Eating well goes beyond the acute moment of satisfaction that occurs on the tongue during a particular meal. The pleasure of food is enjoyed by how it makes one feel during its consumption and the energy it provides, post-meal, to enable a productive life. Equally balancing the body and the mind is an essential component to awakening all senses. Below I’ve included the basic framework on how I attempt to stay healthy and a few resources that may inspire you.
- Laugh- I surround myself with positive people who contribute to our friendship and make me smile. I love my friends!
- Exercise- I work out for 30 min-1hr a day, coupling it with an active day. Exercise reduces stress and keeps the body agile and responsive.
- Small improvements- We all have something to work on. For me, I am addicted to sugar. I still eat sweets so that I don’t feel deprived but I don’t allow myself to go overboard either. It’s a work in progress…
- Eat colorful food-Fruits and veggies have vitamins and antioxidants that are healing. These foods don’t digest as quickly which gives me a better handle on my blood sugar.
- Sleep- I sleep 8-9 hours a day. This is necessary for me to think clearly and be productive.
- Read- Reading and crossword puzzles stimulate my mind and keep me learning and inspired.
Flywheel (spinning)- If you live in a Flywheel city and you are comfortable with sweating A LOT then you must go.
Yoga- You’d think I’m a yogi with all this “respecting your body” tirade but I actually only do it from time to time. I do recommend it as it calms the mind and stretches the body.
Dance- If you are up for learning something new look for a place to take dance lessons in your area. It’s a fun way to get exercise without even realizing it.
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