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Top 3 things you should focus on when it comes to your health

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Looking good seems to be the priority for most of us. There’s nothing wrong with that – who doesn’t want to look AMAZING? BUT {yes, there’s a but}, when it comes to overlooking your body’s needs to achieve “the perfect” exterior – that’s when we need to talk. We are all guilty of this……

It’s not about looking good. Yeah, I said it. The good news is that if you do it the right way, you will achieve next level results. How you ask?

  1. Nutrition
  2. Physical activity
  3. Mental health

NUTRITION is probably the most important piece of the puzzle. Think of your body like a car. When you’re filling your car up with gas, you put in gasoline. Gasoline for cars – not for an airplane. And you most certainly don’t put in anything else other gasoline. Why? It won’t start. It won’t get you from point A to point B. Your body is the same way. It needs specific nutrients to survive. It needs REAL food. It needs only enough to use and minimally store. If it gets too much of the wrong foods it will begin to store away the toxins and extra calories. It will begin to develop all sorts of issues as a result of not getting what it needs. This is something really important to keep in mind when choosing what to eat. And how often.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY is what our bodies were meant to do! Our bodies were not designed to sit around the majority of the day. Get up and MOVE. It doesn’t have to be something as intense as crossfit. Even just walking for 30 minutes a day can make all the difference. The less you move, the harder it will be to be mobile later on it life. It keeps your heart beating, the energy flowing and the body functioning as it should. It also helps keep the extra weight off that can make it even more difficult to move around.

MENTAL HEALTH is something I think people take for granted. Stress is definitely a normal part of life and can be beneficial in some cases. On the other hand, stress is linked to many chronic diseases because of the strain that it puts on the body even on a chemical level. It messes with your hormones. Did you know that hormones are in large part what dictates many of the body’s functions? Stress is typically known as an exterior stimulus, however, that’s not always true. Stressful situations come and go but what is most important is how you handle it. Gaining control of your emotions and your interior thought processes can go a long way. Being mindful of how you react to certain situations can be really helpful! Try making a list of ways you react to stress. OR make a list of things that stress you out. Journaling is a great way to get all of those thoughts out on paper and begin to deal with them head on. 

Why am I proud of this picture? I believe this picture is a wonderful representation of what is going on inside. Every day that I practice mindfulness in my emotional, physical and nutritional well-being, the more my exterior {actions and physicality} improves for the better.

What are you goals for 2018?

Happy ALMOST New Year!

 

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