Health Gives Us Hope

“He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything.”

Arabian proverbs

Everyone in the world has a distinct perspective on what health is. Your general health is influenced by your upbringing, cultural background, religious convictions, and the behaviors you develop over time. When it comes down to it, though, there are a few easy things you can do to form healthy habits, and despite what many people believe, it’s not as difficult as you might think.

In addition to maintaining a healthy weight and quitting smoking, you also need to manage stress, moderately consume alcohol, control your blood pressure and cholesterol, eat a balanced diet, and drink plenty of water. Right now, you might be thinking, “That’s easier said than done.” on a few of these, so allow me to explain it briefly.

First and foremost, maintaining good health requires consuming a balanced diet. After more than a decade of personal health and wellness exploration, I firmly feel that the 80/20 rule is the ideal guideline for eating a healthy, balanced diet. This guideline can serve as a daily meal plan and is a more sustainable approach than the majority of “fad diets” that are available. Let’s face it, most of them—low-carb, no-carb, South Beach, keto, Adkins, paleo, etc.—are hard to sustain over long periods. I’m not disparaging any of these, and congrats if they have helped you get fantastic! 

This is the main justification for why I firmly believe in the 80/20 rule…YOU DON’T HAVE TO GIVE UP EVERYTHING YOU LOVE TO INDUGLE IN! It would be best if you concentrated on eating a diet high in nutrients and drinking lots of water for eighty percent of the time. The remaining twenty percent of the time can be spent in moderation on treats.

It has been suggested that you should consume half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. Our bodies are composed primarily of water, and we cannot survive for more than three to five days without any liquids. Water is essential for digestion, helps our systems eliminate waste, controls body temperature, and carries nutrients.

Whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean protein (at least 93–95 percent lean ground beef), pork tenderloins, skinless chicken or turkey, eggs, nuts, seeds, and soy products (tofu), as well as legumes like lima beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, black-eyed peas, and edamame. Restrictions on the amount of good fats like avocados and olive oil are also thought to be beneficial.

Let’s now discuss how to be active. I’m not saying you have to sign up for a membership at your local gym and start lifting weights or doing mad cardio like a professional bodybuilder or athlete. I’m simply saying, get up and walk for 20 to 30 minutes a day, vacuum the home, do laundry, shovel the driveway or sidewalk, cut the grass, perform jumping jacks, pushups and situps, run in place, etc. Simply get up and move, whatever it is! 

For numerous individuals, maintaining a healthy weight, stopping smoking, managing your blood pressure, cholesterol, and other health issues may require advice from a doctor or other medical expert. You should talk to your primary care physician about any needs you have in these areas and follow their prescription advice.

I have had firsthand experience with the effects of alcohol due to my own mistakes and upbringing. Alcohol affects how the brain functions, appears, and communicates. It also can cause lasting effects. It alters your attitude and conduct and impairs your ability to move and think coherently. Alcohol consumption can lead to several illnesses, including cardiomyopathy, arrhythmia, stroke, high blood pressure, steatosis (fatty liver), alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis, pancreatitis, lowered immune system, and cancer. I implore you to use alcohol sparingly.

Let’s finally discuss stress and how to deal with it. In my own life, I have faced several difficulties that have resulted in numerous anxious days and nights. It has been a learning process, and I wanted to impart some knowledge that I have discovered to be helpful. Every morning, I make a list of the five things for which I am grateful. To start my day off on a positive note, I also look up inspirational speeches or quotations rather than just mindlessly scrolling. Whenever I feel anxious during the day, I stop, take a deep breath, and refocus. There aren’t many things in this world that you can control. One of the very few things in the world that you can control is how you respond. Breathe, take a break, and concentrate again when you feel stressed.

I’ve found that journaling also helps me get through difficult days. I can release all of my troubles, thoughts, aspirations, hopes, ideas, and daily plans in this safe haven. I’m able to express things creatively rather than holding them all inside my brain. It assists me in identifying the source of the stress so that I may develop a strategy to lessen it going forward.

I hope my advice has been simple to understand and that you can apply part of it in your daily activities. Six months from now you can either have six months of excuses or six months of progress. The choice is yours. It always will be, and it always has been.

I have faith in you,
but the real question is:
Do you have faith in yourself?

~Molly Martin, CPT, LDA
Independent Contractor CPR Professionals