Tag: How to get healthy

Grow Your Account


“Apostle of Fitness”


Jack LaLanne was a pioneer in the health industry. He advocated good nutrition and physical fitness in an unprecedented way. His philosophy about good nutrition and exercise was summed up in his statement:

“Dying is easy. Living is a pain in the butt. It’s like an athletic event. You’ve got to train for it. You’ve got to eat right. You’ve got to exercise. Your health account, your bank account, they’re the same thing. The more you put in, the more you can take out. Exercise is king and nutrition is queen: together, you have a kingdom.”

Mr. Lalanne lived to age 96 in good health, doing his regular workout the day before he died. I believe he knew what he was talking about.

Deposits and Withdrawals

Considering our lifestyle choices, our decisions and actions are either deposits into, or withdrawals from, our health accounts. Eating good, whole foods that consist of high quality protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats are large deposits into the bank while eating simple carbohydrates, including added sugars, most fast food and processed foods is making a withdrawal. While some medical professionals advocate drinking alcohol, the excess sugar-based calories coupled with the lowering of inhibitions that comes with imbibing alcohol is almost always a withdrawal.

screenshot_20200707-1905295863239338731551858.pngDay after day of a sedentary lifestyle, sitting as much as possible and avoiding exertion of any kind is like a constant drain on your account, kind of like impulsive shopping. You just keep doing it and although it doesn’t seem like a big deal at the time, over a lifetime it depletes your resources. Sitting has actually been referred to as “the new smoking”, by some health care professionals due to the fact that people have become so sedentary that it’s killing them in record numbers, similar to the long-term effects of smoking.


Getting active with vigorous exercise will help plump that same account, just get your doctor’s approval before beginning any exercise program. He may have specific suggestions and recommendations about exactly what type of exercise is best for you.

Making sure to get enough quality sleep is critical for your account to remain stable. Partying the night away may seem like a good idea at the time but sooner or later, you will wind up in the red.


Sleep can help to protect all aspects of your health account including your mental state. It also plays a huge role in the safety and security of your accounts. Daytime sleepiness accounts for a large percentage of all accidents including falls and automobile accidents. The number of deaths from falls alone in 2016 exceeded 25,000. (1) Poor sleep quality is also linked to higher blood sugar levels in some people. It raises your stress levels and causes you to produce too much cortisol which can contribute to a multitude of health woes including excess belly fat. Get your ZZZ’s.

wp-15944146573306004925688872334595.pngAt David’s Way we teach “Make Your World Small”-(David Yochim). There is nothing any more devastating or draining to your accounts than patronizing negative people with bad ideology and even worse intent. They will try to control your life and will almost always try to hold you back from greatness. Quite often they will have unhealthy lifestyles and balk when you make healthy choices. Dump these people if at all possible. If you seem to be stuck with them, or they are family members, then at the very least, lay down firm rules. Let them know that your health is your first priority, otherwise they will bankrupt you. “Social Contagion” is the term associated with this phenomenon where we pick up the bad habits of those around us. You can read a bit more about this phenomenon if you like here in an article called “Osmosis”. The pressure around us tends to build up over time and bad habits seep in, just like water pressure. Choose your friends wisely.

How to Build a Fortune

I have a relative who is several years younger than me. We were raised differently with my Mother being health conscious and her’s being a heavy smoker and drinker who didn’t give much thought to the meals that she fed her family. My Mother gave me vitamins and I learned to read with a family medical book. My relative barely learned to read at all. If she did, it was the comics in the Sunday paper. She is intelligent, so she did okay in school, excelling in mathematics. She was naturally athletic and was always involved in sports. As we grew up, I was naturally health minded, learning to eat spinach and LIVER when the doctor told me, at the age of 4 years old, that I was anemic and should learn to eat what I considered to be those terrible tasting foods. I didn’t like those foods, but even then, I wanted to be healthy. I had been sickly and was already tired of it. My relative lived on junk food. While I tried about 2 cigarettes in my life, she began smoking very young, picking up the butts in her parents ashtray. She learned to drink alcohol early and continues to this day. Since she was naturally athletic, her weight remained within reasonable limits during her youth although she became anorexic and developed a multitude of psychiatric problems and addictions. Although I have had my battles, I always fought for my health, never willing to allow anything or anyone to destroy me. The difference in us is that I am pro-active. I fight and struggle and study and apply what I learn to my most important asset, my health account. At the age of about 30, my relative hopped out of the bed one day and heard a pop and all but fell to the floor. Her pelvis had fractured, most likely due to early-onset osteoporosis from smoking because smoking depletes the calcium from the bones. As we aged, she became morbidly obese with multiple health problems, including rising blood sugar. Now, if we are side-by-side, you would never believe that I am older. I lift heavy weights. She can barely lift her groceries. I work full-time. She is on disability. I take no medications. Her list of medications has been significant for years. Our genetics are very close. What has made the difference is the deposits that I have made into my accounts and the withdrawals she has made in hers. Although these pictures are obviously not us, just check this out:


The beautiful woman on the left is Ernestine Shepherd, who has been known as the oldest competitive female bodybuilder in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010. She is still incredibly active and healthy at 85. I would say that her account has served her well.



How to Achieve Your Goals


Born a Health Freak

As far back as I can remember, I have wanted to be healthy. At the age of 4 years, my doctor diagnosed me as anemic and told my Mother to feed me spinach and liver. At that time, in the deep, country hills of Alabama where I grew up, almost nobody ate spinach. It didn’t grow well here due to high temperatures and if it hadn’t been for the cartoon character, “Popeye”, it would have seemed like science fiction. My Mother bought Del Monte Canned Spinich and I learned to eat it, gagging after each bite until I didn’t. I had occasionally eaten liver but again, I didn’t like it. I ate it anyway and my anemia cleared up. I seemed to have been born with a desire to be healthy. I had been sick a lot as a young child and when I figured out that I could do something to possibly prevent sickness, I felt like there was no choice. I mean, why would we choose sickness, right?

Convoluted Journey

Although I had always wanted to be healthy, I also wanted chocolate, and as I grew up, rich desserts and all manner of “good food” called my name. I fell into the living to eat mentality more than once and ballooned to a size 22. Still, the absolute knowledge that this was within my control, would always pull me back before I developed any significant health problems. We have a responsibility to ourselves and those who we love and care for, to be the best that we can be. Even Hippocrates stated that “The function of protecting and developing health must rank even above that of restoring it when it is impaired.” In other words, it’s better to get and stay healthy than to get sick and then try to fix it. At 63, I lift heavy, work full-time as a nurse and care for a special needs family member. Staying healthy pays off in real cash and quality time on this Earth. I have learned some things along the way.


Tobacco use is the single most avoidable cause of disease, disability and death in the U.S. Alcohol use, lack of physical activity and poor dietary habits finish rounding that list as the four most modifiable health behaviors that are killing people daily. How can you stick your head in the sand, expect others to pick up your broken pieces and go on about your toxic, merry way? The ball is in your court.

1-Make a new plan with long and short-term goals. Say “I want to avoid eating sugar.” (Or whatever you choose) as a short-term goal and then set a long-term goal of weighing in at a good, healthy weight for you or improving your lab results.

2-Write these goals down and look at them often. Keep them in the forefront of your mind.

3-Make small changes to begin and allow them to build into larger changes. Start tracking every bite that goes into your mouth, become accountable and then gradually use that tracking to make broad, sweeping changes in your food intake. If the way that you are eating now got you unhealthy then you have to change to be healthy.

4-Let the small changes become natural before you make new ones. Build on each small change and rebuild your life.

5-Associate with people who support your health initiative and avoid those who don’t.

6-If you like technology then use it to stay informed and learn about health. Follow us here at David’s Way. We have over 800 articles and recipes here that are all devoted to good health, all free. Take advantage. Read David’s article “Fitness Triad” to discover the basic components of a good, healthy fitness program. Always consult your physician before beginning any weight loss or fitness program.

Super-Sonic World

In this drive-thru, instant world that we live in, people have become accustomed to the dark. Many assume that they cannot change because they try if for an afternoon, crave cake and quit trying. They assume that it’s “easier” for some of us. I can assure you that it is not. I know all about baking a cake, eating it and making another one so that no one would know that I ate the first one. Having healthy habits is no easier for those who have them than they are for those who don’t. It takes time and a bit of suffering to keep practicing the healthy habits over and over until they are your default. In the process of change, there will be blood, sweat and tears…but…it’s worth it. No one has ever been more addicted to sweets than either me or David. We changed our lives. You can too. You have to make a decision and then work at it. In time, some aspects of your program will get a bit easier, but you will always have to exercise control. Begin by deciding today that you want to be healthy. The rest is history. Make it a sweet story of victory, hard fought and won with relish. You will love the results!