8 Pillars of a Nutritious Life
“Nutritious Life” is a new way of looking at nutrition. It reaches beyond a good diet and takes a whole person approach to health, wellness and beauty. We teach people to listen to their bodies and empower them with the support and tools they need to create change towards an enriching and balanced life. We aim to reach as many people as possible and help each one of them take their health up as many notches as possible, with the ultimate goal being to help the greatest number of people live their most Nutritious Lives.
There are 8 pillars that make up a Nutritious Life, all equally important to personal well being:
Our bodies are 50-75% water. The most common reason people are sluggish in the afternoon is due to dehydration. If we don’t drink enough water our bodies do not function properly, we become tired and do not metabolize food properly. It is a must to get your water in. Water also helps us feel clean, healthy and refreshed. Begin every a.m. with water and a slice of squeezed lemon. The lemon in water helps detoxify our liver keeping it in greater health to metabolize the food we consume. Take a tea break for green, black, white or herbal mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
Feel empowered putting the most nutrient rich food in your body. It’s not “I can’t eat the dessert.” It’s, “I can eat the blueberries!” When you focus on how good you feel fueling yourself with the best foods you will continue to be motivated to eat these foods. The benefits from skin health to weight loss, and all that’s in between, will follow.
The environment that surrounds us can impact both our mental and physical health. There are some aspects of our environment that we can’t always control – like the traffic or the construction down the street. But there are plenty of factors that are within our reach and can make a big difference on our lifestyle and mood. For example, make a clutter-free zone in your office or home or turn off the TV when you aren’t really watching.
Is there a link between low libido and weight? Absolutely! The good news is that not only does losing weight help your sex life, but having sex also helps with your weight loss! First of all, while it’s not (usually!) as strenuous as an afternoon of tennis, sex does burn calories. Second, researchers know that oxytocin – a hormone released after orgasm in men and women, through cuddling, and even by simply holding hands – acts as a soothing antioxidant and may make it easier for people to stick to their healthy eating style.
Treating yourself to something special can have emotional and physical benefits. Simple small indulgences, like a manicure, massage, bubble bath can make you look and feel great. The time that you spend caring for yourself physically can reap huge mental and physical rewards.
When you are well rested you make better food choices, have more energy to go the gym, walk to work or take time for your favorite activities. When you are not well rested, your defenses are down and you are more likely to overeat and make poor food choices. Lack of sleep causes your levels of cortisol, the hormone associated with stress, to rise. You can improve your sleep by practicing a calm ritual before bed. Try dimming the lights in your bedroom and reduce stimulation by turning off the TV, computer, and yes even your phone!
Stress increases the level of the hormone cortisol in our bodies, which in turn makes our bodies crave carbohydrates, specifically high sugar carbohydrates, and store fat around the mid-section. So, even if you don’t eat more due to stress you can still gain weight due to stress! To make matters worse, stress also causes an increase in appetite… We all know what that does! Make time in your day to unwind and reset. Take 5 minutes to sit quietly and practice deep breathing or go for a walk outside for a breath of fresh air.
Aside from burning calories, exercise is important because when you exercise your body releases endorphins, which make you feel good and motivate you to eat well, do your job well and simply be happy! Weight bearing exercises increase muscle mass, which in turn burns more calories even while you are sitting on the couch. Interval training is also important to help rev your metabolism for hours after you have left the gym. Try 30 seconds at your max followed with 2 minutes at a more relaxed pace.