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What is the path to wellness?  Is it eating right, watching your weight, exercising, or taking supplements? It is all of the above and more.  The first step is to make the commitment to change your life.  There are many individuals, particularly in the United States, who would like to be healthy but the temptations for all of the fast food is overwhelming. A strong will is important.  Eating a snack of ice cream at night is a sure fire way of adding pounds.  Once you commit you need to also be in the right frame of mind.  If you dwell on the negative it will quite possibly lead to overeating. The next step is to think about what you eat on a daily basis.  Sure frozen items are simple, but so is fresh fruit with yogurt.  Eating to your blood type is essential.  The “O” type is the earliest and they are the meat and fish eaters with fruits and vegetables. As dairy products did not exist during this period, they are not accepted well in their digestive tract.  The “A” and “B” are quite similar.  Both types need to eat light meats such as chicken, turkey and fish.  They are also fine with all fruits and vegetables.  Dairy products will also not agree with their stomachs.  When I was a child I was forced to eat cereal with milk before school everyday.  As I am a “B”, I was nauseous every morning for several hours.  I never knew until I became a dietitian. The “A/B” blood types can eat everything.  If you are hoping to lose weight, choose foods that are fresh as they are automatically low in calories.  Once you make the diet goal, have a check up with your doctor to verify you are in good health.  Then you can begin an exercise program.  Start off slowly with simple exercises such as walking, lifting very light weights, and if you go to the gym do not push yourself.  Try different machines to see which ones work best for you.  If there is no gym near you, watch for workout equipment on sale or buy a mini trampoline and jog on it every day. The are many options to the wellness path.  In the Good Gus series all foods were homegrown, no pesticides, and since ranching and farming were a way of life, they had their own daily exercise program for wellness. The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Digitizing for all the books are available now!  Books one and two are now available on the Tractor Supply website. “Misplaced Trust” will be available this month.


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