All of us have felt insecure when we compare ourselves to others. But we were all born with different body types, bone structures and genetics. This makes it literally impossible for us to have identical bodies. Our goal should not be to all look the same, but to be the healthiest possible for our own particular body type.
It’s important to recognize that being healthy isn’t about becoming the next pro athlete or model, it’s about becoming the healthiest you. Real beauty comes from being the healthiest, happiest, and most confident you. So don’t try to be someone you’re not, just be the healthiest YOU!
Trying to do something long-term that you don’t enjoy only leads to failure.
For this reason it is important to find healthy things you love. Find and create a healthy lifestyle around your personal preferences, unique challenges and goals. Then start living healthy, your way.
There is no one size fits all approach. Our lives and challenges are different and what works for one person won’t work for another. What plant foods do you love to eat? Start there. What activity do you enjoy doing? Schedule it into your day! This is about your unique preferences, challenges and goals. Make it healthy living, your way.
Stop Waiting For A Quick-Fix—It Will Never Come
A lot of us are waiting for a quick-fix solution that will allow us to continue to live our current unhealthy lifestyle but still be healthy. Do you see the problem with this? It will never happen! Simple as that. Lasting energy doesn’t come from a bottle; it comes from healthy living. Accept that if you want to be healthy, you have to follow the principles of proper sleep, exercise and nutrition. There are no short cuts. Rise above the fads, diets, pills, and quick-fixes. They’ve never worked long-term and they never will. So what does work? Establishing and living a healthy LIFESTYLE.
It’s A Lifestyle
It’s time for us to change the way we think about health; it must become our lifestyle. A diet or program is something you start and then stop. Something you get on and then eventually, whether it be a week or two months, get off. This is wrong. We are working towards a lifestyle change. Because healthy living is not a pit stop; it’s a way of life.
Research has shown that people who use short-term, quick-fix solutions are more likely to fail and usually end up worse off than when they started. On the flip side, people who are healthiest, happiest, enjoy the most energy, maintain a healthy weight and are more likely to avoid chronic diseases are successful because they live a healthy lifestyle, consistently, every day, year after year. Lifestyle truly is the best medicine.*
Get Back To Basics: Proper Sleep, Exercise, & Nutrition
Proper sleep, exercise and nutrition are the foundation of every healthy lifestyle no matter your health goals. The mountains of scientific literature tell us that these three things are what our bodies need physiologically every day. Commit to making proper sleep, exercise and nutrition a priority in your life.
1. SLEEP: Sleep at the right time for the right amount of time
2. EXERCISE: Move every day, your way
3. NUTRITION: Eat the right amount and type of food
Killing 6 Birds With One Stone
Heart disease is the number one killer among women. You won’t often hear that because it hasn’t been make “sexy.” But breast cancer sure is “popular” and has become a “sexy” disease to fight. And there’s nothing wrong this, except that it has overshadowed the bigger problem of heart disease. Well what if you could fight breast cancer and heart disease…and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke and obesity all at the same time?? Wouldn’t that be awesome! Well you can. Because living a healthy lifestyle based on proper sleep, exercise and nutrition fights all six at the same time. It’s like killing six birds with one stone.*
We need to move away from the all or nothing mindset. Telling ourselves we will never touch ice cream again, ever, if we love it, is not realistic or balanced. Most people, who try to cut all sweets and less healthy food out of their diet completely, eventually end up binging and worse off than when they started. It just doesn’t seem to work.
Too much of anything can be bad, and this is especially true of less healthy foods. Learning balance is the key. The great thing is, when you are eating the right amount and type of food 90% of the time, the other 10% or less leaves you some wiggle room for other less-healthy foods your love. This allows you to be healthy, balanced, and still enjoy your favorite dessert guilt-free. Because healthy can still include your favorite dessert.
Smoking, Drugs & Alcohol
Just because something is legal doesn’t necessarily make it healthy for you. This is true of smoking, drugs and alcohol. Most of these substances are highly addictive, harmful to your health and should be avoided in most instances. Even moderate alcohol consumption can raise one’s risk for certain cancers, meaning the risks far out weigh any potential benefits. For this reason the recommendation for alcohol is, if you don’t drink don’t start and if you already drink, do so in moderation or consider quitting. If you have further questions you should consult with your physician.
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