Monday, July 23, 2007

The Slight Edge [excerpt]

from The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson.

The Slight Edge and Your Health

Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.
- Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

They say "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach." I don't know about that, but I do know this: that is the way to his destiny!
Health is one of the great riddles of existence. The foundational importance of everyday health is one of the most commonly known truths of human existence, and at the same time, it is also one of the most commonly and blatantly ignored. Everyone knows that "if you don't have your health, you have nothing." Our language is brimming over with related figures of speech.:
At least you have your health.
You're only as old as you feel.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Of the three "self-evident, inalienable rights" that ring from the American Declaration of Independence like a trumpet fanfare-"Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"- the first, without which the other two are irrelevant, is Life. And the most basic condition for the free, unencumbered experience of Life itself is health. There is nothing more basic than health- and there is no area of life where the Slight Edge is more vividly in operation, working either for you or against you.
That is perhaps your most important choice, day by day and hour by hour: whether to let your eating and physical activity build your fondest dreams- or dig your grave with your teeth. Hamlet wondered, "To be, or not to be?" You get to ask yourself that-and answer it-with every meal.

read the introduction to The Slight Edge.

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