There is so much information available today about how to create a healthy diet and lifestyle, so I know it’s hard to know what to do, what is true and correct. Every one is different, but everybody is the same. Every one has his and her own preferences. Every body’s needs are the same: safety and security, clean water, clean foods, exercise, clean air to breathe, restful sleep and a sense of belonging.
And so when you are ready to start the journey, first spend some time thinking what is right for you. Give thought to your personal needs, likes and dislikes. Be honest in your exploration, knowing that you do not need the share this with anyone. Keep the information to yourself but, it helps to be honest about who you are and to honor yourself.
Starting to keep a journal may be the best first step. It will allow you to express yourself and to keep track of thoughts, plans, ideas, and to stand as a witness to your progress as you lean into the person you want to become.
If you don’t like to exercise in a gym, don’t go join a gym. If you like to walk, schedule time to walk in a place that pleases you. The mall, the beach, a park, whatever you find appealing.
If you feel stiffoled, seek opportunities to meet new people, learn to network, join new clubs or organizations and go social. You will meet persons who will enliven your senses, and boost your confidence.
If you have created habits that generate stress in your life or in your body, take time to re-structure your life. Put in place new habits to eclipse the unproductive ones.
Drink the water: Drink only clean, well filtered water. Filter out fluoride and chlorine which is certainly deleterious to your health. However there are so many more contaminates in water. Filter!
Ditch the white foods: Processed white foods are nutrient depleted, useless. Walk by the white bread, white flour, and white rice, the packaged high calorie chips, candies and cakes. Frozen dinners, boxed meal mixes, sugar added breakfast foods and quick-cooking anything. Run away from any processed meats ( you do know what pink slime is, right?).
Eat more greens: It is the fresh clean green veggies from which we get nutrients, fiber, antioxidants and other essential building blocks of health.
Season the salad: instead of buying chemically enhanced prepared dressings with synthetic fats and flavors, stabilizers and preservatives. Enhance your salads yourself using the same herbs and spices in your kitchen. Then explore and try new ones.
Chew longer: sufficient chewing helps swallowing, releases enzymes vital to digestion, combats bacterial overgrowth and adds to the enjoyment and satisfaction of eating and allows you to recognize that you are full before you eat too much. These are but a few of the many benefits of chewing better.
Shop more often: Buying fresh, and growing your own veggies will offer you variety and excitement in choices as and in flavors.
Read the labels: Basically, if you can’t pronounce it, and don’t know what it is, don’t eat it. Get a magnifying glass. There is a reason it’s all in small print. Don’t believe the front label. Read the ingredients.
Make an effort to cook at home more: When you purchase, grow, clean, and cook your own food, you know what is in it and how it is prepared. This is the only way to know for sure what you are eating. Are you worth the effort?
Remember, Health is a Choice. Make the choice for your health, you cannot be good for others, until you are good to you.
Carolyn Guilford is a nutrition consultant, health and wellness advocate, author and workshop organizer. Reserve your spot for the next Seven Day Diabetes Repair class which begins in June, Call 912 236-8987 or (585)-370-3374 (Jeff Adams). If you have a question you’d like answered in ‘Toward True Health’ Please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘Like’ us on Facebook and get new health tips www.facebook.com/ healthrestoration101 or write to Health Restoration Consulting Post Office Box 2814, Savannah, GA 31402