Have you ever felt this way–you make a ton of dietary changes, but you still. don’t. feel. well.
You’ve gone gluten-free, or even paleo, you’ve gone on a candida diet, and gone sugar-free, you’re taking probiotics, but you’re still sick.
Hannah Hepworth is sharing with us some healthy living tips for When Eating Healthy Isn’t Enough.What to Do When Eating Healthy Isn’t Enough.
∴ POSITIVE THINKING:
This has been a toughie for me in the past. You can eat really healthy foods, but if you have a negative mind and are constantly thinking about your huge “to do” list, and that person that cut you off, and your annoying coworker, and how stressful it is to be a mom, then you know what?
You’re going to feel like junk.
You can’t feel good with a negative mind, you just can’t! I’ve written about starting your day with positive affirmations. This can be a great way to set the tone for your day. Another thing you can do is to start a gratitude journal and write down 3 things you are grateful for, first thing in the morning. Try it out! These 2 tips only take a couple minutes but they could really change the tone of your day.
∴ STRESS MANAGEMENT:
The thing about stress is that we can’t avoid it. Stress is a normal part of our life. The thing we can do is manage our stress so that it doesn’t rule our lives. One thing that I’m REEEEALLY really good at is worrying which just adds to stress levels. I’ve been able to stop a lot of worry by using this simple exercise that I write about in this post.
Another thing to do to manage stress is to notice when you’re body starts revving up, and take a 1 minute pause to just breathe.
TIPS: One breathing technique I use a lot is deep belly breathing. Lay down if you can, if not do it wherever you are. Breathe in for 5 counts through your nose and concentrate on filling up your stomach with air. (Put your hand on your tummy).
Don’t breathe with your chest, breathe with your belly. Hold the breath for 5 counts and the release through your mouth, slowly for 5 counts. Repeat this until you bring your stress levels down a few notches. This belly breathing technique helps to lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels and really gets you breathing back into your stomach rather than in your chest which is what we do naturally when we are stressed!
∴ SLEEP AND EXERCISE:
Sleep and exercise are so important to our health. I used to exercise so I could eat junk foods. I believed in my teenage years that this was “healthy.” The exercise definitely helped keep my anxiety at bay growing up but I didn’t do my body any service eating all the sweets!
Exercise is extremely important for our emotional well being. It also, like deep belly breathing, lowers our stress levels and produces good mood hormones and endorphins.
- Sleep is also important in regulating mood, stress and energy levels. If exercise wipes you out, like it does me lately, try pilates, yoga or walking. You don’t need to run a full sprint and bust your buns. Light exercise will do the trick and you can always work up to more.
- Sleep greatly determines how we feel. It’s generally better to go to bed earlier and wake up early if you can. Staying up late and sleeping in just doesn’t do the trick and is not nearly as restful. If you can’t go to bed early because of your work then try to catch a cat nap when you can to keep energy levels up and stress hormones down.
→ Here are some tips for getting to sleep and staying asleep:
RELAXATION AND RELATIONSHIPS:
This part of health is greatly overlooked. We spend way too much time running around trying to accomplish as much as we can during the day and forget to take time to breathe and just chill.
Take time each day to do things that help you feel relaxed.
– Is it reading a book?
– Playing a game with your kids?
– Taking a drive?
– Going to the grocery store alone!?
Whatever it is make sure you do it, every day.
Also who do you love spending time with?
A spouse, children, family member, best friend?
Don’t forget about those around you that you love and that make you feel good. A feeling of connectedness with others makes you happy and thus strengthens your health.
I could go on and on about other things that impact your health that aren’t food related but for times sake these are the top and most easily accomplished things you can do to increase your health. As I’ve placed more and more focus on the non food sources of health I’ve seen my health increase so much more. Food is still important I won’t ever discount that but you’ve got to think outside of food as well for true vibrant health!
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What are your favorite things, your non negotiables that you do must do to feel vibrant and healthy?
I’d love to hear how you keep a healthy mind and body, please comment below!
Have a wonderful, healthy day,