1. Start with a visit to your doctor of Health Practitioner for a ‘Health MOT’ – if all your health checks are OK then you know you can start to work towards the body you want long term.
2. Forget diets and calorie counting. Everybody’s body is different so how can a generic diet work for your body which is unique? Healthy ‘natural’ food choices (that means foods that are not processed, low fat or have artificial flavourings or sweeteners or excessive salt). Exercise and lifestyle changes long term are far more achievable, sustainable and healthier for you. While we are on the subject, forget the weighing scales and tape measure – they make you feel frustrated and only your doctor needs this information. You know when you feel right and look the part and your clothes fit comfortably. If you are going to use these tools as motivation then one of the most significant measurements is around your middle. This is the area of ‘viseral’ and often toxic fat (this is fat deep in the abdomen) and a good indicator of the state of your health.
3. Don’t go hungry – this makes you a scavenger and your body will crave anything that resembles food to sustain you. A quick fix is usually full of sugar. Eat breakfast lunch and dinner with health snacks in between these times for energy, a healthy digestive system and a satisfied appetite
4. Drink water regularly – dehydration (and starvation) cause your metabolism to slow down and eventually causes illness. If the weather is cold then warm water with fresh lemon or fresh ginger works too (unless you have digestional problems in which case stay with plain fresh water)
5. Quality and balance – the quality of the food you eat and the quality of exercise you do, not the quantity will help keep your body and mind in a state of healthy balance
6. Detox safely to clear out all the toxins and rubbish so that you have accumulated. If you are on medication this is not advisable. There are lots of weird detox programmes out there so contact your doctor and a nutrition expert before you waste your money and damage your health
7. It’s a myth that all fruit and vegetables are good for you. Fruits contain fructose which is a fruit sugar and some fruits contain more sugar than others like mango whereas apples contain less. The same is true of vegetables. Root vegetables tend to be sweeter than green vegetables so go green every time with plenty of variety. If you have a blood sugar or fungal problem you need to think about this when thinking about menus and recipes
8. Supplements – if you have a ‘western diet’ chances are you are lacking in ‘micronutrients’ these are vitamins and minerals found in natural whole food. The supplements you require depend on your health at any given time so speak with your health practitioner or health store expert for what is most suitable for you. Food source supplements are closer to nature.
9. Use the 80/20 rule to maintain good health. 80% of the time eating and drinking whole natural foods from YOUR natural cultural environment, which allows 20% of the time to enjoy the foods you would only eat on special occasions or as a treat
10. Talk kindly to yourself, your mind is listening. Have you ever heard anyone say “Yippee, I’m on a diet” Most dieting programmes are surrounded by negativity and negative language, losing, lack of will power and such words. Your sub-conscious mind will do as you ask so think and speak of the choices you are making and take responsibility to achieve good health and happiness
Please Note: Information contained in this article should not be used for the purposes of diagnosis or as a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your doctor or healthcare practitioner before beginning any new dietary or exercise changes.
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