Healthy Living And How To Achieve It

“I live healthy.” Doesn’t that sound great to you? Or how about, “I just got back from the gym.” People who believe in healthy living and exercise are one step above the rest. Why? Because healthy living has numerous benefits. It keeps you in great physical condition, it gives you an energy boost, sharpens your mental facilities and makes you feel good about yourself. Healthy living is basically all about having the determination and discipline to change any unhealthy habits into positive and health promoting ones.

Here are 3 healthy living tips.

Eat healthy. A complete diet will do wonders for your body. I’m not saying that you have to deprive yourself of junk food and sweets. You’ve got to allow yourself a treat once in a while but only in moderation. Besides when you become accustomed to eating healthy and your sugar level stabilizes, your body won’t crave sweets as much anymore.

Work-out. If there was a pill called exercise most diseases would be cured. We all know the benefits exercise brings us: a great body, healthy organs and feeling of well-being. But why is it so hard to do? People say they don’t have time to exercise but they have time to watch tv. They say they’re too tired but you can catch online at 3 am on Facebook. Fact is, if you really want to do something you’re going to do it. No excuses.

Hydrate. Our body needs at least 2 Li of water daily. Water helps flush toxins out the body, absorbs nutrients from food and keeps you active.

The hardest thing about healthy living is in beginning it. But once you have already incorporated these habits into your lifestyle you’ll find that doing them becomes easier. People are a slave to their habits. Habits are the things we do without even thinking. So if you are going to be a slave to yours, then be a slave to good habits.

Healthy Eating Tip

It is a typical day for me. I’m between classes at NYU and only have 15 minutes to grab a bit to eat. I juggle an apple in one hand, my iPhone in the other, and still try to keep my eyes on traffic as I attempt to cross the street. It seems as though I never get time to slow down, unless I’m in my yoga class where my mind finally stops racing. And as I toss my apple core in the trash, I think about how I “can’t wait to eat a real meal later.”
For many of us, sitting down to enjoy our food has become a luxury, not a regular way of life. And creating a healthy eating plan is one luxury we should be making a priority. The benefits are a healthier, more satisfied life. I for one hate eating on the run. It is that type of mindless eating that I know can cause more issues. What is more important is being tuned in to my food.

With the invention of the TV tray to accompany the TV dinner, more Americans are finding ways to multitask while eating. These days, our environment makes it is easy to find a way to eat on the go. Cup holders are conveniently placed in our front and back seats, drive-through service is available at many locations, and packaged snacks can be picked-up at any small shop and consumed with no utensils while driving, walking and working. We are becoming programmed to think about everything except our food when we eat! This is no way to stay healthy. We have created a culture full of mindless eaters with no healthy eating plan. And while life is busy, and at times there seems to be no other options, being aware of healthy alternatives and trying our best to plan out our meals can help us avoid adding inches to our waistline that comes with habitual mindless eating.

When we don’t think about our meals, it can lead us to make less healthy food choices in several ways:

#1 We eat larger portions. It’s hard to keep track of how many chips you are eating when you’re watching the game. If you are going to be distracted while consuming your food, try to set aside a small portion, rather than eating right out of the family-size bag.

#2 We eat more food and feel less satisfied. When you are not thinking about the food you consume, you typically feel unsatisfied at the end of the meal. When I eat at work, I feel like I missed out and I look forward to the “real meal” I get to have later. But like it or not, that “unreal” meal I just consumed still has “real” calories that will add to the scale later.

#3 We eat more processed foods. A good majority of the foods that can be eaten without silverware come out of a package. These pre-packaged foods are generally less nutritious than a more natural alternative. Keeping foods like apples, bananas, avocados, pears, carrots and celery are all good ways to keep a healthy diet. Some packaged foods that can also be good for you are natural nuts, dried fruit (with no added sugar) and Larabars. These are all great additions to your healthy eating plan.

So, to adopt a healthy meal plan immediately and reduce your mindless eating, follow these healthy living tips:

  • Avoid eating in front of the TV.
  • Try not to eat while driving.
  • Make an effort to think about your food while you consume it.
  • When you can, sit down to eat your food instead of eating on the run.

With a little bit of effort, we can fight the mindless eating battle and go back to enjoying our food!

Healthy Skin Tips

Healthy skin tips are really healthy living tips. If our body is healthy, our skin should be healthy. What do we need to do to be healthy? I think most of us know the answer: eat mostly healthy food, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. This will result in a healthy body. Pretty simple really, but not so easy to do.

Eat Mostly Healthy Food

You do not have to be a fanatic, but you do need to be aware of what you are putting into your body and what effect that has on its overall health and the health of your skin. It is reasonable to think that if you are feeding your body good, nutritious food you are giving it the minerals and vitamins it needs. These nutrients are adding to the health of your whole body. As your body’s largest organ, your skin must benefit from that.

If you do not know what healthy food is, then you can find out with a little research. Here is a list to help you get started:

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables – particularly brightly coloured vegetables to clear your system of toxins
  • Whole grain breads – whole meal or multigrain
  • Lean meat – chicken, beef, lamb
  • Grains such as oats, which are cheap and nutritious
  • Nuts – walnuts and almonds
  • Low GI foods – get a GI list and check them out
  • Green tea – it is full of anti-oxidants to help clean your system, which will help clean your skin

Just as important is a list of foods to avoid:

  • All food with a high sugar content – this adds toxicity to your body and helps perpetuate a cystic acne environment
  • Highly refined food like white flour and its products – white bread, cake and pastries
  • Fast foods that are cooked in trans fats – and that is most of them. Trans fats are the killer fats as they contribute to heart disease and clog up your system

Get Regular Exercise

Some people are handicapped by physical injuries or disabilities, which could stop them from exercising, but this does not apply to most of us. If exercise is new to you, make it easier to start by doing it in easy stages and doing something that is easy to do. Start walking for 10, 15 or 20 minutes at a time. If you are up to it, try jogging. If you have a swimming pool or live near one, go for a swim. If you find it too boring to exercise alone, join some friends or go to a gym. The key is to do something and do it regularly.

Get Enough Sleep

If you are eating healthy food and getting regular exercise, you should sleep well. If you are not, then you need to find ways of preparing yourself for sleep and developing habits to help you sleep. There is plenty of information on this. If you have an underlying medical problem you should seek help. Otherwise, you are in control of the amount of sleep you get by going to bed at a reasonable hour.

Putting these tips into practice will improve your health, which will help your body heal itself. It may not cure you cystic acne but it will improve it. It will be a good base for any treatment you may be having.

Time Out for Healthy Living

Kelly is driving down a dangerous road. With kids, a full time job, running the household, an executive husband who travels a lot, and studying to get more university credits, Kelly’s health habits have really gone downhill recently. She doesn’t have time for breakfast, snacks by 10 a.m. on something sugary to get her energy up, usually grabs fast food or skips lunch altogether, and suppertime is so hectic, because the family is busy with evening activities. She doesn’t make time to exercise regularly, struggles to balance emotions with good parenting, and consequently is exhausted all the time. Help! Does this sound like someone you know….maybe even you?

This is a very familiar situation that many people find themselves in. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. I have a hunch that you know what you should be doing, it’s just that you need a little help and perspective getting “on track” with your health goals. Let’s go through a 10 minute assessment of your needs and goals for making improvements in your lifestyle. Get a pen and paper and let’s start!

WHAT IS THE “END RESULT” (GOAL) AT WHICH YOU’RE AIMING?

If you know what you want, specifically and clearly, then the likelihood of getting it is much higher than if you are vague.

What do you want?

How will you know when you’ve gotten there? (What is your measuring system for success?)

DISCOVER THE POSSIBILITIES

What have you already tried?

What could you do differently, that might help you get better results?

REMOVE THE BARRIERS

What roadblocks do you see or know about?( ie. social commitments on your calendar) that may interrupt your focus off your goal?

PLAN THE ACTION

How soon can you address the roadblocks and what action steps will you put in place?

Do you need anyone else to make this work? Who can support you?

REVIEW AND DECIDE ON THE NEXT STEP

What do you plan to have happen over the next week?

How do you like your solution?

What kind of priority will you give this?

This framework can work for any area of your life. If you’re trying to regain control over your health habits, take it one step at a time. From the brief scenario described with Kelly’s situation, there would be a few things I suggest would be easy to implement into your day, to make significant improvements right away.

1. Eat breakfast. Eating with your kids is the best option, it sets a good lifestyle choice example that will become a permanent habit for them as well. If you can’t take time to “eat”, whip up a fruit smoothie (fresh fruit, yogurt or milk, ice, fruit juice in a blender) to tote along to the office. If coffee is a regular habit, try decaf…same flavour, without sapping your body of nutrients. Your blood sugar levels will be more balanced through the morning, and by taking some fruit along, and incorporating that into your daily nutritional intake, you’ll stabilize your energy, as well as nourish your body with great fuel.

2. Incorporate exercise into the early part of the day, preferably before the kids get up. Consider walking, following along with home DVD’s, videos, or TV exercise programs. Twenty minutes in the morning will set you up for a great day, mentally and physically.

3. Keep a journal to track your results….when goals are written down, and time frames as well as action steps are put onto paper, it’s amazing how this alone can heighten your awareness of places you are falling short, and therefore, this gives you direct feedback to be able to correct your path during the day!

4. Make sure you stay hydrated! Especially with the summer heat, don’t wait until you’re thirsty! Water is your best choice, flavoured or plain, low sugar juices, decaf teas and coffees. (Beware of the “iced cappuccino’s” of fast food chains…they are LOADED with fat and sugar, and empty calories.)

5. Above all, take some time out for yourself to enjoy life. Stay in the present moment, find time to meditate or reflect on the beauty and blessings of life. Enjoy your family, friends and most of all, enjoy and love yourself.