Infographic: 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy
Defy convention. – Do the healthy thing, even when it’s challenging, inconvenient or considered weird.
Buck trends. – Just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s smart or good for you.
Rage against the machine. – Use your healthy frustration about the unhealthy status quo to spark creativity and determination.
Celebrate what’s good. – Give yourself a pat on the back every time you make your health a priority.
Repossess your health. – Reclaim responsibility for your well-being.
Redefine your role. – You are not a healthcare consumer. You are a human being.
Practice medicine without a license. – Research your own conditions and treatment alternatives, ask questions, and seek second opinions with impunity.
Minimize symptom suppression. – Make whole-person vitality, well-being and resilience your goal.
Safeguard your juju. – Don’t let yourself get run down, depressed, negative or reactive.
See the bigger picture. – Your well-being also affects everyone and everything around you.
Be part of the solution. – It’s going to take a lot of strong, clear-headed, high-vitality people to solve the world’s problems.
Go at your own pace. – Start where you are. Choose sensible, sustainable shifts over instant cures and quick fixes.
Be proactive. – Rest. Refuel. Reconnect. Rebuild your immunity and vitality.
Leverage your big whys. – Know the specific reasons your health matters to you.
Raise your sights. – Don’t play compare the bodies. Fulfill your best-self vision.
Learn the skills. – Healthy, fit people have learned how to be healthy.
Reap the rewards. – Look and feel better. Also think better, smell better, give better, love better, live better, be better.
Focus on the fundamentals. – Drink water, eat good food, move, rest, relax, connect.
Fake it till you make it. – As often as you can, act as if your commitment were unwavering.
Aim for 85%. – You don’t have to make 100% healthy choices all the time.
Keep your body clean, inside and out. – Avoid artificial flavors, preservatives, colors, fragrances, and other toxic ingredients.
Brush and floss. – Your teeth and gums are a determining factor in your well-being.
Eat fresh. – Trade dead, packaged goods for foods that are fresh, alive and full of high-vibe goodness.
Eat more plants. – There’s a long list of phytonutrients and other good stuff in vegetables, fruits and legumes that you can’t get any other way.
Don’t fall for fakery. – Processed, fake, diet and imitation ingredients burden and inflame your body, contributing to chronic disease.
Learn to cook. – Get a dozen healthy, whole-food recipes under your belt.
Have breakfast. – A good breakfast wards off energy dips, brain fog and afternoon cravings.
Watch your reactions. – 40% of U.S. adults have an intolerance to gluten; 70% to dairy. Know if you’re one of them.
Beware the USDA Food Pyramid. – Fill 2/3 of your plate with an array of vegetables, add in some other whole foods you enjoy, and don’t let the Pyramid’s propaganda confuse you.
Approach ADA guidelines with a healthy dose of doubt. – Their pro-processed-food advice is often colored, and their calorie-counting obsessions are profoundly counterproductive.
Go easy on the sugar and flour. – More than any other culprit, they fuel inflammation, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and cancer.
Savor what you eat. – Take your time and consciously enjoy every single bite. Notice as your hunger diminishes.
Care where food comes from. – Know your food’s history, and you’ll want to consume more selectively.
Go for quality, not quantity. – An ounce of wonderful is far better than a whole mess of mediocrity.
Move it out. – A healthy person poops every day. Twice a day, maybe more.
Read labels. – Avoid foods with enriched wheat flour, sugar and oil. Also avoid foods with long lists of ingredients you don’t recognize.
Ignore labels. – The very best foods in the produce department have precisely one ingredient and, often, no labels at all.
Say no to soda. – Soft drinks stimulate a pro-inflammatory insulin response, trigger cravings, acidify the body, decay your teeth, and leach minerals out of your bones.
Ask for what you want. – Being picky about what you put in your body is nothing to be ashamed of.
Drink a lot of water. – The health of every cell and synapse depends on it.
Filter your water. – You’ll drink more when it tastes pure and you know it’s clean.
Love what you’ve got. – Treat your body with respect and appreciation.
Redefine your goals. – If you’ve been trying to lose weight and struggling, make it your goal to get superbly healthy and fit instead.
Beware artificial hungers. – Stress and anxiety both masquerade as hunger. Find better ways of dealing with them or warding them off.
Identify real hungers. – You can’t eat or spend your way out of loneliness, fear, boredom or lack of meaning.
Be human. – Cut yourself a little slack now and then, and forgive yourself your unhealthy trespasses.
Make being healthy easier. – Do everything in your power to make healthy choices automatic and to keep unhealthy temptations out of range.
Don’t believe the hype. – Most miraculous weight-loss schemes do more harm than good, and yo-yo dieting is a recipe for weight gain.
Look beyond unrealistic role models. – Find your inspiration in people whose lives and goals have some relevance to your own.
Question authority. – Big organizations like the FDA, USDA, AHA, AMA and ADA all struggle under real limitations and conflicts of interest.
Face the facts. – Your body is a mirror: It reflects your choices, your priorities, your habits, your attitudes and your quality of life.
Maintain a morning practice. – Take a few minutes each sunup to set your intentions, take a few breaths, read an inspiring passage and start the day on your own terms.
Move your body. – Movement nourishes your body, clears toxins, and reduces the inflammation that breeds illness and irritation.
Reframe exercise as a privilege. – You don’t have to exercise. You get to exercise.
Break a sweat. – The more often, the better. Sweat is weakness, complacency and toxicity leaving the body.
Stay strong. – Don’t let age, pains, or lack of time be your excuses for abandoning your strength.
Maximize your mitochondria. – Every time you exercise, you upgrade your body’s energy-and-vitality factories and build your metabolism.
Find your fitness edge. – Bursts of high-intensity exercise trigger dramatic changes and help catalyze the body’s healing response.
Get past body envy. – Release supermodel and celebrity obsessions.
Embrace meditation. – Even a few minutes of meditation can trigger positive transformations in your biochemistry, neurology, and DNA.
Study your systems. – Learn how your body works, and respect its genius.
Get to the bottom of your symptoms. – Body trouble? Find the source. Root out the cause. Don’t settle for a drug.
Self-medicate with caution. – Be honest about how you’re using alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, pain killers, and other drugs to simulate well-being or cover discomfort.
Abandon victim thinking. – Poor me doesn’t get you anywhere you want to go.
Sleep well. – Prioritize ample sleep time as the health essential it is.
Breathe deep. – In for four, out for five. Breathing keeps you alive.
Get off your butt. – Get up, stretch, walk around. Do some deep knee bends or go climb a couple flights of stairs.
Slow down. – Find moments of silence and contemplation where you can just be. Create margins of sanity.
Connect with community. – Joining a group, if you haven’t already, can reduce your risk of dying this year by half.
Heal your relationships. – Mend fences, build bridges, forgive trespasses, grieve losses and let toxic grudges go. Then move on.
Get outside. – You need sunshine, fresh air and time in nature. Daily.
Respect your environment. – Human health depends upon the health of interconnected ecosystems. Respect that reality.
Embrace play. – Fun, novelty, humor, and joy are sources of energy, strength, and inspiration.
Consume media wisely. – Don’t watch, read or listen to stuff that demoralizes or immobilizes you, incites craziness, or insults your intelligence.
Be your own biggest fan. – Don’t bad-talk your body, nitpick your appearance, or kvetch about your weight. Love yourself just the way you are.
Turn off the TV. – How much of your life are you willing to hand over to a box?
Eliminate tolerations. – Notice and resolve daily annoyances. This helps free up energy and increases your pleasure in living.
Follow the money. – Look at your checkbook and credit-card statement to discover where your spending is inconsistent with your goals and values.
Redirect your resources. – Re-route your money toward your healthy-living priorities.
Ditch debt. – The stress of being stretched too thin financially is at the root of a great many health ills.
Invest in your health. – Money spent proactively on your health delivers better returns than money spent on treating illness and disease.
Wise up. – Continual learning and discovery support both health and happiness.
Build on your successes. – Look at what has worked well for you in the past, and do more of that. Identify and leverage your strengths.
Surprise yourself. – Every once in a while, do something unexpected or out of character.
Find your tribe. – Surround yourself with active, healthy, positive people who share your passions.
Laugh it up. – Laughter triggers a cascade of healing, energizing chemicals.
Get a buddy. – Do your healthy thing with a pal or partner.
Give your best gifts. – Developing and sharing them endows you with enthusiasm and energy.
Pace yourself. – Take brief rest breaks every 90 to 120 minutes so your cells can recharge.
Vote your values. – Vote with your dollars to support healthy products, companies, and communities.
Visualize the possibilities. – Imagine a world where the majority of people were healthy and happy most of the time.
Follow your bliss. – Happiness breeds healthiness.
Be responsible for yourself. – Own your decisions and actions, no matter what the circumstances.
Take the high road. – What’s my highest choice right now? What can I do to make this situation better?
Make time. – The hour you give yourself for self-care pays you back three.
Make space. – Declutter your house, office, car, desk, mind. Create room for your chosen future.
Focus on action, not outcomes. – Every healthy step is a victory. Every day is an opportunity to feel, live, and be better.
Make it a party. – Have so much fun getting and being healthy that everyone around you wants to do it, too!
Let go of excuses. – Your priorities will be better served by a healthier, more dynamic you.
Show up. – No one is going to do this for you. You can’t fake it, and you can’t phone it in. Your body is where you’re going to spend the rest of your life. So make it a great place to live.
Pass it on. – The more of us who stand up for our health and happiness, the more power we have to change the world — one person, one life, one revolutionary act at a time.
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Curator: John Kremer