If you walked into my office, you would see a huge wooden sign that reads, “simplify, simplify, simplify”. Why? Because health does not have to be complicated.
After practicing in the healthcare world for over a decade and working 1 on 1 with thousands of clients, it is clear that there are certain health habits that are absolute,” game changers”. Once implemented, the health habits outlined below will quickly make a huge impact on health both physically and mentally. So…let’s follow some simple steps that highly healthy people follow and commit to making 2017 your healthiest year yet!
TIP #1 – HIGHLY HEALTH PEOPLE WAKE UP EARLY – If you wake up late and feel rushed in the morning, the rest of your day tends to continue in a similar hurried and stressed fashion. In order to set the proper tone for your day and to carve out some precious “me” time, I highly recommend waking up half an hour earlier than you normally do to walk, stretch, shower slowly, meditate, breath or journal. By doing so, you will lower your stress levels and will begin your day in a much clearer and calm fashion. To make life in the morning even easier, pack your bags and lunch (and the lunch for your kids) the night before and lay out your clothes to wear for the next day! Make morning a sacred time just for you.
TIP #2 – HIGHLY HEALTHY PEOPLE AVOID REFINED SUGAR AND FLOUR – There is no way around it, eating too many refined flours and sugars in the form of cereal, bread, cookies, granola bars and muffins results in a dramatic energy plunge and food fog. To make matters worse, refined flours and sugars also tend to trigger the over secretion of the hormone insulin which leads to excess fat storage in the abdominal region and intense sugar cravings.
Highly healthy people treat white refined sugar as a very occasional treat. Instead of white sugar and refined flours, switch to whole grains and naturally sweet foods such as berries, apples, unsweetened apple sauce and mangos (can be used in morning parfaits, smoothies and/ or for frozen deserts). If wanting to sweeten coffee or tea, opt for low glycemic coconut sugar.
TIP #3 – HIGHLY HEALTHY PEOPLE ARE ACTIVE 3-5x PER WEEK – Highly healthy people keep moving! In order to keep your body mass index in a healthy zone, keep your heart healthy and stress levels down, it is important to engage in cardiovascular and weight bearing activity 3-5x per week. Pick something you love (or try something new!) such as yoga, pilates, personal training or brisk walking.
TIP #4 – HIGHLY HEALTHY PEOPLE DRINK 2 LITRES OF WATER DAILY – If you are feeling fatigued or bloated – simply add more water to your daily regime. Highly healthy people hydrate! It does not matter if it is water or herbal tea – it is critical to ensure that your daily intake of hydrating fluids is 2 litres or higher. For an extra “health boosting” tip, add fresh squeezed lemon or lime to your water for its natural astringent effect.
TIP #5 – HIGHLY HEALTHY PEOPLE MAKE TIME FOR JOY AND BLISS – Let’s face it, life can get too busy and “cluttered” that we often forget to make time for play and joy. Highly healthy people realize the importance of taking a break and engage in activities that allow them to “follow their bliss”. Whether it is going for a massage, being with friends or taking an art class – find something that makes you “lose track of time” and enjoy!
Commit to implementing these 5 tips for 7 days straight in 2017 and you will notice a huge difference in your overall sense of physical and mental well being!
Wishing you only the best in 2017,
With love and gratitude,
Dr. Joey Shulman
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