FoodPyramid.com understands the importance of nutrition, but also sees the great benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. Using a food pyramid as a tool to follow different dietary guidelines is a good start in the right direction. If a food pyramid does not serve you well in your quest for a healthier lifestyle, you can always turn to the plate model; now used by the USDA. It goes under the name MyPlate and serves well as a guide for food and human nutrition.
If you choose MyPlate, the food pyramid, or any other tools to aid you through the process of better understanding what a nutritious meal consist of, then you are really trying to take care of yourself. After all, the human body is like a super engine, which needs the right fuel and maintenance to reach optimal levels. We, as individuals, serve both as the “driver” and the “mechanic” of our body, and only several years down the road will we see the results of our “job”.
But it is not only about your eating habits that contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Since you are the “driver” of your own body, you also need to be moving your body. Exercising is a healthy and very natural thing to do. For some people it could be a challenge to start exercising, but remember that there are a vast number of exercises you can do. No matter if it is walking, running, aerobics, or any other thing that puts your body in motion, there is always something for everyone. Just try to work on your fitness level the best you can and you will likely feel much better.
So we have talked about the importance of nutrition and fitness. They may function as two of the cornerstones in keeping a healthy lifestyle, but what more is there to it? Is it not just enough to follow a diet using the food pyramid and maybe hit the gym a few times a week? What about other aspects in our life like mental and spiritual health? Do such things affect our overall well-being?
Food Pyramid thinks that to feel more complete other elements must be added. A healthy living lifestyle is much more than just focusing on nutrition and fitness. Those are just two of the elements that contributes to healthy living, but let us explain further what we like to include.
So what is healthy living? We would like to say that healthy living is to enhance and make positive changes in your overall health. This would include healthy eating, physical health, but also mental and spiritual health. By feeding all those things with positive changes will boost your life in many ways. It can help in preventing chronic disease and reduce the risk of becoming ill. You will probably also feel more happy and satisfied with your life, and who knows...you might even inspire people around you to make positive changes in their lives.
We understand that our environment can affect us in many ways, but the path to healthy living is a personal choice and everyone has a role to play. You just need to keep yourself informed about positive health practices that will improve your overall well-being. Try also to create your own circle of social contacts an make friends with people who respect and care for you as that will help you a lot in life.
With mental and spiritual health we like to emphasize on the connection between body, mind and spirit. As much as your body needs to exercise so does your mind. Yo can engage your brain in different exercises, which will stimulate different parts of your brain. Try for example to read a book, play a game of chess, engage in multitasking exercises or even solve a Sudoku puzzle. Some other things that will also help in the connection between body mind and spirit would be relaxation, massage, and listening to music.
Spirituality may mean different things to different people. Your “spirit” may refer to the inner part of you that tries to make an understanding of the meaning of life, which usually points to happiness and peace. This can be reached in many ways because we have different desires and beliefs. Some will find fulfillment in volunteering, pursuing a passion, or even go for a walk on the beach. What may sound strange for one person could be another person's happiness. There are however ways to guide you in finding what your “spirit” needs. You could always start with taking some time for yourself and just be. Try to be present and observe what is now. Furthermore, you can always meditate, work on positive thinking, affirmations, and much more.
Now that we have covered what it actually means to live healthy, do you feel more inspired? Take action and put an end to negative lifestyle practices.
Healthy living is a topic that we at Food Pyramid have a passion for. If you are just in search for information on different health topics or if you are in search for inspiration, it is likely you will find it here on the Food Pyramid website.
As much as we like to be a resource for different health topics, we also like to see the site as a source of empowerment for those who like to make positive changes towards a healthier lifestyle.