How to Stay Fit and Healthy For Life in Marbella
by Indre Coleman
We all want to have more energy, be healthy, look younger and be fit yet we fall into the traps of diets that do not work. Do you want to know why? Simply because there is no diet that fits one size, there is very little secret about it.
It is time to change our approach to diets and understand the deeper connection than just the food we eat. There are many other elements such as regular and enjoyable physical activity, an inspiring career, a meaningful spiritual practice, and honest open relationships that feeds your soul and your hunger for living. These are our primary foods that we need to consider when making any dietary changes. Once we have these prioritized, than we can focus on adding healthy, nutritious foods that feed not just our bodies, but our souls too.
To have a well-balanced diet, we must focus more on what good foods to add rather other way around.
The first step to better health is to simply start by adding good stuff to your diet.
Add to your diet more: green leafy vegetables, non sweet fruits: avocado, cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, whole grains such as Millet, Brown rice, Quinoa, Buckwheat, also healthy fats (seeds, nuts, cold pressed seed and nut oils), sea vegetables, and superfoods are also great way to increase nutritional value in your daily diet. Make sure these foods are at least 60% of your regular diet. Another 20% of your foods can contain healthy protein such as, lean organic meat, legumes, eggs, wild fish.
The Second step is to clean up your unhealthy eating habits.
Soft drinks, alcohol, sugary treats, pastries, chips, deli meats and other processed foods are packed with chemicals that speed up aging and cause diseases. Not only can they make you gain fat, but also increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, and mental disorders. So you might want to consider lowering that down until gradually you will overcrowd these foods with healthier substances.
Clean eating is all about going back to basics. So choose whole, and natural foods, cook your own meals at home as much as possible, and avoid anything that comes out of a ready meal box. Eat local and seasonal produce as often as possible. When you eat foods grown within season, and locally sourced, the body maintains a healthier balance. It is important to maintain this balance to stay in harmony with the natural order of nature. Also don’t forget to drink clean water and herbal teas instead of soda. Avoid buying any foods with ingredients you can’t pronounce. Keep it simple.
The Third step is to Cut Back on Sugar.
Health professionals refer to sugar as "white poison." This widely used ingredient has been linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular problems, metabolic syndrome, obesity, Alzheimer's disease, depression, diabetes and cancer. Sugar actually feeds cancer cells and causes premature death. Yet, it can be found in millions of products, from bread, pasta and salad dressings to cake and soft drinks.
Keep in mind that fresh sweet fruits and dried fruits, honey and other healthy sweeteners contain sugar in the form of fructose. This natural sugar is the number one source of calories for most people. Bare in mind even the healthiest foods can be harmful when consumed in excess. The key is to enjoy everything in moderation and practice mindful eating and be conscious of what you eat.
Exercise is just as important as clean eating, it’s more important than you may think. A 30 minute walk every day can do more for your long term health than all the efforts of a dozen doctors and medications. It’s not only that regular exercise improves your health, but it also prevents you from encountering life-threatening conditions.
And exercise does not only make you look great – that is younger, fitter and sexier, but you can also benefit from improving your overall health.
For more information on detoxing of the body through juicing stay tuned for future articles or, if in Marbella, have a cold-pressed juice and dive right in!
About the Author: Indre Coleman
Born in Lithuania, Indre has spent years studying the impact of nutrition on health. In 2013 she founded Juices to Glow as a means for families to introduce healthy and nutritious cold-pressed juices into their diets as a source of vital nutrients to maintain an active healthy lifestyle. We'd like to thank Indre for taking the time to share her knowledge with us on the Marbella Family Nutrition Blog.