This is part one of a three part series.
There are many aspects to being healthy. You may achieve great success in one dimension and still suffer in another. For example, a woman might be very “healthy” in appearances; she exercises, drinks water and eats salad everyday. BUT, she might have numerous mental struggles. They cause her to suffer from so much stress that her heart health may be in danger. If she should have a heart attack, everyone would be surprised, because she seemed so healthy. We forget that our health isn’t just physical. Our body, our mind and our surroundings all impact how we feel. All of these things are interconnected. What are the many paths to greater health? Here are the top three that I tend to focus on.
Physical wellness involves a lot of different factors. This can range anywhere from exercise, nutrition and medical care. It can be about NOT doing something (like smoking, doing drugs or drinking alcohol). It can be about doing things; walking, running, food prepping, and even keeping up on your doctor appointments.
It is quite overwhelming when you look at the big picture. We have so many people, such as doctors, friends or media influencers, that are telling us what to eat, when to eat, how to exercise, how much water to drink….eat eggs. Don’t eat eggs. Eat fat. Don’t eat fat. Eat carbs. Don’t eat carbs. Whew. It’s mind boggling.
They say that the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. Same with your health. Take the huge task of all these healthy behaviors and break them down into small pieces.
My exercise routine has changed so much over the years. I never liked exercise, but I really loved the way it made me feel. In my younger days, I loved to work out because, not only did I feel strong, but I looked tone. I did Pilates. I did yoga. I lifted weights. I did some online gym workouts, I tried some dance videos and I have walked…many, many miles.
Now, I lived in Florida and I love to swim. Treading water while listening to music is the best way for me to exercise. Do you want to know HOW I know it is the best way for me? Because it is the one exercise that I love to do. I’m sure my neighbors love to hear me singing the 80’s from the pool. (Even if my sweetie doesn’t) So, don’t worry about what everyone else is telling you to do. Do what works for you. Do what feels good. Do what WON’T make you quit. As some shoe company says, “Just do it”.
Knowing what to eat is the most confusing thing nowadays. We were all taught one thing, then everyone said that is wrong, so we are supposed to eat the things that we weren’t supposed to eat before?? What???
I am going to state right here that I am not a nutritionist, doctor or a social media influencer… I don’t have all the answers. I do know that you have to choose your food plan based on what your body needs and how it makes you feel. So, personally, I don’t eat a lot of carbs. They make me feel bloated and they raise my blood sugar (remember that I am diabetic). I tried to do a strict keto diet, and I lost some pounds, but it really didn’t jive with my medication that I take, so now, I just reduce the carbs. Easy.
I think the main thing is making sure that the food you are eating is nutritious, delicious and won’t hurt your health. I have never had good luck with high starch foods; potatoes, rice and breads, so I just lower the amount that I eat…. But that didn’t really leave me much else on my plate. Or so I thought.
Then, I found this girl! I was looking around for recipes but they all looked so complicated. Then I saw her post a video about how to make a crust-less quiche…and I am hooked. Her recipes are easy and she is so real. Bonus: she’s a cheesehead! I will post a link to her video below- feel free to try it! Bottom line- don’t eat things that make you feel bad.
Remember when you were young and you hated naps? Now, it seems like a treat. Truth is, most of us get so busy with our “to do”, that we forget “to not do”. If you are going to bed late, getting up early and walking around like a zombie, chances are you need more rest.
Getting a good nights sleep is crucial to performing at our peak capacity the next day. Take a good look at your sleep habits. Not many of us realize, but our sleep process actually starts in the evening. Are you drinking caffeine with dinner? Eating chocolate cake before bed? Laying in bed with your phone in your face? All of those actions will affect your sleep. Here are a few tips:
- Avoid caffeine after lunch
- Don’t eat close to bedtime
- Turn off all electrical items like phones and tvs an hour before bed
- Take a warm bath or shower to relax
- Create a bedtime routine for your mind so it KNOWS it’s bedtime (here is mine)
- Drink a cup of hot tea (decaf) an hour before bed
- Take a warm (not hot) shower and put on clean jammies
- Lay in bed with a good book and my dog….zzzzzzzzzzzz
Now, you know I am not going to tell you to blindly listen to your doctor. However, don’t ignore them. It is so important to find a doctor that you can trust and that has the same general ideas about health as you do. I am always going to choose plants over pills when possible. But, there are a few things that I still need medication for. I have a great doctor who agrees with my thinking; yes, plants are best but, no, they don’t cure everything. So, I use a mixture of both.
If you have read any of my other articles, you will see that I use CBD oil from PureCBD, in addition to other medications. If you are interested in finding out more about PureCBD, click here.
Bottom line on doctors- see them. I go to the dentist, the eye doctor and my physician on the regular. And, as always, make sure to do your own research before starting or stopping any medicines.
DO’S AND DON’TS
Um. Just do what is good for you and don’t do what isn’t. Super easy.
Next time we will focus on the emotional dimension of your health. I am looking forward to it.