Balanced living is something I strive for. I am a big believer in alternative wellness. I believe that the most important health practices happen before you have problems. Said differently, we reap what we sow. Healthy living over a lifetime adds up. Not always but often.
I recently I went to see a highly recommended acupuncturist, Dr. KS Tsay. He is the real deal–the acupuncturist that all the acupuncturists go to. Dr. Tsay’s command of English was about as good as my understanding of Chinese meridians. After a brief “conversation” where I shared that I was a healthy eater, a regular exerciser, etc., he told me to eat less sugar. I felt like a kid caught with my hand in the cookie jar (literally!). I was sugar-busted! Later, on the table, he proceeded with his assessment, pulling down my eyelids, prodding, and, of course, poking me. Again he chided me: “Less sugar. Stick out tongue. Ah, yes, see? I know. Less sugar, you hear me? Less sugar!”
Sometimes we can be so focused on the complex things to improve our health that we forget the simple ones (like eating less sugar). After my treatment, Dr. Tsay sent me on my way with a list of 20 tips for balanced living, all of which are brilliant in their elegance and simplicity (and which I have posted in my Free Resources section on my website). Here are a few of them:
- Cultivate a cheerful and optimistic way of looking at life.
- Chew your food well.
- Go to bed early.
- Spend at least one hour a day outside.
- Try to help others in every way you can.
Ah, such simple strategies. If only it were so simple to live them. All we can do is our best, right? We can try to make good choices for better, balanced living every day. And now I’m off to buy fish and seaweed!