Being a nurse is a huge advantage for me in my quest for a healthy life. I had the proper education, the venue for health promotion and disease prevention, the experience to be with healthy and unhealthy individuals alike, and the best part is, access to information and technology that keeps me abreast with the latest news in science and medicine.
The last 2 decades of exposure to different health industries fueled the passion in me to pursue wellness. So, I came up with my own standard of what a healthy lifestyle means. I do not really have the affinity with Mathematics, but this is much like simple Math for me. It only requires the simple formula of addition, which is the sum of all these elements to become healthy:
A peaceful mind keeps all the hormones in our body at normal levels. We all know that stress triggers the shoot up of the emergency hormone called Adrenaline. In real emergencies, this hormone is very useful for survival, but in normal daily life, a very high concentrate of this chemical triggers a lot of disease processes like hypertension and heart ailments. Therefore, promoting sleep and minimizing stress equals to a healthy mind and body. A peaceful mind also promotes a restful night sleep.
Adrenaline: A stress hormone produced within the adrenal gland that quickens the heartbeat, strengthens the force of the heart’s contraction, and opens up the bronchioles in the lungs, among other effects. The secretion of adrenaline is part of the human ‘fight or flight’ response to fear, panic, or perceived threat.
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27 New Living Translation (NLT)
Sleep plays an important role in body regeneration and repair because it promotes normal organ function. Therefore, the lack of it accelerates wear and tear, and the development of several illnesses. An adult should have at least 6 to 8 hours or in some books it says 7 to 9 hours of sleep to keep the body and mind in their optimum levels of functioning. Find out about your circadian rhythm or biological clock and its benefits to your body. Decide to stick to a consistent sleep pattern and you’ll go a long way.
Healthy Balanced Diet
We all know the traditional “Food Pyramid Guide” that details the food groups and their recommended allowances. Harvard, in its best efforts has made updates to it and now came up with the “Healthy Eating Pyramid” and the “Healthy Eating Plate”.
Using the Healthy Eating Pyramid and the Healthy Eating Plate
The Healthy Eating Pyramid and the Healthy Eating Plate complement each other. Both emphasize foods that promote good health. And both encourage people to limit or avoid foods and drinks that are harmful, or that provide lots of calories but have little nutritional value.
Think of the Healthy Eating Pyramid as your grocery list: Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy oils, and healthy proteins like nuts, beans, fish, and chicken should make it into your shopping cart every week. Add a little yogurt or milk if you like. Skip the soda and snack food aisle, the deli counter, and the steaks and chops at the butcher counter.
Let the Healthy Eating Plate be your guide to planning a healthy, balanced meal and serving it on a dinner plate—or packing it in a lunch box. Put a copy on the refrigerator at home or at work, to give you a visual guide to portioning out a healthy plate, and a reminder to pump up the produce.
The Healthy Eating Pyramid also addresses other aspects of a healthy lifestyle—exercise, weight control, vitamin D and multivitamin supplements, and moderation in alcohol for people who drink—so it’s a useful tool for health professionals and health educators.
Many people fail in dieting because the principle commonly used is restriction and deprivation. I think, healthy eating means having the right kind of foods in their appropriate amounts.
Exercise is another area of failure for most people like me, probably because of frustration and lack of consistency. Most people begin strong as I do, but over time become tired and stop altogether. Recently, I have decided to change my mind-set. So before I started my exercise program, I re-calibrated my mind and thought of exercise as a lifestyle instead of a weight loss goal. I also decided that enjoying my exercise is better than enduring it. My advice, choose a physical activity or exercise that you really – I mean really like, because if you do, the percentage of failure dramatically decreases.
Balance Between Life and Work
Anything that is out of balance is abnormal and unhealthy. Determine to create balance with work, responsibilities,family, community, exercise, recreation, service, personal passions and spiritual activities.
It is pointless that you get up early and stay up late eating the bread of hard labor, because God gives sleep to those He loves. Psalm 127:2 International Standard Version (ISV)
Do you want to be successful and consistent? Then love what you do!
Endocrine System: http://www.hormone.org/hormones-and-health/the-endocrine-system
What is Adrenaline: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=2155
All About Sleep: https://sleep.org
Sleep Deprivation: http://psycheducation.org/the-biologic-basis-of-bipolar-disorder/chapter-3-the-central-role-of-the-biological-clock/
Your Guide to Good Food (Food Pyramid/MyPlate): http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/pyramid-full-story/
What Exercise Program Fits You: http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2010/02/01/what-burns-more-calories-cardio-intervals-or-weight-training/
Scripture Source: https://www.biblegateway.com/
Healthy Lifestyle: http://www.canstockphoto.com/healthy-lifestyle-18519785.html
Peaceful Mind: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/19/daily-meditation_n_6184600.html
Restful Sleep: http://gr8fulbugger.com/2014/01/06/spoonk-mat-restful-sleep/
Different Sports: http://www.vectorstock.com/royalty-free-vector/different-sports-activity-vector-1809526
Different Exercises: https://weightlossport.wordpress.com/tag/exercise/
Work Life Balance: http://12weekyear.com/life-balance/