What does healthy living mean to you? Is it going to bed at a reasonable hour, drinking more water, eating at least one green vegetable a day, or aiming to exercise three times a week? Whatever it might be, there is always one thing you should strive for: balance.
Following an overly strict diet that deprives you of certain foods or exercising excessively to the point of exhaustion can throw you out of balance. When we are out of tune with our bodies, we thrive in certain aspects of our life but suffer in others. When it comes to living a more balanced life -- a healthy life -- I take on a more holistic approach. Holistic living offers a way to balance all areas of your life so you can achieve a happier, healthier, and more fulfilled you.
To achieve a more balanced and happy mind-set, you need to address these three areas of your life:
Did you know that positive thinking boosts your health? When you engage in positive self-talk and approach situations with optimism, you will see more possibilities in your life, and when you see more possibilities, you feel more confident, adopt healthy habits and take better care of yourself. To keep positive, try keeping a gratitude journal, set some time to meditate, and participate in fun activities.
Fuel your body with nutritious food. Eat fruits and vegetables that are in season, eat clean whole foods, eat in good company, and give yourself permission to indulge in the occasional treat. Remember to always keep moving, whether it's by playing a sport, taking a stroll or practicing yoga. Listen to your body and do something that you enjoy that doesn’t feel like a chore. Certain exercise regimes are not for everyone, so choose something you will look forward to. When you find yourself wanting to sink our teeth into a cheeseburger or are on the verge of skipping out on your run, ask yourself: Is your decision coming from a place of love? The answer should be one of self-love, not self-sabotage.
Are you your greatest enemy? If so, it’s time to stop fighting. Let go of the past and practice self-forgiveness. We all make mistakes, but we need to allow ourselves to learn from (and move past) them so that we can live in the present.
When it comes to healthy living, you’re in the driver’s seat. Take responsibility for your own well-being and strive toward optimal health by adopting habits that fit your needs and lifestyle. You know yourself best, so fuel your life with good food, good company, and good intentions.
Want to start your day right? Watch the video below for a healthy breakfast recipe!