This year, I am educating my clients about the importance of achieving excellent health, not just excellent fitness! Part of my purpose, I believe is to promote physical health and wellbeing but not make you obsessed with this aim. A sensible blend of what is good for the body, mind and soul is the recipe for great health. We have all seen the fitness fanatics who appear hardened and aged before their time because they do not take a balanced approach and balance is definitely the key to optimal health.
So how do we achieve this balance?
We have started to have a theme each week at our Dawnbreakers group class which promotes healthy lifestyle choices.
Week one was all about feeding our skin- our largest organ.
We discussed using products that are from nature as opposed to rubbing lots of chemicals over our skin. You can easily reduce your exposure to chemicals by using products from your kitchen on your skin!
Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer; cacao butter is fabulous for reducing wrinkles; sea salt or raw sugar is amazing as a exfoliating scrub; avocado and honey can be mixed together as a face mask; and Epsom salts are wonderful to help soak tired muscles and rid your body of cellulite.
This week our theme was nurturing the body and mind with good food.
The food we eat plays such a major role in our wellbeing. I could actually talk about this topic for the next 10 weeks but I’ll try to summarize it for you somewhat.
What should you eat for optimal health?
Quite simply, you should eat a diet of whole food – preferably organically grown. Nature is very clever and when you eat whole, unrefined foods, you receive the full complement of minerals and vitamins necessary for your body to metabolize those foods completely.
When whole foods are refined, a large amount of naturally occurring nutrients are removed.
I am so often fascinated at the supermarket check out by what people have in their trolleys. Even with all the amazing fruit on offer at this time of the year, people still opt for fruit straps, tinned fruit, dried fruit…..rather than the real thing. Why? This type of refined food leaves you feeling tired, run-down and often even depressed. This is just one simple example-the moral of the story, eat simply. Eat things as close to their natural state as possible. Real food that isn’t in a package will serve you and your families best. Good food is a gift – a gift you can give your body every day.
There are so many wonderful topics up for discussion when we consider achieving optimal health. Stay tuned to learn more about how you can live a long, happy and healthy life.