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"'the Shift" - 7 Steps to Your Best Body and Your Best Life

"'the Shift" - 7 Steps to Your Best Body and Your Best Life

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"The Shift" is a new 7-step program to achieving your best body -- and your best life. It is entirely exclusive to select ORGANIC FOOD BAR customers. Thank you for your support. For more healthy living tips, visit us online at: www.organicfoodbar.com.
"The Shift" is a new 7-step program to achieving your best body -- and your best life. It is entirely exclusive to select ORGANIC FOOD BAR customers. Thank you for your support. For more healthy living tips, visit us online at: www.organicfoodbar.com.

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Today, a record 68% of American adults are overweight or obese. Seventy-eight million Americans—roughly one-quarter of the U.S. population—ex-ercise zero times per year. Zero times per year. This widespread avoidance of physical activity, coupled with poor eating habits, have created an un-precedented health crisis in this country. The time for change is now.If we accept that physical activity and healthy eating confer benefits such as a healthier weight, a more beautiful body, higher energy levels, more con-fidence, a longer life and a better life, why do so many people struggle interminably to exercise and eat right?Most puzzling is the quiet resignation of Americans, whose collective apathy towards exercise, and the disinterest with which we do it, marks the eye-popping escalation of obesity in this country. Some experts believe we are approaching a moment of unbearable physical crisis and that we are losingtouch with our bodies and growing disconnected from our human nature. Many people are becoming imprisoned in their own bodies.This problem isn’t limited to adults. According to The National Institutes of Health, one in five U.S. children is overweight or obese—and that number is rising precipitously. Perhaps most striking is that this generation may be the first in human history whose life expectancy will be shorter than that of their parents. Think about that for a moment.This obesity epidemic threatens to wipe out other improvements in our children’s health and safety over the past three decades, a new report says. “Child-hood obesity has risen to a point that it can be considered a modern day epidemic,” said a recent report by Duke University researchers.The overweight children of today are most likely to become tomorrow’s fat adults and place themselves at risk for a variety of health problems, includinghigh blood pressure, heart attacks and diabetes. Not to mention the terrible toll being overweight inflicts on a young person’s self-esteem.We know more about health and nutrition than ever before, yet we’re worse off than ever before. Each year, new diet and weight loss books flood book-stores with newfangled ways to lose weight and get healthy. In 2008, for example, titles such as “The Ultimate Tea Diet,” “The No Crave Diet” and“How to Eat Like a Hot Chick” (are you kidding me?) made big promises, but like most books, they will likely fail to deliver lasting results to many of its readers. Studies show that most people who undertake weight loss programs either lose some weight only to put most, or all, of it back on once thediet has concluded. People want quick results, but look where “quick fixes” have gotten us. As a result of being more overweight, we are suffering morefrom diseases and diminished quality of life, and our health care system is in dire straits. We need permanent results. Starting right now.It’s time for a fundamental shift in how we how we eat, how we move our bodies—and how we live. We must abandon all notions of “quick fixes” andthink in terms of an enduring lifestyle “shift,” something that will last for a lifetime. This “shift” can happen in seven steps. And, it’s easier than you think. Are you ready to shift?
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 STEP #1: MAKE THE TIME
“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” –C. S. Lewis
It is the one bonafide non-renewable resource in the world—and it is the one resource that most of us feel we don’t have enough of. Perhaps that’swhy “lack of time” is the main reason why most people don’t exercise more or eat better.Regardless of who we are, where we live and what we do, there is one constant: We all have the same amount of time. Each of us has access to precisely168 hours every week, and we can use that time any way we choose. The nature of time creates universal parity.The differences between us start to show in how we use our available time. Our subtle choices each day create strikingly different realities. The perceptionis that busier people don’t have the time to exercise or eat well. However, research shows that people who consistently work out and prepare healthymeals are just as busy as those who do not.Perhaps it’s not that you don’t have the time to exercise or eat right. It may be that you are choosing, consciously or unconsciously, not to make thetime for these things. This is merely conjecture, but I want you to assess your situation objectively. Be bluntly honest with yourself: could you have threeto five hours a week to exercise if it was a matter of life and death? Because, it just might be.The first step to making more time for your health is to decide that your well being is a genuine and top priority in your life. Then, you must create alittle extra time each week to improve it. Here’s how:
TIP: Turn off your television.
This is the simplest and most surefire way to liberate more time for yourself, your health, your family—and your life! Admittedly, watching less televisionis exceedingly difficult to do. Television is an engaging media. The average American tunes in for a whopping of 27 hours every week. Programmingis designed to keep you glued to the set, as often as possible, at all costs! For decades, TV has been a vehicle to sell products to a mass market, andit’s been carefully engineered to keep you engrossed. In order to “break” from TV, you must do it gradually. Start by choosing four days a week onwhich you can watch TV, and three days on which the tube stays off all day. This will give you more time to live your life more fully: you’ll have moretime for your kids, more time for yourself—and yes, more time for exercise and healthy eating. Despite being on TV, I have been without television for over six years! It was one of the best moves my family made to improve our quality of life. And, I believe it would be for you as well.
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