If you’d like to make a transformation to better health, but aren’t sure where to begin, remember that changing your diet and incorporating physical activity into your day are essential, but it takes a balance of a number of different factors to achieve optimal well-being and overall health.
Don’t approach healthy eating as something that you’ll do for just a period of time; transform your eating habits for life. Fill your diet with plenty of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables as well as nutritious foods with healthy fats like coconut oil, nuts and seeds as well as wild-caught salmon. Focus on eating as many whole foods from the earth as possible while avoiding processed foods, fast foods and any that contain a long list of ingredients that are hard to pronounce.
Exercising is a must when it comes to a healthy lifestyle, but don’t force yourself to do something you despise. Instead, find an activity you truly enjoy. The more you anticipate a good time instead of dreading hard work, the more likely you are to get started and keep up the habit. Add some resistance exercise or strength training such as lifting weights, yoga or pilates which can help boost metabolism and increase lean muscle tissue in the body which in turn increases fat burning.
Insomnia and other sleep problems lead to poor health and even weight gain. Most people need 7 to 8 hours of shut-eye every night. A lack of sleep causes the body to store additional fat as it results in a decreased level of the hormone leptin which is responsible for controlling appetite. If you don’t get adequate rest, you’ll crave more food and will have a difficult time feeling satisfied when you eat.
It’s almost impossible to avoid all of the thousands of chemicals, toxins and pollutants found in our modern world; they are found in the environment, many of our foods, personal care products and more. In addition to resulting in a host of chronic diseases and illness, these toxins can also cause weight gain as our body tends to store additional fat in order to protect itself from these harmful compounds.
Many people find that despite their hard work exercising and dieting, they struggle to lose stubborn pounds. Adding a gentle cleansing diet can be the key factor in getting over that hump by getting directly to the root cause of the problem.
Keep in mind that a gentle cleansing diet is not a harsh cleanse or starvation diet which can be extremely harmful to health and also result in a slower metabolism which causes any weight lost to be regained and then some.
Effective nutritional cleansing programs have been recommended by physicians, revered athletes and celebrities such as John Gray, PhD, well-known author of the “Mars & Venus” books series including “The Mars & Venus Diet & Exercise Solution and Jack Canfield, the co-creator for the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series.
Another key factor in good health is dealing with your emotions in a healthy way by taking time to de-stress. Too much stress can cause the body to increase levels of the hormone cortisol which will make you hungrier and less likely to be able to resist unhealthy foods.
For many people, physical activity is an excellent stress-reliever but adding other activities such as practicing deep-breathing or meditation can be especially helpful. Spending time with friends, listening to music, laughing or taking a warm bath are just a few of the ways you might relieve stress.
By making sure you address these essential factors for good health, you’ll be well on your way to a happier, healthier and potentially lengthier life.