the state of being free from illness or injury.
Healthy living is such an overused term, but what is health really?
Health is not just your body.
Health is all of you – body and mind; physical and mental.
So many instant gratification fixes are offered all over social media, but for me it is always about intention. WHY do you want to be healthy?
If your WHY carries good substance, it will fuel you to commit to the outcome.
I want to share a few things that you can do right now to improve your health. This blog can be a series of books, if I really start going into it, but let’s focus on something that is actionable right now.
Change your diet
Remove sugar, wheat and eat clean.
Sugar and wheat is what kills healthy gut bacteria.
Those little guys keep our system healthy – not just our gut. Our gut lining is the final line of defense for anything that we put into our body. Our gut lining keeps everything inside the gut, to be released later through our digestive system. If damaged, the gut can cause toxins to leak out into our body over a long period of time.
Diets high in sugar increase chronic inflammation. Sugar and refined carbohydrates cause unhealthful, inflammation-boosting changes to gut bacteria, now recognized as a key regulator of overall health. This is not just physical but also brain health.
Follow your intuition
Have you noticed that when you are inspired, you are happy?
Even if things aren’t going great, that inspiration will lift you up and out of those heavy feelings? When we’re inspired, we’re trusting that everything is okay and believe that there is something beautiful and amazing about life. When you trust your intuition, you allow your unconscious or primitive mind to give you clues to go where you want to go.
Intuition is when we feel, understand, or decide on something without rational evidence.
Researchers say that our intuition is a psychological process based on past experiences and signals from our environment that go directly to our unconscious mind.
This means that we are making a decision at an unconscious level and we don’t even notice it.
Moreover, we perceive signals that provide positive or negative feelings that we experience in our body before being able to justify the information. What do you feel strongly about and keep ignoring or postponing because it does not seem to have a practical use?
Release suppressed emotions
I work with so many people who try to get over some negative emotions. Instead of allowing themselves to feel whatever it is that they’re feeling, they try to get over it. They’re eating over it, drinking over it, thinking over it, shopping over it or working over it.
This “getting over it” mentality adds to the negative spiral and creates more of it!
The pattern of burying their feelings continues, thinking they have everything under control because they aren’t dealing with them.
But suppressed emotions are controlling us, because we aren’t allowing ourselves to be emotionally free.
So how do you release these emotions?
- Motion unleashes emotion. Dance, jump, run, move. The unhealed wounds in our bodies are stuck energy. Therefore motion releases these energetic blocks from your body. Whenever it feels difficult to connect with your emotions, move your body. For instance, next time when you get upset, instead of arguing with someone, do some sport or go for a walk.
- Stay with your wounds and feel into them. If you don’t have a hard time becoming emotional, that’s good! It’s an advantage to feel your emotions fully. The most efficient way to get rid of negative emotions is to feel them, accept them (it’s okay to feel sad) and then release them. You can observe your body and see where the energy is stuck. You can feel it as tension, sharp pain, muscle twitching or heaviness. So just stay with your feelings for a while, don’t judge or think about what you feel. Just be present.
- Use the magic phrase “I feel xxx because it felt safer for me to feel it this way. But I’m ready to let it go now.” (Replace xxx with the emotion you’re feeling.) This simple phrase rewires neuron paths in your brain.
- EFT Tapping is another wonderful way to disrupt and release suppressed emotions. You will find many helpful videos about this on YouTube. Tap and talk along to release.
- Journal. This is an old yet powerfully effective technique. For about 15-minutes write about anything that is on your mind. At the beginning, you might think it’s worthless and that you’re writing stupid things. But after a couple of minutes, you’ll get to the core of the limiting belief. If you don’t know how to start then ask yourself questions like “How do I feel at the moment?” “What kind of person am I in this situation?” “Why does it hurt me?” Or, “Is there something that I should understand about the situation?”
It is not just about physical health. People who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them an enormous sense of well-being. They feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, have sharper memories, and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves and their lives. It’s also a powerful medicine for many common mental health challenges.
Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, and ADHD. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood. You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits.
Find something that brings you joy – walking in nature, a dance class or yoga.
Start with your intention.
Why do you want to be healthy and then create a roadmap to a healthier you?
Lets dig into the real reason that you are not nurturing your health!