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Whats your Healthy Lifestyle Moto?

February 6, 2015

“About 80% of chronic diseases that are costing our country a fortune — causing people to lose relatives and lose limbs and lose loved ones and work interruptions and all kinds of tragic situations — are entirely preventable by simple inexpensive lifestyle steps.”  — Joel Kahn, MD

A summary of this week’s Parsha (Torah Portion) Yisro from

Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, hears of the great miracles which G‑d performed for the people of Israel, and comes from Midian to the Israelite camp, bringing with him Moses’ wife and two sons. Jethro advises Moses to appoint a hierarchy of magistrates and judges to assist him in the task of governing and administering justice to the people.

The children of Israel camp opposite Mount Sinai, where they are told that G‑d has chosen them to be His “kingdom of priests” and “holy nation.” The people respond by proclaiming, “All that G‑d has spoken, we shall do.”

On the sixth day of the third month (Sivan), seven weeks after the Exodus, the entire nation of Israel assembles at the foot of Mount Sinai. G‑d descends on the mountain amidst thunder, lightning, billows of smoke and the blast of the shofar, and summons Moses to ascend.

G‑d proclaims the Ten Commandments, commanding the people of Israel to believe in G‑d, not to worship idols or take G‑d’s name in vain, to keep the Shabbat, honor their parents, not to murder, not to commit adultery, not to steal, and not to bear false witness or covet another’s property. The people cry out to Moses that the revelation is too intense for them to bear, begging him to receive the Torah from G‑d and convey it to them.

“Because a few kilos is nothing, and living a healthy & happy life is everything.”  Emma xo (Melbourne. Dietitian and fellow blogger I met at a @ChobaniAU function. On Instagram – @emmajstubbs

On Sunday I was at a party chatting to a friend Joe Kuriel. Joe is a fellow IronMan and works professionally as a chiropractor with his wife who is a nutritionist. Speaking about diet (yes I am again mentioning diet) he said that to lose weight you need to (wish I could quote him exactly) stop eating processed food, cut out sugar, exercise and set goals. Thinking about my next Blog and what he said, I came to the conclusion he was not talking about diet, but rather about a “healthy lifestyle”. If you see any of Joe’s posts on social media he often #EatPlayLove. That must be his Healthy Lifestyle Moto!

The Definition[1] of a healthy lifestyle is “A healthy lifestyle leaves you fit, energetic and at reduced risk for disease, based on the choices you make about your daily habits”

Last week I posted a quote from Simon Ward on keeping it simple and I think he summed up what it means to be a good healthy athlete – “Quality Training + Clean eating + World Class recovery”

This week I was listening to the Rich Roll Podcast. Rich was interviewing Dr Joel Kahn. Dr Kahn was explaining that he had come to talk at the Saddleback Church. Yes a nice Jewish Cardiologist speaking at an evangelical church! The Pastor at this church noticed while baptizing 800 congregants, how overweight they were and decided to make a change. What he implemented was the Daniel Plan. The Daniel Plan says that a Healthy Lifestyle is made up of 5F’s – “The Essentials: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends.” The program offers an innovative approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle where people get better together by optimizing their health in each of these life areas. Each essential supports and influences the others, offering a practical step-by-step approach for anyone to follow. Dr Kahn implemented this program in his Shule in Detroit.

Let me try and link this “Healthy Lifestyle” I have mentioned to this week’s Parsha and to YES the Book of Daniel.

This week’s Parsha has a number of themes that tie in with a healthy lifestyle. These themes include – FAMILY, FAITH and WORK LIFE BALANCE.

Family – Yisro (Jethro) Moses father-in-law brings Moses family back to him. The family is united;

Faith – The 10 Commandments that are described and are the principals of the Jewish faith; and

Work Life Balance – Yisro saw that a countless number of Jews were all standing in line to speak to Moses with questions they had. Yisro then told Moses: “Why do you sit alone with all the people standing by you from morning to evening?… You will surely become worn out … as well as this people that is with you….” (Exodus 18:14-17). Yisro encourages Moses to delegate… avoid becoming worn out. In an article on Rabbi Adam Lieberman brings down some lessons on delegation. There are two main reasons why we don’t delegate namely – Loss of control and belief that the other person does not have the necessary knowledge and skill. Sometimes we need to be humble enough to realise other can do the job and if they can’t do the job – we need to teach them!

He Concludes “So fight the urge, and delegate important tasks … focus your energies only on the things that have the potential to make you great.”

Reading further about the Daniel Plan, I noticed the name is based on the following passage from the book of Daniel. (Ch1:15)

טו. וּמִקְצָת יָמִים עֲשָׂרָה נִרְאָה מַרְאֵיהֶם טוֹב וּבְרִיאֵי בָּשָׂר מִן כָּל הַיְלָדִים הָאֹכְלִים אֵת פַּת בַּג הַמֶּלֶךְ: 15. And at the end of the ten days, they looked handsomer and fatter than all the youths who ate the king’s food.

What is this all about? (Based on an article – Babylonian Vegans – By Rabbi Jack Abramowitz on the OU Website.)

During the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, he ordered that some of the best and brightest of the Jewish youths that had been brought to Babylonia should be trained to serve among his advisors. Those selected, including Daniel were trained for three years, during which time they were provided with food and wine from the king’s kitchen.

Daniel was proactive in not wanting to partake of the non-kosher food and wine provided by Nebuchadnezzar’s staff. He asked if he and his three friends could receive raw vegetables, instead. The steward replied, “If you four lose weight, while everyone else bulks up, the king will chop my head off!” Daniel persuaded the officer to give them a ten-day trial period.

At the end of the ten-day trial, not only were Daniel and company not emaciated, they were heartier than the rest of the “management trainees!” (Their attendant reaped an additional benefit in that he got to keep their allotted portions for himself.)

These youths adopted a “Healthy Lifestyle” (may have been Vegan)

After their three years of training, the four youths were presented to Nebuchadnezzar, who tested them and found them to be more proficient than all his astrologers….

In his podcast Rich Roll makes the following statement – Not only does Dr. Kahn know what he is talking about, his basic message is elementary: “if you want to experience true long-term wellness, then you must focus on implementing sustainable long-term preventive protocols into your lifestyle. This starts and ends with diet and active lifestyle.”




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