December 26, 2007

Do a 3-Day Cleanse.
Instead of saying that you’re going to do a juice cleanse next weekend, why not actually do one?  Eliminate the mucus, catarrh, and toxins out of your body, and out of your life.  Dr. Christopher said “The retention of such body waste has a much more insidious effect on our health than is generally suspected.”  If you can’t make it a full three days, do a one-day cleanse and work your way up.
 
Stick to a Supplement Schedule.
You buy all these supplements, and when you take them you feel great (or worse, depending on the supplements).  And then something comes along, like a vacation, an illness, or Saturday, and throws you off your routine.  And then three months go by, and you realize that your bottle of Kidney Formula hasn’t been emptied, and your kidneys aren’t getting any cleaner.  Dr. Christopher said “Keep It Simple Student.”  We don’t need to have an elaborate supplement regime, but if we know we take our Lower Bowel formula two times a day, our Vitalerbs twice a day, and our various cleansing herbs
twice a day, we just might start feeling better!
 
Exercise on a Regular Basis.
We all know that exercise is good for us, and that health comes down to diet and exercise.  Regular exercise can give us a
decreased risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes, will help us burn calories, increase our stamina, and improve our emotional health.  In this area as well we need to take Dr. Christopher’s advice and Keep it Simple!  Park at the back of the parking lot instead of the front and walk to the store entrance, take the stairs instead of the elevator, take a walk with your friends or loved ones, or do any number of other simple things.  If you want to exercise every cell in your body in only ten minutes a day we highly recommend you look at David Hall’s Cellerciser. 
 
Eat More Vegetables and Fruits.
When you eat foods that are health supporting and have a high nutrient level, you feel better.  You lower your risks for heart disease, diabetes and colon cancer.  You lose weight.  Maybe your allergies go away.  But how do we do this?  Pick up a copy of Eat to Live, by Joel Fuhrman, MD at
http://www.christopherpublications.com/Fuhrman_Eat_Live.html.  It’s basically a more exciting approach to the Mucusless diet, and helps show you how you can do it.
 
Enroll in The School of Natural Healing or work on Your School Course.
If you have not taken the Family Herbalist course yet, what are you waiting for?  You will save money and be healthier!  If you have taken a course but not moved on to the next level why not make a resolution and move on to the next phase?  You can do this at http://www.snh.cc.
 
If you have a course now but have stopped working on it, consider this: If you do five questions a day in a study guide, you can get it done in about a month.  And if you have a completed assignment, send it in to be graded!  If you’re stuck in a spot call the office and talk to your student advisor.  Dr. Christopher’s vision was to have an Herbalist in every home, and a Master Herbalist in every community.  The School wants to see this happen, and wants to see our student’s progress in the coursework.
 
Stop an Unhealthy Habit.
Whether it’s smoking, drinking sodas, or biting your nails, if you have a habit that is unhealthy, why not get rid of it?  Work with others who will support you in stopping your unhealthy habit and overcome it in 2008.
 
Get Enough Rest.
Let’s face it, most of us are running on less than eight hours of sleep a night, and we’re pushing ourselves pretty hard during the day.  While the need for sleep differs from person to person, most people need between 8-10 hours of sleep a night.  So this next year, let’s try to get a little more rest, and see if that helps us make it through the day.  Statistics show that when we get enough rest we are more alert and we perform better, and we can remember things easier.  When we do not get enough sleep, we are more likely to be involved in accidents, are at a higher risk for heart disease, obesity, and heart attacks, just to name a few.  So try to get a little more sleep–your health may depend on it!  Michael Thorpy, MD, director of the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York has said: “Any American making a resolution to lose weight … should probably consider a parallel commitment for getting more sleep.”
 
Take Time Out For Ourselves.
We need to take time out of our busy lives to unwind.  Whether we get a massage, take a hot bath, meditate, or simply stop for five minutes to have a cup of herbal tea, we need to take a break.  If we never take time for ourselves, we’re going to get run down and won’t be able to do anything for anyone else.  Or, we’ll get sick because we’ve compromised our immune system.
 
Listen to A Healthier You Radio.
Each week Master Herbalists David and Fawn Christopher do a one-hour radio show that covers the most up-to-date health issues.  You can listen live Saturday mornings from 9-10 AM (Mountain Time) on http://www.ahealthieryouradio.com.  The most current show is also available for free on that same site (scroll to the bottom of the home page).  Even better - you can access 16 years of past shows by becoming a member of the website.  
 
For a printable version of this article please visit:
 
http://www.herballegacy.com/Resolutions.pdf