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Every day you make at least 200 seemingly inconsequential health decisions. “Should you take the stairs or the elevator?
Choose the oil-and-vinegar dressing or the creamy processed one? Go for a 30-minute walk with your dog after dinner or plant yourself like a root vegetable on the couch?” says
Travis Stork, M.D., author of The Lean Belly Prescription and host of TV’s The Doctors. “It all adds up.” Seeing lives cut short as an ER physician, Dr. Stork has planted his focus on the biggest medical emergency of our time: America’s weight problem.
“We all need activities that let us escape. For me, that’s biking and white-water kayaking.
When I kayak rapids, I don’t think about anything except making the eddy before the next drop, or making sure that I don’t paddle into a recirculating hydraulic (or ‘hole,’ in White-water lingo). I call it ‘active meditation.’”
Avoid gaining weight
“The research is definitive: Staying lean isn’t just about how many hours you spend in a gym, it’s also about how many hours you’re on your feet. I incorporate walking and standing into my day as much as possible. If I go to a coffee shop to work, I put my laptop up on the bar and do my work standing.”
“A lot of the things I see in the emergency room aren’t really accidents. So much could be
prevented by a little foresight.
If I haven’t been on my mountain bike in weeks and I’m out with guys going off a big drop,
I’ll go around it. The challenge is finding the balance between embracing adventure and
asking yourself, ‘Are the things I’m doing going to help me live the longest, happiest, healthiest life possible?’ In case you do go off the drop, wear a helmet!”
“I can’t always control my schedule, but I can control what I put into my body. If I’m
working on a long project, I’ll snack on pistachios. By shelling them, you slow down and
Self-regulate how much you’re eating. Plus, pistachios have protein and good fats, so they’re heart-healthy and satisfying.”
“I eat whole grains, especially whole-wheat pasta. If I haven’t had an active day, I cut back on the pasta and add extra vegetables.
If my day has been active and I need more fuel, I increase the ratio of pasta to vegetables.
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