Detox.  Cleanse.  These are kind of buzzwords lately.  I’ve done some detoxing over the years and read a fair amount on it.  I’ll share my thoughts today.

There are lots of ways to detox.  In my opinion, the first and most important thing, by far, id to make sure you are eliminating well.  If you’re not, any kind of cleansing r detoxing will just stir things up, and probably make your situation worse.  By eliminating well, I mean at least a bowel movement daily.  Get that working first before you attempt any kind of detox.

Next, I would say don’t bother detoxing if you’re not going change your life (if it needs changing).  If you aren’t willing to make a commitment to good eating, detoxing is kind of pointless.  You clean the body, then keep throwing garbage in?  Why bother?

Detoxing can be intense or gradual.  Which you choose may depend on several factors.  One of the very best (and easy and free) ways to gradually detox and stay healthy is to fast one day/week, from after supper one night until breakfast a day later (so really, more like a 36 hour fast).  Drink plain water, teas, possibly fresh juices.  (Or if that is really too hard for you, you could do a raw food fast for that time, eating just fresh raw fruits and veggies- nothing like salad dressing.)

And simply eating well is detoxifying.  A healthy non-processed vegan diet will over time aid greatly in detoxing.  (And, again, in my opinion, NOT eating  healthy vegan diet will led to toxicity.)   Lots of fresh and raw foods, lots of pure water, fresh juices, and so on.

One aspect of detoxing many forget or ignore is that toxins on our bodies come from places other than the foods we eat.   What kind of environment do we live in?  Our homes?  The air we breathe?  Are they laden with toxins?  Our clothes, the soaps we use?  I am a real stickler for whatever we might put ON our bodies directly, onto our skin.  Long ago a I heard about and did an experiment that opened my eyes- try it!  Take a cloves of fresh garlic and thin slice it.   Place the cut pieces on the bottom of your foot (arch area) and tape in place.  Put on a sock.  When I did this, in twenty minutes there was a STRONG garlic taste in my mouth.  Proof to me that what goes ON our skin is easily absorbed into the body.  My simple, easy, general rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your body.  (This includes things like nail polish, shampoos, and so on.)  I am not 100% on this (I use regular shampoo), but it is a good rule to keep in the back of your mind.

Another very significant toxin many of us have in our lives that is often overlooked is negativity.  Being around negative people, negative “energy”, negative opinions and comments is toxic.  Our thoughts actually create chemicals in our bodies.  More and more science is discovering a vast body/min connection.  Being with a  person who is always a downer can be just as toxic (if not more so, than having a Big Mac and Diet Coke).   Fear is toxic.  And I’m referring to real physical effects in our bodies, not “just” thoughts or feelings.   So detox your mind, emotions, and influences around you.

Now we finally get into what most people think of when they consider detoxing.  There are lots of ways to do it.  Saunas help detox.  The skin is the largest elimination organ we have- sweating will get rid of toxins.  Many recommend a program of herbs and/or supplements to help rid the body of toxins.  Often in particular these act on the large and/or small intestine.  Some protocols insist on enemas (plain, coffee, other kinds) and/or colonics.  Sometimes eating is allowed, sometimes not.   Some last a day or less, some go on a week.  Google “cold sheet treatment”.     (I’ve done that, along with many others kinds of detoxing.)

My opinion is that there are probably a fair number of good, safe and effective ways to do this kind of detoxing.  For many, especially those new to this, consulting professional may be wise.  Various herbs and supplements may be a good idea.  Be wise and use common sense.

But the key here is that while detoxing may indeed be a beneficial health treatment, it is absolutely critical to get rid of the toxins going IN to your body as much as possible.  Once you do that, you are on your way to good health.  Without doing that, I doubt you can truly achieve good health.  So, ditch the beer and pizza, Twinkies and cheesecake.  Go deaf when your complaining mother-in-law comes over.  Stop using _____ product on your body.  You’ll be better off for all of it!

May you have continued and lasting good health!

When is “unhealthy eating” okay?

Most of us would agree that some amount of “unhealthy food” is okay. In moderation. How you define that really depends on your knowledge, your health and more. What, and how much is not the focus of this thread. More the “when”.
When is it okay to have “junk food/ unhealthy things”?
MY answer to the question is that it is okay WHEN IT IS PLANNED.
I will have a small piece of cake at the birthday party.
I will have a reasonable sized dessert on Sundays.
We will stop at a fast food place once a week on our way home from soccer practice.
Each day I will allow myself _____ (one can of pop, one small piece of candy, one small bowl of Doritos, whatever).
I will only eat desserts when we go out to eat at sit-down restaurants.

The key to me is to decide for yourself what is reasonable, PLAN it, then stick to your plan (or, if you don’t feel like it, omit something- skip the can of pop.)
But so often, our unhealthy eating is the result of unplanned impulses (= temptation).
One small bag (mini-bag) of M & Ms is no big deal.
One small cookie won’t make any difference.
Everyone is tired and hungry and I have no supper ready at home, let’s stop at McD’s.
I’ll count the chips as my “grain/bread” serving.

When “bad” eating is planned, it ceases to become “bad” eating, I think. I can enjoy the birthday cake without guilt. (Now if I gave in to temptation and ate a huge amount of cake batter as i made it and licked a ton of the frosting, say equivalent to 3 large pieces of cake, then I will NOT be able to enjoy the ONE piece of “planned” birthday cake.)

What’s your answer?

Knocking Yourself

Lately I have had some pretty lofty goals for myself (mostly health related).  I have  been doing well with them, but not 100%.

I had a friend down this weekend.  She had a hard life the last few years (divorce after 29 years of marriage, annulment, and more).  I commented to her that she is still beating herself up over mistakes made and that serves no constructive purpose.

We talked about a young man we know who is turning his life around and getting things in order (he is 22).  One of the people he lives with continually slams him for mistakes.  he still makes mistakes, but has come so far and is doing so many good good things. (Like he shared with me a written list of goals he has.  GOOD goals.  And ones he’s met, such as paying back $3500 of a $4000 debt in one year.)  I lamented with my friend how sad it is that the roommate can;t see all the good, just focuses on the bad.

Ummm… duh!  That is exactly what **I** have been ding with me the last few weeks.  So I set these great goals.  And most days I meet them 50-90%, probably averaging around 75-80%. That is GOOD!  That is much better than before I had set the goals.  yet my thinking each night has been, “Oh, I blew it today.  I didn’t  ___ or ____.”  Maybe that’s true but I DID ___, ____, ___, ____, AND  ____!

Time for me to turn my OWN thinking around and focus on the good done each day!  And stop knocking myslef.

Where are you at?



What you say, your attitude (Story/ Sean)

Here’s a story I wrote some time ago. It keeps popping up in my head. I think there are good lessons to be learned. So I’ll share it and some comments.

He was pushing Sean in the baby swing, while Patrick was climbing on a dome type structure a little ways off. Suddenly Patrick yelled for help. Steve gave Sean a good push and walked over. “Help, I stuck.” Steve looked carefully, he was not stuck, per se. He was at a point about 3’ off the ground, clutching the struts tightly, afraid to move. Steve was real big on letting the kids figure things out themselves, encouraging independence. He asked “What can you do to get yourself unstuck?”

“I dunno. Help! I fall!” Steve looked pointedly at him, then at the ground. He said, “And what happens if you fall?” Patrick said, “Owie!” Steve asked, “Big owie?” Patrick shook his head no. Steve continued, “So, if you fall, you fall. No big deal.”

“Is there maybe something you can do with your hands or feet to get yourself unstuck?”

Patrick looked at where his hands and feet were, and then slowly, carefully, moved his feet and inched his way down. All Steve said was, “You saw what you needed to do to get down, then you did that. You moved your feet and hands so you could climb down. You figured it out.”

Steve always tried to describe what he saw, instead of outright tell them something was good or bad. If they could learn to see things, they could provide their own judgment and learn not to rely on others for what they thought. By describing what had happened, Steve was letting Patrick form his own unconscious judgment. Hey, I DID figure it out, and I DID get down. I can do things. I am capable.

Steve thought this was much better than him saying something like, “Good job.” He also let his boys know that there was nothing wrong in failing, in falling. That was okay. It meant you were trying. As long as you got back up, didn’t let the failure defeat you, it made no difference. It was just a learning experience. In his opinion, way too many people were afraid of doing things for fear of failure. He didn’t want his sons to be afraid of failing.

Steve went back to pushing Sean. Patrick played a while round the base of the dome. Steve watched out of the corner of his eye. He climbed back up a little ways, maybe 2 ½’. And fell. Steve said nothing, pretended he didn’t see it. Patrick looked his way, rubbed his knee, sat a few seconds on the ground, looking at the dome. Then headed back onto it, climbing- cautiously- about 3 ½’ this time, up and down successfully. When he finally got back down, you could almost feel the satisfaction he had, the confidence in having accomplished something hard. Steve smiled.

A woman walked over to him who had been sitting and playing with her young (maybe 1 year old) daughter in the sand box. “Hi, I’m Melanie. That was really interesting.”

He extended his hand, “I’m Steve. What was interesting?”

“The way you handled that with your son. Most parents would first of all have said, ‘BE CAREFUL! DON’T FALL!’ And then they would have plucked him off when he asked for help instead of letting him figure it out. Are you a child psychiatrist or something?”

Steve laughed heartily, “No! I just think it’s better to let them work things out on their own, as long as they’re not in any serious danger.”

I think the way this was handled is good for us to do as parents, as friends, and even with ourselves. (It really does become second nature when you do it enough.) Also note that Steve didn’t solve the problem for the boy, nor tell him what to do. When he was stuck, he merely offered a little guidance.

(I posted this originally for my writing group/ course, so the following example pertains to that, but could apply anywhere in life.) So why has this been on my mind all day? I think it might be helpful for us to consider how this might work with the little voices (liars) we have in our heads and our writing.

Example: a person thinks they aren’t a writer (or a good writer). If they stop a minute and think about – and describe- certain scenes, they might come up with something like this: the other day when I was telling my friends that story about ____ they were really interested. They paid attention and listened. What I had to say was worthy of their time and attention. And they laughed at the funny parts.

So your own judgment could be something like: I can tell stories well, hold people’s attention. What I have to say is valuable. I speak coherently in front of small groups of friends. (Try to use words more specific that “good”.)

Relating this to writing, you might ask yourself how you can transform those positive traits into print.

So, the process is describe, then form your own judgment.

Note: if need be, a description may not necessarily be positive. Sometimes we need to face things we aren’t good at and deal with that. I prefer to focus on the good, the positive as much as possible.

I was thinking more about this last night. What the common response might have been: “Be careful, you’ll fall.” That reply really is rather negative when you think about it.

First off, simply saying. “Be careful,” implies you’re not being. Chances are good most of the time we ARE careful about our actions (certainly we are likely to be careful if climbing on a jungle gym, I’d think). So you are in a one sense belittling the person (or YOURSELF) that they don’t know enough to be careful.

Second, “You’ll fall!” Well, one of two things here (or both). You’re projecting your fear of his falling onto them, planting that idea into their heads. And you’re again assuming they are not capable of doing the task. Negative thinking all around. It even presents the (erroneous, I think) idea that falling is bad. So they fall, big deal. Most of the time, for most of us, our falls are small ones. Small falls, before we get in too deep can serve to teach us things, and not be permanently damaging. The kid who falls a few times off a 3’ jungle gym will figure out how to do it so he doesn’t fall. And then go to 6’ and higher. Or if he is truly not the athletic type, and can’t get it, possibly abandon jungle gym climbing and move to swings. Or wait until he is older, more coordinated. Or have someone show him how (or watch the other kids).

I used a story to illustrate this, but really, how often do we do this? It’s the little liar (voice) at work. This may show a way to treat our kids and others, but also ourselves. Maybe as a challenge today try to pay close attention to what you say to yourself. Are there any phrases like:

I can’t do this/that.
____ won’t like it.
That won’t work, no way to do it.
It won’t be right.
He/she can do it better than me.
I’ll “fall”. (This can be said in MANY ways.)

(Think about what you say to yourself as well as what you say to others.)

1/10 th mile

One tenth of a mile. Not far. I try to walk 3 miles a day. Sometimes I do it all at once, sometimes I spread it out. (I think walking is good for fitness, I’m not much into the, “You must do it all at once to get aerobic benefits and you must ___ and ____.” My goal is to get my 3 miles in, 5-6 days/ week.

I don’t walk real fast, but I can do 1/10 mile in under 2 minutes. It’s pretty dog gone easy to do 1/10 mile. Repeat 30 times in a day and I’ve done 3 miles.

I like watching the Olympics. I need to share about our “TV situation”. We don’t watch TV. We do HAVE a TV for occasional movies we get (usually borrow from the library). We live rural. When the antenna is hooked up, we get one channel (which happens to be NBC, the Olympics channel). So when the Olympics are on, someone goes and climbs on the roof, attaches the antenna wires to the chimney and feeds it in through the window. Then it gets attached to the TV. Hey, it works. (And we have no cable bills, nor temptation to watch “garbage”.)

Problem: the antenna cord isn’t very long, the TV is in my bedroom (by the window). My treadmill is on the other side of the room, around the corner. Watching the Olympics while treadmill walking would be good. I could move my treadmill but that’s too much hassle, plus there is not really room over by the window. So here’s what I do. I treadmill walk with the Olympics on. When the good stuff comes on (there is so much commentary that simply listening to suffices) I go and watch.

However, then during the breaks and commercials I go ad walk. I can usually do at least 1/10 mile during commercial breaks. And they have lots of those. Before you know it, my 3 miles is done. (I do NOT spend all day watching the Olympics, usually some in the afternoon or only evenings).

My point is that you can get a significant amount of exercise in in a day by doing little spurts of things now and then. 1/0 mile here and there. If you’re going upstairs for something, do a double or triple trip, going up and down 2-3 times instead of just one. Takes but a minute. But ALL those minutes add up. Go for it!

The Olympics and Committment

More on commitment.    I’ve been watching the Olympics.  The athletes that make it there are committed.  100%.  You won’t get there without 100%.  You might get somewhere, but not to the top.

I’m thinking about my commitment to superb eating (not just “following a diet”) but eating 98% of what is good for me.  I committed to that goal, but not 100%.   I am more committed than I have been.

Yet I allow things to get in the way.  I’ve been doing baking with my grand daughter (to take things to county fair and enter them).  So we’ve had cookies and bars around.  Not things good for me to eat.  Still, if I was 100% committed, I know I could avoid them.

I think part of the key (only part) is to plan ahead.  So I’ll be going TO the county fair this week.  Fair food.  Not good for me to eat.  So I go when I’m not hungry,  I bring a snack with me (like nuts or an apple), I make sure to drink plenty of water.

I think often we fail to plan.  And often that is the same as planning to fail.  We’re not going to get to where we want to be without a plan.  If we have 100% commitment we are highly likely to achieve our goal.  Be good for me today to spend some time reflecting on why I am not (yet) 100% committed…

My Bar

Okay, I said I’d share my bar.  The current one I have is to become cancer free by building excellent health and letting my body handle it from there.  Here’s an article I wrote years back.

Fighting Cancer

How many people do you know battling cancer?  Fighting cancer?  They have the attitude, “I’m gonna beat this!”

I have cancer.  I used to think that way.  Then I thought about it all some more.  You see, the cancer cells in my body are part of ME.  Maybe a disordered, skewed, mutated, part, but still part of me.  So what happens when I HATE that?  Am I not hating me?  There are other things about me that one could consider skewed, imperfect, out of balance.  (Just imagine a peri-menopausal woman on a PMS say after a quart of chocolate fudge ice cream!)  So do I hate that, do I hate that part of me?

Hate is a very strong, powerful emotion.  A negative emotion.  I can honestly say that I don’t LIKE those parts of me, I don’t LIKE my cancer.  I wish they weren’t there.  But I’m not going to HATE it.   I’m not going to lug around that heavy negative burden.   I will work towards improving myself and my health, in all areas.  But I’m also going to choose to LOVE all of me, even the parts I don’t “like”.

When I came to this conclusion, I thought about what I was doing.  I was working on all kinds of health building things- diet, exercise, all kinds of alternatives.  All with the idea of killing the cancer.  How WONDERFUL!  Then I realized I didn’t want to hate anymore.  Sure, I want my cancer to go away, but now I think more in terms of everything coming back into perfect harmony, or what is no longer needed dissipating, just melting away, disappearing.  I can DO exactly the same health building things, but my attitude, my intention is different.  It is no longer negatively focused on killing, it is focused on harmony, bringing things to what they were designed to be.  While that may seem like a small thing, it isn’t.  It’s a HUGE difference.

I think about a classmate of mine from high school.  She died recently of cancer.  Every time I got an email or read her caringbrdige journal, it was full of negatives: I hate this cancer. I’m gonna beat it.  I’m at war and I’m gonnna win.

I wanted to scream!  Fighting takes a GREAT deal of mental and physical time and energy.  Time and energy that could be much better spent towards working for peace and harmony, love.  (HA!  I sound like a 1960s hippie.  But there IS something to that!)

Accept reality, then put your efforts towards making it what YOU want it to be.  We all have a great deal more control over reality than we think we do.   MUCH more.  And if we can focus on the good, the positive, MORE of that will come our way.

So, whether it’s cancer or anything else, let me encourage you to stop fighting.  I went last summer to something called Enlightened Warrior training Camp.  Awesome experience.  But I had some trepidation going into it.  I don’t want to be in a war, I don’t want to fight.  AND I discovered that being a warrior, the kind we were at camp, isn’t about fighting.  It’s about doing the very best you can, putting forth 100% towards your goals.  It’s not about cutting down someone (or something) else.  It’s about achieving YOUR goals.  Again, a difference between that and “fighting”.

Inner peace is most important.  It’s hard to have inner peace if you’re busy fighting battles non-stop.

Think about it.  Maybe change your view a little (or a lot).  Your life (and happiness) may depend on it.


Set the Bar High

I was going to title this You Can Do More Than You Think.

That’s not true.  If you don’t think you can, chances are highly likely you never will do it.  I hear that saying a lot.  More accurate to say: If you change your thinking, you can do more than you previously thought.

I did the marathon.  If I thought to myself (and kept repeating), “I can’t do this.  It’s too hard,”   I never would have done it.   I KNEW I could do it.  I will admit to tiny bits of doubt now and then, but I quickly and easily dismissed those thoughts.

Change your thinking.  S t r e t c h.  Set the bar higher than you have in the past.  Believe you can do it.

How?  Educate yourself. You can’t do something you don’t know.  So learn what you need to know.

Let’s use the marathon as an example.  I’ve never “run”.  I’m not big into physical fitness (I do, out of necessity for good health, try to stay fit by daily walking, but I’m not into training or workouts or gyms).   Someone (that is Someone with a  capital “S”) put the notion of doing a marathon in my head.   At 57.  With cancer.  And a tracheotomy. And unable to speak.  Sure. No problem.

So I started looking around, found some support groups on the net.  One fellow posted (just in passing- yeah, sure, that again was the Someone who inspired him to post) that Hawaii has a very walker-friendly marathon.  Now THAT sounded good (both Hawaii and walker-friendly).

I learned more about marathons, the Honolulu Marathon, walking a marathon, etc.  It didn’t take me long to decided to do this.  As it got closer, I hired (on-line) a coach.  Her assistance was invaluable.

My bar was set high, but I knew I could do it.  I knew what, I knew how, I trained for it.  Easy?  NO!  Possible.  YOU BET!

See my photo on the sidebar: Mile 23, thumbs up, smiling. AND that’s after about 9+ hours of walking.

Set your bar high, then plunge into it.  (And if you have kids, set the bar high for them as well.)

And back to yesterday’s post.  Guess what?  If you knock the bar over, set it again.  How many high jumpers NEVER knock down the bar?  Happens all the time.  Get up, try again.

Set the bar high.   (Within the next few posts, I’ll share my next “bar” with you.)  What is yours?  What new one will you set for yourself?

Have an awesome day!



Do You Take the Time?

Often when someone does something nice for us, we say thank you.   That’s good and proper.  Have you ever thought about taking a  few extra minutes once in a while to go beyond a sincere but quick thank you?  Maybe write a person a handwritten note sharing what they mean to you, how much you appreciated the compliment they gave you or helped you with ____?  Maybe make a batch of cookies and send some their way?

Our world tends to be fast and instant, yet most of us really savor little things others might do for us.  Think about this: if you picked up your mail and there was a handwritten note from a friend, wouldn’t you be excited, and open that first?  Wouldn’t that just make your day?   Or if a bouquet of flowers (even handpicked wild ones) was at your desk when you arrived at work?  An ecard is nice, but a regular store bought card with a note (even a card you make yourself on the computer shows you care enough to take the time to make one) would be a treat for the recipient, I’ll bet.

Next time you’re out shopping (or maybe garage sale-ing?), pick up a box or two of generic blank greeting cards.  Keep them handy and send one off now and then.  You’ll make someone smile.


It takes a bit of time to go the extra mile.  But think about it, it’s not a mile, it’s a few short steps.  Go for it!  (I know about miles- being a marathoner. An extra mile is a LOT.  A few short steps I could have done.)

My Thoughts on Good Health

I have done lots of research on how to achieve good health.  I’ve come to some conclusions.  There are three basics, think of it as a three legged stool.  There is absolutely no way around the basics.  If you want to have lasting good health, you’ve got to do the basics.

What are they?

1. Diet. You’ve got to eat a good diet.  Personally I believe the vegan diet is best.  Fine with me if you disagree, but pretty much everyone would say that a good diet does NOT include lots of sugar, processed foods, fast foods, high fat meats.  So nix the pop, 12 cups of coffee daily, and quick stop at McD’s for supper because you’re running late.    My thinking is that if you are healthy, really healthy (and I don’t think most people are), you can get by with maybe 80-90% good eating.  If you’re sick or ill, that has to be upped to 98-99%.   I’m not saying no one can ever have anything unhealthy, it just has to be infrequent, and more infrequent if you’re sick.  (By sick I don’t mean that the MD has diagnosed you with some disease.  It could be that, but I mean general not feeling well, not having energy and enthusiasm, getting lots of colds, that kind of thing.)

2. Exercise. Ain’t no way around this folks.   For your body to be healthy it has to move.  I’m not a distributor for this or that program.  Do what works for you.  But my “prescription” for exercise is anything that makes you sweat (lightly or more) for an hour a day, 5-6 days/ week.  (I don’t get hung up on doing it all at once.  I usually do treadmill walking, and often do some in the morning and some later on.)  You just have to move.  Chasing toddlers may count, but you have to build up a sweat and do it an hour a day.  Same with things like housework.

3. Mental state.  You’ve got to have a positive attitude, find the good in things, let negatives roll off your back.  I have come to realize it is not how much stress you have in your life as how well you deal with it.   I don’t fight cancer (fighting is very negative and consumes much energy)- my focus is on building good health.  If I have good/ near perfect health, the cancer will take care of itself.  Mental state includes “being right with God”.  If your spiritual life is not in order, nothing else will be.    Far and away I think this leg of the stool is the most important.  More and more science is discovering how much our thoughts directly affect our physical bodies (brain chemistry and more).  Amazing things.

So, focus on those 3 things.  AND they are all basically free.  You’ve got to eat anyway, and my opinion is healthy food is not expensive, compared to junk food or eating out.  I am one day going to do a one week experiment and demonstrate how one can eat healthy (vegan) on $1/day.  (I think I can make it on $1/day, we’ll see.)  But a bag of apples cost less than a bag of Doritos and will fill you up better and has loads more nutrition in it.  You can buy lots of organic, freshly made foods, or high priced natural foods, but you don’t “have to” to eat well.  Exercise can be free.  Walking costs nothing (except shoes and most of us have shoes).  You can join a gym or buy fancy equipment, but not necessary.   Mental state?  No cost there.  A good Bible and easy chair is fine for your daily prayer and meditation.

So, what about fish oil, this/that supplement, barley greens, herbs, mangosteen juice, etc. etc. etc.?  I think there are products out there that can be useful in helping to achieve good health.  But you are absolutely wasting your money if you aren’t doing the basics.    All those are “extras”.  There’s no “magic pill” that will solve your problem/ build good health if you aren’t covering the basics.    No way around it.

And honestly, doing the basics is NOT generally very easy.  McD’s sure looks good as I drive by and am hungry because I didn’t plan ahead.  I have been exercising regularly for almost a decade and still can’t say I “like” to do it.  Many other ways I’d rather spend my time.  Mental state/ prayer life?  Sometimes hard to choose to make time to pray/ meditate (and it is a choice).  Sometimes we’re around negative people and need to get away from that to stay upbeat.

So, maybe time to take a look at your life.  Are you building good health?  If not, believe me, it will catch up to you sooner or later.  Sure, genes and environment play a part, not as much as you might think.   I once heard it explained very well this way: it’s like we all start out life as an airplane.  Some of us are sleek Concordes, some of us are vintage WWII bi-planes.  The Concorde will be able to go farther and faster and longer, than the bi-plane.   But all the health building things you do change the headwinds or keep your machine running smoothly.     Eating at McD’s gives you a nasty headwind.  Eating a healthy meal will give you a tailwind boost.  So, you’re stuck with your plane, can’t change that, but you can change how well it operates, how well you take care of it, and what kinds of headwinds and tailwinds you encounter.

To your health!