Fitness and Health

7 HEALTHY LIFESTYLE habits To Form

Being committed to living a healthy lifestyle is the only way to be fit, healthy and energetic in life, constantly THRIVING and not merely surviving from day to day. What does this mean? I hope this post will help clarify and simplify this for you.

 

1. Living healthy essentially means striving to consume and use only things that are not toxic to our lives. Toxic simply means that the product has the ability to harm our health and essentially   poison us slowly, making us less and less able to thrive in life as the years go by. You see, it’s not age that defines our health, it is the choices we make in the foods and beverages we consume, and the products we use daily, like hair care products, household cleaning products as well as those we use to make our house smell good, oral care products (toothpaste, mouthwash), lotions, deodorant, perfume, etc.

 

2. What can we eat and drink? Through the years, we have gotten confused as to what is good to consume. However, the truth remains that as we moved away from healthy sources of fat and started consuming more foods high in processed sugar or artificial sweeteners, as well as fruits and vegetables that have not been grown properly and have been covered with pesticides and insecticides, and consuming animal products from animals that eat these foods and are not properly raised, we are getting sicker and sicker. So let’s return to basics! The book “Smart Fat”, written by Steven Masley and Jonny Bodden can clarify this very well, and they also include some recipes to help us know how to eat, including the tips they give us. Basically they state that the optimal way to eat features “high levels of beneficial fat and fiber AND the right amount of clean protein” They recommend we eat 5 servings of good sources of fat (1 Tb coconut oil, 1 oz grassfed organic cheese, 2 whole organic eggs, half an avocado, and 1 ounce nuts, are examples of a portion size of good fats). They recommend 10 servings of fiber (each serving being 3 grams each), and 5 servings of clean, non-toxic protein (aim for 20 grams of protein at each meal, and add protein to each snack in between meals as well). Examples of non-toxic protein are 3-4 ounces grass-fed beef, 4 ounces range-free poultry, 4 ounces wild-caught salmon, 3 organic, cage-free eggs, and 1 cup lentils. If you like drinking shakes, you can have a serving size of a high-protein powder, but remember that QUALITY is very important. Make sure the whey in it comes from grass-fed cows.

 

3. Supplement with very high quality supplements since we don’t always get all the nutrients we need from the foods and beverages we consume. Many of the brands out on the shelves are trash, if you really look at the ingredients and research where the ingredients were gotten. Personally, I choose to simplify my life so am working towards consuming just a few supplements that I have researched and know they are very high quality, namely NingXia Red, MindWise and Multigreens. Currently I also use BLM and Sulfurzyme since I broke my wrist and these supplements have ingredients that encourage healing when I use them in addition to a healthy diet. I also eat ¼ cup daily of NingXia wolfberries; I make a tea and then out about half the rehydrated wolfberries into my morning oatmeal (I snack on the other half as I drink my tea. To keep the flora in my gut thriving, I chose to drink kefir – either Stawberry Acai Coconut Kevita (which is non-dairy), or organic Strawberry whole milk kefir.

 

4. Make exercise a daily part of your day, even if you start out with just walking 20-30 minutes a day. Eventually add strength-training exercises into your weekly routine to help maintain your muscle-mass and can continue to do the basic things in life without pain, like getting up and sitting down, laying down on the floor or the bed, dressing and undressing yourself, taking out the trash, and carrying the groceries or a package. Adding stretching exercises daily is also very helpful; you don’t necessarily have to do yoga or Pilates exercises to be flexible!

 

5. Sleep enough hours each night on a consistent basis. Our body needs to rest 7-8 hours each day, consistently, in order to repair itself and function properly the next day. We need to make good sleeping habits a priority in our life. For example, we need to go to bed and get up around the same time each day, and strive for a sound, deep sleep.

 

6. Lower your stress levels. Stress causes so many healthy problems! Therefore, we can definitely say that stress is toxic for our body and we need to get rid of everything toxic if we want to thrive in love.

 

7. Use personal use products that aren’t only non-harmful to your health, but that also enhance it. You accomplish this double-whammy by purchasing products that have essential oils that are of extremely high quality. There are very few companies that offer essential oils that use a process that ensures quality from the seed all the way to the bottling of the oil, which is why I choose to use products offered by Young Living Essential Oils; their ‘Seed to Seal’ process gives me peace of mind. [To know what this process entails, check out their microsite www.SeedToSeal.com].

 

Will you commit to this lifestyle? Unlike crash-diets, this lifestyle will make you feel better day by day. If you make this lifestyle a lifetime lifestyle, you will be able to enjoy your golden years just as much as you enjoyed your childhood years – filled with energy, not with doctor appointments to monitor your health. Make this the year you commit to a lifestyle that enhances your life and helps you thrive, not merely survive until the day you die.