For most of us, embarking on the path to optimal health will entail making some lifestyle changes but the benefits are considerable. A spiritually, emotionally and physically balanced life can result in greatly increased energy and vitality and heightened experience of general wellness. Here are some simple, yet effective steps to help you begin.
To ensure you are getting the many nutrients your brain and body needs and to make sure you are well nourished, quality and variety are both important.
Experiment with new foods from different cultures and with alternative ways to prepare and cook food.
2-UNCOVER HIDDEN FOOD SENSITIVITIES and ALLERGIES
Food sensitivities may trigger chronic inflammation and cause digestive upsets, joint pain, lack of concentration, skin rashes, fatigue and other problems.
Narrow down the foods you think may be causing a reaction and keep a journal of the foods you eat, along with any symptoms that appear soon after.
3- THE BASICS
Everyday your body needs to be refuelled for the day. Adequate amounts of protein, healthy fats, carbohydrates and fresh water will determine how well you will perform.
Protein: If you include meat in your diet, try eating free range, organic poultry and small amounts of grass-fed beef and buffalo.
Fat: Flax seed, hemp oil, wild-caught fish, nuts and seeds are good sources of essential fatty acids.
Carbohydrates: Try to eat carbohydrates in their natural state: brown rice, quinoa, beans and legumes, fresh vegetables and fresh fruits are all example of whole foods.
4-FRUITS AND VEGETABLES:
The best way to ensure you are getting all the protective nutrients your body needs is to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.
Emphasize dark leafy greens; they raise the level of alkalinity in the body to counteract acidity and flush out any built up toxins
These gifts of nature add more than just flavour. They are packed with antioxidants and are beneficial even when used in small amounts.
When using fresh herbs in a recipe, the general rule is to use three times as much as you would use of a dried herb.
6- FOOD IS SOCIAL and JOYFUL
Eating is joyful and not stressful as food is one of life’s shared pleasures.
Eating with friends and family stimulate your mind and help you enjoy meals.
If you live alone, schedule lunches and dinners with family and friends on a rotating basis. Joining a class or volunteering can lead to new friendship and dining friends.
7- KEEP your RHYTHM
Our circadian clock governs almost every function of the body and chronic disruption to our natural body rhythms can affect our health.
Avoid disruption to your eating and sleeping cycles and expose yourself to sunlight every day.
8- GROW YOUR FOOD, GARDENING AND SPROUTING
Simply growing your own vegetables help reconnect us with our food sources and it brings friends and community closer together.
If you don’t have a backyard, consider container gardening on your patio, or growing sprouts indoor.
Children’s bodies are developing and they have different nutritional needs at different times in their lives. Make sure the food you feed your children is as nutrient dense as possible.
Model good nutrition; they are more likely to eat the same food as you. Encourage them- don’t force them- to try a new food every day.
10-ENJOY PREPARING MEALS AND EAT MINDFULLY
Make kitchen time a priority and make shopping and cooking a special time for nurturing yourself, not a chore. Cooking nourishes our bodies on a variety of levels. When we put our own energy into food, we ultimately put that energy back into ourselves.
Visit AppleBoost recipe section and try our wholesome, quick and delicious recipes.
Try not to focus on counting calories and rather have an intuitive sense of a balanced, reasonable diet.
11- HEALTHY WEIGHT
Learning to make the right choices with food, healing the underlying emotional imbalances that make us crave unhealthy food and making a commitment to achieving optimal health is generally what it takes to achieve a balanced weight.
People of all ages can improve the quality of their lives through the practice of physical activities.
Choose a variety of activities and make physical activity a priority in your daily schedule
13- AGING GRACEFULLY
While aging is inevitable, there are a number of steps we can take to help ensure continued vitality.
Make it a priority to spend time with people who give you joy, make low-impact exercise a priority and get good sleep regularly for physical, mental and emotional well-being.
14- SRESS REDUCTION
Excessive stress can take a toll on our bodies; it takes away from the joy of life and suppresses our creative instincts.
Meditation, yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture, herbal medicine and a wholesome diet are powerful tools for reducing stress.