*According to Dr. D. Levi Harrison, when it comes to your health: “An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.”
The Los Angeles, California-based orthopedic surgeon says that the old adage is more relevant than ever during the holiday season.
“We know that many times common illnesses that plague our community such as diabetes, stroke and hypertension are preventable. Good food choices and daily exercise are really preventive medicine,” said Harrison (aka Dr. Levi) to his LA Talk Live radio audience.
According to Harrison, we need to pay special attention to our health before the holiday season, which he calls the Season of Eating.
“For most of us, Fall is the time for being indoors more often and relaxing with comfort foods. Then the holidays hit (the ‘Season of Eating), and we are told it’s okay to enjoy ourselves because its the holidays. But when you’re not making mindful eating and drinking decisions, it’s like playing Russian Roulette with your health;” said Harrison, who is a medical doctor, a fitness expert, a personal trainer and the author of the new book “The Art of Fitness: A Journey to Self Enhancement.”
“We see more emergency room situations where conditions such as hypertension and glucose levels go haywire during the holidays. People want to relax and not think about fitness and health, but that’s the time we should be most focused on it in order to prevent some of the adverse effects of these conditions; which could result in death.” Harrison said.
Dr. Harrison also stresses this point: “Now is the time, before the holidays, to commit to lifestyle changes through diet and exercise. Don’t wait until January. Do it now!”
Dr. D. Levi Harrison, author of “The Art of Fitness: A Journey to Self Enhancement.” The only medical doctor to write and demonstrate exercises for the entire body in a book.
Dr. Harrison is quick to acknowledge: “What you want are lifestyle changes. So, when the holidays come around, you will actually be craving a baked sweet potato instead of sweet potato pie. We have to consider making the Season of Eating, the Season of Exercising.”
*Around age twelve, when we used to drive by a certain business on the way to my Aunt Mal’s house, I used to look at the people coming and going and I began to envision a later me. I envisioned being dressed in pinstriped suits, getting in and out of cars (sometimes I was driving, other times, I was being driven), meeting lots of new people and shaking many hands. I wanted it so badly that I created a “business” at home, in my room. I sat behind a desk (a stand up tv tray), with my computer (my quizwiz game that I used as a computer), my client paperwork (carbon copy bank deposit slips that I acquired from the bank trips with my mom) and my one and only star client (my sister) who would cheerfully get off of the elevator (come out of the closet in my room) to do business.
I hadn’t thought much about the importance of envisioning your future self when I was younger, however, I certainly understand the power of it now. There have been many books written on the power of seeing what you want before you can truly have it. From public speaking to running a business, from the way you want to interact with your coworkers to what kind of marriage you will have, “they” suggest you get the picture in clear view. Why? So that you can manifest it in your soul/spirit/subconscious and ultimately play it out in real life. In Christianity, we say to speak those things that are not, as though they were. The book the Secret became all the rage on this very theory and it is what many business leaders preach. Simply put, you have to have it, before you can have it.
Having utilized this principle, initially without knowledge and later after reading about it, I am a STRONG believer in seeing then saying then having. That being said, sometimes it is not as easy to see when you don’t actually believe it; therefore, it’s more difficult to have. I believe this holds true regarding anything from marriage to wealth. Often times, our history and baggage makes the light of the vision very dim. We must uncover the belief that is buried in our soul. I’ve heard some people say, “I know there is more to my life than this. I’m bigger than where I am. I just know it.!” But then, there is no change in their circumstances. There some areas where we believe stronger than others.
If you grew up in a family that didn’t encourage your education, and maybe even told you that you were stupid, then envisioning success where learning is paramount, may be harder to envision. If you stuttered as a child and were teased, then envisioning a great career in public speaking may have seemed out of reach. As a final example, if you grew up poor or wanting, you may find it difficult to envision yourself with wealth. Even when you get money, you may spend it rapidly or unwisely.
When we watch notable personalities, as well as the people in our immediate circles struggle with money, sex, infidelity, drug abuse, obnoxious behavior and the like, we need only learn about their thinking to find any of the answers we’re curious to have. However, it is probably a better use of our time to reflect on our lives to see where we are not having success, and then to focus our energies on thinking differently.
This holiday season, amongst all of the buying and baking, shopping and shipping, I hope that you find the gift of “believing” so you can begin receiving the vision you have for your life.
*Her voice provides a sea of meditative freedom and her talents spark a melodic flow of R&B inspiration. Jean-Norris Baylor, formerly one-half of the successful 90s duo, Zhané, is excited for her music and message to be spread to your family and friends this holiday season. Her new Christmas EP, “Light Up The World,” produced through her and her husband’s record label, Be A Light, is scheduled for a digital iTunes release on November 23, 2011 and the single release “Celebrate” on November 15, 2011.
It’s been five years since the charming Jersey native’s testimonial solo debut, Testimony: My Life Story, which was released on the independently owned label, Be A Light, with husband and producer, Marcus Baylor, in 2007. Now with a feel-good new body of work and a voice that seems to get smoother and perfected with time, Jean delivers a timeless six-track EP producing a collection of songs that celebrate Christmas in a soulful way.
“This Christmas project is all about family, inspiring others, celebrating life, and of course, gratitude for God’s perfect gift to us,” says the sultry vocalist. “Light Up The World” is anything but your typical re-creation of jingles made popular and traditional. This gift of music, created in several different studio locations speaks beyond the heart and settles into your soul, in an abundance of manifestation and recollection. “We didn’t want to make a traditional Christmas album, but rather something a little different for the holiday season. I wanted to write songs that capture real life, but still with a twist of gratitude and inspiration during the holidays.” With their newly formed production company, “The Baylor’s”, Jean and hubby Marcus collaborated with producers Carvin “Ransum” Haggins and Dana T. Sorey to bring a soulful ‘feel good’ holiday sound!
“Working with producers Marcus Baylor, Dana T. Sorey of C Bazz Entertainment and Carvin “Ransum” Haggins of Carvin and Ivan Productions gave this project a fresh sound that will reverberate with the masses,” Jean enthuses.”Carvin is a master vocal producer who focuses on the song as a whole and always delivers a great product. Dana Sorey is a very melodic songwriter/producer who has a great ear for intricate vocal arrangements.” She adds, “Co-creating with my husband and business partner is the absolute best. He knows me better than anybody and pushes me beyond my comfort level. As a musician he understands how to create the foundation of a great track. As a producer, he knows how to put all the pieces of the puzzle together for a complete song.”
Aesthetically infusing R&B and Soul, “Light Up The World”, offers a surprising duet with Eric Roberson that gives a nostalgic feel of the Donny & Roberta days on the track “For Your Love”. The celebratory title track “Light Up The World”, features an amazing horn arrangement that is reminiscent of a little “MJ” flavor. You’ll want to throw your hands up and dance to the music, while simultaneously making the world a better place. In classic holiday fashion, the first single, “Celebrate” takes you to a place of thankfulness and appreciation. Live bass & horns are added to the bonus version of “Celebrate” to bring a little something special to the track. “You Are” is a “worshipful’ song with a beautiful melody featuring a soulful keyboard performance and lyrics that are profound in their simplicity of what Christmas is really about.
“I think people from just about everywhere can appreciate this uplifting music during the holiday season. Right now, many people are struggling just to make it,” Jean expresses. A gifted singer/songwriter/producer in her on right, Jean has penned songs for artists and films alike, including Mary J. Blige and the Warner Bros. release “Of Boys and Men” starring Angela Bassett, directed by Robert Townsend. In like manner, she served as co-writer and co-producer on each song of this project.
In the midst of gearing up for another full-length album, most recently, Jean can be heard on the latest offering from neo-soul artist, Eric Roberson’s ‘Mr. Nice Guy’, “How Would I Feel”. Through Jean’s musical journey she has touched the lives of many with truthful lyrics and an honesty that makes not just her lyrics –but also her being — relatable. She captures the essence of life’s ups and downs, as well as its changing discourse.
“My hope is that these songs will encourage the spirit of giving, love and sincere regard for others.”