5 Important Steps for Staying Healthy from the Inside Out
As humans, we spend a lot of time worrying about our outward appearance. We look in the mirror and decide to lose weight or change our hairstyle. We want soft, vibrant skin so we spend money on creams and lotions to ward off wrinkles and discolored skin. We exercise and watch calories to lose weight to have a flat stomach. But too often people neglect their health by the very thing we can’t see – the inside of our body.
When people first come to me for weight loss one of the first things I always stress is that weight and health go hand in hand. If you are not taking care of the inside, the outside isn’t going to be well either. You can be skinny and unhealthy but more often than not if you are not healthy on the inside you can’t lose weight either.
So here are 5 tips for really taking care of yourself on the inside so you can love not just what you see on the outside but feel healthy and live a long, well life.
1. Get Your Sleep!
I can’t stress enough how important sleep is to the body. I very often will be dealing with a client who is struggling with fatigue and when I ask them if they are getting enough sleep, they inevitably say no. Well, the easy solution then before taking more caffeine or looking for energy supplements is to sleep more. Sleep is critical to restore and repair your body to keep it functioning well. It is absolutely essential for a healthy immune system. Instead of a flu shot, why not just work on getting 8 hours of sleep a night? Check out this article on What is Sleep Hygiene if you struggle with sleep.
2. Eat A Real Food
Everyone is looking for the “easy” way to eat but eating is one of the most important things we do each day to help ourselves stay healthy. We either nourish our body with real food or we feed it “fake” and processed foods full of chemicals, additives and sugar which make our bodies sick on the inside. Eating real food can be so simple and my website is loaded with Clean and Easy Recipes for the whole family. I encourage my clients to food prep on the weekends so busy weekdays can be just grabbing the already prepared meals to serve.
3. Eat a Plant-Based Diet
When we look at the Blue Zones, which is places around the world that people live to be over 100 in larger than normal numbers, we find that they eat real, organic plant-based diets. They do not center their meals around an animal but rather use animal products as the condiments to a healthy diet. This is the total opposite of the “keto revolution” going on today and the downside of keto is that as you lose body fat the inside of your body pays the price with fatty liver, higher cholesterol levels and an increased risk of cancer and other diseases. Eating more fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of whole grains and lower amounts of animal products will improve all aspects of your health both inside and out. If you need help with implementing a healthy diet consider my Lifestyle Diet Plan where I help you make these changes necessary to lose weight AND be healthy with a customized meal plan and daily coaching.
People were meant to move. We are not supposed to be sitting 12 hours a day. Sitting is associated with higher risk of not just obesity but all types of disease. Exercise is associated with lower blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure, decreased risk of depression, weight loss and a host of other health related issues from reducing arthritis to improving bone health. Movement doesn’t have to be high impact or take an hour out of your day. Exercise can be a walk after dinner and at lunch time, getting up more often at work to do laps around the building, parking further away from the door, taking the stairs instead of the elevator and of course joining a fun class. Thinking of ways to move more throughout your day can be as beneficial as someone who spends an hour in the gym each day so no more excuses. Check out my article on “NEET” or consider signing up for some personal training or even online training to help keep you accountable to some movement each day.
5. Test your blood levels
Health begins on the inside, but you already know that with your new, added focus on clean eating! Nowadays, people are avoiding getting necessary blood tests because of the high deductibles and co-pays or lack of insurance altogether. Or perhaps time is an issue and you want to do some blood work but you just can’t get the time to schedule with a physician who only works 9-5. Another option is taking your health into your own hands with a comprehensive wellness test. It is easy with direct-to-consumer lab testing companies like HealthLabs.com. Proper sleep, dieting, and exercise will all show through in a blood test, and it can even tell you if you’re on track to look a certain way. Gym results come later, but you can see lab results just a few days after testing. A comprehensive test will look at your heart health, your bones, muscles, kidneys, your liver, and even your thyroid!’
Take control of your health and stop ignoring the inside of your body. Remember health starts on the inside. If you are walking around with a fatty liver you will not only suffer from it physically but you will find it very hard to lose weight. Follow these easy 5 steps and be on your way to a healthy body from the inside out.
Are you looking to transform your health? Mary works with clients all over the country developing personalized nutrition and exercise plans for weight loss and health. If you’re ready to get started on your journey to health and wellness contact her today!