So what is the secret to health? Most of us have wondered this question for many years.
Keep reading for 20 simple health tips to get you started on your quest for health knowledge:
Let me first start by saying I do not know all the answers. I only know what I’ve read and learned and experienced. Beyond that, it is up to each person to find out on their own. My health is not perfect, but it is a thousand times better than it ever has been in the past. I would want nothing more than to help others to improve their health and well-being too (to the extent possible in an imperfect world). 🙂
There are SO MANY contradicting ideas out there that make it incredibly difficult for most people to improve their health long-term and to feel physically and emotionally satisfied at the same time.
The best thing I did was read the book The 80/10/10 Diet by Dr. Douglas Graham.
The book gives you the foundation of knowledge to understand why eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) is creating most of our health problems, and how to eat fresh fruits and vegetables in order to regain health and vitality.
The second best thing I did was watch youtube videos on low fat raw vegan (80/10/10) information.
The videos help answer questions and give motivation from people who are successful and thriving living this lifestyle. Here are some of the channels that have helped me the most:
Check out my Videos: Sarah – Happy To Be Raw
There is the old saying: Knowledge is Power. I completely agree with that in every aspect of life, including food & nutrition. I think that if we continue to rely on media marketing to educate us about our food choices, we are heading in a scary direction. Remember, those commercials are not made to make you healthier, they are made to make you buy their “food-like” product and make them money. The information they present as “healthy choices” and why for example a specific macro-nutrient should be eaten more of than others is only a means of marketing their product to make it sound good to the consumer. The information they present is not necessarily true or healthful.
These are not good excuses for making unhealthy decisions:
It’s what I was always taught.
It’s how I’ve always believed things to be true.
It’s what everyone else around me does.
It’s what I like.
It’s what I’m used to.
It’s what’s easy/cheap/fast.
It’s what “doctors” tell me.
It’s what the media promotes.
If we continually fall back on these lines of thinking (in any area of our life) we are trapped into that old adage “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got”. That may be health problems, emotional problems, financial problems, relationship problems, spiritual problems…etc. So being open minded to learning truth and information about anything is always important no matter what aspect of life we are talking about, in order to improve as a person and get better results.
Of course there is a LOT more to it, but my best advice for eating & living to create health and vitality is this:
Follow these 20 Simple Health Tips:
#1 – Eat LOTS of fresh, ripe, whole, raw, organic fruits and vegetables.
#2 – Drink lots of water.
#3 – Get lots of sleep.
#4 – Get sunlight and fresh air.
#5 – Exercise.
#6 – Socialize.
#7 – Eat some fatty fruits (avocado, coconut, etc.)
#8 – Eat some raw nuts and seeds.
#9 – Eat some steamed starches and/or veggies.
#10 – Eat lots of fruit for breakfast and lunch.
#11 – Eat lots of greens and veggies for dinner.
#12 – Limit/Eliminate salt intake.
#13 – Limit/Eliminate oils.
#14 – Limit overt fat intake.
#15 – Avoid/Eliminate meat, dairy, & large amounts of grains.
#16 – Avoid/Eliminate processed foods of any kind (even vegan).
#17 – Avoid/Eliminate stimulants: coffee, chocolate, caffiene, processed sugar, drugs of any kind…etc.
#18 – Avoid/Eliminate things in bottles, cans, boxes, or bags.
#19 – Avoid/Eliminate pills/medicines/pain relievers (whenever reasonable & possible).
#20 – Simplify!
Simplify your life by simplifying your diet. Don’t over-complicate it. Find foods you like, don’t worry about the ones you don’t. Eat when you are hungry, until you are full. Don’t restrict yourself. Have fun, experiment, and continue learning! 🙂