Step 8 - Living healthily
I've equated this step with "lose weight" for the longest time. No matter how many times I'd hear, "it's not the numbers on the scale", I still want to lose 10 lbs. More recently I've mellowed out on that and stay in the 5 lb range. ;-)
Hubby and I have been following the fat-free vegan whole foods plant-based diet for over a year now.
My family thinks we're nuts. Especially my brother thinks that his daily meat is a biological necessity, and there are many proponents of e.g. the Paleo diet who would probably agree.
We don't care. For now, it feels good to eat organic, and lab results don't indicate any malnutrition. On the contrary - our blood sugar and cholesterol levels are in the super healthy range, which has not always been the case for me. Hubby's lost weight, his back and knees don't hurt anymore, and his headaches are virtually gone as well. Same here.
Now if only I could get into a more regular exercise regime...
Mens sana in corpore sanum.
A healthy or sound mind lives in a healthy body.
Some philosophers think our minds are separate from our bodies, but I tend to believe we're all one system. A well-taken care of body makes it easier to think happy thoughts and vice versa. That means everything we consume matters, and not just through food and drink. Think of all the chemicals in your soaps, shampoos, and lotions, as well as TV shows, video games, and graphic novels you consume. What imprints are they leaving on - and under - your skin?
I'm always cautious when writing about health, because obviously I'm not a physician. I encourage you to visit different nutrition and exercise websites to make up your own mind. What fits in your schedule? What's realistically doable? And then please please please consult with a professional before you make any drastic changes to your diet or lifestyle.