To restore health, Dan’s Plan focuses on “food, movement, and sleep as fundamental domains of your health practice” largely through tracking “key behaviors.” An emphasis on more than diet is important, but I would probably add something that reflects the mind (perhaps contemplation?) as being fundamental too. I think some kind of centering, reflective practice (like meditation or journaling) is essential to health.
I like that Dan’s Plan’s basic services are free and that Paul Jaminet is the site’s scientific advisor. But what I really like is Dan’s Plan’s concept of a daily personal health practice.
Part of this resonates because I recently attended a Corporate Athlete workshop courtesy of the day job, and the idea of a daily practice seems very similar to what Corporate Athlete calls daily rituals. And it also reminds me of Covey’s “put first things first” principle, which requires building into the day our “important, but not urgent” activities as a good time management practice.
The usefulness of a daily practice is the way it sets you up for longer term success. I think there’s also a Ram Dass “be here now” aspect to focusing on what’s directly controllable today and stressing out less about what’s not (like your goal weight months or years from now).
Figuring out your “vital” behaviors and committing to making them part of your daily health practice may be worth a try if your health or weight loss efforts aren’t dialed in to where you’d like. And even tiny habits can be a good start!
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