Nutrition – food glorious food!
Remember your body is electric and it’s electrons in live foods that provide your body real energy.
- You want to aim to eat approx 5-6 portions of vegetables a day
- 2-3 portions of fruit (preferably not as juices)
- 1-2 portions of vegetable or fish proteins (if you do eat meat go for organic, lean cuts). Otherwise go for nuts (almonds, brazil nuts, hazel nuts, pine nuts), lentils, seeds (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds) and deep sea fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, halibut and snapper.
- 1-2 portions of complex carbohydrates, ideally non stored grains such as basmati rice, buckwheat, quinoa, millet, spelt, kamut, non-yeast bread and noodles.
- 10% of your diet should consist of healthy fats (Omega 3 and 6), like olive oil, flaxseed oil, avocado oil or a great blend is Udo’s Choice Blend.
- Take good quality supplements like Green Barley Grass or Wheatgrass and Essential Fats plus some antioxidants.
Water – our bodies are made up of approximately 70% water
This is the cheapest diet trick ever. If you are carrying excess weight, you are carrying toxins and drinking water is one of the ways you will help your body remove those toxins. Every single organ in your body needs water to function. Your body on average will lose approx 2 litres are day through urination, sweating and defecation. So I’ll let you guess on what you think you need to replace… During exercise you want to increase your intake by at least another litre.
Exercise – if you don’t use it you lose it!
Exercise is paramount to any health plan. Our bodies are meant to be active and designed for movement. There are two types of exercise:
- Aerobic which means with oxygen. 80% of your exercise routine should be aerobic training, working within your aerobic heart rate (180 – your age = aerobic training rate). Aerobic exercise not only builds your heart and lung capacity but it trains your body to burn fat as fuel. Currently most people are sugar burners and yoyo dieters which is why they end up continuing to carry excess weight and a multitude of toxic symptoms. Some examples of great aerobic exercise include walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, yoga (yoga not only is a great aerobic exercise also helps to build great muscular structure and flexibility)
- Anaerobic means without oxygen. 20% of your exercise routine should include anaerobic training which is weight training. Weight training is essential to build strong muscles and bone strength.
Meditation & Oxygen – detox and de-clutter your mind
Spend at least 5-10 minutes a day in a quiet place and just be! If you don’t think you have enough time for this then ask anyone who meditates how much time they have gained by taking that 5-10 minutes for themselves. A great teacher once said to me “we are not physical beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a physical experience”. Sometimes we get so lost in the “doing” of “things” that we forget the “being” part of who we really are. That too is an essence of good health and clarity of mind. So how do you meditate? Here’s a quick and easy 1 minute guide:
- Sit in a quiet place
- Close your eyes
- Take you attention to your breath and focus on your breath coming and in and your breath going out. Keep it natural and you will soon find you are breathing right down into your diaphragm which is great!
- Continue to do this for at least 5-10 minutes
- If your focus moves to another thought, that’s fine, release the thought and move your focus back to your breath
Enjoy and have fun!
Finally, life is about enjoying what you do and having fun. Being healthy should not be like a strict regime, it’s about having balance. So if you’re out with friends or family and you want to have a drink or a cookie, then enjoy it instead of feeling guilty about it. Fun has a higher vibrational energy than guilt does and you are more likely to return to your health goals the next day. Remember keep things in balance!