1. Eat real food! Trust the “aliveness” of foods. It’s simple: avoid all boxes, bottles, and cans as much as possible.
2. Cherish water. Pure water is your body’s lifeblood—and naturally pure water is rapidly becoming rare and precious.
2. Crave oxygen. Rather than calling it “exercise,” think of pleasurable ways to get oxygen-rich blood pumping: a favorite walk, sport, dance. Express yourself through movement that makes you happy.
3. Shun chemicals. At home, at work and at play. Seek organic alternatives to cleaners, pesticides, bedding, upholstery, zero-VOC paints, and the like.
5. Rest! Reduce stress by developing a strategy of revival that doesn’t rely on coffee, sweets, or endless connections to screens and other devices. Try yoga meditation, massage—whatever works for you.
6. Sleep well. Make a commitment to healthy, restorative sleep. Create a sleep-friendly environment, and a schedule you can stick to. Start a nap habit.
7. Swear off all sodas. Avoid all energy drinks—including “diet.” Limit fruit juices—we’re all trying to cut back on sugar, and watching what you drink is the easiest way to start.
8. Limit meat. Have sustainably-sourced meat just once a week—or whatever you can achieve. Treat it as a condiment, not a staple. Remember that in the old days a “chicken in the pot” was considered a Sunday treat.
9. Cultivate family and friends. Isolation brings alienation...and unhappiness. You need at least two friends you can call at 3:00 a.m. in the morning.
10. Save for an uncertain future. The world is in flux due to climate change and other stresses. Understand now that your lifestyle may not always be the same. Start a nest egg now to keep your options open.
11. Find a reason to be. The French call it raison d'être. Everyone has something they cherish, believe in, hope to make better—their reason to live. It’s also what gets me to Pilates every morning and makes me do all of the above. Embrace yours...and take action to make your life and the lives of others better.