Did you notice that I changed the name of my website from “Yes to Life” to the “Yes to Life Solution?”
What’s the difference? Why did I make this change?
“Yes to Life” has been one of my mantras for many years. I see it as a guiding light for making healthy choices, — from healthy eating — to living joyfully — to stepping outside our comfort zone — to living compassionately with all beings, and much more. It is still my mantra, and provides a framework for how I try to live my life. I fall short too often, but at least I have a context in which to make my moment-to-moment decisions.
The Yes to Life Solution takes this another step. Adding the word “solution” adds another layer of meaning.
We don’t need solutions unless we have problems. And when I look at our world, I see LOTS of problems. And one of the biggest problems is that in our attempt to solve a problem, we often contribute to even more problems!
For example, we take medications to solve a problem. But medications always have side effects, which means more problems! And then we may end up taking more medications to solve the problems caused by the first medication . . . and this can go on and on.
Diets usually cause long-term weight GAIN, in spite of temporary weight loss. You know the story — we even have a name for it: yo-yo dieting. In addition, dieting often causes an obsession with food.
So the Yes To Life Solution is about choosing solutions that truly support life — in the long-term.
Starting with health, the Yes to Life Solution can help you get slim and healthy without dieting and without drugs. No bad side affects. No creating food obsessions. No more yo-yoing.
Let’s suppose you have high cholesterol. Chances are you’re probably overweight too, and have high blood pressure. Maybe you even have blood sugar levels that your doctor warns are getting close to diabetic range.
The usual recommendation would be to take statin drugs to lower cholesterol. Most people take them for the rest of their lives. (And you’d also be given drugs for the other problems, but for now, let’s just look at the cholesterol problem.)
According to Web MD, the most common side effects of statin drugs are: headache, difficulty sleeping, skin flushing, muscle aches, tenderness, or weakness, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea and/or vomiting, abdominal cramping and/or pain, bloating and/or gas, diarrhea, constipation, and rash. In addition, statins can also cause memory loss, mental confusion, high blood sugar, and type 2 diabetes.
Obviously, the drug solution to high cholesterol can cause a lot more problems and seriously impair quality of life.
So now let’s take a look at the Yes to Life Solution.
The Yes To Life Solution says, “Let’s look at what’s causing your high cholesterol and correct the cause, not just treat the symptom. And let’s be sure that in the process, we don’t cause any other problems.”
We have learned that the Standard American Diet, high in animal products and processed foods, leads to high cholesterol.
The solution, then, is to stop eating the Standard American Diet and start eating a diet of whole, unprocessed plant foods: vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, and a few nuts and seeds.
Cholesterol comes down to healthy levels, without the use of drugs.
In addition, blood pressure also comes down. Excess weight melts away. Blood sugar becomes more stable and returns to healthy levels.
This one solution solves lots of problems that otherwise would require a medicine cabinet full of different drugs.
In addition, your energy level goes up. You’re thinking more clearly. Digestive issues improve.
So we have 2 different kinds of solutions to the cholesterol problem, the drug solution and the Yes to Life Solution. They both affect more than your cholesterol levels. And they both greatly affect your quality of life.
For me, the choice is very clear. The Yes To Life Solution makes our lives better in many ways. While it solves the cholesterol problem, it also solves many other health problems, including obesity.
The icing on the cake is that this same solution that returns us to health is also better for our planet and in alignment with our values of kindness to animals.
So this isn’t just about a nice way to think about life. It’s a way to solve many serious problems. That’s the reason I renamed my website the Yes to Life Solution.
If you have a problem you’d like to solve in a way that will create a cascade of good effects, try the Yes To Life Solution. For help in creating a healthy, slim, vibrant life, click here to contact me for a free strategy call.
What is YOUR experience? If you’ve tried both drug solutions AND a plant-based diet solution to health problems, how did they compare? Please share in the comments section below.