Secrets for Lasting Health

9655443793_5ef67470ba_oEveryone seems to be searching for a magic pill, quick fix or instantaneous results. The truth is that all good things take time. I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty impatient myself with this instant gratification world we live in, but it’s best to develop habits that last a lifetime.

Here are some simple, yet powerful, secrets for lasting health:

1. Moderation.
Healthy living doesn’t mean depriving yourself of the things that you love, such as chocolate or wine. It also doesn’t mean over-dosing on kale, other veggies or fruit. Believe it or not, you can eat too much of these. Everything in moderation.

2. Listen to your body.
When it comes to nutrition, there’s no one-diet-fits-all way of eating. Your body type, blood type, metabolic type and even personality type are a complex chemical balance that make up who you are. True health comes when you get to know your body and listen to what it’s saying. Pay attention to food cravings, energy levels, digestion, mental clarity, etc. What is your body telling you right now? Slow down and listen to it.

3. Diversify workouts and your meals.
We all have favorite foods and exercise routines. However, it’s important to remember that the body thrives on diversity. If you’re always feasting on the same foods, then you’re missing out on others. Why not try something that you never have before? Try mixing up your weights routine with some high intensity cardio training. Nourishing and moving your body in new ways will lead to balanced, sustainable health and you won’t get bored.

4. Seek all forms of nourishment.
Food is important, but what about water, oxygen, sunshine, nature, fitness, relationships, careers, etc? Open your mind to nourishment. Appreciate its beauty, power and soak it in. Eating a perfect diet doesn’t automatically make you a healthy person.

5. Forget about perfection.
We all want to feel and look our best, but to constantly strive for perfection can be dangerous. Don’t force yourself to eat a particular way or to follow a specific fitness regime. Indulge in that “cheat day.” Strict diets and workouts often result in self-sabotage and unhappiness in the long run.

They say, “Variety is the spice of life.” So mix it up and keep things interesting for your body, both mentally and physically.

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