[excerpts from different parts of the introduction]
“There are positive and powerful benefits from each of these recommendations. Although these recommendations are based on patterns from older civilizations, this handbook has been adapted and customized for some of the more challenging aspects of healthy, mindful living in modern society. The guidance is geared for those with busy lifestyles who may find it hard to incorporate healthy dietary or lifestyle practices into their routines.
Everyone seems to be increasingly busier these days, yet it is always possible to improve our health— if we know which steps to take. This handbook has been designed to clarify those steps. This handbook presents four lifestyle categories that each serve as a starting point for different challenges to health. Although you may not precisely fit into any one of these categories, there may be some common points for you in each to apply.
Health is within your reach. Health is also a choice. If you choose health, you can achieve it. When we add simple yet powerful practices into our everyday lifestyle, over time we experience a profound transformation in our overall health and well-being. There are multiple points of entry. You can start with diet, eating habits, activity, or lifestyle habits. If you are not ready to change your diet, you can improve your health through eating habits and/ or lifestyle practices. Choose whichever is most comfortable and, perhaps more importantly, exciting for you. The following guiding premises for this handbook are not anything new; they have been synthesized and clarified from observing healthy practices from around the world. The guidance offered for each lifestyle demonstrates how to apply these principles in different contexts.
Food has to replace nutrition. Activity has to replace exercise. Trying to move towards health has to replace simply avoiding sickness. This guidance is not against sickness; it is for health. Creating conditions for health naturally diminishes the prevalence of sickness. It is that simple.
Science is finally coming to verify what has been known and practiced around the world for thousands of years. We have two digestive systems and two nervous systems. One digestive system processes thoughts, vibrations, and images. Our other digestive system breaks down and transforms food into liquid. They both however interact with each other. Our thoughts influence our liquid digestive system, and our liquid digestive system influences our thoughts.
Furthermore, modern science has realized that our second nervous system is in our gut- the enteric nervous system. This nervous system regulates our health, our immunity, our moods, and our thoughts. This nervous system helps to synthesize the nutrition our body needs. In this nervous system, beneficial microbes naturally crowd out potentially harmful microbes. This nervous system also transforms the liquified food into energy— be it harmonious and peaceful, or chaotic, harmful, even violent energy.
Essentially, we need a new approach to nutrition, or at the very least move away from the belief that good nutrition is based on ingredients and isolated nutrients. Protein is probably the one nutrient of greatest concern and importance for most people. It is interesting to observe that our thinking has been clouded by superstition, by the myth that animal and dairy proteins are superior nutrients than any other. The fact of the matter is that plant-based proteins are superior, providing the highest quality protein that does not move us towards degenerative illness.
The body is a self-healing organism that has evolved and adapted over millions of years. Anyone can take steps through their diet and lifestyle to improve their health. This can not be reiterated enough. It is in what you do, not what you don’t that creates lasting health, and it places the ball back in our own court on how to regain or achieve health, and by extension, our own happiness, well-being, and peace. … ”
Some Guiding Principles and Topics for the Handbook:
—Adding vs. Taking Away
—Health is a Choice and is Accessible to All
—One Healthy Practice Leads to Another
—Health is Not All-or-Nothing
—Pre-Biotics and Probiotics
—Modern Food Myths
The Potential Lifestyles We Will Apply the Principles To:
—Road Warrior. The road warrior is a person who is constantly traveling for work.
—Single Parent or Mother
© 2017 Denny Waxman, Susan Waxman, & Stephanie Bartusis
We hope this sneak peek behind the scenes excites you for what is to come. We are looking forward to creating the handbook and the potentials it has to expand to many more people today.