Guidelines for Healthy Living

I don’t think there are any great secrets when it comes to making healthy lifestyle choices. Deep down inside most of us already know what is good for us – and what is not. It’s paying attention to that voice of higher reason that makes a difference. Sometimes we need a reminder so here you go.

Simple Guidelines for Healthy Living

  • Food should not come in a can, bag, or box. Processed food is dead food; it’s sorely lacking in nutrients, with an unhealthy abundance of additives, preservatives, bad fats and usually way too much sodium. Sugar is nothing but bad news. It damages our immune system and depletes our bodies store of minerals and B-vitamins. Choose a natural sweetener like stevia.
  • Stick with living food. Choose fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, & legumes. Organic, wherever possible. If you choose to eat red meat or chicken, select brands that are free of hormones and nitrates. There are plenty available. Healthy fresh food does not have to be boring… there are scores of fabulous cookbooks out there if you need a little direction.
  • Exercise. You gotta move it or lose it. Simple as that. Go outside… take a nice brisk walk. Take yoga, Thai chi, or pilates. Get an exercise ball (they’re great!) or join the health club. There are dozens of ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Besides keeping your waistline where you want it, exercise lowers blood pressure, eases depression, and strengthens your heart… do I need to go on? Oh, and don’t forget. The single best way to prevent osteoporosis is by participating in mild to moderate weight-bearing exercise a minimum of 3 times a week.
  • Water, water, water. Think about it. If you were stranded on a desert island without food you could survive up to 30 days. If you were stranded without water… you’re dead in 3. That’s how important water is to the human body. If we all had an adequate intake of water daily, there would be a lot less disease in the world. It flushes toxins from the system, helps cells to better do their job, prevents constipation, and in general keeps everything running smoothly. We are fans of filtered water, but whatever type you choose, make sure it’s pure and clean. Gatorade doesn’t count. Beer doesn’t count. Soda doesn’t count. We’re talking…. water. To help you figure out how much water your body needs, use this simple formula:
    your body weight divided by 2 = the number of ounces you need daily… minimum. For example, a man weighing 180 pounds needs a minimum of 90 ounces of pure water daily.
  • Love, laugh, and play. Make sure you take time to lighten up. As far as we can tell, no one on his or her deathbed ever said… “Gee, I wish I’d spent more time at the office.”