Do You Get Enough?


Quick Reference to Dr. A’s Habits of Health:

  • Ch 17
  • Living a Longer, Healthier Life Companion Guide: Lesson 13

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SleepHealthy Habit of the Week: Get adequate, restful sleep

Sleep affects everything: the way we feel, look, work, eat and function. How different is life when we go to bed early, wake up rested, and slept great? Sleep is when we recover, repair, and even store short term memories into long term ones!

Here are some great things you can practice to make this a habit for life:

  1. Write a list of where you may struggle: The last time you stayed up late, what kept you up? Too long on the computer? TV or movies? Caffeine right before bed? Stress? An uncomfortable bed?
  2. Decide what you can change: If you were up late because of TV, what could you change to help you get to bed earlier? Change something this week and see how it goes!
  3. Notice your sleep: Have you noticed that when you eat better you sleep better? That when you have lost weight, your quality of sleep goes up?
  4. Use sleep as a tool: When we sleep, we store memories. Did you know the best time to study is right before bed? Pick something you care to remember, and make it part of your wind-down routine.



About leisatwatkins

In May 2011, I hit an all time low in my life and an all time high in my weight. I was 199 pounds and the idea of hitting 200 scared me. I had tried every known diet, HCG, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, the grapefruit diet. I'd even tried Phen-phen when I was younger and Dexatrim before that. While I'd lose a little weight, I would always gain it back and then more. I knew the yo-yo dieting was not healthy for my body and it was definitely wreaking havoc on my mental wellness. I didn't know what to do and I was looking into taking drastic surgical measures to lose weight. That's when a friend of mine told me his story about losing over 200 pounds without pills, surgery, or starving himself. Not only did he lose the weight, but he kept it off. What did I have to lose? I asked him to share the secret with me. Now, only six short months later, I weigh 140 lbs and am working on losing 5 more. That will put me back to my weight that I was in HS, college, and before I had children. And I've done it with my friend's help as my Health Coach, without starving or even exercising, although I love to walk everyday. I haven't felt hungry at all in this process. How many "diets" can say that? I feel fantastic! I've felt great since the first week on this program. Let me be very clear about this. This is NOT a diet. This is not something you do for a little while, lose the weight, then go back to your old eating habits. This program is a life changing plan to help you eat healthier, make food choices that are tailored to your body, and bring you to a state of optimal physical health. If like me, you are tired of diets that don't work, then let me show you a life style plan that does.

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