Read: 17 Healthy Lifestyle Recommendations
Heard from my acupuncturist’s office…
1. Do not drink alcohol on a daily basis, smoke, or use recreational drugs.
My thoughts: If you are doing anything (aside from yoga and even every day yoga may be too much) you’re indulging in excess. It’s all about balance, remember?
2. Limit caffeine intake. (I usually have no more than 2 green teas a day. I’ll use the same bag through the span of the day, just to enjoy the flavor of the tea itself.)
My thoughts: Ditch the coffee and go for Green tea green tea green tea! Need I say more? Green tea’s antioxidants, called catechins, scavenge for free radicals that can damage DNA and contribute to cancer, blood clots, and atherosclerosis. Grapes and berries, red wine, and dark chocolate also have potent antioxidants. See # 1. Anything in excess is still cause for imbalance. If you need the extra pick me up, consider adding maca to your morning beverage.
3. Avoid processed, man-made foods and choose natural foods in their place: i.e., oatmeal over cereal, potatoes and rice over pasta or bread, fruit over fruit juice, home-cooked meats over cold cuts from the deli, etc. This includes manufactured soy foods.
My thoughts: Once you move away from processed foods, you’ll never go back. I cringe when I look at all the processed foods that line our grocery store isles. Truth be told, bad food is cheaper on the wallet, but if you were to ask me, your health, your body, your vitality is the most important investment you’ll make in your lifetime.
4. Choose organic, hormone free foods whenever possible, especially when buying chicken, eggs, and meats.
My thoughts: Organic all the way. Here is a list of items to buy organic. Shop local, buy local, support the local CSA’s. Although, what I’ve heard recently from speaking to farmer’s market vendors is that many can’t afford the expensive and LONG process it takes to acquire the coveted “organic” status, so they aren’t even bothering. This presents a challenge for consumers. Whatever the status of the farm is, make sure your produce is pesticide free. We’ll have to wait and see how this scenario turns out in the next few years as this sets up premise for a whole other onslaught of regulation challenges which I will not get into on this post.
5. Avoid farm raised fish. Choose wild-caught from cold, clean waters whenever possible.
My thoughts: Amen. Read more about wild-caught v. farm-raised and make your own decision between the two.
6. Avoid dairy products.
My thoughts: If you are a die-hard dairy fan, go raw. Yes, I mean raw milk. Organic Pastures produces some GREAT raw dairy products if you are looking to explore this further, or are already on the raw train. Rainbow Acres carries a few selections of raw dairy items. Going raw with regards to dairy is a personal decision. I personally do not consume dairy anymore simply because it makes my body feel better. The only dairy item I will use is in my cooking, and I LOVE the raw butter made by OP. My husband does indulge in dairy usually through his coffee creamers and I’m currently seeking alternatives to it that actually taste good so he’ll switch. Any suggestions welcome!
7. Eat 5-7 small meals per day. This boosts your basal metabolic rate, increases energy, and reduces stress.
My thoughts: This tip has pretty much been used by all the good diets and fad diets alike, probably because there is some truth behind it. I love smaller portions because 1, my stomach isn’t taxed with the responsibility of trying to digest a huge meal and I feel lighter, happier and healthier overall.
8. Eat your first meal when you wake and every 3 hours after.
My thoughts: Eat your first meal within 1.5-2 hours max after you wake. If you are like me and often dislike having a huge morning meal with eggs and shenanigans sitting in your belly because you’re running off to your yoga class, then have a green juice. Or a liquid veggie based protein shake. I personally make my green juice every day, if not every other day & sip on it constantly. Cucumber, celery, ginger, half a green apple, optional turmeric, big bunch kale, big bunch spinach and big bunch parsley. Juice and drink. Here’s to your health!!!
9. Each meal should consist of lo-fat protein, fresh vegetables or fruit, and a small amount of complex carbs (whole grains or potatoes).
My thoughts: Wow, this part is the interesting part. I am about 75% vegan. Nuts, veggies and berries. The other 25% is the protein I ingest from seafood and or eggs. Grains? No thank you. Potatoes? Rare occasion. However, with this said, I need to be more vigilant about including more protein in my diet. Consult a holistic, nutrition guide, or feel free to ask your questions here. This will vary depending on individual to individual.
10. Try to sit down when you eat and chew your food sufficiently.
My thoughts: I’m working on it.
11. Drink a minimum of 8 8-oz glasses of purified water per day.
My thoughts: I’m working on it. Make sure your water is filtered, or purchased in glass bottles.
12. Exercise 5 days per week for 30-60 minutes including two to four resistance training sessions and three to five cardio exercise sessions. This may include yoga, Qi gong, or Tai Chi as well as conventional exercise.
My thoughts: 5 days a week sounds like quite a bit of exercise. The trick is to get creative if time is on the shorter side for you (or laziness)…Take the stairs rather than the elevator/escalator. Park farther. Bike to the grocery store instead of drive. Walk your dogs. Anything to get moving, rather than sitting and driving. Hiking is a great option to get out, pant, sweat, and get in tune with nature and your Self. If you want to come to yoga? Message me to come as my guest in any of my public yoga classes.
13. Sleep at least 7-8 hours every night. Napping is healthy and not unusual or abnormal.
14. Follow a good basic vitamin and mineral protocol.
My thoughts: I have a few good suggestions. I never endorse any brand except the ones I’ve tried and love. Nope, they have no idea I’m endorsing them.
15. Avoid excessive stress or stressful situations.
My thoughts: Relax! Do Yoga! Meditate! My classes are listed here.
16. It has been scientifically proven that pets reduce stress.
My thoughts: My dogs bring me so much joy. Rescue a pet and change your life.
17. Learn to sit quietly and stop thinking from time to time.
My thoughts: Meditating should be a daily requirement. A daily task, evolving soon into a daily love. Learning to master the mind is powerful. Change your mind, change your life. But first you have to get comfortable with going deep deep down inside and learn how to get quiet. Sally Kempton is an amazing meditation teacher and so is Jack Kornfield. Both of them have amazing works available for purchase. Message me if you want recs.
Here’s to YOU. A healthier, happier, more fulfilled YOU.