Most important is eating whole foods that are healthy and nourishing.
Foods that give your cells what they need…protection and food. To have a healthy body you must have healthy cells. In order to have healthy cells you must protect and feed them.
Here are 10 Helpful Health Tips to improve your health and better your body. You may not agree with them all. Take what resonates with you now and start to improve your health and your body will follow into “Tip Top Shape”.
1) Fall in love with water!
Your body is a molecular structure of energy and is up to 70% water! Babies have the most water, being born at about 78%. By one year of age it drops to around 65%, adult males about 60%; however, fat tissue does not have as much water as lean tissue. In adult females, fat makes up more of the body than males, so they have about 55%. Over-weight males also have less water (percentage) than thinner males. Over-weight people have less water than thinner people (percentage). Put a label on your water bottle with a positive affirmation. Such as, LOVE, PEACE, JOY, HAPPINESS. It works wonders! Love your body to its new shape.
2) Eat NO White!
White bread, white flour, white sugar, white rice—There is NO nutritional value in any of it…NONE. Period. Find whole grain breads to eat. There are many, many choices. Bake with whole wheat pastry flour (bakes a lovely cake and makes a perfect pie crust)…yummo! For sweeteners there are many natural products to choose. For example a few are evaporated cane juice, stevia, sucanat, xylitol and agave. Eat brown rice—comes in long grain, short grain and Basmati too!
3) Find a passionate exercise!
Even if the first step is to stop using the remote and walk to the TV to change the channel. Walk somewhere. Preferably 30 minutes a day. The more you do it the more you will love it. Start small. 15 minutes then work up to 30 minutes…before you know it you will be at 2 hours! Great cardio!
4) Rest your body!
Take time out of your busy, stressful schedule every two hours to give your body at least a 5 minute break. Do not skimp on sleep. Your body knows how much it needs. Give it the rest. A healthy body (regardless of size) takes time to meditate at some time during the day. Take a meditation walk. Drinking empty calorie energy drinks to stay awake is not good for your body. Your body is wonderfully and marvelous made—all machines have to be shutdown or go into sleep mode. Give your body rest.
5) Eat vibrant colorful foods!
Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants. Your cells are constantly bombarded with Free Radicals (Free Radicals come from living [breathing], smoking, toxins, pollution, and many other sources). When they attack the cells of your body they eventually cause damage to the cell. If you are not eating foods that can fight and repair the cell damage you are headed for the danger zone…you rust up, dry up, swell up, then turn to stone. Free Radical damage will cause one of two things happen,
- Number one, the cell dies.
- Number two, the cell mutates and then begins to duplicate in its mutated form. This is the cause of every major disease that we know of.
Antioxidants are the only thing that can protect you against Free Radicals. The more antioxidants that you have in your body (regardless of size) the more protection that you will have in your body. Over-weight people need more antioxidants because of the stress being put on the heart, lungs, joints and bones. Antioxidants can prevent and even reverse Free Radical damage.
6) If you are a tobacco smoker now is the time to STOP!
There is no way to be healthy and smoke. I stopped. Twice. One cigarette kills trillions of cells in your body. Heart attacks are responsible for more early deaths among smokers due to coronary artery disease that cancer.
7) Laugh! Sing! Dance!
A healthy body is in a good emotional state. Enjoy life. No matter your size. When you laugh the whole world laughs with you. Enjoy what you do in life. If you do not, do something else. NOW. Find something that resonates with you. Something that you love. Have passion about it. Have fun within your life. Laugh, sing and dance and the weight will melt away…especially dancing.
8) Overweight bodies are toxic!
Period. If you are overweight…you know if your are…this is very important. Lose the weight! Your health matters. Your heart cares. Do not go on a fade diet. Start eating healthy. Start reading the ingredients on labels. Know what you are eating. Calories are important, and empty ones do not count. Desire a late night snack…eat an apple. Have a mid-day crave…eat another apple. Grapes are good too. Eat to live, not live to eat. Also, read #1, 2 and 3 again.
9) Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food!
Your allergies will clear up. Your migraines will disappear. Your body will begin to take on a new shape. If you begin to think it…it will be. If you continue thinking about how sick you are…it will be. How over-weight you are…you will be over-weight. Allow your body to heal itself. Take 3 deep breaths and go within…at anytime you need to center yourself. This helps as your body is taking on its natural new beautiful shape. You were born a beautiful baby. You are beautiful now. Believe it. Know it. Your body is a system of wellness. Your body will tell you what it needs. Be still and listen.
10) Listen to your body!
Ask yourself what is it that you need to pay attention to? What are you constantly eating that is toxic to your body? Is it a diet too high in LDL foods? Is it a toxic diet of fatty foods, sodas, foods with a lot of artificial this and artificial that? Your body was not designed to digest “ARTIFICIAL”. Are you constantly having colds? Are you eating any fruits and vegetables? If not, you are not giving your body antioxidants or fiber to be healthy…to have healthy organs…especially a healthy heart. Try the 4 New Food Groups:
3 or more servings a day. Fruits are rich in fiber, vitamin C, and beta-carotene.
2 or more servings a day. Legumes, which is another name for beans, peas, and lentils, are all good sources of fiber, protein, iron, calcium, zinc and B vitamins.
5 or more servings a day. This group includes bread, rice, pasta, hot or cold cereal, corn, millet, barley, bulgur, buckwheat groats, and tortillas.
4 or more servings a day. Vegetables are packed with nutrients; they provide vitamin C, beta-carotene, riboflavin, iron, calcium, fiber and other nutrients. Also, read #5 again.
Allow your body to take on its natural weight and it will be a beautiful shape. These are only tips. Not demands or guidelines. Take what you can now, chew on it, digest it, it may save your life or you may life longer, better and get a great new body. And for that you may be grateful, or not. These 10 Healthful Tips will get any body into Tip Top Shape for life.