Without health nothing else matters. You can have all the wealth in the world, but without your health, life can be a miserable journey. In order to make your coming year the best ever, we have compiled a short list of healthy living “to do’s”.
Accept Responsibility for Healthy Living
Personal accountability has both a burden and independence attached. Too many people take the stance “I just get the best health insurance I can and do exactly what my doctor tells me.” That may be unwise advice if you leave out the most important part of this equation: do everything you can to take care of your health. You are in charge. Most diseases are induced by lifestyle. Whether intentional or inadvertent, most of us create our own health problems. This revelation brings the opportunity to turn your life into a masterpiece by steering your healthy lifestyle in the right direction.
Real Food – the Path to Healthy Living
Eat real food, plant based, deeply pigmented, minimally prepared food. Real food means as close to its natural state as possible. Plant based means fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, seaweed, mushrooms, and healing spices should be at the core of your diet. Small amounts of fish, poultry, eggs, yogurt, free range red meat are acceptable. Deeply pigmented means yams are better than white potatoes. Red grapes are better than white grapes. In these pigments lie nature’s treasure trove of nutrients that are antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-microbial, etc. Go for the color. Minimally prepared means cook at lower temperatures. Steaming at 220 F is better than frying or grilling at 450 F.
Make your Attitude and Thoughts Positive
Our thoughts have a huge impact on our physical health. Every cell in your body is eves dropping on your thoughts. Meditate or pray. Take time out of your day to still your mind.
Use It or Lose It – Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Move your body. 30 minutes daily of exercise is extremely useful in your quest for health and longevity. Make your exercise something fun that you will eagerly anticipate. Swimming, biking, ballroom dancing, yoga, walking, etc.
Keep it Clean for Healthy Living
Detoxify your home and life. Stick with time tested materials: wool, cotton, hemp, silk for clothing. Don’t put anything on your body that you would not be willing to eat, because your skin is a semi-permeable membrane that absorbs some of your lotions and lipstick. Clean and unclutter your home and workspace.
Nourish your Gut for Better Health
There is a dynamic relationship between the 100 trillion symbiotic organisms in your gut and your health. A plant based diet is a good start for feeding these creatures. Regular bowel movements helps. Plenty of fiber and water to keep the stools soft. Add fermented foods, like sauerkraut and yogurt, to inoculate the gut with friendly bacteria.
Pay it Forward
Help someone today. If you have no money, then spend some of your time and talents in helping others. Altruism is good for the giver and receiver. The best way to improve your outlook is doing something favorable for others.
Intermittent Fasting – A Popular Health Tip
Give your gut and body a break. Take one day a week and consume nothing caloric, i.e. you can have tea, coffee, or water. You will be amazed at the health benefits that come from this simple and free health ritual.