How we live our lives can be both seen in our appearance and felt with each step we take. If we eat nothing but junk food and drink soda and sugary juices and don’t exert ourselves physically, we will begin to see and feel the effects of those choices. If we eat a balanced diet of whole grains fruits, vegetables and get exercise we will see and feel the effects of those choices. So, how do we live a healthy life?
Take stock of how much exercise you get and what you eat and drink on a daily basis for one week; write it down. Write down what you drink (include soda, coffee, juice, energy drinks etc.), eat (including all fast food and snacks), how much alcohol you have, if you smoke the number of cigarettes you smoke a day, everything. Don’t forget to include what kind of exercise you get per day. That includes whether you took the stairs or the elevator. At the end of the week take a look at what you have.
On a separate piece of paper write down what kinds of foods and drinks you should be eating and drinking plus what kind of exercise is safe for you. Common sense and listening to what our mothers told us about what we should eat will also go a long way in making healthy choices.
You can get information from your doctor if you have certain health issues concerning what kind of diet and exercise is safe for you. You can also search the internet for nutritional food information and base your decisions on what you are willing to eat from what is most nutritious.
Most of us understand that the old adage “you are what you eat” is very true. When you eat junk food, sugar, preservatives and bad kinds of fat all the time your body begins to lose energy and run down. Cells begin to deteriorate and we just feel blah all the time or we get sick, sometimes really sick. Every once in a while these indulgences won’t hurt, but constantly ingesting the preservatives and artificial colorings and sugar and unhealthy fats etc. from “junk” food will breakdown the body.
Did you know that the average child today is consuming over ten pounds of food additives each year? Imagine what that does to a body over time. Compare that to what eating healthy foods can do for your body; give the nutrients our bodies need and can process easily.
Food supplementation is another way to give our bodies the nutrition we cannot get from our food. Eating the healthiest food we can and giving our bodies the extra nutrients by way of high quality supplements allows our body to work at peek performance. Cells degenerate less and become healthier allowing everything in the body to work smoothly and efficiently.
Do some research to find a reputable company that has been in business for many years. You also want to make sure they have high quality standards and do many quality control tests. Any company who does these kinds of tests should include that in their company information. Be careful of store brand supplements as the cheaper cost usually means cheaper ingredients.
Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and the like should be a large portion of what you eat, but be reasonable. When you choose your path to wellness, don’t write down a diet or way of life you cannot commit to. If you do, you are just setting yourself up for failure right off the bat.
Establish what range a person of your height and age should weigh and what caloric intake and exercise it would take to stay within that healthy range. This will help you decide what kind of foods you will eat compared to what the nutritional value of that food is and what activities you would enjoy doing that keep your heart rate up for twenty to thirty minutes a day. You can start off slow and work your way up or start strong, what ever you decide make sure you can stick with the new regimen.
Living a healthier life is about taking stock of what we do to our body and what we need to do to give it more of what it needs. Drink water instead of soda or juice; grab some fruit to tame the sweet tooth and veggies when craving a crunch. Take a walk or a jog when life gets stressful or park at the end of the parking lot and walk or take the stairs instead of the elevator.
When our bodies are happy and run efficiently the better equipped we are to handle stress and the environmental pollutants that exist all around us. The better sleep we get at night and the more we want to do during the day. Health is a choice and one that we can do something about now. Inform yourself and invest in high quality products that can make a difference.
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