Do you live to eat or eat to live longer?
Eating is a way of life and what you eat says a lot about how you feel and what you value. It’s less about how well you can cook, how much willpower your have or even your lifestyle, whether that be dining out at Michelin Star restaurant or having a low-key picnic on the beach!
What you put on your plate is very telling.
My plate used to have a lot of white space and the other half was filled with processed, low nutrient, low fat, low calorie and high sugar foods. It didn’t matter if I was eating at home or in a restaurant, my plate always looked the same. My plate informed me that I wasn’t concerned with my health, only with my weight. I wasn’t concerned with my energy levels and I wasn’t deserving of getting into the kitchen and cooking for myself with love, an important vitamin that I have come to understand (or as I call it – the “L Vitamin”).
It makes total sense to me now that I have the tools and awareness of a holistic health approach.
I had just moved to Miami where I had assumed that everyone lives in a teeny bikini year round, I had a new baby, no career, no close friends or family nearby and I had fallen out of love with the observance side of my religion. This lackluster lifestyle was showing up on my plate!
Adding color to my life meant adding color to my plate. Coincidence?
As I started to add value and purpose to my days, I felt more joyful and vibrant. That vibrant feeling translated to vibrant colors of the food that I ate. More vegetables, whole foods and primarily a plant based diet.
I played with prototypes of my life by developing a new routine, a new social circle, fun and challenging exercises and reconnecting with the spiritual energies rather than the physical world. I was less obsessed with bikini clad weekends and more involved with my community and fostering positive connections. I made it my job to get settled in a new city and lay down roots for my family. This was a conscious decision which I talked about at the end of each day with my husband, just as I would have with any other job.
As I grew in my new role, I made discoveries about myself as I listened to my gut which is also referred to as your second brain. I was dedicated to my physical exercise and reaping the rewards of feeling energized and alive. Once I reached this point, I started to look forward to my future and my life, with my family, friends and community. My concerns completely shifted from weight loss to longevity. How can you live a long, healthy, mobile life to the very end, free of chronic illness?
I have some answers.
At this point, it’s worth mentioning that genetics play into your overall health. What might surprise you is that it is only 20%. We are a product of our environment. Key aspects of our environment may effect 80% of our life expectancy. Source
The average life expectancy in the US has more than doubled in the last two centuries rising from 35 years old to 79 years old. The question is, are we living longer or dying slower?
The average maximum life expectancy in US is 90 years old. This is if you follow a longevity diet. There are some great tools online to show you what your current life expectancy is. Check out the longevity test on www.bluezones.com.
Some changes that you can make to increase your healthy years on this planet are:
- Curate a close-knit group of friends who share your values and purpose around a healthy lifestyle. Invest in them generously with your time by lending an ear to listen to them. They become the family you choose.
- Eat whole foods, these are foods that have not been processed in any way and include grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. They are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that you need to support a healthy gut function and micro-biome. They give your body and mind a chance to heal by yourself as well as prevent chronic disease (stroke, heart disease and diabetes)
- Exercise daily. Exercising should involve every muscle in your body over the course of a week. It doesn’t have to be rigorous HIIT training but it should induce rapid breathing and sweating. The best exercise for you, is the one that you enjoy. Exercise strengthens your heart, increases muscle mass, reduces stress and anxiety as well as maintains a healthy weight and increased flexibility.
- Belong to a spiritual practice. There is no measurement for what a spiritual practice is or the direct affect it has. However the communities of people that live the longest life, free of illness are connected to a spiritual practice.
- Find your sense of purpose. Discover what lights you up every day. It should be the reason you get out of bed in the morning and not the reason you have to get out of bed. Having a purpose will decrease your chances of developing depression and anxiety which can be more harmful than chronic disease.
A holistic health coach supports you in developing healthy habits that promote a vibrant life throughout your life cycle.
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Light and Love,