I believe that there’s no such person who has never questioned themselves: “Am I living a healthy life?”🙄. But it’s not because we became so much more educated and aware of ourselves; instead, it became a huge trend to do things that seem to be healthy. We see Instagram photos, tweets, facebook posts all about being fit, how to balance your nutrition, when to sleep, how to work, how to live after all. There are tons of different opinions and pieces of advice, often contradicting each other and resulting in stereotypes. People are so overwhelmed with this information, so we try to keep up, we want to be like healthy lifestyle gurus. Let’s be honest, we all at least once looked at a yoga/fitness girl with a bottle of fresh celery smoothie and be like… What am I doing wrong? And there’s nothing weird in asking such questions when we’re surrounded with lots and lots of stereotypes. In turn, these stereotypes affect our vision of what would make us feel better and healthier. So let’s pick a bat and debunk some of those.
What’s your personal stereotype of being healthy?
- Dieting. 🍝 This is truly the big one. I don’t want to underestimate diets, but the whole idea of dieting as something temporary diminishes the very concept of balancing our nutrition. If there were any problems due to what someone may have been consuming for a long time when the diet is over, the issue still wouldn’t be solved. Furthermore, it would harm your precious body more than ever before. It could cause obesity, digestive tract organ dysfunction, mental breakdown, etc. Your daily ration should always be diverse, deliver all the nutrients your body needs, and must exclude the ones causing harm. It’s that simple.
- Consuming animal products. 🍗 It’s a matter of fact, unfortunately, that we’re living in the world with prevailing meat and animal products consumption culture. We were always taught that it’s the base of our survival and wellbeing. But it’s definitely not. Not to mention the ethical and moral side of the question, animal products are just harmful to our bodies, and numerous studies on the topic prove that day after day. Here are some facts for taking into consideration. Firstly, meat and animal protein per se
aretough to digest for our bodies, that’s why it keeps moving through the digestive tract unprocessed. Afterward, it rots down our intestine and sometimes even remains on its walls. It decreases our capability to digest food properly. Also, according to the journal Natural Medicine, their research shows, that the red meat component called carnitine causes the blood vessels and arteries to be clogged up. This would cause the overall bloodstream to slow down, preventing it from carrying out its transportation function. It may even cause erectile dysfunction for men and sexual sensitivity decrease for women. Not to mention how meat products are now produced on a large scale – in the unsanitary environment, using hormones, steroids, and antibiotics, making animals grow bigger and faster. Consuming such products, you welcome those substances and germs to your one and only body.
- Cleansing. 🛀 Maybe it’s not dieting that we need on a time-to-time basis, but cleansing. It’s really, really hard to keep your nutritional ration excluding food, which doesn’t leave anything wasteful behind. By this, I mean partially undigested food, wastes, toxins in forms of coprolites, kidney stones, and so on. That is something you clearly want out of your body. The most important is that anyone can do cleansing practices at home, using straightforward techniques and methods, which can help you feel afterward much better. It improves your capability to receive nutrients from food and overall metabolism. Keep your pipes nice and clean.
- Workouts. 💪 In our time, this is the whole culture. It’s considered more like a must, rather than just a personal decision. We think of it as a norm to squeeze the hell out of ourselves in gyms and that it takes us to the whole another level of healthiness. Maybe it does, but it’s not working for everyone, this is the point I would like to convey. It is suitable for someone, with proper preparation and organization, but if you don’t feel like making so much effort, it’s okay. It doesn’t make you less healthy. Yes, there are clinical cases such as excess weight, obesity, and workouts are prescribed. From this point of view, it would really help your body be better, but if everything else is okay, it’s just a matter of personal preference. Instead, you could focus on being active throughout the day every day to keep your lymph running, like with blood, a half-hour walking activity would perfectly do. Or, if you want to take your keeping fit game to the whole new level, yoga is something for you. Calm practices, combining both mind and body engagement, are incredible.
- Mental and emotional wellbeing. 😂 Speaking of your mind, it’s no less important than your physical and material self. Your mind and body are immensely coherent, and we, people, tend to neglect this connection. Various studies discovered how stress and negative emotional overwhelming could cause body illnesses like obesity, risk of heart attack, eating disorder, even tooth decay. Sometimes it’s hard to feel the condition of our minds, its current weaknesses, needs, issues. To make it work seamlessly, you need to learn how to notice when it tells you if something’s wrong, whether there are disturbing things in your life. It’s the same as keeping your diet healthy – you don’t want to have tons of fat greasy fries, because it may cause your heart to stop suddenly. And stress is your emotional fries, so to say. I pointed out pretty obvious things, but I want you to take away from it one piece of advice. Never forget to do yourself a favor and try to isolate anything that may make you feel uncomfortable, learn to meditate, and listen to your inner self. Don’t follow that stereotype, saying that emotional problems are gone by themselves. It’s your responsibility to erase them.
- There’s a universal pattern for making anyone live healthily. 🤯 Don’t let this thought invade your brain. This stereotype derives from all other healthy lifestyle myths and beliefs. Your own wellbeing and condition depend solely on your way of feeling your body and soul. You can’t just follow someone’s recipe for happiness, you may end up having something you’re even allergic to! There’s no specified amount of proteins, fibers, grams of granola you should eat or a defined number of push-ups or steps to do per day. It comes so individually, it should be a result of personal research of what you need, of what you want to achieve or get rid of in your life. Indeed, there are many different ways to get the same result, so find the one that suits you best.
What is the strategy for my own healthiness?
Your body is a sanctuary, it’s so complicated, interconnected with its parts, so you can’t focus on one thing without thinking about another. It is all about the balance between yourself and the outer world, between your mind and body. If your nutrition is excellent, but you’re struggling to be physically more or less active, you’re not going to be healthy. If you always have an extra pound cake with lots of butter frosting after your workout session – it’s not an improvement. If you’re trying to juggle your job, culinary classes, yoga, personal life, kids, side hustle, and God knows what else – you’re in stress. I mean, if you’re not, then you are a very efficient and successful person, my compliments. But for most people, that’s like walking on thin ice. It’s an art finding this balance in your life that will please all aspects of yourself and allow you to live genuinely healthy.
What would my overall suggestion be? As for taking off, let’s first figure out what are the main aspects, we should strive to perfect the most, shall we? In my personal opinion, there should be four dominant cumulative factors to consider. They are nutritional health, financial stability, emotional health, and efficiency of physical activity. Yes, financial security is almost crucial to feel safe, to maintain a nurturing lifestyle, and I assume we all would agree on that. Let’s break down these four components and what they should include. But beforehand, let’s remind ourselves that they are strongly interconnected, one influence another, and they should be considered as a complex or system. Approach to organizing your lifestyle should be systematic as well, practice makes perfect. First of all, you should evaluate what’s your current situation. Try to answer these questions to each of the categories mentioned above.
- Nutrition. 💊 Do I eat regularly according to my body’s needs? Is my organism receiving all the necessary compounds and elements for feeling well? Are there any harmful products in my ration, and if they are, what can I substitute them with in case I have cravings for them? Do I have my meals at a reasonable pace, not being in a hurry?
- Activity. 🏊 Am I feeling well on a daily basis? Do I have any aches? Does my body feel flexible and fit for me? Do I sleep well, with no insomnia or waking up in the middle of the night? Does my skin look healthy? Do I breathe enough fresh air during the day?
- Mental health. 😌 Do I understand my feelings? Are they under control? Is there any stress I cannot deal with? Am I able to focus and concentrate? Are all my relationships with other people healthy? Do I meditate regularly?
- Finances. 💰 Am I a financially stable person? Am I able to manage my incomes properly? Are there any unnecessary expenses on my bills?
This is a list of fundamental questions you can start with evaluating your “healthiness score.” Keep it simple and personal, it’s all about yourself and not about what it looks like or makes others feel. 😊 I really hope that you have nothing to work on and you’re doing wonderfull, but if you do, do it reasonably. It’s essential to understand your weaknesses and what are the consequences of those weaknesses. Otherwise, you won’t be able to achieve any of the goals you outlined for yourself. Find useful advice from trustworthy sources and make a plan, how to progress step by step.
Some may say, they are lacking motivation for this kind of self-improvement, but let me remind you that you are your highest and most significant motivation. You’re doing it for your precious self! And there are no excuses for giving up on your body or neglecting your mind and soul. You’re capable of anything, literally anything! Make it your priority to feel clean, to feel healthy and happy the way you like it. 😉
Yours in Health and Fitness 😊,
Admin – Yurii Bakurov