Her old plan of travelling the Health world and engaging doing leisure activities on the weekend isn’t becoming a reality today. In the midst of anger and frustration she turns to Monty, her friend for a long time and health expert for guidance.
Monty advises her to calm down. She acknowledges that this is a problem similar to many others, however the good news is that there is an option. The key is to recognize the changes in lifestyle that are required. Monty describes these changes in six categories.
A healthy, balanced and regular and a diet that is close to nature is the most important aspect of nutrition. The day-to-day diet is best divided into 2 to 3 meals and breakfasts that will ensure that you are getting the recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) of different essential nutrients that the body requires.
These are the weapons of the body’s own natural defense mechanisms against threats such as bacteria, viruses and a variety of different toxins that the body is exposed on a regular basis. The nutrients are divided into
- Macro Nutrients such as Proteins, Fats, and Carbohydrates
- Micronutrients such as Vitamins, Minerals and Trace Metals
- Adequate Water
In addition to these commonly known traditional nutrients, our body requires other special nutrients such as fiber, phytonutrients and so on.
Our bodies require a specific amount of each nutrient on every day basis. This is known as Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). The diet we consume every day should be one that provides our body with RDA of all nutrients that are required.
There must be a greater variety of varieties of food we consume during the day, however there must be more consistency in the foods we consume every day. Avoiding outside food, oily/spicy food, food containing chemicals like preservatives, food colours etc. is strongly recommended.
Your diet should consist of the most raw and unprocessed food items. The amount of colors in their natural form as that are reflected in food items you consume must be as high as is possible.
In many cases, it becomes difficult to meet your RDA of all the nutrients in our diet due to a variety of reasons such as the low quality of food, the preference for flavor and convenience over nutrition, etc.
In these cases, and in instances when there is a distinct health issue, it is suggested to take specific supplements to food. One word of caution regarding this is that the supplementation must be organic and not synthetic.
Physical Exercise and Active Lifestyle
The second element of health is regular, consistent exercise and a healthy life style. Everybody should engage in a well-planned exercise(s) every day for 45 to 90 minutes, depending on the necessity and fitness.
Exercise could include cross-fit, gym, Zumba dancing or cycling, swimming, or walking. “Which Exercise” is not as crucial than “Some Exercise”.
In addition, the way of life should include as much activity as it can and not sit-down. This is possible with simple steps like taking up a activity outdoors, deciding to take stairs instead of elevators or taking frequent breaks from sitting, and so on.
Human body functions as a device which requires regular and sufficient activity, otherwise it gets rusty and the life span is diminished.
Sleeping soundly and continuously between 6 and 8 hours a day is as vital for your health as nutrition and exercising. In sleep your body and mind are able to rest properly. The body is refreshed because of the physical rehabilitation of muscles. The mind is refreshed due to the reunification of thoughts in the sleep.
While less sleep may not be equally harmful as poor eating habits or a lack of exercise, it is possible to resort to meditation methods to decrease the body’s demand for rest. But it is recommended to select an adequate amount of sleep over its alternative.
Avoiding Pollution & Stress
Stress and pollution are equally as harmful as bad food, if they are not more. The body’s defense mechanisms need to fight stress and pollution, as well as other health issues. Stress and pollution not just harm health, but also increase the need for food unnecessarily.
The urban lifestyle makes it challenging to stay clear of pollution, however it can be tackled partially. By using protective gears such as masks, making sure that the water and food consumed are of high quality, etc. can be carried out at an individual scale to lessen the harm caused by pollution.
Stress is directly related to one’s capacity to handle their own thoughts. Therefore, it’s not an issue in the true sense, but instead it’s creating the issue in one’s mind. The good thing is that it is possible to deal with by reworking thought processes and incorporating spirituality into the way of life. It’s entirely in the individual’s the control of one’s.
Positive Mental Attitude
If a person does all the other elements of being healthy, but has an optimistic mental state does not mean that one will be healthy. Positive mental attitudes are quite subtle and intangible nature, so it can be misinterpreted for being insignificant by some, however it would be a huge mistake to ignore its significance in maintaining and being healthy.
One must have a strong conviction in the belief that “Whatever happens is for good in life”. The way you think should be centered on solutions rather than trying to solve problems. A positive attitude helps ensure that all the other elements of health will work to your advantage.
Regular Health Check-Up
Although regular health checks are not a guarantee of being healthy, they can go to a great extent in detecting possible health issues early and in fine-tuning the aspects of exercise, nutrition and so on.
dependent on the essential factors of health. It is preferential to preventive maintenance than breakdown maintenance. A regular health checks ensure prevention is carried out frequently.
Monty’s advice not only clears Aimee’s questions, but also assists her determine the best way of how to implement these ideas within her own life. Being a confident, enthusiastic and committed professional was only an issue of time for Aimee and then.
As a recipient herself, Aimee decides to create awareness of the importance of living a healthy and balanced professional life.