Among my core group of healthy friends, the habits I have seen in common are….
1) Healthy people watch their bread: I don’t know what it is, but every person I look up to (from a health standpoint) watches his or her bread. Or, they simply don’t eat it at all! Why is bread a big deal?
I’ll tell you why: Complex carbohydrates digest slowly. In order to maintain or lose weight, it’s important to have nourishing foods flushing through your system as fast as possible. Bread also can have the potential to cause blood glucose elevation, which can damage nerves and blood vessels along with increasing your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Big picture: Sugar/carbs should ALWAYS be monitored and controlled.
Now, with that being said, bread is necessarily bad. Whole grain bread is great if you’re looking for a healthy carb option. The unhealthy stuff you want to avoid is the high-refined grains such as white breads, crackers, pretzels etc. I would recommend cutting these out completely or having very little of these types of food your diet.
2) No matter what’s going on in a healthy person’s life, they are always making time to go to the gym …or the yoga studio, or the Crossfit warehouse, or the Pilates space, or the swimming pool or running trail…-Whatever outlet it may be- it is a necessity for a healthy person’s lifestyle. A healthy person understands that no matter what life throws their way, exercise is a vital and essential component to combat stress. They turn to movement for energy, vitality and emotional stability. Not only that, long-term healthy people create a community in their workout space. They have “workout buddies” they see EVERY WEEK. What I’m trying to say is, healthy people DON’T MAKE EXCUSES. They show up. Put in the work and do it over and over and over again. -No matter what-
3) Healthy people use positive language. I LOVE to be around people who are uplifting, encouraging, motivating, happy and optimistic. Who doesn’t, right?! These types of people (9/10) are HEALTHY individuals! Let’s be honest, nobody wants to be around a complainer! Complaining is an unrecognized sickness in our culture and one of the top unhealthy qualities in a person. You can have a fabulous figure, but if you have a pessimistic spirit, your soul does not exude light. People are like bugs: We are drawn to people who have a light-hearted spirit. You are drawn to healthy people whether you realize it or not! I hate to say it, but I struggle with this myself. I am always picking out two negatives to one positive. I constantly have to tell myself: Cut. That. Crap. Out. Courtney! This type of mindset completely affects total wellness and longevity.
Even worse is a person who body shames. Uh! This makes me so sad. I’ve trained with individuals in the past who say, “I’m so fat” or “No one will love me like this” or “I’m a whale” “or I will never get there” and on and on and on. Stop that!! You are setting yourself up for failure. What you believe in your head and in your heart will determine the outcome of your lifestyle. It’s so important to meditate and think of things that are good and lovely and praise-worthy. Including you!! (Philippians 4:8) You are a product of your thought life! Find the beauty in everything!
4) Healthy people view movement as a blessing, not a curse. I will piggyback off of point #3: Again, you are a product of your thought life! It’s really this simple:
Healthy person: “I get to workout today! Yay!”
Unhealthy person: “Do I have to workout today? Uh.”
Don’t get me wrong; I get it. There are days when I don’t want to workout either. However, it’s crucial to remind yourself that if you can move, you are blessed. Period! Don’t take it for granted and most importantly, stop feeling sorry for yourself. It’s up to you and only you to pick out the blessings each and every day. It would be a total shame to go through life and not fully understand the movement capabilities of your own body. Our bodies are truly amazing!
5) Healthy people cook their meals OR they have someone do it for them. Meal prepping is an essential component for a healthy lifestyle. Healthy people are always on the hunt or the latest and greatest healthy recipes, new co-ops in the area, discoveries at the Farmer’s Market, raw food finds and create juicing combinations. Healthy people typically also live by the 80/20: 80% healthy, organic and/or home-cooked nutritious meals and 20% whatever they want to eat. If fast food is a central part of your lifestyle, make it a habit to switch to cooking your own meals. Fast food is a fast ticket to a cancer center and/or cardiac rehab center in the near or far future. Read your labels; ask questions and stick your head in a nutrition book. Nutrition is the most important component of a healthy lifestyle!
Thanks for reading my friend. God Bless!