4 Things You Need to Do Now to Protect Your Health

4 Things You Need to Do Now to Protect Your Health

This year I've discovered a new passion for Krav Maga.

If you've never heard of Krav Maga, it's a form of self-defense and physical training first developed by the Israeli Army in the 1940's. Krav Maga is based on the use of reflexive responses to threatening situations. It consists of a combination of techniques sourced from boxing, wrestling, Aikido, Judo, Karate and street fighting.

Like most Martial Arts, Krav Maga encourages students to avoid physical confrontation, but when necessary, to respond as quickly and as aggressively as possible. If you're attacked out of nowhere, this aggressive response could mean the difference between your life and death. It's that important!

As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, it occurred to me that self-defense doesn't only apply to physical situations of immediate danger we may find ourselves in over the course of our life. It also greatly applies to our health!

4 Things You Need to Do Now to Protect Your Health

1.  Protect Your Health by Interrupting Your Pattern of Behavior

Imagine every night you get in your car alone and you drive to the mall. You park in the same spot every time. At 5pm you enter the mall through the same door, and at 7pm you exit from that door as well.

Meanwhile, someone has been watching you. They've recognized you have a pattern of behavior they can use to their advantage. So the next evening when you exit the mall and are about to get into your car, you are attacked by a criminal who completely caught you off guard. You're stunned!

What might have prevented this incident from happening?

A change in your pattern of behavior would have thrown the criminal off track, and things may not have worked out according to his plan.

♥ Apply this to your health...

The same holds true for our health. When we get ourselves stuck in patterns of behavior, there is a cumulative affect that happens inside our body.

Assuming those patterns are negative choices, it's only a matter of time before we will become a victim to our health.

What are some negative patterns of behavior related to our health?

  • Staying up all hours of the night and getting up early the next morning.
  • Exposing our body to too many toxins from our environment, food, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene products.
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle. Not exercising regularly - or at all.
  • Too many stops at the drive-thru window for fast food.
  • Burning the candle at both ends, never taking a break or stopping to relax and enjoy life.
  • Spending too much time in fight-or-flight stress mode.
  • Eating processed foods, excess amounts of sugar, and consuming too much caffeine or alcohol.
  • Wasting too much time comparing ourselves to others in social media.
  • Surrounding ourselves with toxic, negative people and staying in toxic relationships.

Your first defense in protecting your health is to vary your routines. Start with changing your negative patterns into positive, healthy patterns. Focus on one pattern of behavior at a time, if you have to. Every healthy change makes a difference.

2.  Protect Your Health by Practicing Awareness

Every day our world becomes a little more crazy and unpredictable. You never know when you'll cross paths with someone or something threatening. One of the smartest ways to protect yourself is to practice being alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.

Rather than walking out to your car focused on responding to that text message, it's best to put your phone away and pay attention to the people within your vicinity, their intentions, and any potential weapons you could use if needed to defend yourself. Don't live in fear, but do live alert!

♥ Apply this to your health...

This is good practice in our health as well. You are your body's best expert. You know your body better than anyone, but you have to be in-tune with it. You have to pay attention to what's happening and how it's feeling.

Listen to your body. It sends you messages all the time. Messages of happiness, of pleasure, of pain, and of brokenness.

Be on alert. When something (anything) is out of the ordinary, you should respond quickly, and in some cases, aggressively to avoid further trouble. The earlier you catch a problem, the easier it is to determine the root cause and take natural steps to bring about healing.

Most symptoms that people experience and assume are a "natural part of aging" or a "natural part of being a woman" are in fact not normal or natural. The body is designed to function in a state of harmony. When it's systems are interrupted or are out of balance, symptoms occur.

You can protect your health by practicing awareness and responding quickly when something isn't normal.

3.  Protect Your Health by Always Having a Plan

One of the first things I learned in Krav Maga is to always have a planned response to danger in the back of your mind. The reason for this is that it's hard to think clearly when you're in shock over a sudden situation occurring around you, or to you, if you're being physically attacked.

Having a plan already in your mind, even though it might not be perfect, allows you to respond quickly and efficiently right then and there, rather than losing precious time, or possibly your life, while trying to think of what to do in the middle of total chaos.

A great example: when my family and I go into a restaurant, I make a mental note of where the exits are. When possible, I sit facing the door because it allows me to be alert to my surroundings. I then play out a simple scenario in my mind. If "X" happens, then I would "Y." The plan is then set, I can relax and enjoy my meal and my family time. By the way, my husband does this too.

♥ Apply this to your health...

When it comes to your health, having a plan is what will keep you on track with making wise choices. All good plans start with a vision of what you want. In this case, your desire may be to have a strong body and mind. Next, you'll need to ask yourself why that's important to you. It's very helpful to know what motivates you. Once you know your motivation, you can create a plan that will get you from point "A" to point "I'm so freakin' strong and healthy!"

Your plan should also take into consideration your whole-body, whole-mind. In other words, you can eat all the kale in the world, but if your relationships are suffering, you're not going to be healthy.

Health comes from more than just the food we put on our plate. And don't get me wrong! I'm a big proponent of eating very healthy! However, it's the primary foods in our life - our career, our spirituality, our relationships, and our exercise that are a compliment to our overall health and happiness.

You can protect your health by having a plan that gets you to the health goals you want to achieve. Part of my job as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach is to help my clients map out these goals and aggressively go after them.

4.  Protect Your Health by Keeping a Positive Mindset

In life, one of the best ways to avoid becoming a victim is to avoid looking the part of a victim. This means walking with confidence, your head held high, your eyes open and scanning the area unafraid to make contact with other eyes around you, and body language that says, "yes, I see you, and I am prepared to react swiftly."

♥ Apply this to your health...

Likewise, having a positive mindset is incredibly powerful and empowering for our health and our happiness.

Over 17 years ago, my husband was told he had Cardiomyopathy, a result of an upper respiratory infection that attacked his heart muscle. At the time, his Cardiologist told him he'd need a heart transplant. He also said, "One-third of the patients with this get better, one-third stay the same, and one-third get worse."

Despite such grim odds, my husband didn't for one second allow negativity to enter his mind. He believed whole-heartedly that God had already healed him, and that was enough. He never had that transplant and he's lived a relatively normal, healthy life ever since. Sometimes I wonder, what if he had only focused on the doctor's words, "one-third get worse."?  Would he still be here today?

Your thoughts are so powerful. Keep them positive!

I love this quote from Jim Rohn:

 "Every day, stand guard at the door of your mind."

You can protect your health by nurturing your body, mind, and spirit with plenty of relaxing self-care, and by maintaining a confident, alert state of mind.


May you experience a healthier, happier, and more fit life!




While I love to offer you this information, we live in a litigious society where it’s necessary to include this disclaimer:
All material and information presented here is intended to be used for educational purposes only. The statements made about products, supplements, or treatments have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The information presented herein is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any condition or disease. Please consult with your own physician or healthcare practitioner before making changes to your diet, exercise routine, or lifestyle.
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Rosann Cunningham

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Author at Rosann Cunningham
Rosann is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach specializing in hormone health. She is also a fitness junkie, with a specific passion for mixed martial arts style kickboxing and is trained in Krav Maga - a military self-defense fighting system. After a Hashimotos diagnosis which turned out to be a very wrong call, Rosann became her own health advocate and fought her way back to optimal health and wellness. She is determined to help her clients dig deep to find the root cause of their hormone health struggles, so they too, can thrive and live the abundant life of health and happiness they deserve. Rosann believes nobody should be a victim in life or in their health, so in her coaching practice she loves to integrate a martial arts style and sense of accountability.

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