For the most part, traditional healthcare in our country is not organized to foster true overall health. We go to the doctor with our “problem” and we expect him or her to fix it. This kind of mindset implies that your doctor is in control of your health, not you. The fact is that two-thirds of our country’s healthcare costs are driven by our own poor lifestyle choices, according to a 2006 report from the Institute of Medicine.
It’s time that we all recognize that we are in the driver’s seat and take control of our own health. The book More Health, Less Care by Peter J. Weiss, MD, gives guidance and empowerment to help you take charge of your own health.
Here are a few key points:
Change your attitude. Become more aware of mindless behaviors such as always eating in front of the TV or thinking that just because the food is there it must be eaten. Unhealthy habits such as these have to be replaced by healthy habits, but you first must think before you act!
Take responsibility. Stop being the victim and start becoming an active participant in turning around your health. For many of us, it’s our own fault that we are in the shape we are in. Admit your faults, identify your problems and have the willingness to learn about your condition and what you can do about it. Be proactive and get a book or magazine that will inspire you or start training for a 5K.
Come up with a plan. We make business plans, house plans and travel plans. Make a plan for your health and outline how you are going to achieve your goals. Set goals that are realistic and measurable so you can see your success quickly.
Put together your team. One of the biggest keys to successful lifestyle change is having a good support network. People on your team can be your doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, health coach, nutritionist, personal trainer, your family and friends. Success in anything rarely happens alone.
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