A healthy lifestyle involves caring for your physical health, mental/emotional health, and environmental health. If you want to change your lifestyle all you have to do is follow my three simple rules.
First, choose a long-term workout plan you enjoy that improves your physical health. Second, adopt for life, a hormone and preservative free diet plan because it has been shown to improve your mental/emotional health. Third, commit to long-term self-awareness within your environment. If you follow these three simple rules this is and may be the last time you struggle with physical, mental, emotional, and environmental struggles.
The three rules in detail:
1. There are hundreds and thousands of ways to move your body, break a sweat, and tone your body.
So how and where do you start? From all of the options you are going to choose what fits your level of physical fitness before, during, and throughout your life cycle.
This means I am giving you the responsibility and creativity to choose how you will get moving and break a sweat. But it must be something you enjoy and something you can do long-term.
What are some of your favorite physical activities? Do you enjoy exercise indoors or outdoors? Do you want to workout with your kids, partner, and/or pets or go solo? Do you want to workout with a trainer or participate in group training classes?
To decide grab some paper and a pen and write out things you love to do involving physical activity. Remember, this is lifestyle change, not a temporary weight loss plan or fad diet
2. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates
Rule number two is ultimately the make it or break it, the reason why there are yo-yo dieters, the culprit of digestion problems, what gives us energy, and what fogs our minds.
This rule involves incorporating a plant-based diet or a vegetarian diet. This means over the course of the next two to six months you are going to avoid a processed, hormone-laden diet, which is currently the average American diet.
Avoiding the American diet means avoiding hormone-injected meats, genetically modified foods, and foods loaded with preservatives.
How will you do this? Read food labels and only purchase items that are marked with, “Non-GMO”, “Preservative Free”, “Gluten-Free”, “Vegan”, “Dairy Free”, “Vegetarian”, and “Vegan Friendly”.
So what is the reason for cutting out all meats, dairy, wheat, and processed foods?
Do you get heartburn after eating certain foods? Are you lethargic in the afternoon? Do you experience abdominal pain, bloating, gas, constipation, etc.? If you said, “yes” to anything of what I just said, I am here to tell you it is the food you eat that is damaging your health.
So how can a food be so damaging to our health? Over time foods have been so chemically modified and altered that our bodies are literally beginning to reject them. If you disagree or think my statements are untrue and not research supported, I strongly recommend you watch the Oscar Nominated film, Food Inc.
3. Self-Awareness Of The Environment
Individuals living in a healthy environment perceive positivity, love, and personal fulfillment. Individuals living in an unhealthy environment perceive negativity, anger, and lack of personal fulfillment.
In this life you must be aware of what is within your control and what is not within your control.
Get out more paper and write down two headlines, “what is within my control” and “what is not within my control.”
Take your time and write down everything that comes to mind. The purpose of this exercise is to direct and channel your goals in the right direction and reduce your stress.
For example, things you currently have control over are likely to capitalize and grow. Things you cannot control are going to need some work or need to be let go of.
For what you cannot control brainstorm outside resources who may be able to help you. If you cannot think of outside resources or any resolution to the things that are out of your control you must let them go. Let go of the things in your environment that cause unnecessary stress and confusion because they will affect your life and damper your long-term health. This journaling task will be a weekly self-awareness check that will reduce your stress and make you feel much more in control of your life.
So there you go, three simple rules for changing your life. If you can agree to these rules, incorporate these rules, and commit to these rules long-term I promise this lifestyle change will improve your mind, body, and spirit. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, comments, and/or concerns. As Always, Live Happy. Live Healthy.