David Robinson, DC (Providence, RI), author of “Transforming Body, Mind and Spirit – The Non-Diet Way to Live Fit and Trim” was a guest on the Sharon Kleyne Hour on January 4th, 2010. Sharon Kleyne, host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour, interviewed him.
Dr. David Robinson is a Rhode Island Chiropractor involved in personal training and exercise instruction. He is concerned about the number of overweight, unhealthy people he encounters, many of whom think they are OK but aren’t. Too many are highly stressed and overburdened by unhealthy priorities.
The first step, according to Dr. Robinson, is to step back and spend some time alone. If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.
When he sees a new patient, he asks questions that not only reveal their state of health but their attitude towards life and health. He is then able to tailor a health and exercise program to take them from where they are to where they desire to be.
He says we should live our lives “above, down, inside and outside” because as you think, your body will manifest. Illness is physical, emotional and spiritual and worry about flu can spread the disease as much as the actual virus (which may be why it is called “influenza,” which is Italian for “influence”).
Regarding the importance of water, the body is 70% to 80% water and every body process involves water. At least some of the water you ingest each day should be pure rather than mixed with coffee, tea, juice or soda. Dr. Robinson recommends drinking 12 ounces of water every hour or so during the day.
He also recommends meditation (but not while operating heavy equipment). He has a self-rating quiz to measure the stress load of your work and home life.
Sleep at least six hours a night, preferably seven or eight. Meditation can help with this, also, and should include breathing exercises.
Children need to be calmed down at night so they can sleep better. In their activities, computer games are better than TV but books are better still and playing outside is essential. It is important in their activities, that children utilize their own talents and creativity rather than the toy or game designer’s.
Dr. Robinson suggests that one hour be set aside each day as “electronic free.” Athletics, obviously, are far better for health than electronics. He mentioned Aldous Huxley’s “automatons,” who were so controlled by conditioning that they lost their individual personalities.
Regarding diet, Dr. Robinson recommends fruits and vegetables in their “natural packages.” White flour and sugar should be avoided and water should be pure. Whole grain pasta is better than white grain pasta (unless you are an athlete undergoing short-term “carb loading”).
If you screw up your diet for a day, you can do better the next day and make up for the bad day by drinking 16 ounces of water every hour instead of 12.