Today on the blog we have a special guest! As posts start becoming regular again–getting back into the swing of things–you can expect to find more content related to lifestyle. Granted, at first glance people see the word “food” and think food blog, but really… this blog became so much more. I see food as a bridge to explore something deeper. A bridge where the whole world can meet because it’s a part of life, but where we all find ourselves may be different. And that’s what this blog is about… inspiring you to taste life a little differently. To eat well, and live fully!
Without further ado, here is our guest…
The Secrets of a Healthy Lifestyle
What’s a “healthy” lifestyle? It means, simply, that you try to be healthy in everything you do, from the foods you eat to how you nurture your spirit. Your healthy lifestyle might mean being a vegan, bicycling to work, and hitting the hay early each night. Mine might mean eating a Mediterranean diet, walking for a half-hour almost every morning, and letting the TV put me to sleep at night. Both lifestyles are very healthy compared to someone who lives on fast-food, never exercises at all, and stays up through the wee hours in front of the tube.
Whatever a healthy lifestyle means—and it’s different for all of us—we can all use a little help and direction along the way. Here are some basics.
This is easy to say, but not always easy to do. Being mindful means stopping—even for a few moments at a time—to notice the world around you and how you fit into it. You do it every day, as often as you can. Listen to the world. Really hear what your friends and family members are saying, and think before you respond. Notice how that spoonful of ice cream lights up your mind and makes your lips curve upwards all by themselves. Hear the robin singing in the tree next to the drive; see the play of morning light on the dandelions in the lawn. Notice your heart beating. Notice that you’re alive, and appreciate what a precious miracle that is. It’s not easy, but it is simple. It will open the universe to you.
This seems easy, too, but it’s not. The world is chock-full of tempting foods and drinks that can’t nourish your body or mind. Make it your job to know which ones do. Choose those that give your body not only the fuel it needs, but the vitamins, minerals, and other substances that make all of its parts work as a harmonious whole. Strive for moderation and balance. Eat fresh meat or fish, whole grains, plant-based fats, only a little dairy, and loads of fresh vegetables and fruit. Save sweets for rare occasions, as cherished treats. Eat well. Stop when you’re full.
Move Your Body
No matter how young or old you are, your body needs to move to be healthy. We all spend a lot of our time sitting—many of us can’t help it—but we can choose to exercise, too. It doesn’t have to be hard or boring. Exercise gets the heart pumping and oxygenates every cell in the body. It clears the mind, relieves stress, and makes our muscles and bones strong. Find the type of exercise you enjoy and commit to doing it as often as you can. Every other day is a good start.
Nourish Your Soul
There are so many ways to do this. Some people find that religion quenches their spiritual thirst. Others find spiritual solace in nature, or in reading the great philosophers. However you choose to do it, don’t forget to feed that still, small part of yourself that’s looking for the answers to the great questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What’s out there?
Connect With Others
As humans, we need friendship, love, happiness, solace, and comfort. We need people who can laugh with us, play with us, and share their hopes and fears just as we share ours. Make sure that you find a way to connect to the others that share this world with you, and do it often.
Leslie Vandever is a professional journalist and freelance writer with more than 25 years of experience. She lives in the foothills of Northern California where she writes for Healthline.