Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is easier than you think. By following these simple healthy living tips, you will regain control over your personal health, promote an energetic, vibrant life, and sustain your wellbeing for the long haul.
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Ahh childhood is so lovely and forgiving isn’t it? I wish it could last longer.
I didn’t appreciate my health, especially in my college years. Too many late nights out with friends but thankfully I survived and gained this knowledge to share with you.
Somewhere along the way, (for me it was the very day I turned 30) things seem to slow down, not work as well, and have a few more aches and pains. Or is that the lack of sleep from motherhood?
If you are reading this because you are currently healthy but want to maintain that health, I am about to explain my perspective on the core healthy lifestyle habits that are pivotal to maintain health over time.
If you find your health slipping and are already dealing with sickness, following these tips will likely reverse some of your symptoms and provide you with improved health.
As always you should partner with a trusted medical provider and should not take this information as medical advice.
The following healthy lifestyle suggestions are my opinions which have developed over my 10 year nursing career and personal experience being my family’s holistic wellness coach.
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Healthy Living Tips
1. You are what you eat
The most basic but key elements in maintaining health is to fuel your body with quality nutrition and avoid empty calories.
What we eat literally gives us life, but make the wrong choices frequently enough and it propels us closer to death. That sounds harsh but it’s the truth.
Empty calories are foods that satisfy hunger but provide little to no nutritional benefits.
Not everything you eat has to be perfect. We are human after all and I love me some chips and salsa.
We will find our best health in the balance.
Here are some key steps to take your nutrition in the right direction:
- Organic foods whenever possible
- Enjoy fermented foods like kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimichi everyday
- Only eat grass fed meats
- Limit hard to digest meats like pork and beef
- Eat sprouts in the winter for extra nutrients from fresh food
- Supplement with superfoods like cod liver oil and spirulina
- Avoid GMO corn, soy, canola, and sugar beets
- Opt for bread and flour made from ancient grains such as spelt, bulgur, millet, barley, sorghum, quinoa, and amaranth and avoid modern varieties of processed wheat
- Eat raw cheeses and raw dairy if you can get your hands on it from reputable source
- Avoid sugar. You can use honey or grade B maple syrup to lightly sweeten in baking
- Chew your food thoroughly before swallowing
- Don’t drink too much alcohol, opt for red wine that has no added sulfites
- Grow a small backyard garden to add the freshest ingredients possible to your meals
Exercise improves almost everything about our human existence if you can fight through the initial pain.
It reduces joint pain, makes us happier, increases our energy, helps us sleep better at night, improves the appearance of skin, and lowers the risk of disease.
The more you exercise, the less you will crave junk food. In fact, exercising regularly is one of the best things you can do for your health.
Try to hit every category each week by focusing on strength training, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility.
This well-rounded approach will reduce the risk of injury and get you the most bang for your buck.
If you have been out of the loop for a while, start by just walking. Go as far as you can. Even if you just add in 10 crunches at the end, something is better than nothing!
3. Drink enough water
As a rule of thumb, I always keep a water bottle within arm’s reach. Not only does water keep our cells functioning well, but it helps curve hunger and keep things moving through our bodies.
The ballpark goal is to drink at least 8 cups of water each day.
Increase that amount if you spend a lot of time in the heat or being physically active.
4. Get enough sleep
Chronic sleep deprivation over time can lead to disease. That being said, so many things come up that can get in the way of quality sleep.
One way I prep my body for sleep is to refrain from looking at blue light from electronics an hour before bed.
If my day was particularly stressful, I end it with a CBD oil to help me destress.
5. Manage stress levels
I say “manage” instead of avoid because it is darn near impossible to completely avoid stress, which is why we have to learn tools and techniques to manage it.
The first step I took to manage stress was to take a hard look at my life and trimmed the fat if you will. Anything stress-inducing that wasn’t totally necessary got cut.
The next step is to learn tactics on how to mindfully respond to stress. I recommend checking out the book, The Stress-Proof Brain, to get better insight on this topic.
6. Understand how to use superfoods when you are sick
One of the biggest tools in my mama toolkit is using food as medicine. Since becoming more aware on how food works to heal the human body, I have been able to keep my family healthy through two winters without using any conventional medicine, flu shots, or trips to the doctor.
Having a basic understanding of what foods boost your immune system will help you in a time of sickness make a speedy recovery.
7. Seek a well-rounded approach to medicine
Speaking of “food is medicine,” when it comes to medicine, you would be doing yourself a favor if you took care of most of your family ailments at home.
My professional experience is with American medicine. As much as I appreciate the advances in diagnostic technology, surgery, and pharmaceuticals, I realize that for most of life’s basic health concerns, it’s best to avoid this route altogether.
I now use modern pharmacy as a last resort because I just plain don’t need it to live a peaceful life. Most of the problems I encounter as a wife and mom can be solved with something I keep stocked in my natural medicine cabinet.
Take Tylenol for example. We are programmed to believe that Tylenol is completely safe when it actually depletes one of our most important intracellular antioxidants, glutathione.
We don’t know the true ramifications of years of popping OTC meds like candy for every single headache or cramp.
With so many alternatives for everyday aches and pains, why not become more educated on natural remedies and how to use them?
The information is at our fingertips with a simple click.
If you are on a quest to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you would be doing yourself a disservice to think that the only solution for human sufferings comes from the local pharmacy.
I started my career 10 years ago as a nurse in the neonatal ICU. From there I have worked with cancer patients and most recently have spent the past three years in cardiac ICU.
I have seen the absolutely worst of first-world human sickness and one thing that my experience has taught me is that using this type of medicine is not without a price.
Side effects turn into drug interactions and it sometimes seems as though people would have been better off completely avoiding certain treatment plans altogether.
Call me a whistleblower if you want. I think I have a well-rounded perspective.
The main problem I see is that people don’t want to do the work for their health.
I sincerely hope that isn’t you.
If you are one that tends to like a quick fix or a pill for every ill, this post will either be eye-opening or offend you.
I just want to be transparent because I want you, my reader, to live a healthy, happy, long life.
That is what I want for my family too.
Here are some books I reference on a regular basis:
8. Understand how important gut health is to overall health and work to improve it
80% of our immune system resides in our gut. If we want to have a healthy body, we need to have pretty intestines lined with bugs!
I have beat the dead horse on this topic.
I’m not talking about ladybugs here.
A disruption in our microbiome is at the root of chronic disease. Because so much of large scale agriculture uses pesticides and herbicides to ensure a fruitful crop, our food is coming to our plate more sterile than ever.
One of the reasons I recommend eating organic is because lack of pesticides allows the earth’s biome to flourish in our food.
Improving your gut microbiome is a daily task and I wrote a whole post explaining how to diagnose a problem and what to do about it.
9. Don’t burn your meat when you cook it
Studies are coming out that suggest cooking meat at high temperatures can cause heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to form on the surface of the meat which may be mutagenic when consumed by humans. (source)
Mutagenic sounds like the ninja turtles, but this is a fancy way to say it increases your risk of cancer.
I personally find this hard to believe but it is worth mentioning because science is always coming out with new information, and this is one that has been circulating the natural health world for a while now.
As a Christian, I believe that God created animals for our enjoyment and that includes consuming them respectfully and without waste.
It seems like he wouldn’t design our food to cause cancer when we cook it but who knows? I am just His humbled servant passing this info along.
If you are one who has a family history of cancer and are very concerned with your personal risk, it may be worth it to look more into this topic and err on the side of medium rare.
Better yet, limit your meat intake altogher because it is hard to digest.
10. Practice mindfulness
I read an earth shattering article in the most recent hard copy of National Geographic Magazine the other day so this quote will be directly from that article.
“Mindfulness is life-changing. It is a superpower that allows you to deliberately direct the beam of your attention instead of being tossed around by racing thoughts and turbulent emotions. It empowers you to choose your mindset and shift how you relate to your experience so that you have less stress and more joy.”
Wow, those words are so, so powerful.
Some say we experience the world between our ears.
Did you know that the mind-body connection can alter the trajectory of our health?
We can litereally THINK ourselves into wellness if we set our intention on peace, calmness, and joy each day. (source)
Although the modern lifestyles is at odds with the practice of stillness, we can carve out a small portion of our day (best time is the morning) to set a positive mental pattern.
By doing this, we will experience less stress and more health.
I will talk more about the concept of neuoplasticity in relation to family life in another article because the concept fascinates me!
The Bottom Line
It is completely within your control to live a full and prosperous life.
Maintaining your health is a key part of that.
In this post, we examined 10 core healthy living tips to help you stay in the driver’s seat and take control of your personal wellness.
If you are gravely concerned with your health, seek the help of a trusted naturopathic physician in your local area.
When we lose our health, we need to know the root cause, not just the medical nomenclature of the disease. A naturopath helps with this.
Once we can understand underlying cause, we can take the steps to reverse the process instead of just covering up our symptoms with a bandaid, which will eventually get bigger, more complex, and chronic in nature.
A healthy body for years to come is a lot like keeping an engine running.
It takes maintenance, clean fuel, and some TLC to thrive.
Where are you on your personal health journey? Leave your answer in the comments!