When it comes to our health, there has been a decidedly (mostly) global shift in focus over recent years. We are more aware than we have ever been about the effects and subsequent consequences of what we put into our bodies, and because of that, we are making a conscious effort to actively instil healthy habits. This can be easier said than done sometimes, and we often struggle at first to successfully implement healthy habits when our bodies are so used to the way we have treated them. Just because our bodies are used to, does not mean that it is okay, or that they like the way they are being treated. As with any animal on Earth, when we treat our bodies with respect and fuel and move them adequately, we are rewarded as our bodies perform bolder, better, faster, stronger.
Of course, we all have our vices. Some of us love to have a drink with every meal. Excessive alcohol consumption is bad for us, we know this. More and more often, people are cutting down their alcohol consumption, having just a select wine or two or a beer once or twice a week. Some people are smokers. This is obviously linked to countless health risks, so the rise of the e cigarette brought with it a rise in people quitting smoking and opting for vaping instead. And when it comes to our diets, we as a species have consistently proven that we must be more mindful of what we put into our bodies. In fact, diet is the number one lifestyle choice linked to peak whole health. And you know what? It makes perfect sense. We just have to listen.
The brain is the human body’s hungriest organ. Everything that we consume, our brain takes 20% of and converts into energy to keep the body functioning at its best. This is not an assumption, this is a scientific fact. The human body is designed to be a hunter, a gatherer, a constant wanderer. Because of this evolutionary fact, we can eat as often as we like, provided that what we are eating is the right foods and drinks, and that we are getting enough physical activity into our daily schedule. It sounds hard to some, but at the end of the day the most pivotal shift you will make towards a healthy body and a healthy life is controlling your diet.
When it comes to fuelling the body, we have a responsibility to ourselves to ensure that we make consistent, healthy choices. Once we instil healthy habits, they are surprisingly easy to maintain. In fact, if we literally make them part of our daily routines, then they become more like second nature rather than habits we enforce. It takes hard work, it is true, but nothing worth having ever comes easily, right? Before anything else, it pays to figure out your personal goals for your body and your healthy as you embark on this new, healthy lifestyle mission. Something as simple as shopping in the outer sections of the grocery store where the fresh produce is (or even better, at your local farmer’s market) is a tiny shift in focus, but it yields significant results – and faster than you might think.