There are two ways you can run the health of your body: slap yourself into a ‘have to’, ‘must do’ crisis management of your health, that is the way most people run their health, or deal with it when it crashes and burns, when it is falling to pieces.
Dealing with your health when it crashes and burns is like servicing your car when it’s crashed by the side of the road and not really putting any maintenance or any value on prevention. Instead we should use our body, feed our body, work our body in a preventative way so that it performs consistently and that it functions well.
The other option we have is to tickle our health along; this is the reason my wife and I wrote a book called ‘Ticklish’. Ticklish is about helping people, especially children, get used to having their health tickled along by their peers and professionals, however, you can only tickle someone you know or you love because it’s inappropriate to tickle a stranger.
Ticklish is a sensation that is on the edge of pain, but also on the height of pleasure; like learning to tickle our health along by consistently doing exercises that push us but don’t thrash us.
It is also about eating foods that are not loaded with sugar, artificial colours and chemicals, but instead eating wholesome nutritious fresh foods—like fruits, vegetables, meats and proteins that are clean and organic—that stimulate our digestion, are high in fibre, and keep our alkalinity cool. These foods combat the impact of stress and toxins and allow us to tickle ourselves along.
So if we tickle our health along then we progressively improve the level of function in our body, and when you improve the level of function in your body you can expect more from it. It lasts longer, has less injury and the body starts to bounce out of bed in the mornings because it feels great!
We are meant to function at 80 and 90% capacity, but because we often only run our health according to symptoms, or when we feel bad, or when the body starts to slap us with alarm bells going off, we are often functioning at about 50% or less. Symptoms only occur at 50% of function or less.
When this happens it’s like running your car at 50% of its capacity or efficiency. It degenerates and deteriorates much quicker than what it normally would and it costs more, it burns fuel poorly, and so you end up with poor health.
This is where we can see the link between the mind and the body, because when the body is running poorly—and most people are running their health at 50%—the brain can’t think clearly, and so we make poorer decisions, we relate worse to people and that’s the Slap! Because when you are running that poorly you can’t expect to have a happy and balanced life and to breathe easy and really enjoy people’s company and the tickle?
The tickle is the opportunity. The opportunity to have a fun filled bright and vibrant body that is bursting with excitement, enthusiasm and energy to do all the things that you want to do.
So what’s your choice? Slap or ticklish?