Diet and exercise are equally important in a healthy lifestyle. I have two new aps for the i-phone that I hope will help me include more exercise in my life, 5K Runner and Tai Chi. For some reason, I committed to run a 5K in November with my daughter, Molly, and grand-daughter, Ashlyn. Since I have never run a 5K in my life, this may be pushing my limits. We'll see how it goes. My training yesterday was 30 minutes walking and running combined in intervals. I ran a total of 8 minutes.
I took a Tai Chi class one time and enjoyed it, but the time constraints of going to a class don't work for me at this time. And besides, I never could remember the movements well enough to practice at home. The ap makes that part easy as it shows the postions and describes the movement while tranquil music plays in the background. Dr. Fielder also supports the use of Tai Chi as an exercise.
I have had some trouble dealing with anxiety and stress this year although I feel much better now. A healthy amount of stress is beneficial, of course, because it helps us perform at a higher level. But the stress becomes debilitating when it is too intense and constant. It uses up our inner resources and causes enervation. This type of stress can cause disease.
We are not designed to face more stress than we can bear. Eating the right foods certainly helps us withstand the stresses of life. Raw fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts are our best foods. Over-cooking foods depletes the minerals in the food. Exercise, also, is an important factor in dealing with stress. That's why I am working on exercising more by training for this 5K.
Drugs and stimulants sometimes appear to relieve stress, but in fact they are robbing us of our ability to deal with stress. Tobacco, alcohol, coffee, sugar, and drugs are not the best way to cope with the pressures of life. A better choice is recreation and a life with a balance of aerobic activity and intellectual and artistic endeavors.
I consider Natural Hygiene to be a practice. I want to avoid medical intervention as much as possible. The whole medical protocol is fear based, and they do scare the pants off you. I have decided that anyone that tries to put FEAR on me is not out for my good. There is a better way.
Here are some core principles in Natural Hygiene. I have heard Dr. Fielder repeat them to me many times.
Nature does not make mistakes. Only we make mistakes.
All action by our bodies is right action. We have been taught otherwise so sometimes it may appear the body is doing something that is hurting us, but this is not true. Even when we are doing things that are wrong, the body is using all its available power to make corrections.
We always feel worse before we feel better.
We have to trust the process.
It takes time for the body to heal. It can take weeks or months. We must keep the faith and persevere in doing right.
We need to be squeaky clean if we wish to succeed.
To health and happiness.