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Body - Exercise


Mind - Spirit

Living a Healthy Lifestyle

What and how you eat makes a difference. 

A balanced diet is important in maintaining good health. The food you consume consumes you. As they say, you are what you eat. Make sure you include with every meal: good carbs, proteins, and some kind of fruit.


Foods high in Good carbs include Quinoa and Oats. Quinoa is one of most nutritious foods you can eat. Other healthy, high-power carbs include brown rice, pastas, whole grain wheat breads and sweet potatoes. Eat on a schedule and eat snacks between main meals to avoid over-eating during the later hours of the day. 

Make a decision to actually care about your body.

Do this by actually looking at yourself in the mirror. Decide to focus upon one part of your body, like say your core, or your butt and legs. Drink lots of water. Water is simply a powerful, healthy liquid. It improves exercise performance. It may reduce headaches and migraines. It may also help prevent constipation in children and adults, It may help to prevent kidney stones, It may help reduce the risk of bladder infections. Get enough rest. I cannot emphasize this enough. Not getting enough sleep is associated with all kinds of problematic issues with your body and brain. Move your body. Studies show that we should do 20-45 mins of...almost anything aerobic on the daily. Be creative here, and have fun!

Break up your aerobic activity into two or three  20 minute sections. Reward yourself with something sweet when you achieve a goal every week. You can even decide to do something that you have never done before like join a hiking group, inline skating or tennis meetup group. Remember that exercise is only as good as the diet associated with it. If you exercise consistently, eat badly and think you will lose weight, think again. Speaking of thinking, what you tell yourself the most becomes the narrative of you life. Is that story positive and self affirming, or is it negative and stale?

Be Intentional. Be curious. Be vulnerable. Weight loss and lifestyle change can be confusing and intimidating. You don't have to go it alone. Join meetups with people who's goals and activities are similar to the ones you want to engage in. The support you will receive will be enough to keep you on track. The commitment level you show people will be commensurate to the level they will show you.


Step out of your comfort zone and you will find it be exhilarating because you will have overcome your fear of taking that first step. The definition of courage being terrified of doing something, but doing anyway. 


Deal with your emotions in a healthy way. If you are an emotional eater, identify your triggers for overeating. For coping, substitute appropriate alternatives to food. Need to calm down? Take a warm bath, read, listen to soothing music.

Need to vent anger or frustration? Dance, do jumping jacks, take a walk, jump rope. Need to be uplifted? Call a friend, say a prayer, do something nice for someone else, pamper yourself. 


Of course, these are all temporary fixes. Long-term health means looking below the surface and dealing with the causes of your emotions. This could include learning to discuss problems, resolve issues, forgive and be forgiven. Emotions are complex responses to our thoughts and beliefs. If you are chronically experiencing anger, depression, or feelings of worthlessness, it’s might be time to seek professional counseling. If you are open to online therapy, give Brightside Therapy a try. You can save $100.00 off Brightside's evidence-based therapy for your 1st month.