Streptocuccus Bovis (Heart valve inflammation, colon cancer, prenatal sepsis, meningitis.)
Halving meat consumption would cut heart and cancer rates. (Reality behind intermittent fasting.)
Woke up at six this morning to a full chorus of birds.
Are you waking up every morning as happy as a bird? If you aren’t, why aren’t you?
Habits. We all have a set of habits that guide our existence. The habits may not be conducive to living a happy and healthy life, but they are comfortable to us. Most everyone who has changed their habits didn’t initiate change until their habit caused so much physical or emotional pain that they had no choice but to eliminate the habit.
Every bad habit has a point of no-return, no-recovery. For smokers it is lung cancer; meat eaters it’s heart disease or colon cancer; overeaters of processed food it’s diabetes & heart disease; for non-exercisers it’s everything: depression, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, every health problem magnified.
Many people, even when acutely aware of the pain, refuse to change. “I’d rather die than give up eating meat,” a friend with congestive heart failure, diabetes and a history of multiple cancers told me. We all know the hacking smoker who continues to light up the death sticks.
Comfortable habits — smoking, not exercising, drinking to inebriation, fast food, keeping the same uninspiring job, scheduling our life around the television — they’re all harmless at first, but over the years they take their toll on our health and sanity. Intellectually, we know we should discard the habit, change our ways, read a self-help book, sell everything and move to a mountaintop yet the habit immobilizes us.
We realize the habit is holding us back. Keeping us from being the best person we can be, but we can’t kill the habit because it has been with us so long that our entire existence has been built around it. If we removed it, life as we now experience it would change. And that scares the hell out of us. Even if that change would be an improvement for us and those around us.
We’d rather cling to the comfort of our misery because we know and understand that. However, we don’t know and understand what lies ahead if we eradicate a habit that has defined us for decades.
Your life has been built around your habits: your friends, your recreational pursuits, your occupation, your degree of happiness. So once this foundation has been built after decades of concrete reinforcement, changing a habit is like blowing up one of those Nazi machine gun bunkers that dot the beaches of Normandy: close to impossible. Despite the bombardment, the bunkers still stand almost seventy years later, while the people who hid inside of them died defending the edifice, even in the face of futility and certain death.
How do you destroy your own bunker? Instead of obsessing about the habit that is causing you so much misery, embrace a new habit that will work to offset the effects of the bad habit. In the best case, the new habit will drive out the bad habit. In the worst case, at least you’re doing something to ameliorate the effects of the bad habit.
There are all sorts of positive habits that you can embrace. However, there is a one-size, fits-all uber-habit that you can use to boost your health, lose weight, battle depression, improve your looks, delay aging, and increase your happiness.
Move throughout your day. Moving forward, powered by your own two feet will lead you to new positive places, new positive points of view, a lower jean size. It’s not that easy to eat or smoke, surf the web, watch porn, gamble, or drink alcohol when one is striding down the sidewalk or a country lane whistling with the birds.
The more you walk, the less you engage your bad habits. The more you walk the healthier you become. The more you walk the better your body looks. The more you walk the longer you live. The more you walk the happier you will be.
Whenever you’re beating yourself up for not being able to change your habits, go for a walk. You will improve your life with each step you take.