Okay, I am going to put it out there...sometimes in our eager
attempts to live healthy, we end up becoming less than joyful to be
around. I believe that if we become so rigid in our day to day
approach to healthy eating, we can sometimes set up a terrible
relationship with food. This hyper focus on sticking to the right diet
can actually make us so stressed that we exude extreme moodiness and
actually stop losing weight. When we are stressed our bodies can
produce more cortisol which can make us gain weight. Though, I believe
in eating REAL, unprocessed foods and not indulging in junk food, I
think from time to time, it's okay to enjoy that piece of chocolate or
slice of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.
Below are SIX rules that I live by that have kept me healthy over the years!
~ Eat mostly organic, REAL foods with a strong emphasis on plants.
BUT, with that said, know that it's okay to splurge once and a great
while- Yes, I splurge from time to time! I actually think it's
important to do so. I enjoy holiday feasts just like everyone else. I
don't starve myself leading up to it, and I don't forbid myself from
having a piece of holiday pumpkin pie. Because I go into a holiday
celebration knowing I am not forbidding myself anything, I
instinctively don't overindulge. I am content with only one serving.
When we become overly focused on elimination, we get stressed and that
sometimes leads to overindulging from grazing or picking at our
favorite foods all night long or opening the fridge later on at night.
~ Embrace your age with grace and confidence. I often laugh when people try to hide
their age as they get older. Aging is a fact of life. To me, if you
respect yourself fully, you don't need to hide who you are- that
includes your age. By embracing, I mean accept it; it's okay and
actually very important to implement healthy strategies to keep you
looking younger and feeling energetic. Drinking lots of water is the
best solution for keeping aging skin moist and youthful and keeping
that extra bounce in your step. Dehydration leads to haggard looking
skin and fatigue. Aim for 1/2 you body weight in ounces. ( PS: Folks,
I am 52! :-) )
~ Make time for fun with friends. This could be taking a trip
together or dining once a month with close friends. Laughing and
taking time to be together with friends or family is good for the
heart and soul.
~ Exercise at least five or six times a week. Exercise releases
endorphins, the "feel good" hormones and can help fight depression and
~ Avoid staying indoors all day long and disconnect from the cell
phone or computer. Being outdoors allows you to soak up some essential vitamin D. Vitamin D has been shown to boost immunity and help fight against depression and anxiety.
~Last but not least: Get plenty of sleep. According to some studies, appetite increases by a whopping 25 per cent if you are exhausted.
Remember, Folks, food ( NOT just what's on a plate) determines how we feel and heal!