“To keep the body in good health is a duty … otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” ~Buddha
Your body was given to you in faith by your Creator, trusting that you would take care of it with reverence. This means respecting your organs, external parts and internal systems with healthy choices and habits that are meant to improve their functioning, not harm or deteriorate them.
As a therapist, I work with clients on holistic health, meaning keep the entire system optimally healthy on every level – mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical. Each one interacts with the other, and when one system is not nourished, it weakens the entire body.
Every single hour presents you with options in treating your body with healthy movement, intake and exposure. You can always choose to start anew this hour, to live for the benefit of YOU for the remainder of the day … and week … and month … and that way of living will become a beautifully wholesome habit.
Choosing healthy movement does not require payment to a gym or a trainer (although those can be superb motivators). In fact, God gave us all we needed to stay active, limber and healthy within the natural playground of the outdoors. We have trails to walk, trees to climb, beaches to run, mountains to explore, hills to hike and waters to swim. And by having a friend join you, you will not only boost your potential to do more than you would solo, but you are engaging in an active connection that is healthy for your spirit and mind.
In addition, all of our indoor living spaces also provide opportunities for muscle movement and stretching by using the stairs, back of our chairs, objects for lifting, or simple floors for push-ups, squats, lunges, leg raises and balancing exercises. There are limitless opportunities to utilize what you already have for health, if you just use your imagination.
God also gave us all we needed within our Earth to live a healthy life by adhering to a diet based from the land and natural food. While diets can jumpstart weight loss, you can save money by simply trying to eat food more in its natural form and limiting your processed foods. I have once heard this superb healthy eating tip:
“If your great-grandmother would not recognize it as ‘FOOD,’ then don’t eat it!”
A superb way to focus on eating whole, natural foods is to buy them from a local vendor, or, even better, connect with nature yourself and use this Spring to start your own garden. Gardening will also cultivate the spiritual, mental and emotional sides of you as God created this wonderful act of producing green life to help our souls feel more one with the Earth.
Most plants do not need a lot of space, and a potted herb garden is very simple to grow – and one of the best ways that you can season your new fresh food without using oils and butter. You can pick up a simple herb plant at the market today and use its leaves to season your fresh fish and steamed vegetables tonight.
Other Healthy Eating Tips:
- Fruits & vegetables in their natural state are the healthiest
- Dark green, leafy greens are highly rich in antioxidants
- Fresh mushrooms, onions & blueberries have been shown to be densely rich in disease-fighting properties
- Eating raw fruits & vegetables greatly reduce the risk of stroke, cancer & heart disease
- By frying or over-baking vegetables, you are cooking out important vitamins & minerals out in the process
- Apples & pears have been found to be strongly preventative regarding strokes.
- Eating fruits & vegetables with the peel or skin on is the best way to boost your fiber intake to help cleanse your colon
- The lycopene in the red color of tomatoes has shown to be superb in protective effects against cancer
- On average, you should be eating about 4 1/2 cups of fruits & vegetables per day
- If you are striving for weight loss, counting calories as a habit will get you the farthest for the longest. Cutting out one type of food that you love will only cause you to crave and likely binge later. Count calories and keep it simple!
- Drinking filtered water with slices of cucumber, strawberry, lemon, lime, orange or fresh berries is a superb way to stay hydrated and keep the calorie-dense sodas and juices from adding unwanted sugar and chemicals to your body.
- Eat less. Move more. Right now do one of these things for a quick jumpstart: a) do 20-50 jumping jacks, b) walk up and down the stairs 5 times, c) do 3 stretches, holding the pose for 10 seconds, d) lift yourself off the edge of your chair and do 10-20 dips from you chair seat.
Now Go Take GOOD Care of YOU.
Healthy Eating = Energetic body = Happy Spirit!