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Building blocks of a high quality life

I have been recently reading “Entreleadership” by Dave Ramsey and gaining inspirational tools for enhancing the quality of my life. I thought I would share with you how they might relate to the goal you may have of optimizing your health so that you can experience a higher quality of life.

It is the end of April, a good time to take stock of the goals you might have set for yourself on New Years Eve or New Years Day. I don’t like to call them resolutions, but dreams, visions or goals that you have for yourself and your family.

As many of you know I have been a Stephen Covey fan for years and  he talks about time management and Dave Ramsey in his book reminds us that we should be spending most of our time in only two areas of our lives: Areas that are urgent and important (necessary for living) and important but not urgent (items that will become urgent eventually if not done). Here are some suggestive goals for you  for a 12 month period.

Goal #1: Look at areas where you waste time on items that are non urgent and not important and get them out of your life or delegate them. This will give you more time to deal with more important urgent and non urgent issues. This translates into watching less TV and spending less time on Twitter, emails and video games.

Goal #2: Set time with your spouse and family to create and then write down specific goals with time limits in each of the following categories: Career, Financial, Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Family and Social. I do this while I’m on a holiday. It allows me time to pause and let a deep breathe out and create a high quality life for myself. There is nothing “lucky” about creating a holiday of a lifetime. It is hard work!

Goal #3: Get a $17 pedometer, and put it on your waist and clock how many steps you take on a regular day at work and aim for 6,000 steps per day. Once you are there aim for 10,000 steps. On the days you don’t want to do steps then pick Zoomba, lifting weights or yoga. Take one day off per week when you don’t care!

Goals #4: Do you have nutritional supplements that make you feel better when you take them? Get pill stackers and pour out your remedies one week at a time. You will be more likely to take them that way. If it takes you two days to get them all down, no worries. They will work better than sitting in the bottle! When you pour them out one week in advance you learn which ones you will run out of before you actually do!

Goal #5: Is your life too cluttered? If you are like me it is a huge job. I realize that it will take the better part of one year to complete so I take one drawer or shelf at a time and aim for once per week. Because you have written it down as in Goal #2 you will be amazed how you find yourself getting this done and feeling better for it. There is a universal law that in order for something new to come into your life, something old must leave!

Goal #6: It is time for a cleansing program but you haven’t figured out how to go vegan for two weeks. Pull out some vegetarian recipes from your past or from my website and start making a few. Try a few new things like quinoa, or coconut coffee whitener and pretty soon you will be ready to start that cleanse. Once you get started, you lose a few pounds, your energy comes up then you start exercising more and voila you are on your way to goal #7.

Goal #7: Get fit. Feeling fit is a great feeling and losing some weight, inches or changing your body shape is a happy side effect!

Find a partner to take up cycling with or any other sport or activity that interests you. It is never too late. There are many stories of people taking up jogging or running marathons at the age of 50 and loving it!

Goal #8: Try some new foods. Eat more of a Mediterranean diet known to reduce the risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease!

This includes more legumes, fish and colored vegetables. Come to our Tasting Day on May 8 and excite your palate!

Goal #9: Complete a physical check up yearly. This may include a PAP smear or a prostate exam, a stool test and seeing the dentist. Keep your own personal medical file at home, just like you do for your other insurance policies.

Goal#10: Read one book per year on health. On my list this year is “Preventing Alzheimer’s” by Dr’s Shankle and Amen.

Goal #11: Develop a weekly healing ritual.


Dr. Ingrid Pincott, naturopathic physician, has been practicing since 1985 and can be reached at or 250-286-3655.

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