Have you ever contemplated whether or not there’s more to your diet than what you’re putting in your mouth? I want you to think about this for a minute…
I’d like to introduce you to a concept I learned at IIN, Primary Food:
- Physical Activity
Take another minute and just let this resonate. Makes sense, right? When you think about it, what really feeds you are these four elements. Everything we eat – grains, veggies, fruits, oils, proteins – is just secondary. Relationships, physical activity, career, spirituality – this is what truly nourishes us. And with that, I’d like to share some suggestions to help you live a healthier, happier life while keeping this idea of “primary foods” in mind. You’re welcome in advance!
- Avoid using microwaves – um, yeah, that’s right: avoid using your microwave! Ultimately this is up to you, but I wanted to provide you with some articles to check out for yourself: The Hidden Hazards of Microwave Cooking by Anthony Wayne and Lawrence Newell, Microwave Ovens Destroy the Nutritional Value of Your Food by Mike Adams and Does Plastic in Microwave Post Health Problems. You’re probably thinking, “Is she crazy? How exactly does she expect me to cook without one?” It takes longer, but I’m sure you have an oven/toaster oven or a stove top, right? Use it!
- Use a water filter when possible
- Try chewing your food at least 20x – not only does it slow you down, but it’s better for digestion (and you get more nutrients)
- View everything and everyone you meet with gratitude
- Do your best to be on good terms with people, especially those closest to you; communicate regularly
- Live each day happily
- Maintain a sense of humor – don’t take life too seriously, or be afraid to laugh at yourself. Get your laugh on people!
- Be thankful
- Create a positive attitude and environment for those around you – who wants to be around negative people? Not me!
Meditation and Exercise
- Give yourself some quiet time on a daily basis, i.e. – meditate
- Include exercise as part of your daily life. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity, or one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week. I don’t want to hear any excuses – get out there and get moving! Bored with your routine? Try something new: walk, run, bike, swim, dance, or get to a yoga or Pilates class. Anything is better than lounging around watching TV*. Not only will physical activity make you feel better (promise!), but you’ll reduce your risk of heart disease – double whammy!
- Keep your apartment (or if you’re not a city dweller, your home) clean
- Get some green plants, they help enrich oxygen levels – breathe freely…
- *Limit TV
Forget the notion of “diet” for awhile. Try to implement some of these suggestions for a healthier, happier you. The nutrition component comes later.