Health is a journey, not a destination. It’s all about taking small attainable steps and enjoying the process.
Being healthy is not just about the food on your plate; it’s about the water you drink, the air you breathe, the love in your life, the amount you exercise, whether you have fulfilling studies or career, and spiritual practice.
IT IS ALL BASED ON THE INDIVIDUAL, BIO-INDIVIDUALITY
Each person is unique with highly individualized nutritional requirements. Personal differences in anatomy, metabolism, body composition and cell structure all influence your overall health and the foods that make you feel your best.
1. CROWDING OUT:
By adding healthier foods into your diet, you will gently crowd out the ones that no longer serve you. More fruits, vegetables, and water will naturally lead to less caffeine, sugar, and processed food.
2. GIVEN HALF A CHANCE, THE BODY WILL HEAL ITSELF:
By slowing down and allowing yourself the rest you need, your body has the opportunity to heal on a deeper level.
3. DECONSTRUCTING CRAVINGS:
The body doesn’t make mistakes – it is a super bio computer. Your body maintains a healthy temperature, your heart never misses a beat, and your lungs never forget to breathe. If you are craving something, listen to your body and find healthy ways to satisfy the craving.
4. BRAIN-GUT CONNECTION:
In the last decade, we’ve discovered that the gut has an outsize effect on the way our brains function. One can liken it to the way a tree functions. The roots in the ground are drawing up vital nutrients and water from the soil as well as communicating with other plants. Those nutrients are then brought up into the body of the tree, fortifying and building the trunk, and giving the tree what it needs to sprout new leaves each spring, which in turn gather light, another energy force.
In the same way, the nutrients we take in are absorbed through our intestines. We rely on those nutrients to fuel our brains. While our brains take very little of our total body weight, they use 20 percent of the energy we take in, so nutrients make a huge difference in the way our brains function on a day-to-day basis.
5. PRACTICE GRATITUDE:
• Every morning, write down three things you’re looking forward to in the day ahead.
• End with gratitude: Each night, write down three things that brought you joy or happiness during the day.
• Express gratitude: Reach out to someone special in your life once a week – or even once a day – and express gratitude for that person. Send a text, write an email, mail a letter, or pick up the phone!
• Pay someone a gratitude virtual visit: Think of someone who has done something important for you in the past. Write a letter, be specific about what that person did and how it impacted your life in a positive way. Meet virtually with the person face-to-face and share the letter with them.
Institute for Integrative Nutrition, https://www.integrativenutrition.com/
Jim Kwik, Limitless, (Hay House 2020)