Friday, June 10, 2011

A $0 Technique for a $6-Million Life

This article will also be available on the Total Cleanse website

A $0 Technique for a $6-Million Life
Sarah Reid, RHNC
We often say we wish we were “healthier” or simply “felt better”. Even if we don’t have a particular medical ailment, there are always things being pitched at us to make us “better” or “stronger”, from pills to gadgets. Really, there are ten things that everyone can do to benefit themselves in every way, and while they may seem inane they are truthfully the groundwork for building a healthier lifestyle overall. This list comes originally from Dr. Elson Haas, MD, a medical professional at the Preventive Medical Center of Marin in California, and I’ve given a little bit of detail or suggestions where they were needed in italics.

1.       Eat a balanced diet of wholesome foods that are as close to nature as possible. Make sure that you take the time to appreciate your food – cook for yourself, share the experience with others, teach your children what good food is, sit down to eat and chew well.

2.       Drink one to two glasses of good water several times a day. Nourish yourself throughout the day with at least 9 glasses of pure water, the first one as soon as you wake up and one 30 minutes before each meal for the best digestion. Do not drink ice water before or with your meals to avoid shocking your body.
3.       Don't overeat, and definitely not much at all within two-three hours before sleep. I often suggest a very light, protein-based snack – such as a glass of low-fat milk or a small handful of nuts – to feed the body’s repair systems (which work overnight). A touch of lower-fat protein at night helps avoid overnight hunger pangs, or a blood sugar crash upon waking which causes headaches and lethargy (so you can stop hitting the snooze button!).

4.       Exercise regularly; finding a balance of strengthening, stretching and aerobic activities that will help you generate good tone, flexibility and endurance. I cannot stress this aspect of health and wellbeing enough – not only does it help keep your weight under control, but it reduces blood pressure, benefits sleep, tones your muscles and detoxifies your system through sweat and heavy breathing.

5.       Sleep well and rest at least 6-8 hours nightly as your body seems to require. You need time for your body to recuperate and your mind to clear before the next day.

6.       Learn to relax and let go of stressful thoughts and frustrating emotions. Exercise and meditation, as well as finding hobbies you enjoy, are crucial here.

7.       Work at communicating both your thoughts and your feelings clearly with your friends, co-workers and loved ones. It relieves stress, avoids fights and allows you to assert yourself as an individual in the world. There is a fine balance between communicating your needs and desires and demanding them. Be flexible  and open to the needs and opinions of others.

8.       Try not to say things out of anger when you have differences with another; remember your words can hurt as much as your actions. This ties in with the communication point above.

9.       Keep your attitude lifted and try to see the best in your work and your life; if things are not going well, work at improving them. See challenges as opportunities – you can open up whole new worlds by taking them on and turning them around. Likewise, emanate your happiness to those around you by simply smiling more. You don’t have to speak to share the feeling.

Last, but possibly the most important –

10.   Love yourself and let love in your life; learn to express the wonderful ways you feel about everyone around you!

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I started my "working life" as a holistic and allopathic nutritional consultant with a love of cooking. Teaching the value of wholesome meal choices to families became close to my heart after I battled a long history of struggles with weight and health, and the passion for teaching led me into where I am now. My blog, which focuses on "bringing good taste to healthier food" through creative use of whole grains, fresh produce and acknowledging the importance of the occasional treat, also features a wealth of "specialty diet" friendly recipes for gluten-, egg-, dairy- and sugar- tree nut-free items that everyone can enjoy without alienating those who need them.

Overall, I want to bring back the desire for good quality, homemade, (mostly) healthy food into the hearts and kitchens of families so that the next generation will be less box-reliant than mine. I firmly believe that any “homemade” food, even when labelled as "naughty", is a more wholesome treat than pre-packaged, cookie-cutter junk. With the knowledge of good food (and how to cook good food) as a base, a healthy lifestyle can follow, and then anything is possible!