“Vibrant Health” means different things for different people.


What does vibrant health mean to you?

This picture was found by searching for “mind, body and spirit,” the vibrant health of a lifestyle in balance and in harmony with nature.

Recently, I received a vibrant health top-ten list from Robert, a reader of my blog, who added at the end of this list: Thanks so much for your daily blog!

  1. Unexpected benefits. Most of the health benefits were unexpected because I had felt that my own results of Standard American Diet were normal (tired, constipated, irritable, etc.)
  2. Spiritual. I must say that a spiritual aspect of going plant based also came about on it’s own…maybe good karma for taking care of the earth and being a better steward of other species.
  3. Regularity. Thought I knew what this was. Wrong. You can’t underestimate the healthy benefits of regularity.
  4. GERD disappeared. (Gastro-esophageal reflux disease)
  5. Hands feel more fluid. Realized that my family legacy of arthritis came more from our family diet than from our genes.
  6. Love life improved. Healed atherosclerosis in all parts of the body.
  7. Cholesterol. Down 110 points (last count).
  8. Twenty pounds lighter. Slowly gravitated to my natural weight.
  9. Running again for the first time in 30 years. Not just running….got fourth place in my age group in my first 5K.
  10. Sailing is also good for the mind, body and spirit.

    My wife is also running…and has really never done so in her life.

Dear Robert, Thank you for sharing your top-ten list, which I assume was in no particular order. And thanks for sharing the spiritual piece. It kinds of fall in with my recent series of posts about happiness (most recent was on  7-14-12)

Appeal for more “vibrant health” indicators. In the past 526 days of blogging, I have heard from many of you. Please post some of your vibrant health indicators as a “Comment” to this post and I will feature them in a future blog.

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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation

About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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2 Responses to “Vibrant Health” means different things for different people.

  1. Anne says:

    No more cravings for sugar or salt. For the first time in my adult life I am no longer overweight and am able to keep the weight off effortlessly. I am so thankful for the China study which changed my life. That led me to some research of my own. Learning to live vegetarian and finally after five years, reading your book where I was able to make the switch to whole plants.

    Thanks Anne

  2. Jean Myers says:

    Vibrant health indicators: no sinus headaches or infections; effortless maintenance of a healthy weight; no arthritis symptoms in hands (gave up wheat for this one); hardly ever get a cold and if I do, it lasts only 2 – 3 days, not a week; feeling that I make a positive impact on the world at every meal

    Thanks for your blog :) Jean

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