This past week I was made aware that both Daymond John and Reggie Bradford have been diagnosed with cancer. They are both amazing leaders, fathers, entrepreneurs and heroes of mine. They are in great spirits and fighting with all their might. Seeing these Titans battling cancer is a reality check and has made me reflect on the importance of our health.
Certain illness is out of our control, but that doesn't mean that we should not do everything that we can with the things that we can control. Most of us know what we should be doing to be healthy, but we are not willing to face it. My hope is that we can use this wake up call as an opportunity to replace old habits with new and healthy ones.
We should acknowledge that much of the food industry is pushing processed foods and beverages on us that are not healthy. Then we have a pharmaceutical industry that is ready to give us over the counter drugs to treat all of the symptoms of this health crisis, rather than looking at the root cause. If you look at the increase in obesity and chronic illness over the last 50 years, it is clear to see the impacts. Healthy isn't hard, it's just different than what we have become accustomed to. Here a few simple things we can add to our daily routine to begin creating healthier habits:
1) Come up with a simple plan, understanding that it won't happen all at once. Think about a bunch of small wins stacked on top of each other.
2) Start an early morning success routine that covers physical, mental and spiritual exercises.
3) Start tracking your daily steps and walk more.
4) Drink your body weight in ounces of water each day.
5) Cut out processed breads.
6) Remove refined sugars from your diet, especially sugary drinks.
7) Eat more natural organic fruits and vegetables.
8) Cook at home more. It's cheaper and healthier than eating out.
9) Simply think about your food before you eat it. Ask yourself whether a bag of potato chips or a side of sautéed vegetables is a more nourishing side.
10) Create a simple score board to track the items that you have prioritized. This will show you and your subconscious brain the progress you are making each day and create momentum.
Both Daymond and Reggie said they want to beat this thing for their children. All of us have some family and friends that wants us to be happy and healthy. Let them be your motivation to be healthier. Healthy is not a destination, it's a journey that moves one day at a time. Your health is your real wealth, and I hope that this will encourage you to take the first step.