To me “being healthy” is doing the right things daily to live a long life!
Below I outline some ideas about what I've learned from my past.
I've read numerous books, tried numerous diets, tried numerous workouts and own thousands of dollars of exercise equipment!
After all these journeys I've found out the answer to health and weight management is so simple it's very hard in today's world:
“Only eat foods in their natural state and get 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily”
I'm not a health care expert but I hope you find some ideas and inspiration in the information below to find your way to better health!
There are so many products on the market today that make crazy offers about weight loss…. so be careful!
Also, know these aren't “magic pills” that eliminate the work and you can eat anything!
Easier said than done!
If you get the chance to read The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest I'd highly suggest it!
It's not a weight loss book but it talks about “zones” around the world where a large percentage of the people live to over 100 years of age.
They then interview them and study the area.
I can't begin to type all the results here but so often their diet is based on foods from the earth near their natural state.
Next, they naturally get exercise daily tending to their gardens or livestock or up the small mountain to get water for the day!
It's been a real eye opener for me to realize these people live a very basic, slow paced life and they are living much longer than Americans on their busy “fast food” lives!
Don't over complicate matters, do what works for you to get exercise daily!
I've joined the gym, bought a treadmill for home, purchased jogging shoes, purchased DVDs for home workouts, etc.
All of these work IF they work for you daily.
I found it wasn't the type of exercise but I had to make it my number one daily priority when I got up and not make time later in the day!
Get an iPod and take a long walk daily, avoid elevators and take the steps, park a long ways from the mall/office/church and force yourself to walk more!
Be careful hoping there is a “magic pill” or supplement that will help you lose weight quickly.
Also, remember being healthy and eating healthy is more important than rapid weight loss.
If you are at a point where you consume a lot of diet drinks, eating boxed and processed “low fat” foods then you will need supplements more to get your immune system in balance and clean out your system of these toxins.
It's been proven many people have a build up of 20-30lbs of toxins from processed foods!
It comes down to educating your brain to a point you have the will power to change!
If you approach every day with the idea you need to focus on fresh fruits and vegetables at every meal.
Add a little protein but don't overdo it!
Avoid wheat, flour, dairy and starches at all costs!
Avoid sugar and sugar substitutes!
Your brain tells your hands to put food/drinks in your mouth, when you change that you'll change your life!