These are the 3 basic tenets of my philosophy. Simple, straightforward, and easy to remember. But that's what healthy weight management is all about...
Eat healthy. How can you expect to look good, feel good, have great energy, and just be healthy if you are putting lousy stuff into your body? You can't. But we do. It's time to stop, think, and get back to basics. We have to quit trying to "cheat the system". The system, in this case, is your body. And while it is an amazing machine (well, not a machine at all, but for the sake of this conversation) but it has its limitations. Just like brand new car. You can drive it into the ground, not do regular maintenance, give it cheap parts and fluids, and it will run. For a while. And then it will break down. So will your body. It will do amazing things for you, but if you keep putting junk in....eventually you pay the price. Either you become overweight and/or obese, or you get sick, or you just flat out feel lousy all the time. Change your eating....change your body. Eat healthy....it's what your body thrives on.
Move More. The human body was designed to get up in the morning and do hard physical labor all day. And it wasn't until just a few generations ago, that's what most people did. And it worked. But now it seems we look for every way possible to "save energy". And so we sit. The human body wasn't designed to sit. And it really wasn't designed to sit for long periods of time. Sitting has now been linked to higher risk of mortality. Get up! Move more. And don't get hung up on "purposeful exercise". Sure it's great to have good workouts that include strength, cardio, flexibility, and balance work. The body loves and needs that. But mostly it just needs to move more. Get up from your desk, or the couch or out of the car and walk. The body was made to be pretty good at that!
Breathe! Stop and smell the roses. Take a break. Stretch and breathe. Sit by the ocean or the lake. Write a letter (the old fashioned kind that you have to mail). Make a long overdue call. Throw a ball for the dog. Dance. Sing a song. Be silly. Do a little yoga breathing. Say more prayers. Meditate. Read a book for sheer pleasure. Play games with the kids. Or with friends. Build a fire and just watch it. Take a walk just to smell the fresh air, and the flowers, and to hear the birds. It's important to unplug and just be. This is the stuff that creates balance in our lives. It is essential to rest. Yes, sleep is an essential component of rest. But so is all the other stuff. Take time out. It will restore you.