Publication2CROPPED400Providing guidance to help people achieve a better quality of life is a noble goal. One of the biggest problems, however, is not knowing what the recipient’s goals and desires are. It is easy to tell people to:

  • eat better

  • exercise more

  • reduce stress

but without clearly understanding an individual’s needs, these recommendations may not meet the requirements necessary to achieve the lifestyle desired.


It might be more advantageous to view lifestyles like we view cars. The above pictures show eight examples of different cars. Although they are all designed to get a person from point “A” to point “B”, each one does so in a different manner. The “economical” car will likely require less maintenance, less gas, and provide less performance than the “sports” car. The reason for such a variety of cars is to meet the variety of needs for the consumers who drive them.

Determining LIFESTYLE needs is similar. An individual looking to satisfy basic needs (similar to the economical car) doesn’t need to perform daily high intensity exercise and follow a highly specialized dietary program to achieve this. Conversely, those seeking to compete in physically challenging events (ex. Power lifting, Spartan games, Crossfit games, etc…) have increased requirements (similar to the sports car or muscle car) to achieve their desired results.


When deciding which LIFESTYLE habits best suit your needs, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What is my current status of health? (You can use your lab findings, current need for any medication, current ability to perform activities of daily living, current emotional status, current dietary habits, current exercise habits and current quality of sleep)

  2. Am I satisfied where I’m at in Life? If I am, is my current plan of action likely to achieve these results LONG TERM? If not, what am I REALISTICALLY willing to change to accomplish my LONG TERM goals?

  3. Do I want to rely on a doctor to determine whether I’m “HEALTHY,” or do I want to rely onΒ  MYSELF (with the assistance of a professional) to access whether my lifestyle habits are meeting my needs?

  4. Am I willing to alter my LIFESTYLE to the point necessary to minimize the effects of aging (physical and mental?)

  5. Am I willing to view LIFESTYLE changes to improve my quality of life and health as an asset, or will my perception and focus on “sacrifices” outweigh the benefits?

Answering these questions (honestly) can help reduce STRESS by helping guide each of you in a more practical direction to achieving your individual goals. Determine for yourself which CAR/LIFESTYLE “suits your needs” BEST to get you from point “A” to point “B” in life.Β  This LIFESTYLE creates the foundation for your plan of action. This plan of action will help you achieve the level of HEALTH you seek by matching your actual needs with realistic methods for achieving your goals.


  1. A great way to show a comparison Doctor J….I am probably the simple car, in fact, we don’t have a car..we walk or take a bus.. one you can hop on and off where you like, open to the elements. Our food is healthy, locally bought or home grown, simple with the occasional treat and a doctor..Yes, if was really necessary….I average 40/50km a week and my weight is slowly dropping and has been since I lived here. The best thing my tummy is flatter than my daughters…lol but I put that down to the walking. A car……we hire one sometimes and have a trip out or catch a plane…only short trips of an hour in the air and then explore…It suits us in our retirement..Oh and I write…lol But I think it is a great analogy to use the car as an example…shared πŸ™‚

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  2. Reblogged this on Retired? No one told me! and commented:
    So come on…What car are you????? Simple like me??????


  3. Very precise title, hits bull’s eye.

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  4. great questions…..something to think about for sure….thanks Jonathan….

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    1. It seems a few questions (without judgement) gets people thinking about their own lives. This is often a precursor needed to help people pursue better/healthier choices.


      1. It sure helps me….thank you

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  5. I like this !!! Good one Jonathan. Also, very inspirational ….I want to strive for an even better car πŸ™‚

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    1. ..then you will SUCCEED at getting one!… It often comes down to priorities and committed effort. πŸ™‚

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  7. I really liked it alot.
    Very well described!

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    1. Thank you very much for taking the time to read and comment. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      1. Your welcome! πŸ™‚

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  8. This piece is accurately written. You have a way of making people reassess themselves. I feel like it is key to exclude judgement when talking about lifestyle choices and you’re absolutely right about different cars suiting different purposes just like different lifestyle choices. I love the analogy by the way

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    1. Thank you for your feedback. My goal is to help open eyes to different ways of thinking and behaving regarding one’s health…not to dictate the “right” or “wrong” way of living. Sharing these ideas helps increase choices for those seeking new opportunities. Many are not even aware these choices exist.


  9. I always like it when you give us the questions – they are such a good chance to evaluate where we are in life and where we want to be.

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    1. There is no better critic than ONESELF. Those choosing a better (more fulfilling life) seek out positive changes to make it happen. These questions simply help initiate the PROCESS.

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  10. Thoughts on animal-free protein shakes that can be used as meal replacements ? Best vegetarian recommendation?

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    1. I’ll gladly recommend a vegan (rather than vegetarian) protein shake supplement, however, I do NOT believe in using ANY shakes as meal replacements.

      I always discuss LONG TERM solutions. “Meal replacement” shakes are not part of a long term solution. They are usually part of a “diet” plan to lose weight. This approach to weight loss fails greater than 95% of the time.

      A successful dietary plan for long term weight loss simply changes the QUANTITY of food once a desired healthy weight is achieved. It does NOT require a change in food selections or eating patterns.

      Many people believe they simply need that “jump start” to achieve the momentum necessary to stay committed. This DOESN’T WORK (95+% of the time.)

      A shake should be used to SUPPLEMENT a deficiency in macronutrient needs. It should not be used to reduce calorie consumption.

      With all that said as my disclaimer, Vega One is a plant based protein shake (widely available) that offers quality nutrients.

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      1. Thanks, Dr. J. I appreciate your willingness to share your thoughts as well as this recommendation!

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    1. Thank you for sharing this post.


  11. Love this! So true it’s not a one size fits all things and totally agree we need to be clear with our intention to change in order to realistically meet our long term goals!!


    1. Please accept my apology for delay in responding to your comment. You wound up in the spam folder.
      I agree completely with your sentiments. Each person must find their individual approach that REALISTICALLY takes LONG TERM planning into account. Gradual changes reduce the difficulty in most cases while allowing these changes to cause noticeable improvements. This creates an incentive to maintain this NEW PATH forward.

      Thank you again for reading this article and sharing your comment.


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