These 6 steps will lead you in the right direction of living a long healthy joyful life.
- Throw away processed junk food
Junk food has become labeled as “natural” or “non-gmo” or even “gluten free”, but the thing is if it comes in a box it has been processed through a factory it isn’t healthy. Why isn’t processed food healthy? Our bodies are designed to break down meats, fruits, and veggies (everything that comes from the ground). And NOT factory produced protein bars or low sodium potato chips. If you really want to get healthy and achieve your fitness and nutrition goals then get rid of the junk food!
- Look at labels
If and when you buy something on the inner section of the grocery store you MUST check the labels and ingredients! Even if it says organic or non-gmo because often times companies will still put natural and artificial ingredients in there which isn’t healthy at all. So make it a habit to always check your labels and ingredients before you buy anything! If it doesn’t have a label like at a restaurant or fast food then I would consider it a cheat meal. Only do that once a week in order to stay healthy!
- Eat more veggies and take more vitamins
Eat those greens!!!
Why? They are Gods creation for us to get natural vitamins, minerals and micro nutrients. What kind of veggies should you eat? All sides, colors and shapes on the food spectrum. Some people only eat the greens and fail to eat the reds, yellows, purples, and whites so make sure you are mixing up your veggies to get all the nutrients!
In addition, taking vitamins is crucial to getting healthy because the food we eat today does not have enough nutritents to sustain us. That is why we must get extra vitamins and minerals to be healthy. Here is my blog on which vitamins to take.
- Exercise 5 times a week
Exercise! Lift those weights! Sprint! Swim that lap! Play ball!
What ever your favorite exercise activity is make sure you are doing it 4-5 times a week. Exercise is so important not only to look good, but for our mental health as well. When we exercise we are able to increase the hormone endorphins and to decrease cortisol (fat hormone) levels. If you really want to get fit, get MOVING! Even if its just walking 2 miles a day whatever exercise you will stick with make sure you are doing it.
- Get your sleep
Go catch those ZZZzzz.
Some people get plenty of sleep and some people don’t get any sleep. What is the correct hours of sleep? I believe 7-9 hours is the perfect amount of sleep. You should NOT get any more or any less than that! Sleep is so crucial for our health because it is scientifically proven that people that get their sleep are leaner and healthier! So start by turning off your cell phone and TV early and read a book to whine down and go to sleep!
- Stop drinking tap and bottled water
Is tap water good for you?
I believe it isn’t. There is scientific proof that tap water has fluoride and other chemicals in it that is causing damage and harms to our bodies. Tap water is free, but the cost of drinking tap water is too risky to get sick or die from it in the future.
In addition, bottled water is so easy and quick yet it is full of chemicals seaping into the water and causing cancer and other health problems. The solution? I suggest only drinking reverse osmosis/PH or well water because this water doesn’t have cancer causing or harm to our bodies. If you really want to be healthy let go of tap and bottled water and turn to reverse osmosis or PH water!