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Ingredients: Recipe for a Healthy Lifestyle

Posted by Thomas Edwards on May 8, 2017 7:25 AM EDT
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Since we now know more clearly than ever, the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, I thought I'd share with the team my personal favorite "recipe".  After all, how and what we eat may be the single most important aspect of improving physical health....

...erego the metaphor of "favorite recipe".

Like most people who have learned to cook or bake well, there are some who are bona fide experts, "chefs" you might say.  There are others who spend a lot of time becoming pretty good at their avocation or craft.  But they don't make a lot of money from their cooking or baking or grilling skills.  Nonetheless, their skill and success at the task may be quite good-maybe even accomplished.

So, in that sense, I am very much like that very good preparer of foods that bring pleasure and treasure to a gathering, or even a simple quiet dinner, lunch or breakfast.  But my expertise may fall short of those who garner income, wealth or fame.

And there are many, many books, DVDs, websites, cookbooks, magazines and small notes scattered throughout homes all over the land on great recipes for a wonderful, memorable meal.

That said, what follows is my personal favorite recipe including the specific ingredients for living a healthier lifestyle:

1.  Motivation:  (Two parts) It is very important to have a personal desire to become healthier, either so one looks better physically, has more friends or simply enjoys their life more.

2.  Coach/Teacher:  (A pinch) It's valuable if you want to become very good at crafting a great meal, that you have someone who knows how to do it give you some basic direction-or very close hands-on direction if need be.

3.  Plan/written actions to take:  (A full cup) Few folks can consistently craft a great meal without having some sort of written instructions of the specific things needed to achieve the end results.  (Video may, but more cooks benefit from written instructions they can follow, refer to, check off etc.)

4.  Human support:  (Five tablespoons) A lot of great meals are prepared simply for the joy of doing so.  But most great culinary accomplishments involve having people you care about, and that care about you, encouraging the effort, giving feedback and talking to each other about the fine meal and maybe ways to make it even better.

5.  Reward/recognition/feedback:  (Three tablespoons) While many cooks who enjoy creating a wonderful meal for those they care about do it without much need for rewards or feedback.  Most actually cook and love to get the feedback and recognition that comes with it-important note:  money isn't the prime motivator here-it may help, but is mostly symbolic.

6.  Self-confidence: (A half-full glass)  Perhaps the most important ingredient of all, the thing that pulls all the other five ingredients together, perhaps benefits from those five ingredients as well.  If there is not self-confidence that something good will come out of the ingredients properly prepared and melded together and that confidence is not reinforced somehow in a meaningful way by people who matter, then continued great meals (and healthy lifestyles lived) will wilt (and I'm not talking about bibb lettuce here!).

BTW, I am certain that this recipe is a formula that applies to the other critical aspects of wellbeing and enjoying a better life:  physical activities, social connections, career success and community stewardship.

Let's get cookiin'!

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