Aaah, yes, more ubiquitous advice on healthy living.
From the slick covers of monthly magazines to overcaffeinated morning show hosts, most of the information is the same. And, I don't pretend to tell you anything that you haven't already heard; however, I do hope to catch you in an undistracted, earnest moment in your busy life to reposition these opportunities.
1. Drink Plenty of Water.
2. Take Your Vitamins.
3. Avoid Stress.
Regrouping is essential too. Designate thirty minutes a day for decompression, whether you practice yoga techniques, deep breathing exercises, or just lie still with your eyes closed. Realize that you are not always in control, and don't just accept it; embrace it. Work with the tools you have and do the best you can.
4. Adopt Good Eating Habits.
Eat out less and prepare your meals at home, centering them around organic seasonal foods. Although this does require a little extra time, you will reap significant nutritional benefits. Try preparing plenty of food and dishing it out into small containers as "grab and go" meals for the rest of the week. Still short on ideas and time? Consult with a personal chef. Personal chefs don't just cook for you; they offer advice on food preparation and meal planning too.
Limit alcohol and sweets--empty calories.
If you need a quick snack, go for nutrient-rich foods like fresh vegetables and raw nuts. Every bite you take should be abundant in vitamins and minerals your body can use. Food is not filler; it's nourishment.
6. Read Your Labels.
Concerning food, there are some outstanding ingredients you should avoid. These include, but are not limited to, the following: high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), enriched bleached flours, artificial colors and flavors, saturated fats, refined sugar, sodium nitrates, MSG, chemical sweeteners, BHA/BHT, and hydrogenated oils. (This list will be explored more in depth in a separate article.)
Regarding personal care products, here's a brief list of the top twelve "baddies" most often found in ingredient decks: parabens, propylene glycol, sodium laureth sulfate, phthalates, nanoparticles, DEA/TEA/MEA, coal tar derivatives, formaldehyde/formaldehyde donors, hydroquinone, BHA/BHT, octoxynols, ethyl acetate. Note that this isn't an exhaustive list, but it should get you started. (This list will also be expanded upon in a forthcoming article.)
7. Sharpen Your Mind.
8. Get Plenty of Sleep.
9. Reserve "Me Time".
Clearly there are more than nine steps to healthy living, but I suspect that you would not have read this article had it been titled "550 Simple Steps to Healthy Living". Try one or try them all, but keep in mind that they're lifestyle changes, so in the long run, you will feel permanent positive results. Even though you may back slide from time to time, keep trying.