October 10, 2015

Change or Die

I read an excellent book recently called Change or Die which begins with the shocking fact that only ONE of nine people are able to make the necessary lifestyle modifications when told they will die unless they break some bad habits. Dr. Raphael Levey, founder of the Global Medical Forum, an annual summit of health care leaders, says, “Eighty percent of the health care budget [is] consumed by five behavioral issues.” (italics mine) These are: smoking, eating too much of the wrong food, drinking alcohol, too much stress and not enough exercise. We Americans pride ourselves on our exceptionalism, yet the reasons we are dying earlier than necessary is because of lifestyle choices we have made for ourselves? Yep. Alan Deutschman, the author of Change […]
October 10, 2015

Habits!

Last year I read a lot of books about habits (The Power of Habit and This Year I Will… being two of them) and my philosophy on living a healthy life has changed. I used to think it was discipline and willpower that was the difference between someone who ate well and exercised regularly and someone who did not. Now I believe that life is a cumulation of habits, and that we have picked either habits that support our health or ones that do not. Gradually those stuck. We all have a bad habit or two that we can work on, no matter how many good things we do in our life (one of mine is eating late at night). The key to breaking bad […]