Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I'm a Healthitarian! :)

This morning I posted a topic stating my position against all of the fad diets, pills and weight loss programs out there and I feel that it's important to reiterate why I feel the way I do. And to extend on the topic, I'm not just talking about weight loss. I'm also talking about ALL of the drugs that are out there, being advertised on TV, the radio, magazines, everywhere. I find all of these "quick fixes" to be yet one more thing that contradicts any efforts our society has to really get healthy from the inside. Sometimes I don't even like to say that I'm "vegetarian" (even though I am) because it seems like one more set of "rules" or a fad that one can follow to get healthy or lose weight. 

Our need-it-now society and the medical industry is so quick to treat the symptoms of our health issues rather than treating the root and the cause of our problems. What lies behind it all is the millions of dollars that the makers of these products and programs are making, and the result is a country that is fatter and sicker than ever. 

And this is where I come in. This is where I've found my passion; in helping to spread awareness that health is something that comes from the inside. It starts with what we're putting in our bodies and from there it's about what we're DOING with our bodies. This is where our entire quality of life begins.

Nutrition: Everything that goes into our bodies should be fuel to keep us running efficiently. If it's not, we're going to have deficiencies and eventually we're going to be sick. It should be about eating to live, not living to eat. I mean sure, eating can be enjoyable, but guess what - it can also be *healthy* AND enjoyable. What we're putting into our bodies 90% of the time should count toward creating our picture of health. 

Hydration: Quite simply, drink lots of water. STOP with the the juices, sodas and energy drinks. Having one of those per day is BAD. Cut it out and see what happens by just doing that alone. Drink water instead!

Cut the crap: In a nut shell (puns totally intended), cut out as much as you can that man has gotten his hands on and altered. Processed foods and sugar are NOT your friends. Eat fresh and raw fruits, veggies & legumes with every single meal. 

Exercise: This one's a no-brainer. There are TONS of ways that you can get active. You don't need to commit to some crazy program or an expensive gym. Go for a walk or a light jog with the kids or the dog, do some living room floor exercises or dance to your favorite music for more than one song. If you can do more, do it. But get up and go find something that works for you. In this day and age, there really are no legitimate excuses.

Mental, emotional & spiritual well being: I've learned that this one has to actually be at the top of the list for me. Everyone is SO busy these days! Be sure to make time for the things and people that are close to your heart. Including yourself. I'm a firm believer that your mental and emotional well being go hand in hand with your physical health. Make them all count! Spend quality time with your loved ones and make time to pamper yourself and relax on a regular basis. With a strong foundation in this area, everything else tends to be a little easier and a lot more enjoyable.

And finally, consistency and persistency: ***DON'T GIVE UP!!*** It's going to take time to see and feel the results of your efforts. Don't give up after a couple of months because it's hard or it doesn't seem to be working. If you have a bad day (or even a bad week), acknowledge it and pick right back up. No looking back! Stay dedicated to a way of living that can create a happiness and fulfillment that you never imagined. I promise you won't be disappointed! 

Heavenly happy and healthy living to you all! 

1 comment:

  1. Great article! I'm a Healthitarian too! There is no excuse. Let's choose to be healthy. :)