What Creates Change

As a follow up to the popularity of a previous post called Disagreeing about Health Care, I suggest a discussion on “What Creates Change”. (Thank you, Klara, for the wording).

With the idea that it is easier to change oneself than others and with the assumption that those commenting on this post would like to use what tools one can to improve health:

  • How can I go about changing my own habits? (food, sleep, mental health, exercise, sunshine)
  • How can I keep up with health information with my limited time?

Here’s an example of how one might assume that eating a lot of fruit is a healthy route, but Dr. Mercola suggests otherwise: Why Large Amounts of Fruit May Not Be Healthy

In addition, one might get the idea that a vegan diet is the ideal, but I would argue otherwise. For one, there is the Vitamin B12 problem brought up in the past post. Also, if one is eating white flour products as part of your vegan diet, which convert in the body to sugar, I would suggest a piece of wild salmon would be a better choice. If you are committed to eating vegan, as my good friend Debbie is, I would suggest you do as much research and monitoring of your health as she does! Whether you lean toward a vegan diet, a whole foods diet that includes some animal products or a macrobiotic diet (could include some animal products depending on your condition and constitution–thank you, Klara, for the words), I do hope we can work together to find healthy choices.

At some point, I should do a post on Dr. Weston Price.

A follow up post might be: How does one effect change in one’s family or community?

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12 thoughts on “What Creates Change

  • Ilana-Davita, I don’t know where I’m going with this, other than to invite people to work on health together, first our own. And I purposely don’t want to advocate: THIS IS THE RIGHT WAY. I certainly am certain that I don’t know “the right way”.

  • I think the best way to make a change is one very tiny step at a time. I mean, I know that I get overwhelmed and even discouraged when thinking about all the ways I really should improve my health and that of my family.

    Instead, I find that it really helps to pick one small thing and just concentrate on that.

    For instance, recently I’ve been trying to eliminate margarine from my cooking and baking.
    (Recipes for cookies or bars that are made with oil are very much welcome right now… especially as we gear up for an upcoming bar mitzvah IY”H.)

  • Mrs. S., I tend to make mandel bread (aka biscotti aka mandlebroit) a lot, because it is easy and uses only a bit of oil. Should I post the recipe? It does have white flour and sugar… baking is hard. I try to make the dessert for my family and eat little of it.

    One tiny step at a time sounds like a great way to go.

  • A new recipe; great idea!
    And I purposely don’t want to advocate: THIS IS THE RIGHT WAY. I certainly am certain that I don’t know “the right way”.
    I never thought you were the ‘I know it all’ type! Nevertheless sharing our thoughts is good.

  • We NEVER use margarine because: a. it’s really unhealthful; b. it leaves a horrible aftertaste.

    Working together to meet a challenging goal is wonderful and inspirational, and I’m all for it.

    Too much of anything — fruit (with its high sugar content) or whatever else — is not good, that’s why I encourage people to go with balance!

    Not enough of certain things is also not good, and so I am putting this computer, and myself, to sleep….

  • To A Living Nadneyda, how perfect that you would speak of balance (a nadneyda is a seesaw (is that the word? I’ve forgotten my English :<(

    But how to do that is the big question!!!! I’ve come to the conclusion we never really get there, just always changing and hopefully going in that direction more and more (life is never ever static so true balance can never ever happen, but we can get healthier and healthier). I also totally agree with Mrs. S,it’s about taking one tiny step at a time, when we are ready. (btw, a big mazal tov on your son’s bar mitzvah) Here too I would make an exception, for those who are seriously ill, time is of essence, so would put it into a time warp and speed it up as much as possible.

    I had asked a teacher of mine what she suggested should be my next step (this was a couple years ago) and she gave me a suggestion, which I tried, wasn’t consistent with, tried again and again and again – and still have the intentions to try again – I truly don’t know how this change thing works and would be happy to learn (for those curious, my next challenge was to do what we call a body rub, take a hot washcloth and rub gently all over – the principle being that the skin is the largest elimination organ and we need to eliminate toxins well – I can use the excuse that when something becomes a bit difficult, I get discouraged (along the lines of my previous comment) and as we don’t always have hot water here in Israel, it means boiling up water, so I don’t do it – but I KNOW it’s good for me, so I ponder all the time, why don’t I just DO IT!! Ditto with exercise)

    In Judaism there’s a concept of doing something three times then it becomes part of you (something like that). In Flylady (on the computer, for creating order in life, and more – I don’t dare send a link again) she says it takes 21 days to create a habit. But my question again, how do you make those 21 days happen??

    Also big question about influencing others – another thing I’m trying to give up – I’ve asked that question often, even from the big honcho of macrobiotics, Michio Kushi. At first he said to leave good books around, I had and that didn’t help. Then he said what so many say, be a good example. But I’m not, I still eat much which I shouldn’t – yet even that what I do eat which is healthier I think has had an effect, but not such a blaring one so people can notice (I wasn’t ill to begin with, but lots of those little annoying things, you know colds, headaches – so rare now). I know it irritates my family when I get on a soapbox, but I know how hard it is for me when members of my family get ill and I think food can help but they don’t want to hear of it. So I try to just keep it to myself. Not easy.

    (Leora are their etiquette rules about comments being short?? if so, forgive me)

  • Klara, for you, I make an exception (about length).
    Regarding influencing others, sometimes you just can’t. It’s painful, but you need to let them make their own choices.

    MiI, the pie crust is easy to make, no rolling. I use it for quiche as well.

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