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Take the 1% Challenge

A few years ago Tom Connellan wrote a book that became a best seller. Its title is The 1% Solution for Work and Life. In the book the author challenges the reader to make just a 1% change for the better in each area of life. It isn’t difficult, and over time 1% plus 1% plus 1%… adds up to a significant change. It’s a great challenge for us to become better than we have been in any area of life.

How about your health? What 1% change could you make to improve your health over the next 30 days? Some suggestions:

  • Add a raw fruit or vegetable for breakfast—a banana or orange perhaps.
  • Walk 5 additional minutes each day. (Take the dog for some companionship. He’ll soon become a reminder to help you keep it up.)
  • If you’ve been extremely sedentary, let your family know that it is now your job to walk to the mailbox and back each day to get the mail.
  • Drink an extra 8 or 16 oz. of water each day.
  • Replace a bad fat with a good fat.
  • Eat at least one meatless meal per week.
  • Get up and exercise during commercials.
  • Substitute stevia instead of sugar in your drinks.
  • Cook one more meal per week from scratch rather than resorting to pre-packaged foods with a lot of additives.
  • Add more raw (as close to nature as possible) foods—a salad, a veggie tray, etc. to your menu.
  • If you work at a desk, set a timer for every 30 minutes. When it goes off, get up and walk around the room.
  • Replace white rice with quinoa, amaranth or wild rice.
  • Replace the hamburger in a dish with lentils. (Add some extra seasoning when you do this. The flavor from the fat in the meat is what we crave. If you add extra seasoning, it will replace that fat for your taste buds.)
  • Use a pedometer and challenge yourself to incrementally increase your steps.
  • Replace a sugary drink with a glass of water and a slice of lemon.
  • Replace cows’ milk with almond milk or rice milk in your morning cereal.
  • Instead of table salt, use sea salt, which is lower in sodium.
  • Determine to stop eating just before you become full. (In a few minutes, as the food begins digesting, you will feel satisfied.)
  • Take the stairs instead of an escalator or elevator.
  • Brown bag it rather than reaching for fast food.
  • Replace the grande latte with green tea.
  • Serve your food on smaller plates so the portions appear larger. (According to a study by the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, those who ate from a 10” plate ate 22% less than those who ate from a 12” plate.)
  • Do a cleansing program to eliminate the toxins from your body.
  • Laugh more. Laughter releases toxins and exercises the internal organs.

If you would like to get a fresh start with your health, consider a Standard Process Purification Program. See the 4-minute video below for more information. Call us at 864-963-9304 with any questions. We would be happy to answer them for you.

http://www.spexternal.com/Practice-Tools/Videos/Purification_1280x720.mp

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*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

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