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Fri04182014

Opinion

Start your journey to healing with ‘baby steps’

Chef Timothy
 
 Dr. Timothy Moore

Now that a new year has begun, it’s time to make some tough decisions to improve your health. Last year I put emphasis on eating more fruit and vegetables and making the necessary lifestyle changes to bring your body up to its optimum level. The message, of course, has not changed.

Last year I penned 52 columns with helpful information and suggestions that were designed to make your life a little better. This year I hope to do the same thing with a goal in mind to assist you in any way I can as you journey to health and wellness.

You may ask, “How do I begin my journey?” I’m glad you asked. Start with small baby steps, and then when you’re strong enough, take the giant leap, as you become accustomed to eating the right food and making strides in changing your lifestyle.

Information is the key to reaching your goal. Search for the information that will help you make a conscious decision to right what’s wrong with your health. The Internet is a good place to start. However, it lacks a couple of things: It cannot provide basic support or any type of feedback.

Since we live in an information society, most of us have to be guided or shown how to proceed forward in our quest for value-added information. The most common mistake that most people make is to rely on faulty information and other people’s opinions.

I’m sure most people mean well when they offer advice, but my advice would be to seek an expert opinion. Getting the right information will take you farther along on your journey to good health. If you’re thinking about making a lifestyle change, why not start now? Start charting your course so you’ll reach your goal.

If it’s a partner you need, go ahead and partner with him or her to help you reach your goal. You’ll be surprised when you’re able to conquer the problems of an unhealthy diet, ill health and over-eating. There will be some ups and downs, of course, and you’ll experience some good and bad days.

If you fail, don’t fret. Try it again. All you need is the motivation to succeed, even if it means a cheer or a pat on the back. There is nothing like a little encouragement. I need some myself. It helps me as I strive to do better in life. And I’m encouraged when I’m able to encourage you to do better.

Sometimes change isn’t evident until we look in the mirror. You should be the first to notice you. Do you like what you see? Is the image in the mirror not as desirable as you’d want? Do you cringe when you look at yourself in the flesh? You can do something about it, you know. Change your diet, change your lifestyle, and exercise.

Making small changes first is best if you’re trying to make over your life. What you see in the mirror may require more work, but do it in incremental steps. Just imagine what you looked like before you mistreated your body. Now I’m well aware that most of us won’t be able to return to those days when we were slim, trimmed, toned and buffed. But it wouldn’t hurt to try.

If you’re taking medication, you’ll be surprised when the dosage is lowered as you continue to eat healthy and exercise. You’d surely lose weight, control diabetes, reduce your cholesterol and rid your body of dangerous toxins – even debilitating diseases.

Whatever ails you can be controlled or totally eradicated. It’s a time to heal. If you’re trying to lose weight, there are so many weight-loss programs being advertised on television. Some of them are misleading and misguided. If you eat healthy and exercise, you won’t need them anyway.

If you think you won’t have the time or the energy to make the necessary lifestyle changes so you can live a wholesome life, you’ll be making a big mistake. You can do it one step at a time, but never concede to a sedentary lifestyle. It’s unhealthy.

Just do what is healthy for you – and live.

(Dr. Timothy Moore teaches nutrition, heart disease and diabetes reversal through a plant-based lifestyle. He is a professional speaker, wellness coach and personal plant-based chef. He can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit him on the Web at http://www.cheftimothymoore.com or www.twitter.com/cheftimmoore; or text him at 33938 message Chef.)

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