Wellness is the state of being both physically and emotionally healthy. Wellness is achieved by assessing our current state and setting goals of where we would like to be. Then by making gradual, substantive changes we can achieve those goals.
Here are some important components for truly being WELL:
- Plan meals. By planning meals for the week there is less temptation to pick up fast food.
- Exercise. Incorporate moderate intensity physical activity into a healthy lifestyle. More movement means big results physically and emotionally.
- Eat breakfast later. Intermittent fasting helps to kick start metabolism and improves brain function. Keep food intake within 8-10 hours and include quality protein and healthy fats for increased satiety throughout the morning.
- Hydrate with water. Water is a calorie-free beverage that is essential for proper cell function, aids digestion and flushes toxins out of our body. We should get most of our calories and nutrients by eating them instead of drinking them.
- Write it down. Food logs help us become aware of how many calories are actually consumed in a typical day. It can also help us pinpoint a food sensitivity or reaction by showing us a pattern.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. Eating more of these low-calorie, nutrient-packed foods can help crowd out other higher calorie foods.
- Seek help from a counselor for dealing with emotional concerns. While it can be difficult to face the challenges of relationships and emotions, the results can be fulfilling and rewarding.
- Get enough sleep. Turn off the screens early, have some relaxation time, darken the bedroom and try to keep the sleeping schedule the same day to day.
Always discuss medical concerns with your physician, and seek professionals to help with other goals, as well.
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