Being Healthy Is Everyone’s Responsibility

The other day I read a shocking Wall Street Journal article about a new class of cholesterol drugs that could potentially add an additional $150 billion to the national health-care bill.

Apparently, there are currently 32 million Americans taking statins, such as Lipitor, and millions more that would get prescribed the new PCSK9 to regulate cholesterol.

My lovely wife, Angie Harrison, works for the American Heart Association. So we are both very conscious of heart disease and the need for people to take care of themselves. We are also both committed to our kids, Scout and Elvis, and therefore we have decided to live cleaner and healthier lives as we get older. Unfortunately, this commitment takes a lot of hard work and requires sacrificing many of the things that people consume on a daily basis.

My concern is that most Americans don’t want to make the change required to be healthy. I know that I’ve struggled year after year, diet after diet, and cleanse after cleanse trying to be healthy. I try to do yoga at least once a week, exercise three-five times a week, and eat clean 90% of the time.

But for people who are currently unhealthy, ignoring exercise, eating and drinking whatever they want, they are actually not only ignoring their own health responsibility, they are jeopardizing the health of everyone in the national health system.

I just finished a focused effort to clean my diet – the result after 1 month:

  • Perfect blood pressure (110/70)
  • Perfect cholesterol (142)
  • Healthy sugar, kidney, and liver functions
  • Normal thyroid, prostate, and other tests
  • Weight 181 lbs (down from 197 lbs)

So what was a Clean diet:

  • whole vegetables and leafy greens
  • whole fruits & berries
  • wild fish, organic chicken & turkey
  • brown rice, quinoa
  • beans, legumes, lentils
  • nuts, seeds & nut butters (no peanut)
  • avocado & coconut oil
  • No gluten
  • No dairy
  • No meat, pork, eggs, shellfish, no raw meat or fish
  • No corn, no soy
  • No nightshades (tomato, eggplant, peppers, potatoes)
  • No bananas, strawberries, oranges, grapes
  • No coffee, soda, alcohol
  • No processed sugar

The key to success – be vigilante for at least 5 out of 7 days and don’t beat yourself up when you enjoy drinking or eating something off diet. For me, I was pretty strict and I found that I didn’t have the cravings to cheat. For many people, after getting clean the body doesn’t always like the old unhealthy food resulting in upset stomachs and/or diarrhea.

We all need to have meals where we don’t watch what we eat or drink. Tomorrow night is a big dinner for Greg Parsons and we plan to have fun, eat a great meal and drink some nice wine.

My experience is that if you are more healthy than not than you’ll feel better, go to the doctor less and as Mr. Spock would say “Live long and prosper.”

Being Healthy Is Everyone’s Responsibility

Happy Birthday And Anniversary 

This week was amazing.  It was my birthday and anniversary.  I’m 43, married 11 years and I could not be happier, healthier or more optimistic on life.

So this week when I’ve received so much love and appreciation, I wanted to share some thoughts of my own.

First, a bunch of people have been asking lately about the blog and why I’ve committed to this.   The answer is simple – I want to share my experiences and journey to provide a perspective influenced by love, family, West Point, The Army, MIT, Robot Heart and Burningman, entrepreneurs, and all the amazing people who have crossed my path.

I want to thank my mom and dad for being amazing guides and supports through all my ups and downs.   Your love is the energy that pushed me through growing up, West Point, Ranger School, The Army, MIT, marriage, fatherhood and entrepreneurship.

Next to my beautiful wife, who loves me even though I’m crazy.   It takes one to know one.   All my heart to Angie Harrison.

Third, to my kids, Scout and Elvis.   Fatherhood is just the journey I need to evolve to the next level.  Thank you for keeping me honest and present.

And it’s important we all appreciate every trip around the Sun.   Because at some point we all have our last breathe in this current place.   And regardless of who you believe you’ll meet in the next phase – angels, ancestors, soulmates, virgins – we all must answer for the decisions you’ve made here.   And to show you’ve at least learned the difference between right and wrong, good and bad.

It’s that simple.

Happy Birthday And Anniversary