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13 Rituals to Change the Trajectory of Your Life

I am coming to see an individualís life as a trajectory. Over time what you think, choose and do is what you become. It is possible to see where you are headed years and even decades before you arrive there by looking closely at what you are doing today. In particular, the path your health follows is determined much less by your genes than your daily habits. Mundane as it seems, your day-to-day routine largely determines how healthy and happy you will be, how quickly you will age, what diseases you will or wonít get, and how long you will live. Here are 13 rituals to change the trajectory in your life.

I am coming to see an individualís life as a trajectory. Over time what you think, choose and do is what you become. It is possible to see where you are headed years and even decades before you arrive there by looking closely at what you are doing today. In particular, the path your health follows is determined much less by your genes than your daily habits. Mundane as it seems, your day-to-day routine largely determines how healthy and happy you will be, how quickly you will age, what diseases you will or wonít get, and how long you will live. Here are 13 rituals to change the trajectory in your life:

†1.††† Smile.† Think positive.† Be optimistic and enthusiastic. You will discover that if you love life, life will love you back.

2.†† Eat until you are only 80 percent full and then stop.† This is a tradition of the people of Okinawa, the society with the best longevity in the world.

3.†† Know your numbers.† Keep your blood pressure (under 130/85), cholesterol (under 180), weight (BMI 25 or less), and sugar (less than 100) levels in the optimal ranges.† Find a doctor you can relate to and trust and see him or her once a year.

4.†† Try to sleep 6 to 8.5 hours nightly.

5.†† Practice good oral hygiene: brush twice and floss once daily.

6.†† Exercise 30 to 60 minutes most or ideally all days of the week.

7.†† Limit television viewing to not more than two hours daily.† Choose shows that make you laugh, make you happy or enrich your life.† Watch TV only after you have gotten your exercise for the day.† Or kill two birds with one stone by lifting weights, working out on the treadmill, or doing yoga while viewing television.† Even making a meal, or folding laundry while you are watching is better than just sitting on the couch.††

8.†† Get out for at least 15 to 30 minutes of fresh air daily.

9.†† Try to spend at least a few minutes daily in quiet reflection, whether in the form of prayer, meditation, yoga, or relaxation†breathing, etc.

10.††Itís not all about you.† Connect with your community and your world. Feel the energy flow into your existence when you make a positive difference in the network of life around you.† The universal law of life is that you will only get what you give. If you want a long, vigorous life full of health, love and happiness, it helps to have a generous, caring attitude.†

11.††Eat fresh natural foods. Avoid processed foods, especially anything with hydrogenated polyunsaturated fats (trans fats), or high fructose corn syrup.† Include lean protein in your diet three times a day.† Consider adding whey protein powder, one scoop in water or skim milk for your morning protein source.†

12.†††Each day take three omega-3 (fish oil) capsules (okay to take them all at one meal) and a multivitamin.†

13.†††Give up tobacco permanently.† Nothing else has the power to improve your health and longevity like stopping smoking for good.† Quit making excuses.† It's only the nicotine addiction that is brainwashing your mind.† Once you have beaten this deadly habitScience Articles, you will look back and wonder why it took so long to break free of this ball and chain.†

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Dr. James OíKeefe is a practicing preventive cardiologist at Cardiovascular Consultants of the Saint Lukeís Mid-America Heart Institute located in Kansas City, MO.† He is actively involved with clinical research, has published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and is the lead author of several books including The Forever Young Diet & Lifestyle.



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