What is your health philosophy? Is it something that you’ve thought about? Are the choices you make on a daily basis aligned with your health philosophy? Or are they steering you towards illness and disease? In this post, I’ll share some of my own health philosophies and you may find that you are already focusing on creating optimal health as opposed to disease.
Gratitude Tip: It’s so easy to take our bodies for granted and to assume that our health will either stay the same or improve with time. Yet the opposite is true. If we don’t take a good look at our health philosophy and the way that we are treating our bodies, we will end up heading towards cancer, heart disease, diabetes, dementia or worse, sudden death. Preventative care for our bodies and nourishing our cells is a beautiful form of gratitude for the amazing human bodies we have.
Julie’s Health Philosophy:
- You only get one body. This is it. One body while we’re here this time around. And this one body is an incredible machine that deserves our respect, love and kindness. Ask yourself this, do you treat others better than you are treating your physical body? When you look in the mirror and see yourself, do you give thanks for your amazing body? Or complain about the parts that you don’t like?
- Food is fuel, food is information and food can be pleasure. Whole food is the basis for nutrition. Our bodies require nutrition from whole food, both macro nutrients (carbs & fiber, protein and fats) as well as micro nutrients (vitamins, minerals and antioxidants). Food is also information for our cells. Everything we put into our mouths is information for the thousands of different functions that are happening at every moment in our bodies. What kind of signals are your cells receiving? And food is also pleasure. Healthy and nutritious food can taste amazing when you learn how to use healthy fats, spices and herbs.
- Water, water and more water. Our bodies are anywhere between 70-80% water, and in order for homeostasis (the happy balance in our bodies) our water intake has to be at least 2 litres per day. Water affects all of our cells, and especially our brains. The slightest bit of dehydration can make a huge difference in mental clarity. How often are you refilling your water bottle? Other liquids can count, however if they have added sugar (or natural sugar like a fruit juice) they aren’t truly benefiting your health.
- Sugar must be avoided as much as possible. The truth has finally become mainstream. Harvard Scientists in the 1960s were paid by the Sugar Industry to falsify research that shows that saturated fat was the culprit for heart disease and obesity. It was a complete fabrication. And now, our collective addiction to sugar has been the major underlying cause of the obesity epidemic in North America. I wrote a long post about this after watching the documentary Sugar Coated. There are finally new guidelines for sugar from the WHO (World Health Organization) that state that our daily consumption of sugar should be no more that 5-10% of our daily calories. Please note – sugar that is found in WHOLE fruit is not to be avoided. Fruit juice should be off the menu.
- Move every day. Take time to move at least 30 minute every day. Walking is great exercise and it’s something that most people can do. Get up from your desk chair and stretch a few times a day. Take the stairs once a day. Park a little bit further. Use a pedometer to track your step count. Get a dog! Find a way to get up and move daily – no exceptions.
- Surround yourself with positive people. What does this have to do with your health? Everything. If you are surrounded by people that are complaining all of the time and sharing stories of illness and other negative experiences, you are more likely to become ill yourself. Being around people who lift you up, support you, avoid complaining and look for solutions, will help you stay healthier and keep a more positive outlook on life.
- Sleep is not a luxury. It is no longer a badge of honour to not sleep between 7 – 8 hours per night, every night. There are so many amazing things our bodies do while we are sleeping; muscle repair, rejuvenating our skin, detoxification to name just a few. Getting by on a few hours of sleep is not healthy, and relying on caffeine to get you through the day can have serious health effects in the long run. Create a tranquil environment in your bedroom and turn off all electronics at least 30 minutes before you attempt to fall asleep. End your day with gratitude, by writing three things you are grateful for in your gratitude journey.
- Be aware of your family history, but don’t be defined by it. Just because everyone in your family has diabetes or cancer or heart disease doesn’t mean that you’ll have the same fate. With the majority of degenerative diseases being lifestyle diseases, there is so much we can do now to avoid being stricken by them by choosing to change our lifestyles today. Preventative health and wellness will be what saves our population from growing cancer rates, deaths from heart disease and complications from diabetes. You can choose to change your health philosophy today and start on a brand new path away from disease instead of heading towards it.
- Supplements play a major role in preventative health. There’s too much evidence now that shows the positive effects of optimal supplementation to argue against the benefits of supplementing a whole food diet with a high-quality nutritional supplement like USANA Health Sciences. The way I see it is that the reason people are often wary of supplements is that they have tried other brands in the past that haven’t done anything at all – the reason being that the most heavily marketed brands are the ones with the least ‘bioavailable’ nutrients and the lowest possible amount of each vitamin or mineral. So yes, they don’t work. It’s important to understand what you’re paying for when it comes to nutritional supplements – cheaper is NOT better. This is often the missing piece for many people – people who are struggling to lose weight, people who are super fit & healthy, yet end up with cancer, people who look healthy on the outside but develop diabetes. Optimal supplementation isn’t to be overlooked and it’s been a part of my health philosophy for over a decade.
And lastly, quit smoking. Today. You know better than that! My dad quit when he was 40 years old after smoking for 20 years and hasn’t touched a cigarette since. It was the best decision he ever made for his future health. Now in his 70s, he is in amazing health and is on zero medication. Having lost both his parents to cancer, his is on the path of optimal health, and not degenerative disease thankfully.
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