Five Tips for A Healthy Life

March 16, 2014

Five Tips for A  Healthy Life

Most of my blogs to date have been about mental, spiritual, and emotional health and well-being. I think that because I love learning about this kind of stuff, that I sometimes forget that I was first a yoga teacher and holistic health coach! As important as it is to cultivate these healthy habits for the mind and spirit, it is also imperative that we take care our physical body. Being healthy can feel so overwhelming at times, as we are constantly fed mixed messages as to what real health is. I’ll admit that I, too, can feel caught up in health crazes and not know which way to turn. Whenever I feel in over my head in the health arena, I like to remind myself of these five simple health tips. They are so helpful, and for many, not known. So, if you’re looking for some simple tools to start off a healthier way of being, check out these five tips below.

  1. Don’t compare. Just like in other areas of life, the same goes with food, health, exercise, and wellness. One of the biggest things I learned in my health training was the idea of bioindividuality. We are all different, living, breathing, beings. What works for me may not work for you. Starting off with this mindset is so important. Treat your health like a scavenger hunt; always searching for clues and answers on what makes you feel your best.
  2. Bring the cooking back into your kitchen. Easier said then done, I know, but start trying to have the mindset that cooking is fun! You want to know what is in your food, and the only way to truly do that is to be part of the preparation of it. When you cook for yourself you are mindfully and selectively choosing every ingredient you eat. Plus, there is so much reward in preparing a meal and then enjoying that meal. Start small; make a promise to cook one meal a day and see how that goes for you.
  3. Change your grocery shopping mentality. Many supermarkets out there have so much junk food that it can actually be depressing. Many of us go directly to the center of the grocery store stocking up on prepared, frozen, or packaged foods. Let’s switch this up, shall we? The best foods for you are on the perimeter of the market! Try steering clear of the pre-packaged stuff and go towards the fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains.
  4. Make your meals mini-meditations. Mindfulness, mindfulness, mindfulness! I say this word often, but it really has so much meaning and importance for us. Be mindful of what you’re eating, when you’re eating it! So many of us pay no attention to our meals while we eat, and distract ourselves with the television, computer, or cell phone. Not only is it beneficial to be one-pointed at all times, but it is particularly important while eating. This awareness will help prevent you from overeating. Oh, and also, chew your food! Don’t be so rushed; take the time to chew your food, aiding the digestive process, preventing bloating and discomfort after meals.
  5. Let go of rigidity and the idea of being perfect. While it is always nice to stick on your path of health once you’ve found it, I never think it is good to be so rigid and strict that you don’t allow yourself to enjoy life. As we know, life is all about balance. Don’t make yourself crazy when it comes to physical health, do your best, and live your life.

What are some things you incorporate into your life to benefit your physical health? Let me know!

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