“Every artist was first an amateur.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Healthy living takes time and practice just like anything else. Setbacks always come, so once you’ve decided you want to be healthy, you’ll need persistence. Being healthy is a state of mind and lifestyle you need to adopt. It needs to be ingrained in your daily thoughts and actions. And soon it becomes a part of you!
Nothing significant happens overnight, but little by little miracles can happen! If you plan to run a marathon, the 1st thing you need to know is that it’s 26.2 miles! You certainly can’t sprint the whole way. In fact you might be better off walking most of the race! Likewise, setting the right pace for the long-term is a must.
Jack of All Trades, Master of None
Rather than sprinting all out for the first few weeks or months, start simple and gradually build on small successes. Being too aggressive can push us over the edge before we see the wisdom of what we’re doing.
Giving up quickly and jumping into something new prevents us from mastering anything. You might already know this pattern well? Looking back and realizing you’ve dabbled in all kinds of diets, exercise routines, hobbies and jobs!
Deep mastery of anything only happens by hanging tight when things get rough. But enduring with faith, patience and resistance to criticism. Equally important, it requires humility and the ability to ask for help.
With this mindset we can start making sustainable changes!
10 Easy Ways to Start
Specifically broccoli, spinach, and kale are some of the most nutritious vegetables. Salads without heavy, creamy dressings and lightly steamed veggies are an easy way to transition your diet. The idea is to go straight to nature, find whole foods in their original state.
2) Eliminate Processed Foods
Cut back and replace anything that comes in a package, wrapper or even has a label! Reading the label shows you the myriad of dangerous chemicals and unnatural additives. Stop taking in poisons and empty calories that lack nutrition!
3) Eliminate Bad Influences
Look around you to see who or what makes you feel good or brings you down. Distance yourself from those people or things that make you uncomfortable or push you into difficult situations.
Are you really following your own desires, or someone else’s? Seek out those people and things that inspire you!
4) Sleep Better
Sleeping is when our body rests and repairs itself.
Make sure you get at least 6 hours of quality sleep to recharge yourself. A good mattress with a dark and quiet bedroom – free from any electronic devices and the blue-lights that they emit – will go a long way to make your days more productive.
5) Exercise More
Moving the lymph in the body and eliminating waste through sweat and breath are essential for cleansing toxins. Stimulating muscles and joints with increased blood flow will bring more strength, flexibility and energy.
Light movements such as a daily walk, jog or yoga provide you with functional exercises that bring mental clarity and help you better perform your daily activities.
6) Get More Sun
Vitamin D is crucial for our immune system and other core functions. Sunlight is by far the best source. In winter, when the sun is least potent, Vitamin D levels drop significantly. This is often when most people get sick.
Get at least 15 minutes of direct sunlight everyday to build and maintain levels of Vitamin D. Expose your chest, back, legs, arms and as much of you body as possible (not just rolling up your sleeves).
Thanks to soil depletion and pollution, we can no longer get the nutrients we need straight from food, like in generations past. We need quality supplements to make up for what we’re missing. The following are commonly deficient:
- Vitamin D (especially in the winter)
- Vitamin B12
Giving your body a break from digestion and processing food conserves energy that’s better used on it’s core functions. Try skipping breakfast occasionally and eating an earlier dinner and go 12 to 16 hours without eating.
Find a trusted source of information and ways to educate yourself about your body’s needs. Once you have a secure foundation in knowledge of your own body, you’ll be in a position to make the right choices.
10) Pay Attention
Be mindful of what’s going on in your life. How many sources of stress are you aware of?
Sometimes you need to face them, but not everything deserves a reaction. Are you really making decisions that bring YOU happiness? If you feel stuck, try considering the needs of others and put them before your own.
Real happiness can come from giving rather than receiving!
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