PICK ONE AT A TIME TO BEGIN AND SLOWLY ADAPT TO MAKING THEM HABITS FOR LIFE.
EAT CLEAN REAL FOOD
Locally grown, organic, vine ripened foods from farmers instead of unripe foods full of pesticides etc. that have been shipped miles and miles and put on the shelves of large supermarkets. Support your local farmers and organic supermarkets instead. If this is not possible look for the freshest cleanest foods you can find at your local supermarket and avoid highly processed food like substances.
Make sure Raw Vegetables and or Salad are a part of every meal if you can. There are valuable enzymes and nutrients in raw food that are damaged or destroyed by overheating. Be creative with salads by adding nuts seeds, fruit, grains etc.
DONT TAKE DRUGS
Don’t take drugs unless absolutely necessary. Drugs have a purpose no doubt but we shouldn’t be taking them for every little thing that makes us feel poorly. Find the root cause of the problem or pain and fix that. Your body is telling you something. Listen carefully and you can usually find the cause and the solution. Your body is an amazing healer. Give it what it needs and it will heal itself or not get sick in the first place.
DRINK LOTS OF CLEAN WATER
All kinds of issues can arise from dehydration. Weight gain, headaches, exhaustion, constipation, a weakened immune system etc. Water can help with detox, clarity of thought, increase energy, muscle repair and much more. Drink water before anything else in the morning and then continue to drink water throughout the day. Before coffee, breakfast, anything. You will feel better all day for it. Amounts will vary according to your activity levels, temperature etc.
STOP CONSUMING FOOD LIKE SUBSTANCES
Highly processed so called foods full of chemical flavor enhancers, binding agents, texturizers, preservatives, colorants, and the list goes on and on. These are not foods. Start moving over to sprouted grain breads (limited amounts) or gluten free and whole foods. Fruits, vegetables, Seeds, nuts, legumes, clean proteins and water.
JUICING & SMOOTHIES
Juicing and emulsifying for smoothies is a great way to increase vegetable intake and keep all the goodness in. Careful not to over blend and don’t let sit exposed to oxygen to long. Over blending and Oxygen exposer will deplete the nutrient value of your juice or smoothie significantly.
EAT A VARIETY OF FOODS
Eat a variety of foods – In season is best but try new things whenever you can. Experiment with foods weekly and you’ll be amazed at how tasty things can be. Your body will love you for it.
STOP EATING DEEP FRIED OR FAST FOODS
You know it’s bad for you so why do it. Just Stop. Being healthy is NOT convenient but it IS vital. Remember it’s not the things you do seldom but the frequent bad habits that make the difference in health for the most part.
TAKE QUALITY SUPPLEMENTS
Take a good pharmaceutical grade supplement to fill in the nutrition gaps. We can’t always get enough from our food alone so cover your bases with a good supplement. Not sure how to choose a good supplement? Don’t take the shotgun approach and try this and that and all the trendy crap out there. Not all Supplements are created equal and some companies are downright devious in what they put in them. Check out a book called The Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements. It’s a great resource for finding a good safe supplement. You can also check out my shopping site at www.healthyoutlook.usana.com for Project Body Smart approved supplements. You can also find a link to the Health Assessment there that will give you 3 reports at the end of the assessment which includes supplement recommendations.
Be grateful for your body and the foods that keep it in good health. Engage in personal development and learning. Keep your mind happy and your heart full of gratitude. Thank those who grow our Clean Real Foods every day at meals. Better yet thank those farmers by buying local and conversing with them at farmers markets.
In good health.
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