Lifestyle Change – The Key to Healthy Living

The causes of diseases are drastically shifting from infectious to  lifestyle  causes. Previously, the top cause of mortality in different countries was due to microorganisms. Nowadays, you seldom see people dying of cholera, tuberculosis and chicken pox. What you can see are people dying of heart attack, cancer and diabetes. If you are wondering what brought about this change, here are some possible reasons.

Change in Diet

Wrong diet is the primary cause of the development of illnesses. Although the genes have their impact, you can prevent the coding of the genetic abnormality with a proper diet. Because of today’s busy and fast-paced  lifestyle , more fast food chains are increasing, instant meals are becoming more popular and preserved foods are more appealing. Instead of the traditional way of preparing meals, many families resort to take-outs. The high fat, sodium and sugar content of the food causes the prevalence of many diseases today. Cancer may be due to toxin accumulation, diabetes to the high sugar meals, and heart problems to the meal preparation and food preferences.

Reduced Activity

Although you can say that you have a busy schedule, if you try to analyze your daily activities, they are all under the sedentary category. You may feel the exhaustion, but it is more from the mental work. You sit all day in your office receiving calls, analyzing your subordinates’ report or meeting up with your business partners. All of these activities have minimal physical work. They do not burn enough energy. As a result, you end up gaining weight every day.

Keep in mind that healthy  lifestyle  starts with proper diet and exercise. Even with your busy schedule, try to find ways to burn fats. If you want to live longer, adopt a healthy  lifestyle . Go back to the old ways of eating home-prepared meals and allow your bones and muscles to move.

Proper Nutrition for an Active Lifestyle

Proper nutrition for an active  lifestyle  is something that is known to be important, but is not always a priority for many people. Having good nutrition while being active is essential and it means that you provide your body with the proper fuel as well as replenish your body with the correct nutrients.

An active  lifestyle  means that some sort of physical activity is participated in consistently, whether it is jogging around the neighborhood, playing in a rec league or many other options. Proper nutrition is essential for everyone, but due to the physical stresses being placed on the body during physical activity it becomes that much more important. There are a few things to consider.

Nutrition and exercise work together

Eating after exercise and a pre workout meal are important

The nutrients received by pre and post workout nutrition is specific and necessary

Nutrition and Exercise:

These two topics can be discussed extensively individually, but now will be discussed together. When you are participating in any sort of exercise program it is important to evaluate your nutrition habits. When you start a physical activity program and you do not incorporate good nutrition, it can be very harmful to your body.

In terms of exercising, you must think of your body as a machine. Every machine needs a specific fuel that allows it to work properly. Your body has specific fuels that allow it to work more effectively, as well as having specific replenishing fuels. The more intense the program, the more fuel and nutrients are needed to maximize results and ensure that you are not harming your body.

Pre Workout Meal:

As mentioned above, your body requires specific fuel before participating in an exercise session. The fuel that your body requires is complex carbohydrates. Carbohydrates fuel one third of intense exercise, and its byproducts are the primer to burn fat. They are also the only fuel source for anaerobic exercise.

The key to the carbohydrates is making sure that they are complex and not simple. Simple carbohydrates can actually be counterproductive to your workout because fatigue will onset faster than normal.

You want to make sure that you allow this meal to absorb into the body, so that it can be used as a fuel for the workout. This means that you should eat the meal about two hours before the workout. For those who are early birds this may be challenging. Making the meal liquid can help with this because it will digest quicker.

Eating after Exercise:

During a workout your body, especially your muscles, is physically stressed with the intent to make them stronger or more functional. However, if you do not replenish your body with post workout nutrition it can be harmful to not only your muscles, but your overall health. It is important to replace amino acids particularly because these are the building blocks to proteins that rebuild the muscle.

One particular amino acid represents the majority of the only amino acid pull within your muscle and it is called L-glutamine. It is important to replace this particular amino acid because it helps keep your immune system healthy while it is being stressed during a workout.

Another important pool to consider replacing is your glycogen storage. This is also located in your muscles and is supplied by glucose forming glycogen. This is important to restore because when this runs out, you become fatigued. If you start a session in an already depleted state, then you can actually become fatigued faster than normal. This meal needs to be consumed within 45 minutes after finishing a session, and remember that liquid protein digests faster than a solid meal!

Proper nutrition for active  lifestyle  is something that should be followed by all individuals participating in physical activity. All of the above mentioned topics need to be applied in order for you to properly fuel and replenish your body.

You Are What You Eat: Lifestyle Alters Your Genes!

When many people gain weight or develop health conditions, they often believe they inherited the problem from their parents. I bet you’ve heard, “My relatives have it too.” Although there are some fixed genetic traits, such as eye or hair color, and some genetic aberrations, up to 80% of our genes are influenced by our environment, including our  lifestyle  choices.

Many experts now agree that chronic conditions and diseases are strongly driven by  lifestyle  habits (eating, activity levels, stress, etc.). For example, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, high blood sugar/diabetes, overweight, arthritis, chronic inflammation, and cancer are significantly driven by our choices. A lack of healthy nutrition, too little activity, and heavy stress disrupt our metabolic systems. Over time, the damage can become more pronounced as our genes and health decline. Put simply, every bite you take matters!

Disease Model Counter Productive?

Many people follow the disease-based model of our medical system (rather than an optimal-health/ lifestyle  one). So when people develop symptoms or have negative test results, they enter a system that provides a “disease” diagnosis along with drugs or other treatments. Many of those treatments mask symptoms but don’t fix or heal the underlying cause. So when people take their pills or get a stent implanted without improving their  lifestyle , they are unlikely to heal. The system is both costly and counter productive, because underlying health is not improved by treating symptoms, and health will get worse again.

When I’ve had health issues, the first place I look is my  lifestyle ! And in every case, an adjustment to improve my nutrition, supplements, better activity or sleep have all resolved the problem. Even more serious injuries from a car accident all healed, without using drugs or surgeries (they were strongly recommended). It’s becoming more widely known that a healthy  lifestyle  can turn off disease genes and turn on healthy ones!

The  Lifestyle-Gene  Connection

There is a growing body of evidence to support a direct  lifestyle-gene  connection (called epigenetics). It refers to the way the environment (and  lifestyle ) affects your gene function. What you eat and how you live can activate or suppress many genes, and your  lifestyle  can make you healthy or sick, depending on the daily choices you make!

Some research shows a direct link between a less-active  lifestyle  and turning off genes needed for healthy blood fats and glucose. That increases the risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic inflammation, etc. And these problems can turn up in a matter of days of inactivity!

It’s also known that a healthy diet with good quantities of veggies, fruits, fish, nuts, healthy oils, and appropriate activity are helpful for preventing those same diseases and conditions. One study showed that a healthy  lifestyle  affected hundreds of genes in men with cancer!

In addition, studies have shown that cancer development is strongly influenced by  lifestyle , especially excess fat and sugar intake, weight gain, lack of good nutrition and inactivity. Some experts estimate that 55% to 65% of cancer deaths are linked to poor  lifestyle  (smoking, overweight, unhealthy diet, etc.). Other estimates indicate that only about 5-10% of cancer is due to genetics. In fact, experts will tell you that we get cell mutations all the time. It’s our health and immune system that either keeps them in check or is compromised by an unhealthy  lifestyle , allowing the cancer to spread and grow. Most experts agree, cancer is largely preventable!

A more healthy  lifestyle  is more critical with age, because our hormonal systems tend to be less efficient. We also tend to lose muscle tone and mass. What we ate in our 20s or 30s (often not healthy), is no longer workable into the 40s, 50s or beyond.

Yet, if people made more healthy choices over time, they could head off most conditions/diseases. And remaining active (20-30 minutes most days, even in 2 smaller parts) also brings big rewards. Let your weight be your guide. If you gain weight and fat over time, your  lifestyle  is out of balance. A more stable, healthy weight and body fat indicates a better balance of  lifestyle  habits.

Genes Are Not Stone

To say it another way, many genes are more like a word processing document than the case around your computer. Many genes are pliable; they change and adapt to conditions they are exposed to. Like changing the fonts in your document, genes can be modified or changed based on how you live, for better or worse. This should be a breakthrough discovery for most people!

Have you known people who were overweight and had other health issues, such as diabetes? If they lost weight, did their diabetes and triglyceride problems fade away? It happens! How about someone who loses 10 or 20 pounds and their high blood pressure and energy return to normal? It happens! These are a few examples of how changing your  lifestyle  can help to resolve health conditions we associate with “disease.”

So for everyone who is living with chronic health conditions (or has a family history of them), I hope this article give you hope and insight. You are what you eat! I urge you to get a consultation with a qualified health/nutrition/fitness coach. You can discuss your specific conditions and map out a  lifestyle  makeover, making small changes and substitutions over time.

Why not get your genes working for you, supporting optimum health and vitality? The research says you can, and have a life largely free of health problems and disease. It’s literally a life and death choice… a choice you can make today!

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2011-2012 by Steve Carney/End Sickness Now

Reaching the World with Lifestyle Evangelism

This may come as a surprise… but do you know that you and

I are part of Plan A?

That’s the plan Jesus gave to his followers at the end of

Matthew 28 when he told them to go and make disciples of the

whole world?

Just before he went to heaven, He told them, in effect, look

guys, it’s now up to you. I’m trusting you to reach the

world with my message. I’ll help you, I’ll strengthen you,

but it’s up to you.

Can’t you just hear one of the disciples, maybe Thomas,

saying, “But Lord, what’s plan B?”

There is no plan B.

It’s up to you and me.

A lot of Christians think that they need a theological

degree to share their faith, to be a Bible scholar with a

library of books and seminary training in evangelism.

There’s nothing wrong with that, of course.

But what really works best is being out there in the world,

as Jesus commanded, just not “of” the world.

What does that mean?

It means that the best way to win people to Christ is

through  lifestyle  evangelism. Walking the walk, talking the

talk, so to speak. Setting an example. Letting people see

through our  lifestyle  that our mind is where our mouth is,

that we not only believe what we say about our faith but we

actually live it out.

See, a lot of people have been burned by religion. They have

seen religious hypocrisy and they are not buying mere words.

They are wary. So they watch. They’ are watching you.

A sobering thought – You may be the only Bible some

people read.

And “read” you they do.

How do you handle the ups and downs of life, the problems at

work and in relationships that are common to all? What is

the way you respond when someone else gets credit for

something you did? How about when you get angry? Sad? Hurt?

The way we live evangelizes just as much as the way we talk.

For example, how do you handle a friend who comes to you

with a problem?

Do you listen? Really listen? Or are you quick to give

advice or pass judgment on the situation? Do you speak more

than he does? Finish his sentences?

What about your body language? Do you fidget and look

around, waiting for him to finish? Or do you smile, nod,

make eye contact?

Another old saying worth repeating: People don’t care

how much you know until they know how much you care.

Besides our words and actions, we can also practice

 lifestyle  evangelism by our appearance.

Wearing Christian T-Shirts, Christian clothing or Christian

jewelry is a great way to do  lifestyle  evangelism. You don’t

have to say a word. Your faith is right out there on your

back. Christian clothing comes in attractive, unique designs

and bold colors and is very affordable.

You can find Christian T-Shirts and Christian clothing

online by searching under those words. Or visit a Christian

bookstore in your area. Many of them carry full lines of

Christian clothing.

But while it isn’t always appropriate to wear Christian

T-Shirts or Christian Clothing, at work or in

business-formal settings, for example, there is another

 lifestyle  evangelism approach you can take.

Wear Christian jewelry.

There is a wide assortment of very attractive and stylish

Christian rings (for both men and women and teens),

Christian bracelets and Christian necklaces that can be worn

anywhere. Same with always-appropriate Christian crosses

worn around the neck.

It’s been estimated that the average Christian T-Shirt is

“read” 3,000 times before it is worn out.

That’s a huge audience. You can witness without saying a

word. But very often, someone will ask you about that

Christian T-Shirt you are wearing and you suddenly will find

yourself presented with a great opportunity to share your


As you can see, practicing  lifestyle  evangelism is something

every Christian can do. It doesn’t require academic skills

or fluency in Geek and Hebrew.

It starts with each of us living our lives in front of the


That’s Plan A.

That’s  lifestyle  evangelism.

Go get ’em!

Healthy Living Is a Lifestyle, Not a Diet

Healthy living is a  lifestyle  change that thousands of people, around the world, need to make. Whether you are dealing with obesity, a couple extra pounds, or simply a lack of energy, it all comes from the way you eat. What, how much, and how often you eat are all key factors in your weight, health, and your overall energy level.

The latter of three is what surprises many people who have not researched the topic. But think about it, if you are putting junk in, what do you think comes out? Just like everything else in life, your effort determines the outcome. Let’s say you are studying for an exam. If you study on an empty stomach and with no sleep, you might be lucky to pull out a B or C on the exam. However, if you study after eating a good meal and with rest, you are likely to get an A.

This same concept applies to the way you live your life. If you eat fast and processed foods more than 20% of the time, you are going to suffer from a lack of energy. Even if you do not notice it, it is much less energy than if you were filling your body with natural foods 80% of the time. If you don’t believe it you should try it, even if just for a couple of weeks; you will notice a difference.

Does this mean you should change the way you eat overnight? If you have the willpower and can, go ahead. Most of us cannot make a drastic change like that overnight though. What you should focus on, first, is what foods are you eating that can be replaced with a healthier alternative. Fruits, for example, many individuals eat canned or cupped fruits because it is easy and convenient. But guess what, they are soaked in high fructose syrup that actually makes them not so good for you. So, replace these snacks with fresh, organic fruit.

Slowly implement these new foods into your diet over a short period of time, say in less than a month. Before you know it you will have changed your entire intake and you will begin to not only have more energy, but automatically start feeling better about yourself as a person. Additionally, you will have lessened your chances of contracting  lifestyle  diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases caused by poor eating habits.

Learn to eat healthy and the rest comes naturally. Being healthy is not just about eating right, it is about working out and being fit too, but it is definitely a good start. After all, do you really want to work out if you feel lethargic or negatively about yourself? So, if you start eating better and your self confidence is boosted, your workouts will improve as well. Take care of you, you are after all the only one that will.

Lifestyle Tips For Women Who Think & Create Big

Much of my success with membership-based businesses is also because of my ability to continuously grow in the area of “mindsets”. Here are a number of tips to help you think and create in a big way.

Tip One–Honor Your Urges

One of the main reasons I left the corporate world and took the entrepreneurial plunge many years ago was so I could do more of what I enjoyed and less of what I hated. It makes sense doesn’t it? Yet, you would be surprised how many entrepreneurs don’t do more of what they love. Make sure you take advantage of the freedom you have by setting boundaries early on in your business. Successful entrepreneurs don’t create boundaries after they are wealthy. They create them so they can become wealthy. Not always being accessible actually creates scarcity and attracts more business. From now on when you want to take off and head to Starbucks or you want to take a week off and go on vacation, honor those urges, plan accordingly, and then do it.

Tip Two–You Can Work Hard and Still Have Fun

When you first start your company, you probably will wear all the hats and work harder than you ever have. But once the business is built and you start to gain new customers and sell products, it is a lot of fun. The best part of being a leader is being able to pick up the phone and have access to someone you have admired for years because you are a gatekeeper to a database of customers. You learn so much from those experts you now have access to, and your customers will love you for it when you graciously pass new information on to them.

Tip Three–Let Go To Grow

One of the main reasons I became an entrepreneur and left the corporate world back in 1999 was because I loved the freedom to just let go and have fun. I wanted to have a higher quality of life where I could be creative and earn more for that creativity. Unfortunately, what happens with many entrepreneurs in start up is they get too intense and end up chasing away the most beneficial business and personal relationships. Always remember “why” you are pursuing this dream in the first place and remember to let go and have fun with the people you meet and do business with. I love working with people who make me laugh, who have a wicked sense of humor, who get passionate about their causes, and who know how to let go, be themselves, and make “work” fun. The cool thing is these types of people attract others like them, and your fun “network” then multiplies exponentially. So do your revenues. Bottom line: Letting go and having fun in business is good for the soul and for the bank account.

Tip Six–Build Millionaire Relationships

NO ONE can reach seven figures without building crucial business and personal relationships along the way. The membership-based business model is a millionaire business model and by using it, you attract important relationships more easily. Millionaire relationships aren’t always measured by the financial return on investment (ROI) you receive either. One of the most exciting parts of building a company that you are passionate about is all of the dynamic and energetic people you can access. This type of ROI often shows up in the form of real people who serve as resources when you need them. All you have to do is decide to take action and work on getting to know people. Then you can communicate how your company can help them solve their problems.

Tip Seven–Understand Entrepreneurial Energy

Millionaires rarely sit down, and they are often in great shape. They also don’t watch TV much, and they give of themselves freely. Millionaires have lots of entrepreneurial energy. They are creative, passionate, risk takers, who are big thinkers and always evolving. If this description isn’t you yet, start aiming for these behaviors today. Know that what you eat and if you exercise directly affects your bottom line. People are attracted to people (and companies) who take care of themselves and are full of energy. What you feed your brain (literally) determines your ability to solve million-dollar problems and come up with million-dollar ideas. (Just some food for thought!)

Lifestyle Advice For Diabetics

Diabetics often find themselves in a position which can often feel debilitating, limiting, and problematic. Going out with friends suddenly becomes a daunting task, and regulating a diet can seem difficult and stressful. While it is important to heed to a healthy diet which is conducive to the maintenance of your disease, it is also equally important to feel comfortable with yourself and your knowledge of your limitations and allowances so as to lead a healthy and enjoyable life.

Most fad diets will not apply to you, as your health may be unable to handle what most of them entail. As a general rule, fad diets are unhealthy for all people, and you are not missing out on a worthy or healthy phenomenon. Try to maintain a low-fat diet, while including a variety of healthy carbohydrates and protein.

Complex carbohydrates are always better for you, as they help maintain a stable sugar level. Simple carbohydrates, which include sucrose, glucose, fructose, sweets and candy, juices from concentrate and fruity cocktails, jams and dessert should be cut out completely. They send an intense flow of sugar into your bloodstream, which is exactly what a diabetic should avoid. Complex carbohydrates, on the other hand, include whole wheat, whole grains, wheat pasta and rice, most beans and oats, vegetables and fruit. Your body takes them in slowly, digests them slowly, and stabilizes your energy and sugar levels.

It is difficult to frequent bars as alcohol should be more or less avoided. It acts as a simple carbohydrate, and completely destabilizes your sugar level. Drinking can be done, but in great moderation. Never drink on an empty stomach, be sure to do it after a meal, or during a meal. Binge drinking will always backfire, so don’t dabble in it at all.

It’s important to be extremely familiar with nutrition in general. Check some books out from the library, and get reading. You will never successfully maintain a diabetic diet if only doing so based on general guidelines and suggestions made by your doctor. You have to be the most active and aware participant in your upkeep and you will only be able to do so by being completely aware of what your body needs.

Exercise is important for any healthy  lifestyle , but especially for diabetics. It helps you maintain your sugar levels, and generally assists in a better outlook on life. Contact your doctor for a definitive idea of how much exercise you need, and what kind would benefit you most.

Most importantly, be sure to always put yourself first. If you are able to construct a consistent and stable routine for yourself, you are on the right path. Don’t stress over your diabetes, simply learn to accept it!

Lifestyle Changes to Prepare for Conceiving

So you’ve decided you want to have a baby? How can you ensure you are in the best possible condition to conceive a healthy child?

The first step is to make sure your  lifestyle  is as healthy as possible. This may mean making some changes. You don’t have to launch yourself into a strict keep-fit and health food regime, it may simply be a case of making a few easy adjustments to give your baby the best possible start in life.

Ideally you should start preparing yourself three to six months before conception. But some  lifestyle  changes will make a difference after only a few weeks.

Check up

The first thing to do is have a check up with your GP. Both of you. If you have a long-term medical condition your GP should already be aware of your medical needs and can advise you on the best way to proceed (for example checking if your medication is suitable before or during pregnancy). Any conditions like high or low blood pressure, epilepsy, diabetes or thyroid disease should be stabilised before you start trying for a baby.

Do not stop taking your prescribed medications unless you are told to by your GP.

You may want to have a pre-conception blood test to check if you immune to rubella (German measles).

Stop smoking

Smoking is known to affect male and female fertility. Women smokers have lower oestrogen levels than non-smokers which can result in irregular ovulation. Toxins and nicotine in cigarettes can reduce the chance of successful fertilisation. Men smokers often have a lower sperm count with poorer quality sperm.

Reduce your drinking

For men, drinking alcohol can result in a lower sperm count with higher numbers abnormal sperm produced. Men planning to start a family should stop drinking on a regular basis (or binge drinking) for at least three months before conception to allow healthy sperm to develop. Alcohol has not been proven to affect ovulation in women, but as drinking in pregnancy can cause miscarriage and restrict foetal development it is sensible to start cutting back during the pre-conception phase.

Stop taking drugs

Any chemicals, including legal or illegal drugs, are potentially hazardous to fertility. You should stop taking any illegal drugs and check the safety of over-the-counter medications, natural remedies and supplements with your GP.

Get in shape

Being too fat or too thin can affect your fertility. You should aim to be within 15 pounds of the ideal range for your height. If you are too thin you risk having a small baby, if you are too fat you are more likely to develop diabetes or high blood pressure during pregnancy.

Eat healthily

Cut junk food or heavily processed food from your diet and eat more healthily. Doing this for four months before you conceive will stand you in good stead for pregnancy and will level out any nutritional deficiencies in your diet.

Eat lots of fruit and veg as well as protein-rich food (chicken, fish and pulses) and whole grain, brown options rather than white, processed bread, rice or pasta. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day and reduce your coffee and tea intake.

Speak to your GP about taking supplements. They may recommend that as well as the customary folic acid you could take a multivitamin and mineral supplement designed especially for pre-conception.


Getting fit by doing some form of regular exercise pre-conception will help a woman’s body cope with the demands of pregnancy. If you are new to exercise, walking or swimming, for 20 minutes three times a week is the minimum to aim for.

Avoid stress

Too much stress is known to disrupt sex hormone levels and interfere with the normal menstrual cycle. Men who are stressed are more likely to have sperm of a poorer quality. They may even suffer from premature ejaculation or struggle to maintain an erection, which will impede conception.

Adjust your pre-pregnancy birth control

Until you are actually ready to conceive use a contraceptive method that will not affect your fertility. So don’t use the contraceptive pill or injections, use barrier methods such as the condom or diaphragm and spermicides which are instantly reversible.

Living the Dream Lifestyle is the New Business

The idea of living a dream life is far removed from the majority of people’s thoughts as the cloud of economic depression continues to spread across the globe. Since the collapse of Lehman Brothers last September the world has been in turmoil. The effects have been devastating. Mass unemployment, business closures, property foreclosures, plummeting bank shares or investment portfolios have occupied the media’s agenda and they have enjoyed a frenzy of activity publicist all the gruesome facts. Millions of people are struggling just to pay their bills and provide food for their families and the grim reality is a wake up call for people whose dreams have been shattered overnight and prosperity has been replaced by survival.

Business experts have been encouraging people to start running their own businesses as an alternative and take charge of their future in this climate and there are great benefits to changes of lifestyle being promoted to encourage people to take up this mantel. Forbes magazine predicts that 79million new businesses will be created in America over the next 10 years. The reality is that before the recession started, millions of people had jobs in various sectors but lifestyle conditions in these jobs made life unbearable and miserable for millions of families. A combination of early rising, long commuting, long hours, poor pay and even bullying resulted in a poor quality of family life.

People’s idea of a dream lifestyle differ dramatically. For some, it is owning the dream house, the Ferrari or world vacation, for others freedom of mobility represents a dream lifestyle, where you spend more time with your family and watch them growing up on a daily basis and enjoy simple family activities like walking, fishing, a trip to the beach etc. For others more time to engage in your passions, hobbies or interests that have eluded you over time because of the time consumed in work represents a dream lifestyle and something we can all relate to.

Having your own business allows you to have this freedom of mobility and if you become successful then this dream does become a real reality. The new generation of entrepreneurs openly promote the dream lifestyle in a range of videos that range from preaching from an exotic location or a simple walk along the riverbank sharing the joy of their lives and encouraging others to make those changes too. Live marketing events tend to be organized in exotic locations also to promote this new found freedom.

Every human being craves freedom in whatever form this may take and with more and more people having more freedom and often not by choice it seems that the trend to promote the dream lifestyle is set to continue.

How Balanced Is Your Lifestyle?

How many times in your life have you checked if your  lifestyle  is truly balanced? If you are like most people, consider yourself lucky if you have done it once if at all.

Nowadays, we are so used to doing tons of things for everybody else and every cause that sparks our passions, that we forget that our lives are out of balance and consequently in danger of consuming us, leading us to a life of complete automation.

We do things like robots, without becoming aware of our actions. We live, love, socialize, and work, all in auto-pilot. We don’t even stop at our birthdays to question what on earth is happening to us or in which direction life is going. We just do what we usually do and forget that we are incredible beings, capable of having the grandest and most fulfilled life.

Now, that has to stop. So let me give you some suggestions on how you can make your life a terrific adventure traveled on a sacred path.

First of all, evaluate the major areas of life and give them each a “score” from 1 to 10, 1 being the lowest, most scarce and scary score and 10 describing an absolute bliss.

Think in terms of the following areas (not in order of importance or priority):

1. work

2. leisure

3. social life

4. money

5. family

6. love

7. sex

8. exercise

9. time

10. health, etc.

Now, you may say: “I don’t have any fun, but it is all right because I have other priorities.” Well, let me advise you to look at the big picture. If you do this you are skewing the balance of your  lifestyle , and that goes against the principle of happiness.

In our modern world these, among other areas of life, are what makes us happy and totally fulfilled. And I am not talking about values, meaning that you should only pursue what you value the most.

No, I am talking about a balanced, rounded, centered  lifestyle  and if you want to achieve this balance in all the areas of your life need to score a 10, or at least a 9 each of them. Remember that there is always room for improvement.

I will give you an example. I used to be a very successful professional when I was younger. I was the quintessential career woman, with the added benefits of having a great social life, money, health, time, etc. You could say that I had everything.

But no, I was missing a family. I wanted to have children. I wanted to experience motherhood and I didn’t have that. Deep inside I was the epitome of a very dissatisfied person. Though I had my family, I didn’t have a family of my own. And that tipped the balance of my life to an extreme that made me a very unhappy person.

So, what area is lacking in your life? Money? Good nutrition? Sex? A committed relationship? And what are you going to do about it?

After you have done your evaluation from 1 to 10, make a chart. Check which areas require the most urgent action towards change. Plan how you are going to solve each “issue.” Step by step.

And then go for it: walk the path you have designed. It will bring much joy and you will live in bliss.