What You Really Want Instead of Just “Getting Healthy”

All the health information in the world doesn’t do you any good if you don’t do anything with it.

Examining what it means to be a human being, not a human “doing”, will create the inspiration to dream bigger, to act bolder and to go after greater goals and results than you previously would have.

You are here to live, to enjoy, to love and be loved and to be happy – not just to achieve, to accomplish, and to accumulate. “Things” can bring you more enjoyment and happiness…maybe. But consider that it is the pursuit of these things, not the things themselves, that adds to the enjoyment of your life and makes you happier. It is the person we become while pursuing our goals that we are after, not just the goal.

Relating this back to the health goals that you may have set for yourself already, when it comes right down to it, is it really about the 26 inch waistline or the 6-pack abs for you? Is it really about sleeping through the night again or about keeping your cool in the midst of looming project deadlines and the yelling and screaming of your boss?

Or is it about the feeling you have when see your slimmed down body in the mirror? Or is it about the feeling you get when you realize you are that person that follows through on their plan, that has the discipline to stick to an eating plan and a workout schedule that allows you to accomplish that goal of hitting your ideal body weight?

Or is it about the feeling you get when you realize that you are the eye of the storm around you? Is it that feeling you get of confidence that you can handle anything that comes your way? That feeling of certainty that you can produce great results in the face of adversity? That feeling of peace and calm that comes from knowing that this stress won’t break you, that it won’t break your health down this time like it has so many times before?

Viewing your health from this larger perspective of BEING will allow all of these exercise, diet and stress management tips to be more effective in helping you get what you want for yourself and your health.

All things are possible for you in your health and healing and right now, you can create the new, healthy lifestyle you have always wanted to live. You have learned the importance of building a healthy mindset so you are thinking the healthy thoughts that support and accelerate your new action steps. You have learned about exercise regimens, food choices, and stress management tools that you can choose to build new healthy habits around.

Another area that is critical to address to insure that all of these new habits and behaviors become long term, long lasting changes in your life is your Environment.

If the environment that you are immersed in right now isn’t a healthy one, then the changes you make in your lifestyle habits will not be sustainable. The environment around you needs to be supportive and conducive to your health flourishing in a new way. Otherwise, you are just going to go back to your old ways of being.

Imagine if you went through this Being Well Lifestyles Home Study Course and, metaphorically speaking, you were to gather together all of these strong, healthy seeds (health tips and tools). You then learn how grow these seeds into beautiful healthy plants (health habits) in order to create a flourishing garden (healthy lifestyle and body).

So you excitedly start on your gardening project. But you plant your seeds in old, depleted soil. You never weeded the area. You don’t water your garden. You didn’t check to see if your garden got the proper sunlight. So your healthy seeds don’t get the nutrients, the water and the sunlight they need. So those new seeds never grow. Even if they did manage to sprout and just break through the surface, they would quickly die off.

Well, just like a garden needs the right environmental factors for new seeds to grow and to develop, your health too, needs the right environment for your new health habits to grow and to develop.

To insure your success and continued health, you must create a healthy environment around you. Otherwise, this program will become a distant memory a short time from now. Going through all of the time, effort and expense to create enormous health changes in your lifestyle will all be wasted if it is only a temporary experience for you. I’m sure you want long lasting, permanent change for yourself and your health, not temporary results that slip away from you again. Creating a healthy mindset and a healthy environment around you is the best way for your new health plan to a success for you.


*Exerpted from the Being Well Lifestyles Home Study Course by Dr. Jay Warren.

Drawing on over two decades of experience as a hands-on holistic practitioner, Dr. Jay Warren is a primary healthcare provider and licensed chiropractor in the San Diego area. He has spent tens of thousands of clinical hours helping his patients achieve their optimal health potential through holistic approaches bolstered by years of personal experimentation, education and research. Dr. Jay creates customized plans integrating exercise, nutrition and stress management strategies to overcome a myriad of health challenges. For more information, email drjay@drjaywarren.com or visit www.DrJayWarren.com.

About the Author

Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. He is also the Wellness Care Coordinator at the CAP Wellness Center in San Diego, CA where 90% of his practice is pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old. Dr. Jay is a proud member of the ICPA and APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” in iTunes. His online program, “Connecting with Baby” guides pregnant women through processes to strengthen maternal bonding for a happier pregnancy, gentler birth and easier post-partum experience. Dr. Jay is also the proud father of his 3 year old son, Niko who keeps him very busy (and happy) outside of the office.