Let The Pillars Of Health Guide You
Thinking - the first pillar to health or really everything we do in life is how we think.
James Allen says it best, "A man is literally what he thinks."
You see there are several things that you will have to change, take care of, adjust and get used to in your life when you decide to move toward a healthier lifestyle.
This is where the first pillar comes in when learning how to eat in more life-affirming ways for example. You will need to take a moment to realize how you eat, and how that is going to impact all the areas of your lifestyle.
I read somewhere that you may want to take a moment to grieve for all the foods that will no longer be included in how you eat. Yet as you grieve for the loss of what you think you are losing also realize there is an opportunity to be grateful!
Now you can begin to heal, feel better and simply get on with living because you will now be moving toward a healthier and more vibrant future. At least this is how I have experienced.
Breathing - now is the time to breathe in new life for you.
Take time to breath, (in through the nostrils for the count of 4, hold for the count of 4, and release through pursed lips for the count of 8)
This can be a stressful time making the changes and breathing will help you connect with this moment. Realize in this moment you are moving forward to a new life with new opportunities for health and wellbeing. Enjoy this as you learn how to eat well and feel well!
Hydration - today so many people are dehydrated. It is important to drink 1/2 your bodyweight in ounces of water daily. Water for me is clear, colorless, odorless and tasteless. I hear a lot that the reason water is not the drink of choice is because people don't like the taste.
If you use the definition provided there will be no taste.
The easiest way to begin enough drinking water daily it to have 1 glass on getting up in the morning, 1 with each meal and snack, that would be 5 glasses of water, 2 with exercise and finally 1 before bed. (That could be an hour before)
Now here is what you will want to consider. If you drink no water today, my suggestion is to start a bit more slowly adding water because you will go to the washroom more. The benefit on drinking enough water for hydration is many people mistake thirst for hunger. Therefore, they are eating when really they are thirsty. If you feel hungry drink a glass of water and wait 20 minutes. If you are still hungry then go ahead and eat.
Nutrition - How much thought are you putting into your eating practice? Have you made the decision to eat life-affirming organic real food?
Most don’t put much in and then wonder why they are not getting good results. Eating REAL FOOD, organic is best, local is a good choice.
Home-cooking is a way to know for sure that the ingredients in your foods are the best quality for you and your family for each and every meal and snack.
Eliminate SUGAR & ALL GRAINS is the easiest place to start.
Dr. Tom O’Bryan states that “No human can digest gluten.”
Exercise - is as simple as moving! Get off the couch and move.
Go for a walk, do something fun, bodyweight exercise, kettlebells, skipping, go for a bike ride or even sprinting are all exceptional ways to exercise.
The most important point is to find an activity you really enjoy and do that activity often. It is really important to exercise and including it in your day is simply important for good health.
Sleep - the forgotten health benefit. In today's world of fast pace, 24 hours of lights, never any real darkness in the city sleep is simply not taken as an important factor for health.
I listened to an interview with Robb Wolfe and he said if people just got more sleep so many of the health problems today would disappear.
We must get more sleep. We need more sleep because this is when the body repairs. Get to sleep by 10:30 pm. Wind down prior to this time.
Physical Repair is between 10:00 pm and 2am. After 2am the immune/repair energies are more focused on mental repair, which lasts until we awaken.
So, there you have it. The Six Pillars of Health.
Begin with your thinking, begin to see what you are grateful for and live in that moment. Move on to breath in the moment, easily and effortlessly. Stay hydrated. Eat Well. Exercise! And get a great nights sleep.
As you begin your journey start with one of these pillars.
When I began my path to feeling better and reducing my weight I began with drinking water (Hydration) because I felt this was something that I could do every day and see my success.
It is important to see you are moving toward your desired outcome.
This is the WHY.
Once you feel you have that pillar under control move on to the next.
Take the journey is small steps that you can do, succeed, and feel good about what you are doing and then do it again with the next pillar of health.
Share in the comment section which pillar you will begin working on starting today. I look forward to hearing from you.
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