Nov 172011
 

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Last Thursday 13 I listed my top 13 Weight Loss Tips. To fully answer the question “how did I lose 173 lbs” I need to include other changes I made to help create an overall healthier lifestyle.  My weight loss was not just because of the food I ate and I wasn’t losing weight to fit into a smaller size pair of jeans – I lost the weight because I wanted to regain my health and reduce or eliminate the daily pain I was in.  I wanted more energy and to have a quality life physically, emotionally and mentally.  My journey to lose 173 lbs and reach my goal of a healthy weight (135 lbs) included making a lot of changes to improve my overall health. I didn’t do these changes all at once – but gradually, making one or two changes at a time.  Here are some of the changes I made to help create a healthier lifestyle.

  1. Drink more water, most of us are suffering from dehydration and are not even aware it.  Cut out the soda and sugary beverages, reduce the caffeine (herbal tea is a nice substitute)
  2. Rest – stop fretting about sleep, when you can’t sleep meditate, relax and just breath.  A few hours of meditation are more restorative to your body than a few hours of fitful sleep.  Yes sleep is important – but worrying about it only makes it harder to actually get to sleep.
  3. Add more fresh, whole foods to your meals – pick one meal to improve, than another, than another, make changes gradually and find healthy substitutes for overly processed favorites (i.e. a baked sweet potato instead of potato chips)
  4. Eat more veggies (especially dark greens) – one way to do this is to add lots of veggies to soups and sauces
  5. Take a quality multi-vitamin – our soil is depleted and our foods are less nutritous, so even when eating healthy it is harder to get all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need
  6. Add more fish or other source of Omega 3 to your diet
  7. Cut back on meat gradually, goal is to use meat more like a condiment rather than as a the bulk of the meal (and when you do eat meat select organic whenever possible), have a meatless meal several times a week and when you do use meat have it be the “side dish” not the featured item on the plate.
  8. Add more raw food to your daily menu, an easy way to do this is green smoothies –  I use a good blender (I use a Blendtec 13 Tips To Improve Overall Health; a Vitamix 13 Tips To Improve Overall Health is also very good) to blend fruit and dark green veggies together (and it is delicious!). Two books that are very helpful and got me started with Green Smoothies: Victoria Boutenko’s  Green Smoothie Revolution: The Radical Leap Towards Natural Health 13 Tips To Improve Overall Healthand Green for Life 13 Tips To Improve Overall Health.
  9. Switch to more natural cleaners, and use less chemicals in the home
  10. Forgive yourself and others, let go of past hurts and anger
  11. Smile and hug more, reach out to others
  12. Gratitude and respect, cultivate a positive attitude about life, the earth, and others
  13. Learn more about herbs and their nutritional value (for cooking and natural remedies) – using herbs doesn’t have to be complicated and there are dozens of ways to use the herbs that are already in your kitchen. Below is a link to a FREE herbal course.


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  11 Responses to “13 Tips To Improve Overall Health”

  1. I couldn’t agree more about the sleep. Meditation helps me helps me dispose of wasteful thought patterns and I always find that I sleep much better without these distractions. Drinking more water is also an obvious point that many people neglect, but I do think it is necessary to add a word of caution as it is possible to consume too much water and flush out too much sodium from the body.

  2. Forgiving oneself is definitely a way to healthy living. The stress that comes from not accepting certain things and not letting go of old hurts can be quite consuming. I eat my veggies, and I’m getting better about drinking water ;)

    • Sometmes it is easier to convince someone to eat a bushel of brussel sprouts than it is to even consider forgiving themsves – but it is so worth the effort to clear those negative emotions. I need to drink more water – I’ve gotten better (cut out all soda) but still lots of room for improvement,

  3. I love how your list includes both the practical and the spiritual!

  4. These are great tips. The Laughter Yoga Colleen mentions is quite different from traditional yoga; you might want to check it out. I do Tai Chi and find it very soothing – it also helps lower my blood pressure. I think we have a lot to learn from other cultures about how to take care of yourself.

    • AAAH yes I’ve seen a little bit about the Laughter Yoga (thank you for pointing that out) – there was a sign up where I work, someone was offering classes. Sounds very interesting. Qi Gong is the under pining of Tai Chi (the way my teacher explained the difference – tai chi is one move after the other creating a flowing form; moving forms of qi gong you do one move several times, than another move several times – all done in same flowing style but repeating a move several times, rather than in tai chi which is doing a move once then the next and the next). Qi gong focuses on mind-body-breath to cultivate, cleanse and circulate qi – there are both moving and quiet (still) techniques for self healing, and also techniques for healing others.

  5. Good tips. I have to remember to smile more often, sets of the good chemistry. Have you ever tried Laughter Yoga?

    • Laughter is great – and I do laugh as often as I can. I tried a little yoga years and years ago while I was in massage school they taught us a little. I am qi gong healer, so I practice qi gong on a regular basis

  6. I am on the path of losing weight too, for health reasons. And so far I’ve succeeded in losing 18 lbs. I still want to lose 20 more lbs if possible. #8 intrigues me. Can you be more specific on how you do this? what combination of fruit and veggie would be good? Thanks. This is a great list.

    • Congratulations on your loss! that is awesome. There is a ton of info on the web about “green smoothies” – I usually do an apple, 1/2 banana, handful of whatever is in season and some dark greens (kale and or spinach but can be lots of others too), and add enough water to make it the consistency I want (I like mine on the thick side), you can add ice instead if you want it really cold. As you get used to the smoothies you can add less fruit and more veggies and greens (beets and apples go well together, as do carrots and apples) – the combinations are endless. Fresh or frozen is best to use. You really do need one of the two blenders listed – they are the ones powerful enough to blend the greens until smooth (so you don’t have chunks of veggies floating in your smoothie). The blendec has a setting for soup – so it will “warm” the veggies just enough without heating them too much and killing the nutrients (so it is still raw, but warm) – you can combine any combo of veggies you like with some spices like garlic (my favorite) and have something warm, savvy and raw.

      I added the link to the post for the book that got me started on green smoothies.

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