There is so much advice out there about the best way to live your life, what you should and shouldn't eat, and the best way to exercise - and I think it can all be very overwhelming and confusing. So I thought I would try and write a simple version of what I feel encapsulates the "prevention is better than cure ethos" that I try to embrace not only in the way that I lead my own life but in what I try to emulate and encourage to my clients in my professional life.
I do think good nutrition is important - but I don't believe in diets, or fads and fancies. A nutrition plan that provides good whole foods that are nutritious, and the "less animals more plants" way of thinking is a good one. Make vegetables the star on your plate - different types, different colours and you can't go wrong.
Remember protein and "good" fats are essential to your health, and both will help balance your blood sugar levels and keep you feeling satiated for longer. Crowd out the junk with plenty of beautiful, tasty, healthy food.
Fermented foods, probiotics and prebiotics are great for the gut and help with absorption of nutrients.
I love a little bit of reality - so lets aim for 80% whole nutritious food and 20% party time!!
* A quick one on food allergies - I am no expert but there are definitely times in our lives when other things maybe out of kilter that we can develop food allergies (sensitivities) and these have a large affect on our levels of inflammation in the body. Food allergies are very real, it is not just someone being fussy. If you think certain foods maybe affecting you adversely - try cutting back or eliminating them for a while and see if it makes any difference.
I think hydration deserves it own mention - your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly - make drinking enough water a key part of your health plan every day. Work out how you are going to do that - I measure the water I need to drink at the start of the day and make sure that by the end of the day - come what may - I have drunk it all!!
Well it would not make sense if movement was not high up on my list of most important "pillars of health". Exercise is important for so many reasons - we know it keeps your heart and your bones healthy, but it also keeps your brain healthy. Exercise is a huge mood booster, but it can also help to keep those brain pathways open delaying ageing and cognitive decline.
Fancy trying something new - sign up for my newsletter to get the weekly schedule, there are classes every day and something for everyone! Some "hot and sweaty" and some wonderfully restorative pilates.
If going to the gym is your worst nightmare - don't worry there are heaps of ways to get good exercise - take a walk in nature, have a game of tennis, just move ....
GOLDEN RULES OF EXERCISE:
Exercise should leave you feeling energised NOT depleted.
Do something you LOVE to do.
It is not called “The Breath of Life” for nothing. Breathing is one of the most basic functions of the human body, and breathing correctly is a vital step to ensuring your body is optimally healthy. The breathe not only fuels the body with oxygen, it helps digestion, can clear a foggy mind and it drives the function of your core. To learn more about the breathe and your core READ MORE
While it may sound simple and something we do unconsciously, you may have developed incorrect breathing habits throughout your life, which could be affecting your health and even be causing back pain. If you are not sure book a one to one appointment with me and I can assess your breathing patterns for you.
Sleep is as vital to sustaining a balanced life as breathing, eating and drinking. How much sleep we need varies from person to person, but generally a good 8 hours sleep is recommended. During sleep your body and psyche regenerate for the day ahead. To get some tips for a good nights sleep READ MORE
In our daily lives we come into contact with literally thousands of poisons all hidden in every day chemicals which really affect the way our bodies function. Make sure you are aware of what you are using in your house and putting on and in your body and avoiding as many of the potent toxins as you can READ MORE
We all know what stress does to us, and how it makes us feel. No matter how indulgent or fancy the term may sound, self-care is crucial for your physical, emotional and mental well-being.
Self-care is important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself as it produces positive feelings and boosts your confidence and self-esteem. Self-care is necessary to remind yourself and others that you and your needs are important too. Find time to do the things you love - life is for living NOT existing.
Hand in hand with self care is finding your tribe. Science has proven the importance of social connections to humans, and people with strong social connections at the beginning and end of their lives live longer! Being part of a "tribe" doesn’t just brighten your life; it actually makes you healthier. A tribe can come from anywhere. Your tribe can be centered around your family, or people from work, or people who share the same hobbies or interests as you. Sharing and caring are two of the most wonderful things we as humans have to offer.
Finally PURPOSE & ATTITUDE
We all need a why - something to motivate us. Your why will not be the same as my why. What drives each one of us is very different, but that sense of purpose is so important. As is your "Attitude" - are you a glass half empty or a glass half full kind of person? A positive attitude will help you get through the highs and lows in life - your attitude determines your direction!! Remember - your attitude about any state or condition in your life is always within your power to choose - BE POSITIVE!