The Skinny on Health & Happiness

Whoever said that you have to be skinny to be healthy was telling a big fat farce.  Everyone is designed differently and we are supposed to come in various shapes and sizes.  What would life be like if we only had skinny-minis walking around? Pretty damn boring if you ask me!  If we could start to focus a little more on our health rather than our weight (which would ultimately lead to a gradual loss of extra lbs) we would be more than a wee bit better off.  

The road to optimal health begins with accepting yourself.  Once there, the next step would involve setting achievable goals as they relate to your physical and emotional well being. Physical and emotional health work hand-in-hand and if one is out of whack it can mess things up, big time, which can lead to over-eating, depression and general unhappiness.  

Here are ten quick tips in no particular order that will get the ball rolling towards a more balanced, happy and healthy you!

1) Surround yourself with good people; friends and family you love and trust.  

2) Drink more water.  It cleanses your body, clears your mind, and helps to ward off cravings. 

3) Get physical.  If hitting the gym is uninspiring, find creative ways to be active i.e. trapeze school, dance lessons, kayaking, wall-climbing etc. 

4) Eat less meat.  May I suggest a flexitarian diet?  By this I mean incorporating more plant-based foods and less animal protein. You will likely find you have more energy and feel less "weighed down."  

5) Love your job! If not, take steps to find a new one. 

6) Go organic with dairy products.  Non-organic milk is loaded with hormones, primarily estrogen, which certainly does not do a body good. 

7) Find "you" time. It is important to relax/decompress at least once a day.  It may be as simple as reading, cooking or playing with your pet.  
                  Pet Therapy (Pardon the outfit!) -->

8) Eliminate chemicals/preservatives and highly processed foods from your diet i.e. high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and artificial sweeteners.  Studies show HFCS interrupts the hormone signals that tell us to stop eating even when we are full! 

9) Soak up some sun and get your vitamin D. The U.S population is deficient in vitamin D and just 15 minutes in the sun can give you 15,000 IUS!  

10) Allow yourself to be bad.  Indulge in a decadent dessert or treat yourself to an expensive gift.  It is in moments like this that we appreciate our "good" behavior.  


Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama said...

Lovely post! Yes, I fully agree - skinny does not equal healthy.

Corinne @ Green Grapes Blog said...

Thanks for the comment on GGB! Your blog is uber cute and fun! Love it! Really do!

Totally agree with the point of your article here! Health is KEY not the number on the scale:)

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Welcome! My name is Christine and I have landed here to share my love of healthy living and eating. I live in NYC where I am currently enrolled in the School of Integrative Nutrition. I am already certified as a holistic health coach and I have started seeing clients to help them reach their wellness goals. I started hot mama health to share the idea that it is fun to be healthy! Health is an adventure with endless foods to taste, exercises to explore, and challenges to meet! If you do not already feel this way, I hope that I can bring you into the light or at least stir a little inspiration here and there.
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