1. Be aware of what you eat
Too often people consume mindlessly. I don’t believe in counting every calorie any longer, even though this does help some people get control of their eating. I believe in being conscious of what you eat, and paying attention to how your body responds to food. When we eat mindfully, we become aware of our hunger and we know when we are full. Basic weight loss is simply about eating just enough to not be hungry anymore, but enough so that food is not on your mind any longer.
2. Add fruits and vegetables.
Healthy nutrition is vital to good health. If you do not plan for fruits and vegetables in your diet, you might not consume them. They are not shelf-stable and often not pre-packaged. Eat a wide variety, as well as colors of foods, as each color provides different types of nutritional benefits. Make your goal to eat a colorful plate!
3. Reduce, and when possible, avoid highly processed foods, with artificial ingredients and additives.
This just makes sense. The more processed items you consume, the more challenging your journey to health and wellness will be. Strive to make the BULK of your diet based in whole or natural foods.
4. Drink water throughout the day.
Water is necessary for life. For your body to function at its best you need to maintain hydration. As oil is to a car, water in to your body. In order to allow your body to work as it was designed, you need to drink water throughout the day.
5. Move your body every day.
This is not brain surgery complicated… In order to stay healthy you need to keep moving. Not just one kind of movement, but many. The three biggies are (1) Cardio to get the heart rate elevated, (2) strength training to tone the muscles and build bones, and (3) stretching to keep the body flexible and balanced.
6. Get a good night’s sleep.
Sleep is paramount to good health. At night your body restores itself on a cellular level. Without adequate rest you will perform at a sub-par level. It is important to quiet the mind. Create a bedtime routine and stick to it. Allow yourself the gift of rest.
7. Seek daily self-enrichment.
Spending time investing in yourself creates harmony in mind, body and spirit. Create a habit of learning new things and ways to express yourself–this keeps the mind sharp and increase mental and spiritual health. Look for uplifting and motivational material to read or watch regularly.
8. Don’t be negative.
Duh…Negative attitudes are not conducive to good health. What you think and speak has a direct affect on your personal well-being. Complaining, gossiping and feelings of inability will lead to more of the same. Retrain your mind to look for the good in all things. This attitude shift can increase endorphins.
9. Practice daily stress-relief.
Stress is a major risk factor in all forms of disease. Learning ways to relax and unwind is important. Until you learn to manage the stress you encounter, you will not be able to improve your total health and wellness.
10.Participate in prevention and health care screenings.
Ignorance is not bliss! Not knowing about a health problem, does not make it go away. In fact, early detection and prevention can be your BEST defense against life-threatening conditions. The bottom-line is, know your numbers for health, get your annual screenings and see your physician regularly as directed by your age and condition. An ounce of prevention IS worth a pound of cure!