Thomas Edison once stated; "The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs but rather will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." This to me sounds like the perfect way to describe our approach to wellness.  You might get the idea from numerous fitness magazines that it's just about the outside covering - what the body looks like in a bikini or a pair of gym shorts - but I am far more interested in what is going on inside.  Everything that I do, but more importantly, everything I put in my mouth MUST contribute to a sound mind and healthy body.  If by chance that helps the outside look good too then it's a win win situation.  What good is it to have physical perfection without health?

October is Healthy Workplace Month, and it is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I love that this first month of the autumn is about wellness.  Thirty one days devoted to better care of self is not a bad idea given the overweight and obesity statistics - nearly 70% of the North American population fits into either one of those categories!!  And with those conditions come the inevitable diseases - diabetes type II, various types of cancers, problems with bones and joints, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, heart attack and more.  If that is not enough to scare you into taking care of yourself I don't know what is.

This week, take an important step.  Don't just read this blog, do something about it.  Take seven days to make seven simple changes that may just translate into improved health for the rest of the year if not the rest of your life.  

Here are a few ideas that don't cost much, if anything, to do, are as easy as tying up shoe laces, and have an enormous positive impact on your health (and probably the lives of your loved ones too).

Seven Simple Steps to Wellness:

1.  Drink water.  A lot of water.  At least 8 cups each day.  Water can move mountains - imagine what it can do for you!

2.  Eat breakfast.  Not just any breakfast but a breakfast of hearty grains, healthy fat and a bit of protein.  Nothing stimulates the metabolism like a good breakfast.  Skipping it or eating sugary crap, kills it!

3.  Avoid added, refined sugar.  Really this step is the one that will bring you closer to the best health ever, if you can stick to cutting it out of your diet.  Nothing has contributed to human illness more than this one ingredient.

4.  Eat greens at least twice a day, more if you can.  For breakfast I eat wilted spinach with poached eggs.  I whip greens like kale and spinach into a smoothie and I eat steamed, mixed greens like rapini and mustard greens for dinner.   Plants rock the planet and keep you healthy.  Just ask the wildlife.  They get it already.

5.  Make your bowels move.  At least once a day is ideal.  Help stubborn bowels move with one tablespoon of ground flaxseed tossed onto your morning breakfast cereal or greens.  Those little seeds are mighty powerful indeed.

6.  Eat one tablespoon of coconut oil per day.  You can add it to a smoothie or cook with it.  Either way it is a powerful healthy fat that is good for everything from skin, to hair to sex!  Anti-viral too.

7.  Move.  Put your body through some kind of movement or motion every day.  That hot little number called the human body needs action to look and feel supple, alive and strong.  Twenty minutes a day should do it.

My plan for improved wellness also involves taking care of my diagnostic tests.  I have booked a colonoscopy next week and will give you all the details (should you wish to know them) when I have completed the test.

Health and wellness people!  Let's get going! Love Tosca