Do you believe that your body is designed to be perfectly healthy?
It is, and we have control of 90% of what causes disease. Of course we can’t control pollution and genetics, but we can control
- what and how much food we eat
- how much exercise we get
- how we deal with stress
If you think you already know where this is going, read on, because its not what you think….
These three factors are the keys to 90% of your health. You probably already know that, but maybe don’t know how to fit it into your life.
Just so we are clear, this is NOT a post about
- how you have to give up all the things you love in order to be healthy. “Life is meant to be enjoyed!” Yes, it is! (Although, if you think about it, its kind of hard to enjoy life if you are sick or have cancer, or need to be on a bunch of medications to be “healthy.”)
- how you have to “exercise at least 60 minutes every day” to be healthy (who has time for that???).
- how you have to somehow magically reduce the stress in your life, like by maybe quit your job, or move away from your family (pretty much nobody can do that).
Most people would agree that these tasks, as basic as they seem, are not worth near perfect health and therefore don’t do it. This is the quandry we have in our society today. But then they live their lives, get sick about 1-2 times a year, muddle through taking off work for kid sickness, feel less energized every day, and put themselves at risk for a major health episode like cancer or heart disease. I don’t have to review the state of the average American’s health. Just look at the person next to you.
Even I would agree that the above tasks are quite difficult to master, and this is my passion and my life! So, what this blog IS about is making it SUPER SIMPLE for you to gain your optimal health!!
This blogpost is in honor of Women’s Health Awareness Month and Breast Cancer PREVENTION. We will never find a cure for cancer. The cure is within ourselves. When we restore faith in our bodies and recognize that they are designed to be healthy, we will be healthy. What causes cancer? Is it really that hard to figure out? Just look at our lifestyles today and see how we bombard our beautiful bodies with chemicals and radiation and stress. Some of these factors we cannot control, but some of them we can. People have literally cured themselves of disease by changing their diets and with food (Forks Over Knives and Food Matters both provide compelling evidence–you can get them from the library or rent them on Netflix). Here are some key factors in preventing cancer:
- excessive (and what some would call moderate) alcohol consumption overloads the liver and causes estrogen to recycle back into the blood creating estrogen dominance (which causes a lot of other problems too)
- overexposure to chemicals we don’t even think of–lining of a paper coffee cup, cleaning chemicals (there are non-toxic alternatives–ask me for suggestions), the ingredients in foods that we ignore because we don’t know what they really are but assume they are safe because they are in food, the chemicals in packages to keep food preserved so it doesn’t go bad as fast (like how meat is processed with ammonia to kill E. coli, and how baby carrots are treated with chlorine so they stay fresh longer).
- ignoring our bowel problems. many many women have tummy and elimination issues. Tummy issues is your body’s way of saying something’s not good down there. Especially bloating, burping, and gas. Lack of proper elimination means toxic waste (literally) is sitting inside your body about 1-2 cells away from 80% of your immune system.
There are simple things we can do to “cure” cancer. You don’t have to change your whole life to do it either. Just be open to changing a few little things and don’t back down if people give you a hard time about it. Here are 3 things you can do right now. They are simple and straightforward. Let me know if you need extra info by leaving a comment below.
#1: There is no doubt that food most definitely should be enjoyed and is one of life’s most enjoyable activities. To be healthy you do not have to give up flavor or enjoyment of food.
Food is most basically designed to nourish our bodies, and that is important to remember. But, healthy food does not have to
- taste like cardboard
- take long to prepare
- be expensive
If you want to know more about how to cook healthy delicious food, and you live in Cincinnati, attend our Meals That Teach Girls Night Out on October 24, 2013. If not, explore this blog and comment or ask for help!
Follow these 3 basic principles with food:
a. Eat less meat. You don’t have to go Vegan to be healthy but reducing your weekly intake of animal protein will reduce your risk for disease. Many studies have proven it over and over. Great non-meat protein sources are lentils, quinoa, hemp seed, and nuts. Offer cut up veggies or a some orange slices before dinner to kids if they are hungry. Using a spiralizer or something to make the food fun to eat works for kids and adults.
b. Drink more water. Stop drinking soda. Its poison and there are absolutely no redeeming qualities about it. The sooner you divorce yourself from Pepsi or Coke, the healthier you will be. Ditto for Starbucks. Your latte is really messing with you (that’s another topic for another time).
c. Buy fewer packaged items and more things that don’t have labels. Explore the produce isle and buy something like a butternut squash or spaghetti squash. Google a recipe or ask me!! (there are also recipes on this blog).
#2 Exercise but don’t kill yourself. Have you ever given a good look at really buff people, especially over the age of 40? They’re generally not that attractive and look kind of ragged. That’s because they’ve been exercising too much. Excessive exercise causes free radical buildup and an acidic environment, which is the perfect environment for disease of all kinds (cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, etc).
Follow these 3 basics for exercise:
a. Set aside 20 to 45 minutes. On busy days do 15-20 and on good days do 45. Try to do at least 3 days, shoot for 6–if intensity is lower. Five days if intensity is higher.
b. Don’t think about it too much. run on a mini tramp, lift some weights, have fun. This could be a walk or a jog, or a 30-45 minute personal training session.
c. Create resistance and work up a sweat. You can use anything to create resistance, including your body. Sweating is absolutely vital for good health and a good way to detoxify every day.
#3 Managing your stress can save your life. We are all under crazy amounts of stress these days. We women put tons of extra stress on ourselves and usually leave ourselves last in line for any sort of stress reduction.
Although it is very relaxing to get a massage at a spa, it takes time and is a luxury, I think most people would agree. This is not the only way to manage stress. Here are 3 daily tips:
a. Breathe. It can’t get any simpler or cheaper than that! Did you know that just by being conscious of your breath for 30 seconds can literally change your brain? It can. Breathe in to the count of 4 and breathe out to the count of 4. Do this 3 times every hour (you can set an alarm). Also do it when you’re late for something, or when someone is pissing you off.
b. Start your day with an intention and a gratitude. A one to three minute daily meditation can help put things in perspective and help you prioritize. Set an intention for how you want your day to go and how you want to react to it. Its a peaceful moment with just your thoughts and what you’re thankful for. You can do this when you wake up, or before you go to bed, or even in the shower!
c. Spend time in NATURE. We are part of a natural, physical world and we need to connect to it. As part of your weekly exercise, take a walk (it could be around the outside of your house!), enjoy the scenery. If you have a dog, take it for a walk at a park. You don’t have to go camping to experience nature.
Restorative exercise like yin yoga and walking in nature give you two benefits!
Its YOUR body and you’re the one who has to deal with it when you get sick, not other people who give you a hard time because you’re not drinking your usual or because you opt for a healthier restaurant or meal. Be strong for your own sake. There are a lot of temptations out there but there is very compelling evidence that food, exercise and restoration can make your life really worth living. We want to live long and die short–not the other way around.
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