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The conventional medical system and the holistic wellness sphere have different barometers for measuring health. For example, when you go to your doctor’s office, you get weighed, get blood taken, and your blood pressure is measured. You are rarely asked about your diet or your habits (other than possibly how much you drink). Maybe if you’re overweight, your doctor will suggest losing weight. Maybe not. If your cholesterol is “high” (usually over 200), you may be put on statins or another cholesterol lowering drug. (That’s certainly a blog post for another time. I’m working on a thorough post about the conventional medical myths about high cholesterol). While weight, blood pressure, and your blood chemistry analysis are indicators of health, the buck doesn’t stop there. In fact, they may not even be the best indicators of day to day health.

Vibrant health goes beyond numbers. It encompasses lifestyle, diet, stress management, healthy habits. So how healthy are you really? Take my little quiz and find out.

How much sleep do you get every night?
Less than 8 hours: 2
8-9 hours: 0

How much coffee do you drink daily?
2 or more 6oz cups: 3
1 cup only: 2
None! Or only once or so weekly: 0

Do you eat breakfast?
No: 2
Yes: 0

Do you skip meals?
Yes: 2
No: 0

Do you eat a serving of deep leafy greens, such as kale or chard, at least 5 times weekly?
Yes: 0
No: 2

Do you use canola oil or other “vegetable” oils like corn or soy?
Yes: 2
No: 0

Do you eat packaged foods with artificial ingredients (that you may not be able to pronounce)? Be honest!
No: 0
Occasionally: 2
Yes: 4

Do you buy conventional meats/dairy from big chain stores (over organic meats)?
Yes: 2
No: 0

Are you happy in your life right now?
Yes: 0
No: 3

Have you experienced a death, birth, divorce, or a move in the past year?
Yes: 3
No: 0

Do you exercise?
No: 3
Yes: 0

Do you have more than 1 mercury filling in your mouth?
No: 0
Yes: 3

Are you more than 10 pounds overweight?
Yes: 3
No: 0
If you are “apple shaped” add 1 point

Do you have a bowel movement every day?
Yes: 0
No: 3

Do you use natural cleaning products?
No: 2
Yes: 0

Do you spend time (about 15 minutes per session) in the sun 5 times weekly, minimum?
Yes: 0
No: 2


Do you consume more than 5 drinks weekly?
Yes: 2
No: 0

Do you smoke?
Yes: 5
No: 0

Do you get sick frequently, six times yearly or more?
Yes: 5
No: 0

Do you take antibiotics once yearly or more?
Yes: 2
No: 0

Do you work more than 40 hours per week?
Yes: 3
No: 0

Scoring:
25 – 58: You have some work to do
24 – 5: Not bad
<5: Great job!
Important to note: sleep, avoiding weight gain around the midsection, not working more than 40 hours weekly (which increases stress levels, and stress really is the first rung in the ladder of imbalanced health), having a daily bowel movement, and eating plenty of leafy greens and veggies and minimal processed foods. If your score was high, start with those items to whittle it down. I think I’m going to write that post on cholesterol now….