Our relationship with food is easily the most intimate one we have. Sound crazy? Think about it, the food you ingest becomes your body parts – making up our blood, brain, lungs, and every other part of us.
Providing your body with the building blocks it needs means that you’re going to feel FABULOUS – looking FANTASTIC is also a welcomed side effect. Nothing is sexier than a healthy body and here are six tips to get you started.
Eat Your Colors – We have to thank Mother Nature for color-coding our nutrients for us. Phytonutrients (“phyto” means plant) and antioxidants (stops damage-causing oxidation in the body) are bountiful in colorful fruits and vegetables. Challenge yourself to eat a rainbow every day or at least some color at every meal. Kids will love to do this with you.
Eat Organic, Seasonal, and Local – Focus on whole foods that are local, in-season, and organic. Eating this way means your food is fresher not to mention you support your local farmers and economy. For fruits and veggies, check out the list of the Dirty Dozen (highly contaminated with pesticides) and Clean Fifteen (least contaminated with pesticides) on The Environmental Working Group’s page www.ewg.org. Also visit www.eatwild.org for more resources on high-quality animal products.
Move Your Body for FUN – Think about the last time you were moving around and having so much fun you had no idea you were exercising. Now find ways to incorporate more of that into your life. Results in your body achieved through pain usually will not last. Exercise can be dancing, working in the yard, playing with kids, a day on the slopes, or anything that involves movement and fun.
Breathe – Your energy has a lot to do with the health of your cells. Oxygen is a vital nutrient for cells. Intentional breathing is one of the easiest and most powerful practices for health transformation. Try to do some intentional breathing exercises when you wake up and go to bed so it becomes habit.
Try this breathing exercise from Dr. Andrew Weil for relaxation.
Sleep – Have you ever noticed that when you don’t sleep enough you’re hungrier? You’re not imagining things. Our hormones reset as we sleep, including leptin levels. Leptin lets the body know that you’re satisfied and have had enough to eat. When you don’t sleep enough, leptin levels are not restored, which means you don’t feel as satisfied after you eat and this often causes you to go after more.
Hydrate – Our bodies were beautifully designed to remove energy-robbing and disease-causing toxins, but in today’s world, toxins are piling up faster than we can get them out. Drinking water is a powerful way to help your body flush the crap out (pun intended.) Not to mention, the benefits for your complexion. Just remember that the only difference between a raisin and a grape is water … so ask yourself which one you’d rather be (or look like.)
How much water do you need? Divide your weight by 2 and that’s how many ounces you should drink per day. For an average person, it’s 3-4 (22 oz.) water bottles per day. Start by drinking a big glass first thing in the morning and watch your energy soar.
We live in a crazy world but the good news is that each of these tips will not only make you sexier and healthier but also help your body combat stress. Bonus! So what are you waiting for – go get your sexy on.
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Editor’s note: Lisa Bakosi is a Certified Health Coach and owner of Hygea Health & Nutrition, LLC. She provides specialized programs for individuals, hosts a variety of health seminars, guest lectures at events, and specializes in Employee Wellness Programs. She works with her clients on diet and lifestyle strategies to feel good and look great. Visit www.hygeahealthnut.com to learn more about her training and unique approach to health.