The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.Confucius
Health is about far more than just what you put in your mouth. Meditation, stress reduction, sleep, movement, and many other facets are critically important for creating and maintaining a superior state of health. In this book, we will focus on a range of tips and tools that address these inter-related concepts in three major themes. I call these the ‘3 Pillars of Health’, and they are Nutrition, Movement and Mind-Body Connection.
Eating well is perhaps the most important part of feeling and performing at your very best. What we are is determined to a large degree extent by the quality of what we eat. In other words, we cannot create all the various structures and messengers within the body, that are necessary to keep ourselves feeling (and looking) at our very best, and performing well in the gym, on the field, or in daily life, without providing the nutrients that we require, in the right amounts, and in the very best forms.
The adage is, in this case, true…You are what you eat!
In the first section of Carb-Appropriate 101, we will focus on simple, yet highly effective tips to help you to nourish the body with quality food and to make the process super-simple.
Exercise is the second pillar. While we often think that movement is taking away from the body (because it uses fuel and requires repair), a more positive way to view it is that we nourish the body-mind complex by challenging it with intelligent approaches to movement…and to have fun while doing it. This allows the body and mind to adapt, learn, and grow.
We ‘feed’ the body more than ‘just food’. Thoughts, feelings and the emotions that we create also feed both the mind and the body.
So, we nourish the mind and body with the psycho-social, -emotional, and psychological inputs we are exposed to. Over time we can begin to change how we respond to negative stimuli and stress, and how we speak to ourselves through our internal monologue. This has an enormous effect on our health and wellbeing and is, for many of us, the key to really beginning to live a life of health, passion, and purpose. It is also important to remember that the ‘stuff’ we feed our mind (social media, news, etc.) also affects how we think, feel and perform, and this can have an ENORMOUS impact on whether we can achieve our goals and perform at our very best.
The three pillars of health are inter-related, and all areas affect the rest.
From Carb-Appropriate 101 by Cliff Harvey PhD
Carb-Appropriate 101 gives you 101 daily tips to help you achieve the energy, health & performance you deserve. It includes daily tips for nutrition, movement, exercise, meditation, mindfulness, sleep, stress-reduction, and more! These tips are some of the themes that Cliff has written and spoken about over his decades in practice, in ‘bite-sized’ mini-articles.
Read the book from cover-to-cover, applying a tip a day, or simply open the book to any page to find a valuable health and performance tip to help you feel and perform at your very best.