5 Cheap Things You Can Do To Be Healthy, Right Now
Hey, hey fitties! This week's blog post is simple and to the point. Today, I'm sharing 5 cheap things that you can do to be healthy, right now. Many of us believe that health is something tangible that can be bought in a store. Or even something that we can earn after completing a super restrictive diet/detox/cleanse. This isn't true. Health is a state of being and there is no finish-line. Health is a result of all the decisions we make and habits that we practice every single day. You have to work daily in order to feel energized, rejuvenated, have great digestion and a calm mind. Being healthy isn't for the faint of heart, but it is affordable. If you're sick of being imbalanced or you're looking for some new tips on how to stay in the race, then these ideas are perfect for you.
1. Listen to a health podcast
Podcasts are my favorite health tool because there are literally hundreds of channels available to stream. I recently started listening to Learn True Health wish Ashley James, a free podcast that explores health through a holistic perspective. Ashley delves into topics with guests ranging from cancer, naturopathic medicine, gut health to the failing pharmaceutical industry. Each episode features an inspiring doctor, chef, healer or researcher who opens up to share their personal story of triumph. Ashley gets to the heart of the matter with each guest. I loved Episode 130 with French chef and author Celine Cossou. Besides my affinity for everything French, Celine radiates positivity and love. Her passion to educate people on the benefits of eating a whole foods diet led her to write "Trader Joe's Cookbook: Pack a Lunch." My favorite line from the episode is, "We have to be in the moment and cook with love. This is the beauty of healthy cooking." If you tune into Learn True Health, please give each episode a quick listen before deciding that it isn't relevant to your life. I don't deal with most of the health issues that guests on this podcast do, but I feel empowered to know that there are resources and people out there if ever I do find myself in a health crisis.
2. Drink Water
Water is responsible for hydrating our bodies and flushing out waste products. When we don't drink enough water, we cannot properly digest food, we have a lack of energy and our ability to eliminate waste is compromised. You should aim to get 8 glasses of water each day. While I like the taste or non-taste of water, I don't always remember to drink 8 glasses each day. I usually have about 5 glasses. You can always flavor your water by adding fruits like lemons, limes, watermelon and berries. You can also add spices.
3. Read a book
I’m the New Yorker who is usually buried in a book during my commute on the C line. I'm currently reading "The Simple, Healing Cleanse: The Ayurvedic Path to Energy, Clarity, Wellness and Your Best You" by Claudia Welch and Kimberly Larson. As the title implies, this book invites you to achieve optimum health by aligning yourself with Ayurvedic philosphies and practices. Essentially, Ayurvedic is a holistic healing system that believes health and wellness are all about the individual. What might work for one person, could potentially be dangerous for the next. Ayurvedic defines health as being in-tune with your own body and finding proper balance. Welch and Larson do a phenomenal job at reminding us that food and our self-care practices either have a positive or negative effect on our health. A constant theme throughout this book is that food is either healing your body or poisoning your body. When we accept this truth, making healthy decisions about what we consume becomes a priority. If you've been searching for personalized recipes, want to understand your body makeup or are curious about what detox is safe for your specific needs, then "The Simple, Healing Cleanse" is a must-read! Ayurvedic text defines health as a person who has balanced physiological forces, balanced metabolic fire, properly formed tissues and waste products, who is established in Self, and whose being (mind-body-soul-senses) is full of bliss, is a healthy individual. Using this definition as a reference, I'm a babe along the journey. What about you?
4. Prepare one healthy meal with lots of LOVE
Just about every Sunday, I spend 2.5 hours in the kitchen meal-prepping for the week. Some Sunday's are filled with activities and obligations so I don't get around to meal prepping, but I certainly pay for it during the middle of the week when I'm too exhausted to make magic in the kitchen. Recently, I realized that it was time to spice up my meal-prepping sessions because they were become something that I dreaded and had anxiety about. Taking advice from my new read (see number 3), I decided to cook my meals with LOVE. As in, I felt the texture of each ingredient, tasted it, smelled it and moved my hands across it to hear what it sounded like. And guess what, it worked. It might sound silly, but trust me, cooking with love turns your time in the kitchen into a fun, playful moment rather than something mundane and time-consuming. I don’t always remember to do this before prepping a meal, but when I do, it’s creates such a positive and uplifting energy in the kitchen. Plus, you learn more about food and can make smarter decisions of what might pair well together in a dish. So, the next time you're rolling up your sleeves, try to describe each of the five senses that you experience.
I spent a lot of time in 2015 volunteering with different organizations to earn 1700 hours of service as an AmeriCorps member. I didn't expect volunteering to teach me as much as I did, but I learned lots about gratefulness, sympathy, love, kindness, etc. In order to keep these things at the forefront of my character, I've gotten back into volunteering with organizations that do goo in the community. First up, Harlem Grown. Harlem Grown is an urban farm and garden right in the middle of Harlem. I helped to pick and package produce and tidy up the garden. I was really impressed to learn that all of the produce at Harlem Grown is delivered to members in the community, free of charge. I love the values and mission of Harlem Grown and plan on continuing to support by investing my time. If you're looking to do something healthy that will benefit you for a lifetime, then definitely look into volunteering at a garden, farm, park or community center in your neighborhood.
What inexpensive tips do you have for staying healthy? Are you reading anything that is changing your approach to wellness? Are you looking into volunteering with an organization that promotes public health?
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