Many misconceptions are out there regarding holistic lifestyles. It’s assumed to be very crunchy, anti-vax, homeschooling, organic food and lots of yoga.
Embodying a holistic lifestyle is not just about eating organic food and practicing yoga, it’s a lifestyle where you actively look to remove anything that’s toxic from your life.
I’m a trained and certified holistic nutritionist and fitness coach. The holistic health piece is having to do with the whole person—mind, body, spirit.
It’s not just about losing weight, but it’s about learning how to make conscious healthy choices every day.
Eat superfoods with every meal
Salmon, kale, avocado, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp, blueberries, quinoa, spinach and apples are just a few examples.
These foods not only contain important nutrients and antioxidants that your body needs, but they also help you to cleanse and strengthen your immune system, so you can fight infections easily and recover from illnesses faster.
Avoid: Hydrogenated oils (or trans fats) in your foods. Most snacks, margarine and baked goods are made with this harmful ingredient. So read food labels and do your best to prevent yourself from eating them. 🙂
Cook at home more often
Try steaming and slow cooking foods to preserve the food’s nutrients. Also, cooking from scratch will allow you to have control over what you’re putting in your mouth and body.
By cooking at home you’ll not only be saving money, but you’ll also cut down on unnecessary calories.
Avoid: Using your microwave, which is bad for many reasons:
First, you’re most likely using it to cook a frozen dinner or make popcorn, which are bad for your health as they are high in calories and they’re loaded with preservatives.
Second, because the type of heat they produce strips away the nutrients of your meal.
And third, because they release harmful toxins into your food which are absorbed by your body.
Use natural, unscented products when possible
The skin is the largest organ in the body and everything that you put on your skin is absorbed into the bloodstream, so make sure your personal care products use natural ingredients. This doesn’t mean you’ll be smelly! I love using oils for perfume.
Avoid: Environmental toxins… Try not to put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t feel comfortable eating!
Break a sweat!
Every time you exercise you’re not only moving the bar forward for getting rid of excess weight, but you’re also eliminating toxins and helping your body with digestion, circulation, and keeping all of your organs functioning properly. Did you know,, exercise is the #1 thing we can do to prevent altzheimers?!
Plus, you’re releasing serotonin, dopamine and endorphins which are hormones that will make you feel a lot happier and more relaxed.
Avoid: Sitting for too many hours without stretching, walking or breathing in fresh air.
Adopt ways to manage stress and practice them daily.
Did you know that weight gain, illnesses and lack of energy are mostly due to stress?
Well it’s true, and in order to practice a truly healthy lifestyle, it’s important that you learn to manage it.
Meditating, practicing yoga and consciously deep breathing are a few good examples to keep your stress levels in check.
Remember that vibrant health starts from within.
Avoid: Although stress sometimes arises from situations outside of our control, it’s important to avoid situations that can cause it. Not managing your time, not planning your day, not sleeping enough hours or doing more things than you can handle at the same time, could contribute to increased stress.
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