Last week, I was chatting with a good friend. She shared that she had spent the majority of her adult life trying to "get healthy" -- which, for her, looked like a rollercoaster of yo-yo dieting, low-fat foods, and actively trying each and every fad diet out there. The result? She had spent the majority of her adult life feeling like her body was the "before" picture. She shared stories of feeling exhausted, mentally and physically, of bloated bellies and desperation. She lowered her voice... I just don't know what to do. I'm so tired.
So many of us feel this way. Or, worse, we feel resigned to the way that we feel, we don't even know that our bodies could feel incredible -- and so could the rest of our lives.
Have you ever wondered what it really takes to get healthy and feel amazing?
There are so many diet books out there telling you what to eat and magazines telling you to “Do this and you’ll look 10 years younger” or “Do that and you’ll experience rocket fuel energy.” With so much information, it can be overwhelming and confusing to separate fact from fad.
During my studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, through my own life experience, and through my coaching, I’ve discovered that our health isn’t just about what we eat. It’s about so much more than that. It’s about how our body works as a whole. It’s about how our lifestyle impacts our health. It’s about our quality of living. How happy are you? How well-rounded is your life? What’s falling off the metaphorical plate?
I want to take a minute today to break down for you really simply what it takes to look good, feel great, and get to a place of optimal health.
Here are the top 5 things you need to know and do to kickstart your health and feel amazing:
ONE. Commit to your success. So often, we have surface reasons for why we want to get healthy. We say, “I want to lose those last 10 lbs. so I can look good at my reunion,” when, in reality, it goes much deeper than that. You have to figure out what’s motivating you and what will keep you motivated as you create new healthy habits.
TWO. Discover which foods fuel you. There is no one diet that works for everyone. You have to take the time to figure out which foods work for your unique body. This means looking for food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities, then adjusting your diet to accommodate for these things. Truth be told, sometimes it's disheartening to realize -- hey, my body works better without the dairy and gluten. But, spend a little time feeding your body what it most deeply desires, and I think you'll find that it's so much easier to eat in line with your unique body when it allows you to live bloat, pain and exhaustion-free.
THREE. Practice self-care. I don’t know anyone who couldn’t use a little more time for themselves. In this busy world we live in, it’s hard to get a moment to relax. It seems like the more time passes, the more we have on our plates, the more things accumulate on our to do lists. Taking time for yourself – to just rest and BE – is super important in becoming a healthier, happier person.
FOUR. Exercise regularly. This is something that’s talked about a lot but is often put on the back burner. You need to take time to move your body – but that doesn’t mean that you have to go to the gym. Figure out what works best for YOU. Do you enjoy dancing? Outdoor activities? Sports? Fitness classes? Find an activity that works for you, and stick with it. Your body will love you for it. I, myself, am a fan of the daily dance party. There's something totally aligning about it -- and I get my sweat on at the same time.
FIVE. Get your body back in balance. With the amount of toxicity in our environments and processed foods in our diets, it’s easy for our bodies to get out of whack. If you find yourself tired often or easily gaining weight, this is usually due to blood sugar imbalances. Learning how to bring your blood sugar back into balance so your body can optimize the sugars you’re consuming is something you’ve really gotta know in order to be the healthiest version of yourself.
These are just a few of the components of living a healthy life, but they’re up there on the list of the best things you can do for yourself and your health.
Last week, I announced the registration for a new program with Wellness by Kate called The Radiant Life 28-Day Transformation. Beginning October 1st, over the course of 4 weeks, we’ll cover all of these topics in more depth, as well as other key factors of living a healthy life and thriving in today’s world.
You can find more details here at The Radiant Life. You don't want to miss this! There will never be another opportunity to get a program like this for such a steal -- early bird registration ends September 25th!