My 5 Pillars of Health

It’s January and everyone is making New Years Resolutions and often they are related to improving their health or weight.

Losing weight and getting healthy are great goals but is going on a strict, super low calorie, low carb, magic pill, 6 week diet the way to improve your health? No!

As a Holistic Nutritionist I deal with clients for many different reasons – weight loss, hormone issues, digestive issues but regardless of what that client has come to see me about, I always first look at their foundation of health. If this isn’t strong then anything else you try will only work short term, if it works at all!

There are 5 pillars that are your foundation of health, take a look at them below and see if you have a healthy foundation.

  1. Food & Diet

My #1 rule is to Eat Real Food. This means eating food as close to nature as possible. Real whole foods are foods that are unprocessed, unrefined and are free from additives or other artificial substances.

Food is delicious but it’s about more than pleasure – its essential fuel for our cells that helps us thrive. Every single function in our body is able to occur because of amino acids, essential fatty acids, glucose, vitamins, and minerals. And where do we get all those things from? Why, from food of course!

We are very lucky in that we are able to choose what we want to eat. Every time we put food or drink in our mouths we are making a choice. This choice, however, has led many of us down a long and winding road in the wrong direction.  Take a look at your diet, if 80% or more of the food you eat comes from real food – great. If not, this is where you need to start. Check out my lightened up Caesar Salad recipe to help you along!

  1. Hydration

Our bodies are made up of more than 70% water. We can only go a few days without water for survival but most of us don’t drink enough fresh water on a daily basis. We’re basically going about our days dehydrated to some degree.

You should be drinking 50% of your body weight in ounces every day, are you? If not, get that reusable water bottle out and start drinking!

  1. Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important health habits, yet one of the most overlooked.

Are you waking up feeling refreshed or do you struggle to pull yourself out of bed and can’t function without your morning coffee?

Are you depending on coffee to get you through the day?

Are you getting 7-9 hours of good quality sleep every night?

If not, maybe you should be switching off the TV or putting down your phone and going to bed earlier!

  1. Movement/Exercise

Movement is fundamental for our bodies, minds, and spirit, and yet we often avoid it and put it off. We don’t have enough time, it’s too tiring, boring, or hard. Exercise shouldn’t be any of these things and if it is, you may be doing it wrong.

Moderate exercise should be something enjoyable, an activity you look forward to. This may mean going to yoga (my favourite), riding a bike, hiking/walking, or taking a dance class.

Plan for exercise, just like you would plan for anything else. It must become a habit. If you enjoy doing something, you are more likely to stick with it, which is most important.

Our bodies were meant to move, let’s get moving!

  1. Stress/Mental Health

The word ‘stress’ gets thrown around a lot in our culture. But how many of us actually know what stress really does to our bodies?

Stress affects more than just your emotional state. It has wide reaching effects on digestion, cardiovascular function, muscles, metabolism and more. Unfortunately, the physical effects of stress can last long after you’ve met that work deadline or resolved that conflict with your partner.

Working on stress reduction is critical on the path to optimal health, do you have any stress management techniques in place?

If after reading these over, you feel overwhelmed but are ready to commit to improving your health then click this link to find out more about my 6 week and 3 month coaching programs.

My coaching programs are designed to provide a personalized approach to each and every client and their goals whether you are starting from the ground up or just need a kick-start.

 

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