Your Lifestyle

Your Lifestyle: To Change or Not To Change?

Do you know what’s the foundation to optimal health and well-being?  One that gives you a peace of mind ensuring longevity and health span?  It’s your lifestyle! What you do day in and day out either nourishes or depletes your health and well-being.  

Your lifestyle routine has such a significant impact on your health, that research revealed many chronic diseases are due to lifestyle issues.  Chronic diseases such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer.  With only less than 3% of Americans living a healthy lifestyle, 70% of the U.S. population are either overweight or obese, a third has high blood pressure, a third with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes, and half with unhealthy cholesterol levels.  Sadly, the pandemic has severely affected those who are suffering from chronic conditions.

Your Current Lifestyle Routine.

When you look at your 24-hour day, does it include positive health behaviors?  Ask yourself these questions and see if these behaviors are already part of your daily routine.

Healthful Eating – Did I choose predominantly whole plant-based foods to eat?  Foods rich in fiber and nutrient dense such as vegetables, fruit, beans, lentils, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.

Physical Activity – How often did I move today?  How much time did I set aside to go for a walk or any activity that raised my heart rate?  How did I strengthen my joints and muscles today?

Good Quality Sleep – How much sleep did I get last night?  Did I wake up often or was it good quality sleep?  

Healthy Stress Relief – What was my response when I noticed feelings of distress?

Avoid Risky Substances (excessive alcohol and smoking) – What triggers me to smoke or drink excessively?

Meaningful relationships – Who did I connect with today?  Who am I grateful for?  How did I make a difference in someone else’s life?

What came up for you as you read these questions?  Did it make you pause to think about your current lifestyle.  Has it made you consider to make some changes or still deciding? 

A Healthy Lifestyle – It’s Possible!

Do you envision a life absent of chronic disease, not having to depend on medications and be able to live your life fully?  Perhaps a decision to make a lifestyle behavior change has been on your mind. 

Lifestyle change takes effort.  Unfortunately, our society even makes it more challenging, particularly with our current food system, making processed zero nutrient foods readily available and the easiest to access.  With the tech boom, we find ourselves sitting down hours at a time staring at screens.  And now in the midst of this pandemic, we’ve become more socially isolated with stress levels skyrocketing.

However, please DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED.  Once you start incorporating these health behaviors into your daily routine, even with the smallest step, a transformation begins to take place. This is the power of a healthy lifestyle and is backed by evidence in the practice of Lifestyle Medicine.  

Have you decided this is the journey you’d like to be on?  To finally be in control of your health?  To protect your well-being and best serve your community?  I can give you as much information as I can with proven research, however ultimately it’s up to you to decide when you’re ready

It all starts with YOU.

To awaken your consciousness, explore what’s most meaningful to you, and visualize your well-being in the future.  I’d like to invite you to come up with a compelling wellness vision.  When you have something written down and shared with others, it starts the ball rolling towards your desired path. 

If you’re still on the fence about making a healthy lifestyle change, you might find it helpful to spend 15 to 20 minutes reading my guide, reflecting and writing down the answers to all of the questions.  You can access the guide on this link:  http://bit.ly/wellnessvisionguide

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2 Comments

  1. Agree! lifestyle can do so much physically mentally
    One step at a time
    Elaine you are one of the most caring person I know. Congratulations !

    1. I appreciate you Leia! 💕 Very sweet of you to say. Yes to taking it one step at a time 🙂

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