visualization is an extremely effective tool that is used by professional athletes, celebrities, millionaires, and successful people in all walks of life. Perhaps it is so effective because it taps into the emotional aspect of your determination. Perhaps visualization is a way of implanting your success within your unconscious mind. Carl Jung said that our unconscious mind communicates with our conscious mind through pictures or images, not through words. Once you have created that picture in mind it is easy to bring it back up whenever you want or need to see it again. It serves as your motivation, your inspiration. If you can see something, then you can believe it and you can achieve it.

So find yourself a quiet place where you go without being distracted and get that picture of success in your mind. And then live every day as if you have already succeeded. This will change your attitude and it will change your life.

6. Make the Decision – Make the Commitment

Probably the most overlooked and most difficult step in making a change is making the decision to change. Everyone has within himself the power to change. While it is true that in light of the variety of circumstances and life situations in which we find ourselves it is more difficult for some people to change than it is for others, we all have the power to change. Many times, the difference between someone who succeeds and someone who does not is that the successful person made the decision to succeed. You can have the best of intentions and make all of the plans necessary to make a change, but until you actually decide to take action nothing will ever come of those intentions and plans.

An important thing to keep in mind concerning any life-changing decision is that it should be viewed as a commitment. A decision stated in language such as, “I think I can do that”, or “I’ll try to do this” is not really a decision at all. This is you thinking about making a decision. And if you have always viewed yourself as an “indecisive” person, remember what we discussed in step number 2 — the past does not equal the present or the future. If you want your lifestyle to change, then you must change your self-image. Get serious about your commitment to yourself. You can waiver all you want beforehand, but when you have finally made the decision, you must actually decide that you will attain your goal and nothing will stand in your way. It’s a matter of choice.

The magical thing about a true commitment is that once you actually make the decision, attaining your goal suddenly becomes a much more likely result. It’s what we all want, and we can have it if we really, truly want it. It’s a matter of choice.

Priorities… Commitment… Awareness of your belief system… An individualized strategy… And the desire to make it all happen. These are the keys to making a healthy lifestyle change, or any change for that matter. Just make the decision and watch it happen! It’s what we all want, and we can have it if we really, truly want it. It’s a matter of choice.

– Michael A. Sallustio is a Lifestyle Consultant and co-owner of The Lifestyle Center of Annapolis in Annapolis, Maryland. Michael is also certified as a Personal Fitness Trainer, Medical Exercise Specialist, and Nutritional Consultant.

Source by Michael Sallustio

Probiotic Super Strain That Is Essential For Effectively Dealing With Constipation

Billions of people in the world are facing the problem of constipation. This is due to the change in eating habits and lifestyle of people. Constipation is a common problem found to occur in many of us. The normal frequency of bowel movements varies considerably in constipation. It also makes you feel bloated. However, constipation can happen to anyone, but it is frequent in women and people over the age of 65.

The best cure for constipation is probiotics. Probiotics contain good bacteria which promote the health of your digestive system. There are different strains of bacteria found in different probiotics. The correct knowledge of your bacterial strain is very important, as every bacterium has its own properties for different body parts.

Choosing the best probiotic for constipation will depend on the type of bacteria used in your choice of probiotic, as research and studies have shown.

Research and studies at a major Midwestern university, suggests probiotics containing Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1, are the best probiotics for constipation, as they adapt well to the human body because of their human origin.

After the experiment was conducted, various conclusions were derived:

Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 was considered good because it is acid and bile resistant for intestinal survival. It helps to promote your digestive health and provides immunity to your system. It contributes in building the intestinal flora, which is the good bacteria culture.

The Study

A study was conducted to determine whether bowel health would be enhanced, using a multi species probiotic with DDS-1. This study was carried out in Midwestern University and prestigious health center (2010).

After 60 days of treatment, many cases which were tested with DDS1 showed significant improvement. The problems of abdominal health and bloating were cured. This study suggests that DDS-1 may help create a healthy balance of micro flora in the gastrointestinal tract.

Other generalizations

There were few other generalizations as per the study. When evaluated as a case study, DSS-1 improved the health of human epithelial cell lines

In animal research, DDS-1 supported the normal production of immune components. It was found to perform its therapeutic qualities better than three other strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus or Bfidobacterium bifidum.

With these studies it is believed, the best probiotics for constipation are those which contain DSS1 strain. After the study 'one patient who was suffering from constipation and who had undergone this experiment mentions: "I no longer consider taking a probiotic as part of my daily regimen without this strain!"

Source by Andy Croucher

SCD Probiotics – Essential Probiotics with 11 Live Strains, Survives Stomach Acid, Promotes Regularity, Liquid Probiotic Supplement for Men, Women, Kids and Toddlers – 16.3 fl oz, 30 day supply


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THE SCD ESSENTIAL PROBIOTICS DIFFERENCE Essential Probiotics combines state-of-the-art probiotic science with artisanal manufacturing. Based upon centuries old fermentation techniques, our probiotics are cultured in a mix of organic molasses and organic juice concentrates (blueberry, cherry, & pomegranate). This proprietary technology delivers a probiotic unmatched in type and activity. ADVANCED PROBIOTIC DELIVERY by Consortia Technology Essential Probiotics optimizes delivery of probiotic cultures through its advanced Consortia Technology – a unique method where multiple cultures are grown together as nature intended vs being raised as single cultures, freeze-dried, mixed and put in capsules. Usage: Adults and Children over 12: Take 1 Tbsp. daily; drink straight or simply add to your glass of water or juice. For more intensive use, increase to 3 Tbsp. daily. Children 2 to 12: Mix 1 tsp. with juice or smoothie daily. Ingredients: Liquid fermentation product of water, organic sugarcane molasses, organic juice concentrate (blueberry, cherry, pomegranate). Storage: Store in a cool, dark place. Keep lid tightly closed. Keep out of reach of children. No refrigeration needed. Restores micro flora balance, promotes regularity and supports healthy immune function† All natural, made without Genetically Modified Organisms Easier for your body to assimilate than dry pill- or capsule-packaged probiotics SCD Probiotics complies with the current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Guidelines enforced in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration. GMP guidelines provide a system of processes, procedures and documentation to assure the product produced has the identity, strength, composition, quality and purity that it is represented to possess.

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Marine Essentials Probiotic Supplement – “Essential Flora 7 Plus” 700mg Complete Probiotics for Women and Complete Probiotics for Men (30 Time Release Caps)


Price: $24.95
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9 LIVE PROBIOTIC STRAINS

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Drug Muggers: Which Medications Are Robbing Your Body of Essential Nutrients–and Natural Ways to Restore Them


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Unpleasant, uncomfortable, and unexplained side effects from medications? Drug Muggers is your side effect solution. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs help millions of people with devastating diseases and chronic conditions. But in the process, these medications can also deplete the body’s natural stores of vitamins, minerals, and hormones the very nutrients you need to keep energy levels high, stave off infections, and stay healthy. Pharmacist Suzy Cohen calls these medications “drug muggers”. She says it’s essential to replenish what a drug mugger steals from your body in order to feel your best and avoid possible side effects.