What!! Who wants to be sick? I don’t really know anyone who enjoys being sick or even running on less than full speed. But still here is the list of how to, just in case you really want to check it off your to do list:
- Don’t get enough sleep-day after day if possible.
- Eat lots of sugar, greasy fast food, high carb, low vegetable, zero green foods.
- Do not ever exercise.
- Drink lots of stimulants to keep going, caffeine filled energy drinks or coffee and never drink water.
- Take medicines to cover up symptoms instead of curing the problem.
- Be angry and unforgiving. Holler at cars that pass or cut you off.
Okay… I’ve had enough of that how about you?
Let’s list out the how to be healthy contrast:
- Sleep- if you are not sleeping well consider what you are doing during the day first. Caffeinated products after 3pm, heavy meals close to bedtime, lights in the room and staying up late and sleeping in when its daylight all have a negative effect on sleep patterns. Sleep is like a bank account you have to give back if you keep taking away or you can create a shortage that leaves you feeling chronically tired. Our bodies heal in the sleep cycle.
- Food- plates need green on them. A lot of people don’t eat at home much anymore so it takes effort to establish a pattern of ordering food that is healthier or making time to plan meals that support your body. It isn’t easy but it is worth it. Here’s a challenge- try one week of making your plate include a minimum of a vegetable or fruit at every meal. Eat more simply, it can make cooking easier for example; grilled chicken, a salad, baked potato and raw carrots. Raw fruits and veggies are best, cooking takes nutrients out so learn to enjoy raw and incorporate it into meals when possible.
- Exercise- even the smallest exercise is a start. Challenge yourself from where you are now to the next level. If you have to use your arms to push out of a chair, challenge yourself to stand up 5-10 times without arms. Doing that every day will allow strength to build. Studies have shown that even slow walkers improve their cardiovascular health and build bone. This is so important for women, get out and move.
- Energy- if you need the boost of energy drinks or coffee or you are looking for doughnuts, candy or other sugar snacks in the afternoon; consider what your body really wants. Energy. Before we launched the 8 weeks to wellness program in our office everyone on our staff went through the program. First thing I noticed was the laughing, talking and basically higher energy in the after lunch hours. When we support our bodies with water, rest, good food in regular doses throughout the day, the result is real energy.
- Cover up-it is all too common in our society these days to take a pill in an effort to resolve issues that may have a simple cause. Note I said simple not easy. For example, taking aids for constipation when eating more fiber and drinking water might produce the same result. That isn’t always easy since it takes more effort to cook with vegetables than to run through the drive thru. Likewise if you are drinking lots of caffeinated beverages and trying to cover up stomach pain with antacids simply decrease those drinks and watch fast food intake and many stomach complaints will calm down. There are also enzymes for digestion that help both stomach pain and constipation. Add in a probiotic and stomach distress can be a thing of the past.
- Emotional state- our emotions affect our health. From songs that remind us to live this day as if it was our last to movies that make us laugh and cry we all need perspective occasionally. Every day bad things can happen, but we don’t have to dwell on them. We can choose to let it go and we can focus on the great things in life. There truly is power in positive thinking.
Maybe this list of healthy choices sounds different than most. The reason for that is that from a natural perspective it isn’t necessary to use items that kill germs to stay healthy. The idea is to make the body healthy. A healthy body will be able to fight off bacteria or viruses. A healthy body has more energy and is able to enjoy life more. Every one of us has that potential inside of us.