If you’re just not feeling great, some of your everyday choices could be to blame. Here are 6 ways you may be sabotaging your health, and what you can do about it.
1. Your Focus is Wrong
Often in our health journey we simply need to shift our focus. Weight loss, calorie counting and the size clothes you wear will never satisfy or bring about sustainable change. True health is not about what you look like; its about feeling great, having loads of energy and functioning at your optimum… Weight-loss should be nothing more than a natural by-product of your health goals.
2. You’re drinking the wrong beverages
Avoid too much black tea, coffee, alcohol and sugary drinks; all of which dehydrate the body. Rather drink pure water, then have coconut water, herbal teas, home-made iced teas, kombucha or green juice if you would like something different. When you are well hydrated you should feel energetic and relaxed!
3. You’re Doing the Wrong Kind & Amount of Exercise
Its time to get out of, what Mark Sissan calls, the ‘Chronic Cardio’ mindset! More is not always better when it comes to exercise. Over-training actually depresses immunity, stresses your adrenal glands, causes inflammation in the body, stalls weight loss and makes you feel terrible! Rather simplify your workouts. Sprint train once a week, lift heavy things twice a week and find opportunities to MOVE the rest of the time: Things like gardening, walking, playing with your children, doing housework etc are all good examples.
4. You’re Eating the Wrong Things
There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to healthy eating. Don’t just follow the latest trend, eat REAL food and listen to your body to find what works for you. Also, just because something is labelled gluten-free, organic, raw or natural doesn’t necessarily mean it is healthy. Learn to read ingredient labels and try to home-make your meals and snacks from scratch.
5. You’re Not Sleeping Enough
Sleep is essential to health. If you’re not getting enough quality zzz’s each night, your body cannot properly repair itself, leading to imbalances that can sabotage your efforts. Poor sleep raises insulin levels, releases cortisol (the stress hormone), exacerbates inflammation, boosts ghrelin levels (the hormone that tells you that you’re hungry) and decreases leptin levels (the hormone that tells you when you’re full). Note, this is just from poor sleep! I wont even begin to list the health issues that arise from chronic sleep deprivation! Practise good bed time habits, make sleep a priority and aim for 7-9 hours a night.
6. You’ve Lost Perspective
Life is too short to be stressed about how much money you have, your facebook status, being famous or what you look like. Stress kills! It makes us fat. Whether it’s emotional, relational, or physical, stress can undermine even the best efforts to be healthy. Take a moment to stop and consider what is truly important in life. Breathe, practise gratitude, give, and do the things you love… then watch your health soar!