I’m a big believer in preventive medicine. I also equally love a clever quote that plays on health:
“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.” — Lily Tomlin
“What people eat can be medicine or poison.” — Dr. Brenda Rea
Are you taking your MEDS? (Meditation, Exercise, Diet, Sleep)
In her book, Brooke attributes this simple concept to behavioral consultant, Nicholas Bate.¹
Bate says we should be “giving consideration to M-E-D-S or meditation-exercise-diet-sleep” on a daily basis.
He explains it in a bit more detail:
“Wellness is about balance. M-E-D-S is a simple such strategy.
M is meditation. Take a bit of time out. Just to think.
E is exercise. Walk every day. Walk more. Take the stairs.
D is diet. Reduce the rubbish; increase the nutritious.
S is sleep. Get rid of sleep debt.”
How are you doing on your MEDS?
M (Meditation): This is where I’m currently failing. I’m all-in on slow living and do a lot of contemplation, but I honestly haven’t yet explored meditation (other than reading about the benefits and listening to a guided mediation a couple times). Lots of room for improvement here.
E (Exercise): Doing fairly well here. I exercise 3-5+ days/week (mostly strength training with some running/cycling here and there). Also going on more walks with our dogs recently. However, exercise seems to be a constant roller coaster for me (up and down, in shape and out of shape, repeat).
D (Diet): My wife and I have taken inspiration from the Blue Zones and try to incorporate the Blue Zones longevity diets into our lives. We rarely eat meat these days, and we are pretty good about caloric restriction. But, we still eat chips, protein bars, and other unhealthy stuff (in moderation) along with meals out every once in awhile.
S (Sleep): Sleeping 7-8 hours most nights (with the occasional 6 hours). Sometimes I even throw in a short nap. I’ve always been a night owl, so the biggest improvement I can make here is shifting my sleep schedule up a couple hours.
How about you? Please share your honest MEDS analysis in the comments!