From Equilibrium: 31 Ways to Stay Balanced on Life’s Uneven Surfaces.

Living with epilepsy has taught me much about limitations. We all have some. Find yours. I need to take my medicine right on time. I need to avoid exhaustion, stress, bright lights, flickering lights, and caffeine. What about you? Know yourself. Do what is best for you. And remember your motive as you try new ways of caring for your heart, your muscles, and your brain.

The nutritional miracles and astonishing health offers abound. The people who exercise are everywhere. I see them. Don’t you? You might be one of them. Running and walking and riding and lifting and stretching and bending and pushing and pulling and whatever-else-they-are-doing. That is good. Moving from poor diets and little exercise toward healthy eating and making that heartbeat better is good.

Usually. If done correctly and for the right reasons. If done with balance.

But that isn’t always the case.

That jogger might be running with the wrong motives. That cautious eater might be eating with a little too much caution. That workout guru might be seeking something unattainable.

Danger comes in this area, like in other areas, in extremes.

Balanced diets are good. Balanced approaches to exercising our bodies and our brains are much better than obsessions.

Unfortunately, the equilibrium is often forgotten. Excesses are the norm. We are often either all the way in or all the way out.

My goal is balance. Better health choices while not allowing a lifestyle to become an obsession. Passion is okay. Ambition is needed. Determination is necessary.

But our bodies and our brains work better when we recognize their roles, rather than allowing them to control us.