To stay healthy we need to cultivate more healthy habits. We need to build these healthy habits just like brushing our teeth. Here is a list of things we believe would make a real difference to your health , vitality and longevity.
Fresh Start’s top 20 healthy habits.
1) Take a glass of water to bed with you and take a sip before you go to bed, if you wake up and finish off the glass when you wake up. Remember water helps your body keep hydrated. This is important because your body needs water to absorb nutrients and get rid of waste products.
2) Try and get your taste buds used to drinking green tea. But why should we be drinking green tea? Well it increases your metabolism so it is great for keeping your weight stable, it helps to prevent cardiovascular disease, it balances blood sugar levels and is a potent antioxidant which kills free radicals. Try one cup a day to begin with. Richard and I don’t have instant coffee in the house anymore.
3) Try and break the habit of eating toast and cereals for breakfast. Lots of cereals these days pretend to be healthy when in fact they are loaded with sugar and little nutrients. Try and find a healthier and more nutritious alternative. What about almond milk with blueberries and gluten free muesli? A healthy fruit smoothie or scrambled organic eggs and salmon.
4) Many people drink alcohol in the evening as a way to unwind. Try and break this unhealthy habit by not doing it every night to begin with. Then gradually drink less and less. You don’t need to ban it all together just drink less and don’t be dependent on it.
5) Try and eat a few portions of raw food every day. Eating raw food can make a big difference in your energy, health, weight, mood and quality of life. Why not get into the habit of having a salad for lunch.
6) Replace white bread, white rice and white pasta for whole grains. Whole grains have been shown to reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.
7) Use coconut oil to cook with. I fry with it because it is highly resistant to high temperatures. You can buy brands which have a neutral taste and flavor. We use an organic one from Jarrow formulas and we brought it from Ebay. Here is a great article which explains just why it is so good
8) Replace cow’s milk with almond, oat or rice milk. I am not a great lover of milk, it does not agree with me and makes my tummy bloated and makes me feel tired. We have been brain washed into thinking we need cow’s milk. However, milk is mucous forming and is laden with hormones and antibiotics. If you still want cow’s milk then opt for organic.
9) If you eat meat then stick to organic. Animals raised organically will not be given antibiotics or growth hormones and are not allowed to eat genetically modified foods. They will also be raised in a healthier environment.
10) Eat as much organic food as possible. Basically organic food is safer to eat because it is less toxic and has no genetic modification. It is much fresher and better for us and is harmonious with nature.
11) Get into the habit of not using your microwave and even better don’t use one at all. A microwave oven changes he chemical structure of our food and depletes the nutritional content. For a very informative investigation on the hazards of a microwave please visit this article by Dr Mercola.
12) Find an exercise activity that you enjoy and try and exercise regularly. You want to get to the point when you miss it when you do not do it and it becomes a healthy lifelong habit, something you cannot live without.
13) If you eat sandwiches why not think of a healthier filling? What about avocado and hummus on wheat and gluten free wholemeal bread? Sainsbury’s do a fabulous wheat free bread called Genius.
14) Swap white potatoes for sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet and their natural sugars are released slowly in to the blood stream which helps to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy. They are packed with nutrients to keep you in tip top condition.
15) Eat fewer carbohydrates. Many people report more energy on a low carbohydrate diet and a decrease in the desire for sugary foods.
16) Get into the habit of getting enough sleep and why not try putting lavender oil on your pillow.
17) Try and get at least 15 minutes of sunlight every day to top up your Vitamin D levels even if you live in a hot country, if you do try and get your sun exposure when the sun is at its weakest. Vitamin D deficiency is a precursor too many illnesses.
18) Incorporate small quantities of natural nuts and seeds into your diet. Nuts and seeds are packed with vitamins and minerals which are great for your immune system and energy production.
19) Try and take time out each day to sit still become mindful and do nothing. Mindfulness is the moment to moment awareness of the present moment. Clearing your head and heart will give you extra energy to get through the rest of the day. This will also help you to connect to your deep intuitive self which can help you to make the right and healthier choices.
20) Continuously work towards being conscientious of your thoughts, choices and reactions. Increasing your awareness and having a positive mental attitude is a great habit to cultivate so you are in control of your own thoughts and feelings. I can recommend the author Anthony Robbins to help you with this.
You only have to make a few simple changes to lead a healthier, happier lifestyle.
Warmest wishes Louise from Fresh Start
Fresh Start is a fitness, health and weight loss boot camp retreat in Chiang Mai Thailand.
Established by Louise & Richard Thomas in January 2010. Their residential bootcamps run every week of the year so you can come and stay for as long as you like!