I take a holistic approach to health, and practice mind, body and spirit. I believe in maintaining the inside and out, to really open your heart to the universe and keep an optimistic conscious. Out of all the things I take for granted, I refuse to accept my health as one of them, because it’s the most dependable and achievable part of life. You can’t immediately make a person love you or your career prospects rise up, but you can drink a glass a water and instantly insert a healthy lifestyle layer.
Regardless of physical ability, I don’t believe it’s about the pure show aspects of abs and definition. I’ll never forget sitting with my friend in hospital and realising his operation – the one we both had, had gone wrong, and me with my big scar down my back – complaining about the ugliness of it all, was in actual fact lucky. I do believe though in embracing yourself and not being afraid to show who you are, whether in photos or in person.
Lately I’ve toned up and have been following a DNA diet plan which I’ll discuss on a future post. And though I eat salads, soups, smoothies and a variety of nutrients, I also eat an alarming amount of bread and wheat – occasionally jumping from toast to pancakes. People have always told me not to, though I find I can get away with it. Cookies, sugar, pasta and everything else etc – major stomach bloat.
Figuring your diet to have a healthy lifestyle, is to me about what makes you feel good. And feel good not just because eating a type of meal is comforting – feeling good enough that you don’t feel guilt, you don’t get low energy or a bunch of other issues.
Clarifying that I’m no expert, I recommend eating as much unprocessed food as possible – says the girl with her bread. Baking a chocolate cake without chemicals, preservatives and all kinds of sugar. There are countless names to describe the stuff – glucose syrup, high corn syrup, maltodextrin. Often, processed food has around 4 different types of sugar, compared to the grams you add in a large cake.
To make my baking healthier, I try to switch to oat flour and maple syrup, and add walnuts, pumpkin seeds or oats in general. Ingredients that hit the sweet-spot, without being moreish enough to gobble in one take – looking at you Ben and Jerry’s.
Confession – I’ve never stepped foot in a gym. Well, never trained in one. My excuse has always been my spine and dodgy dislocating right shoulder. I contend with running, an exercise machine at home, YouTube, workout DVD’s, resistant bands and some weights. With the amazing variety on YouTube though, I am 100% everyone has at least one type of exercise activity they’d like to do. Because of my surgeries, I suck at pilates (it’s an honest excuse) but love looking like a fool practicing ballet.
Long-term exercise does everything from keeping your heart healthy, keeping your mind positive with endorphins being released, and helps maintain flexibility. I do about 30 minutes a day after work and slowly overtime my alertness has increased.
Last year, I became addicted to credit card spending. It’s taken me forever to finally pay it all off, and the price for my splurging has meant giving away sums of income that could have gone towards a holiday, savings, Christmas and everything else. The goal to simply spend less than you earn seems straight-forward, and then a week after pay-day, you’ve gone overboard and end up living the next three weeks on a tight budget.
Been there as well. It still amazes me how much pressure Instagram puts to constantly showcase a new outfit. To try to keep up with the Jones’s. On the road to healthy living, as much as money is there to enjoy and live, there’s no shame in being honest about where you can cut back, if you need to. The little things really do add up. Voucher codes, coin jars, sticking to a list of clothing and not buying just because, can vastly contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
Being honest about relationships
The new world of dating is complicated and somewhat depressing. You now have to think about reacting to ghosting, how to prepare when a person suddenly stops contact. You have to debate whether a person is genuine, worry whether they spend enough time texting and contacting – and equally, over contacting. The minimal approach of asking a stranger in person seems world’s away from the many who put their trust in online dating systems.
Of course, relationships are a part of a healthy lifestyle. From the physical, like perhaps taking a combined oral contraceptive for protection, to the mental, like not wasting precious moments overreacting to the stages of love.
A healthy lifestyle – Excessive behaviour?
At times it feels your damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Treat yourself one too many and its bad news, become overly critical of achieving health and it can begin to dictate your every thought. When I speak to my therapist/mentor/friend – successful author who’s article I will add to my blog this weekend, she tells to make myself get comfortable with the uncomfortable.
To break habits – walk on the different side of the street on your way home, switch up your routine, allow yourself to get in a place that’s difficult and see how you process that. Though I’ve always said to give in to cravings when truly desired, there’s a certain feeling to being able to say no – I’m not going to eat this, despite wanting to. It reminds me that I’m in control and I can eat what I want, without having to react to urgent impulses.
How do you go about living a healthy lifestyle? Do you focus more on diet and fitness, wellbeing, or try to balance it all?