I met someone last week who, upon discovering I was a naturopath, started describing (in great detail) all of her peri-menopausal symptoms to me, followed by all the supplements she takes and the health foods she eats throughout the day like chia seeds and green smoothies…and then ended with the comment “but I still feel like sh*t and am completely exhausted”.
Then, yesterday, I read an article about a woman who has recently recovered from orthorexia – an eating disorder in which one is obsessed with eating healthy foods – and has never felt happier or healthier now that she’s in remission.
Both of these got me thinking – with the rise of health bloggers and influencers on social media (both of whom often base their health advice on their own limited health journeys – which I don’t have an issue with, as long as their followers are aware of this), as well as many diets becoming more mainstream and popular to follow, eating well and striving for optimal health has indeed become super complicated.
If the thought of doing keto as well as sipping green juice, exercising hard for 1-2 hours every day (or maybe just doing some short HIIT), quitting sugar, meditating, taking up yoga and tai chi, cutting out all processed foods and only eating organic fresh produce (plant-based of course) makes you nervous and stressed just considering it all, then this blog post is for you!
If I’m completely honest, being healthy, both physically and emotionally, does take some effort.
That being said, I do believe that feeling less stressed, tired and overwhelmed can be achieved quite simply – without having to do “all of the things”.
Here’s my list of 5 things you could start doing, right now, to improve your health:
- Eat more veggies and protein – whether you’re reading this before lunch, afternoon tea time or dinner, make sure that your next meal includes at least a palm sized portion of protein (for example eggs, meat, fish, chicken, tofu or beans) and 3 different veggies – the more colours, the better!
- Exercise daily – you don’t need to “go all out”, just 5 minutes a day of movement is better than sitting down not moving at all!
- Find some “me” time – whether that means getting a babysitter to watch your kids, getting up earlier before anyone else wakes up or simply scheduling time in your calendar that is non-negotiable, ensure that you are taking time out for yourself to do something that you really enjoy. Because when you’re happy, your body is healthier!
- Get out into nature – whether that means stepping onto your balcony for some sunshine, or taking a walk by the beach – we spend way too much time indoors and reconnecting with nature helps lower your cortisol levels.
- Lastly, e-mail me with the words “book me in please” and your phone number, and I will give you a call to have a complimentary 10 minute chat about your specific health needs and goals to see if I can help you achieve them.
There you have it – 5 simple things you can do right now to improve your health that are not complicated!
One more thing – I was just looking at my diary and realised that I’m only in clinic for another 4 weeks before I take a few weeks off for school holidays. If you’d like to book in before the break, please click here to book online. So too, get in touch if you need a script for supplements to get you through the holidays.
To simplifying health & feeling good,