Why Is It Important to Have a Solid Health Philosophy?
Why is it important to have a solid health philosophy? Is it something that you’ve thought about? The choices we make on a daily basis should be aligned with our health philosophy. Could they be steering us towards illness and disease instead? In this post, I’ll share my own health philosophies. Perhaps you’ll find that you are already focusing on creating optimal health as opposed to disease. Or this may serve as a gentle wake up call and help you to steer your habits back to health.
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.
My Personal Health Philosophy:
1.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?
Choose to focus on how amazing your body is and treat it as though it’s irreplaceable.
2. 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.
Choose to build your plate starting with whole vegetables and fruit. Add healthy fats and protein as a side dish.
3. 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 liters 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 benefiting your health.
Choose to bathe your cells in purified water throughout the day, every day.
4. 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. Sugar that is found in WHOLE fruit is healthy, as it contains fiber as well. Fruit juice should be off the menu.
Choose to pay attention to how much added sugar you’re consuming and aim for less than 25 g (6 tsp.) per day.
5. 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. Exercise can also help with weight loss and maintenance too.
Choose a movement that you enjoy and repeat it for 10 – 30 minutes, 5 days a week.
6. Surround yourself with positive people. What does this have to do with your health? Everything. Did you know that if you are surrounded by people that are complaining all of the time and sharing stories of illness that 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.
Choose to find a tribe of people with a similar health philosophy.
7. Sleep is not a luxury. It is no longer a badge of honour to forgo a good night’s sleep. We all need to 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 and 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. This will help you to sleep more soundly.
Choose to make sleep a priority for you and your family.
8. Be aware of your family history, but don’t be defined by it. Just because everyone in your family has diabetes, 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. 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.
Choose to change your lifestyle today and rewrite your family history.
9. Supplements play a major role in preventative health. There is a growing body of evidence now that shows the positive effects of optimal supplementation. My health philosophy includes a whole food diet and supplementing with high-quality nutritional supplements from USANA Health Sciences, The Cellular Nutrition Company. 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.
Choose to invest in your health with high-quality nutritional supplements from USANA
10. Include a mindful practice in your daily routine. There are many ways that we can choose to be mindful. For many years, I attempted to create a habit of meditating daily. It was only when I made a commitment to a friend that I would meditate daily that I finally did it. Walking is also one of my mindful habits and I like to walk the labyrinth as a meditation. A gratitude practice can also be mindful. Taking a moment to wake up with gratitude is being mindful about setting your intention for the day. And ending the day with your gratitude journal is also a great way to end the day on a positive and thoughtful note.
Choose a mindful practice and add it to your routine.
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. At the time, was the best decision he ever made for his future health. Now in his seventies, he is in amazing health! Having lost both his parents to cancer, his is on the path of optimal health, and not degenerative disease thankfully.
So, why is it important to have a solid health philosophy? It’s our day to day choices that lead us on the path toward wellness or illness. I do hope that by sharing my personal health philosophy that you will choose to make different decisions today. Let go of your past unhealthy decisions and choose to make today the first day on your road to optimal health & wellness.
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