Health is a key element to success and there's no point in pursuing a wealth creation journey if you neglect your health along the way.
Naturally you can afford to pamper yourself a little more when you have better cash flow, but there are several simple things you can do right now to ensure you arrive at your financial destination looking and feeling great.
There are two important reasons for maintaining your health as you work towards financial freedom:
You need your wits about you. A healthy body will enable your brain to function at a higher level, allowing you to absorb new information easily, as well as to retain and recall it. And you need a clear head to make those key decisions that will take you where you want to go. It's a major handicap to be battling foggy thinking when you're dealing with such a life-altering goal as wealth creation.
Secondly, you will need a vast reserve of energy to pursue any comprehensive wealth creation program, whether it focuses on business, real estate or the stock market. You need to stay alert for opportunities, and be flexible when you make mistakes so that you can either correct them or choose another alternative. And you need energy to put in the initial hours required to get some momentum happening.
Here are some basic activities that will improve or maintain your health without requiring too much time. Most of us know these things but we sometimes need a little push to remind us to actually do them.
The 10 Step Bare Minimum Health Maintenance Program
Take a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement.
Eat clean, live, and nourishing food.
Detoxify your body regularly.
Drink clean water.
Breathe fresh air.
Exercise your body.
Go for a walk.
Detoxify your environment.
Laugh every day.
Here's the plan in more detail:
Take a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement with breakfast.
Many nutritionists maintain that the soils in most regions on earth are so depleted of minerals that our plants contain very little. If follows that most people on the planet are mineral deficient, which can lead to a host of life threatening conditions over time.
Dr Joel Wallach, author of Dead Doctors Don't Lie, claims to have discovered one of the best sources of plant derived minerals on the planet and offers his products via a network marketing structure.
Eat clean, live, and nourishing food.
Nature provides us with food in the form of fruits, vegetables, grains and herbs. Whether we choose to supplement those food sources by eating animal products is a personal choice.
It seems that the more we move away from what Nature provides and reply on secondary food sources, the sicker we become. While the healthiest people on earth – the Hunzakut, the Vilcabamba and Titicaca Indians, and the rural Russian Georgians and their neighbors – may not be true vegetarians, their diets are not built around meat, eggs and dairy but rather include them as secondary sources of nourishment. And until recently they knew nothing of processed foods and Western medicine.
If you've looked into health and diet on any level, you'll have no doubt discovered that for every positive argument in favor of a particular diet, there is an equally vehement opposing one. Each of us must decide for ourselves what makes sense to us and what we're willing to experiment with.
Books on diet and health that we've enjoyed reading over the years include:
Rather than eating three heavy meals per day, many nutritionists suggest experimenting with 5-6 smaller meals staggered throughout the day. One way to do this is to eat additional small meals at mid-morning and mid-afternoon. You might also consider taking an HCL tablet or digestive enzymes to ensure your food is adequately digested.
If you live alone or don't have anyone to cook your meals, one timesaving strategy is to prepare your foods once a day so you can put together a meal quickly. Lettuce can be broken apart, washed and stored in a container for salads, along with tomatoes, cucumbers, and other vegetables used for the same purpose. Vegetables for cooking can be peeled and/or chopped at night while you're watching a video. Keep fruits on hand for convenient snacks.
Many cultures have varying customs when it comes to eating patterns. In Switzerland, lunch is often the heaviest meal of the day while dinner consists of light fare. In contrast, within many Latin countries dinner occurs late in the day following the afternoon siesta, and is usually an elaborate affair. Italy is the home of the Slow Food movement, which seeks to counteract the rise of the fast food industry, emphasizing meals that last hours and include several courses, peppered by lively conversation. It's a great custom to indulge in at least once a week with people whose company you enjoy.
The notion of detoxifying the body is ancient and is a part of all forms of natural disease reversal. Some people take time off to do this once a year (over a 1-2 week period), others schedule a detox week twice a year, while the more zealous do it quarterly. One simple method is to take one day each weekend (usually Sunday) and eat nothing but fruits and juices, followed by a salad for dinner.
There are several ways to detoxify the body. From the most difficult to the easiest they include:
Fasting (water only)
Mono fruit diet (e.g., 3 days of raw apples)
Raw Food Diet
Enemas or colonics
Any good health food store will offer a variety of books on this subject. You might want to consult with a naturopath or holistic doctor before setting out on a cleansing program. For someone in an unhealthy condition, a too rapid detoxification can lead to drastic symptoms.
Drink clean water.
The simplest method is to drink eight glasses of spring, filtered or rain water per day. One way to keep track is to place eight colored stones on your desk or workbench, then move them one by one to an opposite corner every time you drink a glass.
Some experts disagree with drinking what they feel is excessive water, so they offer the following alternatives:
Eat lots of water-bearing fruits and vegetables
Drink freshly squeezed fruit juices
Breathe fresh air
There are many breathing systems to choose from, including:
Breath of Life
Choose one you enjoy and practice it for a few minutes each day, either first thing in the morning or last thing at night. You may want to take an oxygen supplement as well.
Exercise your body
You may choose to do 15-30 minutes of yoga, Pilates, weight lifting or some form of aerobic exercise three times per week. Or you can experiment with the five Tibetan rites outlined in Peter Kelder's book, Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth, which claims to rejuvenate your body and take years off your appearance.
Walking is the easiest exercise to do. Do 20-30 minutes three times a week to clear your brain, stimulate your circulation and exercise the lower body. Add some leg and/or wrist weights to enhance the benefits.
You can also use some of your walking time to listen to tapes or CDs on your Walkman.
There is an incredible array of relaxation tapes available both online and offline. Choose someone with a soothing voice and evocative delivery, such as Tad James and Brandon Bays. Listen to soothing music by Kirtana. Sample the various sound therapy products by Patricia Joudry, Holosync and Robert Monroe.
Disclaimer: This site is purely educational and we make no claims or guarantees with regard to the information presented. Please consult a certified NLP practitioner for individual coaching in the use of NLP techniques. We strongly advise consulting a financial industry professional before embarking on a wealth creation journey.