How To Live & Eat For A Healthy Life
What we eat, drink, breathe, think and are exposed to greatly impact our well-being for the better or worse. There are a lot of ideas and opinions on what is healthy and what is not, and it can get all too confusing! I wanted to share the basics of what I do and what I have found to be a foundation for long term great health!
I believe a healthy diet should be seasonal, chemical free, nothing GMO and contain a combination of fresh whole foods every day. This means eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices and some grains such as rice and oats. If you are eating meat, I recommend sourcing quality certified organic, grass fed meat, avoiding the hormones and chemicals that are typically found in commercial meat.
I would also recommend getting a food sensitivity test done, to see if you are having any ongoing immune reactions to the foods you choose to eat. See your naturopath about this.
Ditch the man-made drinks, buy a reusable water bottle, and get to liking water again. If there is one thing you can do to improve your health FOREVER it is to drink enough water! 2-3 litres per day, every day. Don’t forget to pimp it out with some essential oil for added flavour and health benefit.
Stress is one of the biggest health epidemics of our time. It contributes to your health and disease state more than you would realise. I have been using a tool with my clients and on myself to manage day to day stress response. Make a habit to do this exercise at least 3 times a day, or use it as needed throughout the day – breath in deeply for 4 counts, hold for 4 counts, breath out for 4 counts, hold for 4 counts. Repeat 3 times.
Because we don’t all eat a perfect diet, and the foods we do eat lack a lot of nutrients these days, there is a real need to supplement cause’ long term deficiencies lead to disease. A daily multivitamin, vitamin C (stress and inflammation management) and pre/probiotic can be of great benefit. Don’t forget to talk to a naturopath or nutrition professional about good quality supps and what ones will work best for you.
Exercise and stretching is very important for our health. A flexible, strong body hurts less, creates more energy and will last 100 years way easier than a stiff, sedentary, weak one.. We weren’t designed to sit all day – so if you work in an office, scheduled exercise (walking, swimming, gym etc) is very important! TIP: Regular appointments with a chiropractor and physio can help you realign and strengthen your body safely and effectively.
GO TOX FREE
The toxic chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis are scientifically proven and linked to so many different conditions and diseases. There is no point eating healthily, then jumping in the shower and lathering yourself in poison every day. It is the accumulative exposure that poses the greatest risk. Do yourself a favour and start to change over to low tox/toxic free brands of household and personal care products. There are high quality, scientifically formulated products on the market now, so there is no need and no excuse to keep using toxic ones.
Lastly, sleep. YOU CAN’T SLEEP WHEN YOU’RE DEAD, otherwise you will probably die prematurely… Sleep is when your body rejuvenates and heals itself. Avoid stimulants such as food, tv/computer/phone screens and white light at least an hour before bed.. Invest in deliciously comfy sheets and bedding and diffuse some lavender essential oil to help relax your mind and body.
I hope these points can inspire you or at least give you a little kick up the behind to get going and make some healthy changes. There’s no better time than today!
If you feel you need some extra help to get healthy or convert to a low to way of living, book an appointment with one of our in-store naturopaths today.