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How To Get Your Heart Healthy

If you haven’t taken a yoga class, start one. If you take it as a hobby, then do it. But if you decide to go full-on, then here’s a simple rule to maximize your return on investment. Find the place that is easiest for you to do it. Find the location that feels right.

I am lucky in a number of ways. My wife, Michelle, is a nurse. I am a father of four. I was born in New York City and grew up in San Diego. My parents live in my city and they still have their New York apartments. I have wonderful friends in both New York and San Diego. I have good friends in New York City and I have great friends in San Diego. I have a great job. I have access to amazing food through my work. I am not living off bread or beans. I don’t have to drive over an hour to shop at Whole Foods. I am financially secure. I have never experienced a crisis at my work and I don’t plan on it in the foreseeable future. I can take care of myself. I do not have to rely on others for my wellness.

In the past two years, I have been training in yoga three times a week and doing a daily meditative practice on Wednesdays. I have also been reading books such as Why We Get Fat by Dr. Walter Willett. I have started a podcast called Bodyweight Radio, which is focused on body weight, diet and fitness. I started a blog at a few months ago called “How to Lose a Stone from My Butt”. I also run several fitness classes and I volunteer with an eating disorder support group in San Diego. I am on a mission to take responsibility for my health and to change my life for the better.

What’s an eating disorder? 

An eating disorder is a serious emotional and/or behavioral disorder that is characterized by restrictive and binge eating, which is a pattern of eating large amounts and regurgitating the food rather than chewing. Eating disorders can range from mild and non-serious, as is the case with anorexia nervosa, to severe and life-threatening.

Anorexia

Anorexia nervosa is an anxiety disorder that tends to occur between the ages of 13 and 21. People with anorexia usually have a body image that is highly unrealistic. They may feel unattainable or be worried about their weight.

I am glad that I am not one of those people.

Meal Prep

I plan to start eating healthier by doing more of what I do best, eating. My first step is to stop consuming the highly processed foods and sugary drinks that I crave now. I am currently eating one muffin at the beginning of each and every day. When I am eating breakfast, then I’ll have a salad. When I’m sitting in bed listening to music, I will have two pieces of a piece of fruit. I just hope that this will be enough to get me started. I’m hoping that it will help the two other issues that I discussed in the last paragraph.

Eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating are hard to control and can lead to severe health risks.

The dietitian at my family doctor recently told Michelle that I may benefit from eating disorders treatment. She suggested that I try a two week residential program at Calabasas Hospital, an eating disorder treatment center for adults in San Diego

I love it. It’s hard though to get insurance to cover that kind of thing, since it’s very specialized and expensive, but it’s worth it.

Here are some important issues to keep in mind after you are treated.

Lifestyle Changes for People with Eating Disorders

If you are dealing with a major or life-threatening eating disorder, you should seriously consider not seeking treatment at all. These are some lifestyle changes that I would recommend at this point. These suggestions will help you avoid some of the problems that people with eating disorders face once they are in treatment.

Stop eating sweets. Stop eating white bread. It’s not healthy to eat the same thing every day. I’m not sure I would want to eat the same food all the time to feel “normal”. Try to eat healthy food that does not include high-calorie foods. Exercise more. Exercise is very important for your health. Eating less will decrease the chance that you will become fat and gain a lot of weight in the future.