Top 7 Guidelines for Vitality and Energy

EAT REAL FOOD:
Eat a variety of whole, fresh foods — and avoid packaged and processed foods as much as possible. I recommend including a wide and colorful variety of fresh, whole foods that will activate, replenish and nourish your body, while avoiding common irritants and harmful foods that drain the body of energy, such as processed foods, factory-farmed animal products, sugar, gluten, dairy, caffeine and alcohol. Increasing your consumption of plant foods, can decrease the risk of overall mortality while promoting improved health outcomes such as better energy, and weight loss. Focus on food quality, not calorie counting.

MOVE YOUR BODY:
Stay physically active and exercise regularly. Find an activity you love — walking, gardening, weightlifting, yoga, swimming, biking, dancing — and incorporate it into your daily routine.

GET QUALITY SLEEP:
Get adequate, uninterrupted sleep — between 7 and 8 hours. Not getting enough quality sleep can wreak havoc on your system because it’s the time our bodies are devoted to hormone regulation, muscle repair, memory consolidation and so much more.

MANAGE YOUR STRESS:
Take quiet time for yourself daily, and if you can, develop a meditation and / or restorative yoga practice to help you to manage stress. I recommend taking the first 20 minutes of each day to meditate, journal or read something uplifting and eliminate all distractions; this prepares your mind for the day and equips you to handle stress better.

SUPPLEMENT WISELY:
Protect yourself against environmental contaminants, low grade food sources and the effects of stress on your body by supplementing with nutrients that are hard to obtain through diet alone. One supplement I highly recommend to include in your fridge is a high quality Omega 3. Omega 3, one that is specifically high in EPA, is key to balancing mood, reducing carbohydrate cravings and balancing hormones.

LIGHTEN YOUR TOXIC LOAD:
In addition to eating clean, choosing chemical-free household and personal care products can minimize your exposure to toxins. Always drink quality filtered water and avoid foods contaminated with mercury, antibiotics or hormones.

MAINTAIN CONNECTIONS:
Find meaning in your life and build and maintain your connections to others. Laugh at least once a day, find joy in the things that make you feel fulfilled and alive. Develop a spiritual practice, spend time with God and nurture your spirit daily, this is the key to true happiness.

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