Small Changes Add Up To Big Changes

What is the best way to make changes for better health?  Everyone knows fruits and vegetables are more healthy than pizza and french fries and that regular exercise is better than sitting in front of the TV for hours.  Drink 8 glasses of water a day.  Not too much salt or sugar. Limit alcohol.  Quit smoking. Floss your teeth and wear your seat belt. And don’t use the cellphone while driving!  Don’t put your elbows on the table and don’t forget your mother-in-law’s birthday.  It can get overwhelming when you think about what you are doing and what you “should” be doing.  Especially when you are unhappy with your current situation.  Its seems easier to just bag the whole idea.  However doing nothing just brings more of the same.  So how do you get out of this cycle?

  • Evaluate what is really important to you. Look at that list of shoulds.  How many of them are actually yours and how many are from someone else telling you what to do?  I am appalled at the amount of marketing put out by drug companies aimed directly at consumers.  Sometimes when I watch tv I feel like if I’m not taking the latest pill I’m missing out on being happy, dandruff-free and having regular bowel movements.  Or that the key to fulfillment is wearing a certain brand of jeans.  Its your life.  You get to decide.

  • Use common sense and observe your body. I was in a grocery store a few weeks ago and a man selling a product informed me this product “was actually good for my health”.  As if the other food I ate was not.  How the heck does he know that?  I am very wary of any food product that comes in a bag or container.  I think nature knows best when it comes to what I put in my body.  How does your body feel when you eat certain foods?  Spend time with certain people?  Get 4 hours of sleep versus 8 or 10?  Its great to consult outside sources for guidance but ultimately you know your body best.

  • Small changes add up to big changes. Break down big pieces into small pieces.  This is the secret to successful New Year’s Resolutions.  Don’t try to do everything at once.  Monday is a terrible day to quit smoking, quit drinking, eat healthy and run 5 miles all at the same time.  Prioritize and break things down into small pieces.  A great place to start is making sure you have an adequate water intake.  I recommend half your body weight in ounces.  Lots of little changes done slowly are the key to permanent life changes.

Meaghan Massella, M.Ac, L.Ac is a licensed acupuncturist in Edgewater.  Edgewater Acupuncture is her mission to provide affordable acupuncture to the people of Anne Arundel county.  The clinic works on a sliding scale fee of $15-$35 for treatment, no questions asked.

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Edgewater Acupuncture provides acupuncture treatments on a sliding scale of $15-$35 with a one time $10 paperwork fee for new patients. Acupuncture is for everyone. It's most effective when received frequently and regularly. This is the reason behind Edgewater Acupuncture's prices -- accessible, simple, effective healthcare for you and your family. This accessibility allows you to come as often as necessary for you to get healthy and stay healthy. You decide what you pay. It's that simple.