Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will not only allow people to look and feel healthier, but may also allow people to become more successful. As far back as anyone can remember, people have always been advertising various “health” remedies for losing an extraordinary amount of weight in a very short amount of time.
Whether it is an infomercial about a revolutionary exercise product that only needs to be used for five minutes before seeing results or a diet pill commercial, starring some supermodel who most certainly does not use it. Perhaps even those programs that try to convince people to join their “fool-proof” diet plans, where they pay upwards of a $100 a month to have their calories counted.
Most methods seem like a good idea at the time, until people exhaust their finances and have yet to see results. Despite what most of these advertisers claim, there are only a few true methods to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and living to reap the benefits. Here are a few key methods to follow in order to maintain a true healthy lifestyle.
Cut the snacks– The first and most important step for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle is to properly manage their eating habits. Like all living creatures, what humans put into their bodies ultimately determines what quality of life they will live. Food plays a bigger role then just delicious items that satisfy the temporary feeling of hunger. What most people do not know is that their immune system practically lives in their stomach. This essentially means that if they consistently eat unhealthy, or artificial foods, they will inevitably feel sick, weak, or even fatigued more times than not. This is why food is the ultimate deciding factor in determining the quality of one’s life. In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is essential to cut out foods that are processed, especially ones that did not originate in nature at some point during their creation. Examples of this would be fast-food, sugary snack foods, and candy.
Go Non-GMO– Most of the food people eat today, from major commercial brands, contains GMOs. Most people today are becoming familiar with this term due to the growing popularity of such organizations as the Non-GMO Project, Wholefoods, and various other brands. However, there is still a large number of people who do not know what exactly GMOs are. GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism, which basically means that a particular product was originally manufactured in a lab somewhere and grown artificially in a controlled environment by what can only be understood as a hybrid farmer or scientist. These GMOs should not be consumed by human beings, or even animals for that matter, because during their creation, the foods main source of nutrition is basically destroyed, and what is left is essentially an empty shell of what appears to be food sans the nutritional value. This explains why, sometimes after eating a normal meal like a serving of steak, potatoes, and mixed vegetables, some people may still feel hungry.
Eat Organic– It is essential to one’s health that they aim to live an organic lifestyle by eating a more organic diet. Although this not so new buzzword “organic” has become increasingly popular over the past two decades, most people are confused on the actual meaning. While in terms of chemistry, organic is when something is carbon-based, in the world of agriculture, organic essentially means that a particular food product was farmed and distributed without any pesticides, irradiation, or chemical additives. The reason this is important is because organic food is Non-GMO by default, and is loaded with nutrients that it acquired naturally from the earth. Basically, when someone maintains a persistent organic lifestyle, they will eat less and be satisfied more because their bodies are being properly nourished with the nutrients essential for survival.
Supplement regularly– This is more important when a person is not maintaining an organic lifestyle, but is still necessary regardless. Although there are many shoppers that believe they are saving money on supplements of minimal potency that can be found in a local convenience store, the price they later pay for their health will cost them much more. This is not the proper supplementation that is needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle. An example of poor supplementation would be something to the effect of gummy vitamins. Most of the vitamins that can be found in a convenience store have the effect of a placebo, and are just not nutritious enough to nourish the body. In order to maintain proper health and energy levels on a consistent basis, it is important to obtain vitamins from actual vitamin shops that specialize in supplementation, from well-respected brands that have experience extracting nutrients from the environment for several years. Moreover, doing some brand research online to find the best vitamin companies is always beneficial.
Decrease the grains– Limiting the amount of grain products will ultimately promote overall well-being. Some popular grain-based products would be bread, rice, pasta, cereal, oatmeal, etc. Although it is true that grain products are high in fiber, they are also high in gluten and carbohydrates. Though these products do have their benefits for the human diet, gluten and “carbs” do not breakdown in the body as well as other sources of related energy, such as simple sugars found in fruit and the fiber content found in dark green vegetables—which is much higher than the fiber content found in grain products. This has become an increasing problem with Americans in particular, since most work long days and return home late in the evening, only to consume heavy grains for dinner, shortly before going to bed rendering their body unable to digest the food as quickly as when active.
Increase the Proteins and EFA’s– Increasing the amount of Protein and Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) in one’s diet is one of the most over-looked measures of maintaining overall health. Some of the best sources of Protein can be found in animal meats. Some of the best Essential Fatty Acids a person can consume are found in nuts, seeds, and oils. Proteins and EFA’s are essential sources of energy to human and animal life, without which humans would not be able to survive. The best part, is that the body burns and breaks them down much better than starches, making them a more suitable source of energy than grain products. It is much more beneficial to consume these sources of nutrition to compliment a workout, as opposed to a heavy grain like some runners do with pasta before a race.
Exercise– This is obviously one of the most mentioned methods to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but without the proper nutrition, exercising will not be as effective as it should be, which is why exercise and diet are both equally important. It usually does not matter what type of exercise is practiced, as long as a regimented schedule is being maintained. It is also important to avoid getting into a “workout rut” that the body becomes too comfortable with, thus becoming more of a habit than a form of exercise. This can actually have a negative effect on muscles, since muscle tissue has sort of its own memory just like the brain. If they become used to doing the same repetitive workout, there is a good chance they will no longer experience rapid growth and maintain a consistent endurance threshold. A good sign notifying the body that it is time to alter the workout is usually when it becomes easier to do and the body ceases to perspire. The key to proper exercise is to constantly train and test the body to improve endurance, speed, form, and technique. Some great forms of exercise are dancing, yoga, Tai Chi, kickboxing, and various types of aerobic and anaerobic workout that does not put too much forcible pressure on the joints.
Stress less– The most underrated but probably the most important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is living a stress-free one. In today’s society, especially in cities, it is common for people to stress all day long. Working stressful jobs, raising kids, and even worrying more about death than life—people stress constantly. Some great ways to decrease stress are meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, and even a nice walk outside under the midday sun. It might seem crazy–but stress does kill. Living stress-free is living healthy.
“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask yourself if you want to be a prisoner of the past, or a pioneer of the future” -Deepak Chopra
Opinion By Robert Masucci