Ten Easy Ways to Live a Happier and Healthier Life - Guest Post on Best Kept Self
Updated: Dec 23, 2018
I spoke at the Winnipeg Healing Connections Festival last weekend. I do a lot of presentations about what to eat and why, I teach gluten and dairy free baking classes and I have done presentations on proper movements. However, I've never done a presentation that hits on all of the above. I recently read The Slight Edge which really wasn't anything new to me, but I really loved the way he explained making changes. This presentation really encompassed that. I realized I needed to write these things down so everyone could benefit from them. You can find the whole article over at Best Kept Self.
So many of us are looking for the magic bullet, that one thing that will make our lives better and will make us healthier. But, the difference between you and your former self and your future self is not that one big thing, they are the things you choose to do every day that get you to where you want to go. They aren’t the sexy, exciting things, they are the boring everyday things. They’re the things that are just as easy to do as they are not to do. But, I promise, if you focus on these small day to day things, your life will change. Not by tomorrow, not by next week, probably not even by next month, but if you do these things day in and day out, think of how amazing your life will be in a year, or 5 years or even 20 years.
Eat Real, Whole Foods
Make real food a priority. Will it take more time to make food from scratch then driving through your favorite fast food place? Yes, it will. But if you truly commit to fueling yourself with real, whole foods you will function so much better.
Make Sleep a Priority
Sleep is the best cure you can get for the least amount of money. You will die faster without sleep than you will without food. Aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. Stress less about falling asleep and simply work to be in bed for that amount of time. If you have a hard time falling asleep, avoid electronics for at least one hour before bed, make sure your room is free of electronics or put your phone on airplane mode and sleep in a dark, cool room.
Practice moving more than you are sedentary. As humans, we are not made to sit all day, but life has changed drastically over the past few years and many of us now have desk jobs. In addition to sitting all day at work, we sit as we commute to work, sit to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and then sit to watch television or work on the computer in the evening. You don’t have to do anything special or drastic, you simply have to stand up and move a bit. This can take as little as 30 seconds. Set your timer for every 20 or 30 minutes to remind yourself to stand up and stretch your hands over head or go for a quick walk.
Carve out 30 minutes for yourself every day. Set your timer, remove distractions and just be. Curl up with a book, drink your coffee or tea and just enjoy some alone time.
Sugar has been linked to every Westernized disease. At no point, do we ever need to consume sugar. If you don’t already read food labels, start checking them out and you will be shocked at the types of food sugar is added to. Reducing your sugar intake will decrease your overall inflammation, improve your immune function, boost your brain capacity and slow down aging. If you get a chance, please read Gary Taubes's latest book, The Case Against Sugar.