Here are 10 things you can do every day to live in perfect health.
Why strive for perfect health- total mind, body and spirit connection? Because when all 3 are in balance our true form is able to emerge and not only reveal our best body ever, but our true perfect self- who we were really meant to be. We all want to be happy. We all want to be loved. When we focus on having perfect health rather than the perfect body, the perfect job, or the perfect life we find ourselves walking on the Red Road, living in determined action with truth, humbleness, love and respect.
1. Cultivate The Mind
Cultivate the mind with 2-10 minutes of mindful meditation and prayer. Our problems cannot be solved at the same level of thinking where we created them. This is one reason meditation is so important. When we meditate our brains shift, emitting alpha waves and delta waves that help access our inner wisdom as well as reduce cortisol, which is known to cause stress and weight gain. Meditation is a technique where words, music or even silence instruct the mind to move into deeper regions. These regions hold the key to reducing stress, weight gain and toxic behaviors and increasing insight, awareness, understanding, forgiveness, peace and love. The linear mind cannot bring these things about on it’s own. The same way we feed our body with food, we need to feed our spirit with meditation and prayer.
Prayer connects the mind to Spirit, allowing the voice of Spirit to be heard over the voice of the ego. Prayer is how we plug in, align our thinking with love and expand our consciousness. When we pray and meditate we cultivate our mind to align with right thinking. Problems and situations that previously baffled us become easy to manage and understand. Spiritual practice allows us to pay attention to what we need to hear in order to grow and create balance in our lives. Meditation, prayer and other spiritual practices also allow us to see and experience that every living being is connected. We are all part of something much bigger that connects us, a power greater than ourselves that is our source. When we maintain awareness and connection to that source through prayer and meditation our lives become manifestations of love where perfect health is attainable.
2. Eat Clean & Light
Aim for eating mostly whole natural foods and avoid processed foods whenever possible. Whole natural foods provide proper nutrients necessary for perfect health. Processed foods are full of chemicals, hormones and artificial ingredients that rob us of nutrients, cause cancer, increase weight gain and cholesterol, cause food allergies and countless diseases of the body and mind. They even create difficulty in thinking and concentration. Unhealthy eating is an addictive act of self-sabotage and destruction. This is not to say that you can’t ever have a piece of cake or candy again. The hope is that as you evolve, as you eat better, you will think better and clearer, and you won’t even want to eat unhealthy processed foods. The experience will not feel good to you anymore.
Natural foods like fruit, vegetables and whole grains replenish your body, restore your mind, revitalize your energy level, delay the process of aging, make your skin glow and make you happier, more beautiful and confident. Plus natural foods actually taste better than junk food that taint your taste buds. When you go without junk food long enough your taste buds will restore to their original state and you will be able to taste how delicious and wonderfully satisfying healthy whole foods really are.
3. Drink Half Body Weight in Water
The body thrives when it is properly hydrated. Headaches, fatigue, weight gain and weight loss plateaus can be attributed to dehydration. When you don’t get enough water your whole system is affected. You lose essential electrolytes when you sweat that need to be replenished. Don’t get tricked into drinking those sugar filled sports drinks full of artificial colors and ingredients. They do more damage than good. When replenishing electrolytes, half a teaspoon of sea salt will do the trick. Drink half your body weight (pounds) in ounces each day, for example if you weigh 150 lbs you should drink 75 oz of water per day. If you exercise and sweat a lot add another liter of water with half teaspoon of sea salt to replenish electrolytes. If your urine is anything but clear you need more water.
4. Exercise For 45 Minutes
We all know exercise is crucial for having perfect health. It prevents practically all diseases that come with age, staves off weight gain and relieves anxiety. Another benefit of daily exercise is relieving tension and reducing stress. Relieving tension alone can improve your thought patterns. You develop a better outlook and are better able to manage stress. It is a good idea to constantly challenge your muscles in order to avoid plateaus and the best way to do that is to change up your workout routines every 2 weeks. Find a program that works for you, like the Change It Up Program, which consists of different routines that you can mix and match for endless workout combinations. You can easily get a more efficient workout in 45 minutes. Do 15 minutes of any high intensity interval cardio plus 30 minutes of total body strength training 6 days a week with 1 rest day. Carving out 45 minutes a day for exercise is easy to maintain and necessary for achieving perfect health.
5. Experience The Positive
Experience positive emotions each and every day through various outlets such as writing gratitude lists, self-affirmations, visioning and journaling. Writing can be relaxing plus it is a great way to express your self. You can get a diary to express your thoughts or explore and find your own mode of self-expression. Even if what you are writing is about a trauma or negative experience, the process of expressive writing is therapeutic and will allow you to experience closure and therefore open you up to more positive experiences. There are many benefits of expressive writing including greater psychological well-being, reduced depression and anxiety, fewer post traumatic symptoms, fewer doctor visits, reduced blood pressure, improved liver and lung function, improved memory and performance, higher grade point average, improved social behavior and improved mood/attitude. Start with simple free writing, put pen to paper and don’t think about what to say just write 3 pages of anything and everything that comes to mind.
6. Stay Active
Sitting still for long periods of time is one of the worst things we can do for our health. Muscle activity basically stops which lowers the metabolism and can lead to a series of harmful consequences like obesity, Type 2 diabetes and even death. Stay active by not sitting still for longer than 1 hour at a time. Stand up, stretch, move your body or go for a short walk. You can get creative and try sitting on an exercise ball instead of your office chair or try a stand-up desk, an adjustable-height desk that allows you to change positions throughout the day, or a treadmill desk.
7. Keep The Mind Resilient
Keep your mind resilient by reading books, playing a game or doing a puzzle even if only for a few minutes each day. By having a sharp mind you can figure out situations more effectively and make wiser decisions. Doing so allows you to improve rationality, and with increased rationality comes an improved attitude towards a given situation. Part of practicing perfect health is to keep learning. Resilient people are determined to learn and make themselves useful.
8. Connect With Others
Connecting with others is one of the most important things we can do to attain perfect health. When we are with others we experience more positive emotions, which leads to greater happiness. When we are happy we have better relationships. This leads to being on an upward spiral of perfect health, well-being and happiness. There are several ways to connect with others. Call a friend, join a support group, get active in your community, shake someone’s hand, be of service, practice random acts of kindness. Don’t just rely on Facebook and email to contact friends and family, really connect one-on-one, face-to-face whenever possible. When you surround yourself with support, you can get through any hard time less stressed and add years to your life.
9. Get Adequate Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep of 8 hours has many benefits like boosting brainpower and mood, lowering risk of diseases and maintaining a healthy weight. You will be less likely to get sick, and being alert allows you to make better decisions and avoid accidents. Many of us suffer from chronic lack of sleep. People who sleep less than 7 hours increase risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, certain cancers and metabolic syndrome, and are about three times more likely to develop cold symptoms and make vaccines less effective. Obesity has been linked to lack of sleep, and when you diet while sleep deprived your body burns muscle, not the fat you want to lose. Lack of sleep can also alter hormone levels that affect appetite. Getting adequate sleep improves mental health, learning and memory consolidation, longevity, sports performance and public safety. For perfect health, sleep is important. The functions of sleep touch nearly every system in the body.
10. Let Love Be Your Only Function
Surrender to what is and let love be your only function. This one thought has power to awaken the sleeping truth in all of us, where vision sees beyond appearances to the same truth within everyone and everything. Love will carry us through all. There is no suffering it cannot heal, no problem it cannot solve. When we rest in love we are unshaken by the turmoil of the world and remember that we came to bring the peace of love into the world in our own unique way. Perfect health is only attainable through love. With love our energy is restored and we will walk with lighter steps along the Red Road that suddenly feels easier as we go.
About The Author Info: Jeanine Strong, creator of the groundbreaking fitness program Change It Up, is an established artist in Los Angeles, California, known for her unique voice both musically and spiritually. Her Change It Up Program launched in January 2013, has changed the way we think about fitness by introducing Spirituality and changing up your workouts as the keys to permanent results. Women across the globe are beyond pleased with its simple healthy approach, one that is realistic and produces fabulous lasting results. To learn more about Jeanine and her work visit her website www.JeanineStrong.com and check out her free fitness program at www.ChangeItUpProgram.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jeaninestrong and http://www.facebook.com/changeitupprogram