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A Simpler Approach to Health

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A Simpler Approach to Health

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Simplifying your life can have a myriad of benefits, especially for your physical health. When you simplify the way you approach your work and social life, you have more time to take care of your body which is one of the most essential things in life.

No matter what our greatest pursuit is in life, maintaining physical health is essential to accomplishing it. Whether you desire to be a good parent, a spiritual mentor, a world-traveler, a successful businessperson, or any combination of the above, your body becomes either an asset or liability.

So many people often forget that it’s important to care for their physical health for the right reasons. Going to the gym and eating a particular diet only for the sake of aesthetics, although has benefits, usually results in feeling unhappy because we become anxious trying to maintain a very particular appearance.  

When people focus on eating well and moving their bodies for the sake of enjoyment, looking good, as well as to stay strong and agile in order to avoid injury, a deep state of resiliency and investment in their future emerges.

This is why it’s so important to find ways to move your body that you enjoy.

Try taking advantage of local parks. Go hiking, biking, or anything else available in your area. Trying a new hobby that allows you to discover new passions and appreciate your body for all that it can do. Often these activities are wonderful ways to encourage connections with friends, family and other members in your community.

Eat well and simply.

Nutrition seems to become more and more complicated each day with every new fad diet. But research has proven time and time again what matters most: eat mostly minimally processed foods and whole foods such as fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, eggs, seafood, beans and legumes, and meat and poultry.

Of course, everyone has unique dietary needs for their constitution, so adjust according to yours.

A simpler diet benefits the environment as well. For instance, eating fruits and vegetables when they are in season—purchased at the farmer’s market or grown locally or in your garden—uses fewer non-renewable resources, like fossil fuels.

When you are deeply connected to your body, a simple diet means that you stop eating once you’re satisfied but not stuffed, and that you enjoy your favorite not-super-healthy foods occasionally. Remember, moderation is important or you will get rigid with yourself, which can create other problems like binging and starvation.

Don’t forget to indulge on your birthday, anniversary, holidays, and other occasions that feel special to you.

When you begin to simplify the approach you take to your physical health, it’s important to focus on your lifestyle, not the goals. They say, “it’s the journey, not the destination.” Whether or not you have weight to lose or chronic health concerns to manage, it is your daily practice and attitude that matters.

Take the time to cook a fabulous meal with your family. Go for a walk to watch the sunset. Move your body in ways that truly nourish you. As you strive to make eating well and moving your body an enjoyable part of your daily life, results will follow.