Guest Post: Daily Practices For Your Health Odyssey
I’m excited to share a guest blog post with you today, by Jennifer McGregor.
Jennifer co-created Public Health Library (http://publichealthlibrary.org/) to write about health and wellness topics and to create a forum for sharing reputable health and medical information.
Before we dive into her article, I want to first say that as both health practitioners and consumers on a health journey, we should all be open to different modalities of healing. Please note that while some of Jennifer’s specific advice may not align perfectly with mine, the overall theme of healing with whole foods is absolutely something I can get behind. I hope you enjoy!
Daily Practices For Your Health Odyssey
When people think of what “healthy” means, they might default to thinness, clean eating, and fitness. While those elements can contribute to a holistically healthy lifestyle, they are only parts of the equation. Health is more than just your body’s composition. It’s a way of being, a lifestyle, and your head-to-toe wellness. It starts in your mind and moves all the way through your body. It’s a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual practice that can be healing for your body and therapeutic for your soul. If you’re looking for a boost to your health journey, here are some daily practices you can easily incorporate for overall health benefits.
Stick to whole foods
A whole food diet consists of foods in their purest form. That means less packaging, less processing, and fewer ingredients. Your potatoes should be only potatoes … not potato chips with salt, hydrogenated oils, and other unpronounceable ingredients. Every meal should have vegetables, whole grains, healthy fat, and lean protein.
Although eating whole foods might feel like a major dietary change, it’s only challenging in the beginning. Eventually you’ll develop a habit of eating this way, and grocery shopping and healthy recipes will become second nature. As your body gets used to eating cleaner, your taste buds and the way you process food will adapt. You’ll start to crave healthier foods, and your body will rebel when you consume processed junk.
Keep a clean home
A clean home is better for your mental and physical health. Clutter and dirt cause stress, and a filthy home can create respiratory issues for sensitive people. Getting into the habit of cleaning is quite a chore, but once your home is clean, it’s easy to maintain. To turn your messy home around, hire a maid service for a deep cleaning. An interior house cleaning in Dallas will run you around $114-$216. After dishing out the initial amount to get started, the rest is smooth sailing with daily and weekly touch-ups that you can do yourself. You can continue to hire a cleaning service every few months to help keep your home in order.
Begin and end your day with yoga
Practicing yoga comes with many benefits for both your mental and physical health, with stress relief and fitness being at the top of most people’s lists. A morning session can help you get your exercise in early, energize you for the day, and allow you to set intentions. A nighttime stretch session before bed can help you work out the kinks from the day and prepare your mind for a good night’s rest. If you practice daily, you’ll find yourself with better balance, posture, and flexibility, as well as a calmer, more present, and happier sense of being.
Drink a gallon of water daily
This advice never gets old. While water isn’t a magical healing agent, it’s the best thing you can give your body to make it work optimally. Your body is 60 percent water, so proper hydration is how you can replenish what you lose throughout the day. Hydration is especially important during exercise sessions and hot weather. Basically, anytime you sweat or get hot, you should drink water. To help you remember to hydrate, fill up a gallon bottle in the morning and drink it throughout the day until it’s empty.
Eat an avocado every day
Avocado is practically a perfect food for its nutritional and recipe-boosting qualities. It’s easy to incorporate into your daily recipes because it works as a sweet or savory component. Blend an avocado into a smoothie to add healthy fat and creaminess. Eat avocado on whole grain toast for breakfast. Mash it into guacamole, add it to a sandwich or soup, serve slices of it with dinner, or just eat it with a spoon for a snack. Everything tastes better with avocado … even chocolate.
Extreme diets and drastic changes are not sustainable ways to get healthy. By making gradual changes that are manageable, your likelihood of successfully adopting a healthy lifestyle increases. Rather than looking at it as a finite goal that you must hurry to reach, focus on lifelong dietary changes that become your new lifestyle. The rest will fall into place.
Jennifer McGregor co-created Public Health Library (http://publichealthlibrary.org/) to write about health and wellness topics and to create a forum for sharing reputable health and medical information.