Good Morning and Happy Monday!
If someone had told me five years ago that I could be healthier by making five simple choices, I probably would have laughed at them. But after spending the last three years studying holistic nutrition, health and wellness, I believe that healthy living really comes down to choices.
These are my top five choices for better health.
1. Choose water. Walking through the grocery store, looking at a menu or even standing in front of my own fridge, I can choose water. Being well hydrated is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to improve our health. Considering our physical bodies are composed of more than 60% water, why allow myself to become dehydrated? Without enough water, I am sluggish and my eyes lack brightness. My skin doesn’t glow. I get constipated. Drink water.
2. Walk. By moving my body more each day, I have more energy. I feel invigorated, fresh. No, I don’t need pilates or cross fit or a trainer to make me sweat. I simply need to move more. I can take the stairs instead of the elevator. I can park farther away from the door to the grocery store. I can get off one bus stop early and walk the last few blocks. I can meet my friends for a walk instead of a coffee. I just need to move. It helps. Trust me.
3. Sleep 8 hours. Our bodies function optimally when well rested. 7-8 hours of sleep per night is the amount most adults need but few get. We choose to work a little longer or do that extra load of laundry. We clean out the play room or sort the mail. In reality, if we would sleep first, we would get much more accomplished AFTER the rest. Naps help, too! Let your body have the down time it requires to fully recharge. Give your brain some calm. Shut eye. Sleep.
4. Love someone. It doesn’t always matter who as long as you care about someone else. When we have meaningful relationships, we live longer. And, we live healthier. Our heart attack risk is actually lower. Studies are showing that those in long term relationships often live longer, healthier lives. I’m good with that. I like the idea of being in love….even after all these years.
5. Cook. There is something satisfying about taking a few good ingredients out of my pantry and creating a meal. Making “real” food. Skip the processed, packaged stuff and make memories by sitting around a table with a home-cooked meal. Shop for food from the farmer, turn on your oven, enjoy the beautiful color of fresh vegetables and savor the smell of a slow-cooking casserole. Take pleasure in kneading your bread dough. Enjoy your kitchen. Not only will you consume less calories but your body will thank you for the wholesome ingredients.
So, see? It really isn’t that hard to make healthier choices. Skip the trainer and the diets. Eat real food, sleep well, walk a lot, drink water and love someone. Those are all things I can do every day and be happy with myself!
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