It’s sad that so many people judge their health by an elusive reading they see on a bathroom scale in the morning. How many people commit themselves to the agony of an inappropriate diet or exercise program in order to take them to an arbitrary number that has no relation to their level of personal health? Do you do this?
If you stop and think and consider that once the emphasis is removed from the notion that a number on the scale represents health and is placed on remedying the triggers that cause the unhealthy choices in the first place than, all at once, you have a clearer idea of what your path to healthy living really is.
This makes it much easier to decide what a person’s optimal weight is; maintaining that weight is then merely a side effect of healthy choices. I have put together the following list of 11 clues that say you are healthy that have nothing to do with pounds or kilos.
You Are What You Eat and How You Eat IT
-Your diet consists of foods that are wholesome and natural rather than processed and “enriched”. You choose whole grains like barley, faro and quinoa rather than sweet breads, doughnuts and greasy chips. You are cautious with reading nutrition panels and avoid deli meats.
-You are in control of your craving based impulses and can deal with them in a decisive manner. “OMG, The chocolate cake is just begging me to have a slice.” But then you stop you consider the situation and immediately apply a reaction that stops your cravings with a heathy response.
-Your dietary plan can best be described as regular. Skipping meals is a rare occurrence; to you eating a meal is more than just meeting a physical need it is a pleasure. You are aware of the value of solid meals and balance them out with healthy snacks to refuel you throughout the day.
-You refrain from making arbitrary “diet deals” with yourself. “Well, if I eat only this one cheese cube on Monday than I will treat myself to a Vegas Style Buffet for Tuesday’s breakfast, Oh yeah!” That’ll never work.
-You are attentive to your body’s needs. When it tells you you’re hungry, you take the time to refuel. You are aware of the difference between a mere craving and a hunger signal. If you think of a weight loss program, you know that a tailor made one, something like customized fat loss is going to be better for you than a generic weight loss regime.
-You stop eating when you have had an elegant sufficiency. Appetite is not your lord; you regulate your eating habits based on healthy prerogatives not how delicious the pasta was.
-You exercise regularly and effectively. This is not limited to traditional forms of regular exercise, e.g. jogging, going to the gym, Zumba etc. Functional exercising is OK too. Garden work, cleaning the house, going to the grocery store and lifting shopping bags or even walking to work are all excellent ways to get regular effective exercise.
Exercise is essential to every facet of healthy living; the health of your heart, bones, muscles, organs and just about any physical faculty performs better when it is regularly exercised. In addition to improving bodily functions you eliminate stress, fight boredom, and improve your mood and posture.
-Foods and activities are not categorized as “good” or “bad” to you anymore. You welcome the occasional fancy dessert as a healthy choice. When you are in control of your health you incorporate days of inactivity and fried foods into your healthy lifestyle.
-You have a strong social connection with the people around you. Having good relationships with your friends and community is essential to overall wellbeing. The body’s ability to resist trauma, fight stress related health issues and recover from injury are all greatly improved by strong social connections.
-You get a good 7 – 8 hours of restful sleep every night. Your sleeping habits, like your daily exercise, will affect every facet of your life. Mental and cognitive powers can be improved or impaired depending on the regularity of sleep you get.
-You plan your weekends into your healthy lifestyle. You get up before the day is gone, slow down and spend quality time with the special people in your life. Hanging out with friends and family and neighbors and friends does wonders to improve those social connections that are so nourishing.