3 Tips for successfully treating your body like a temple

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This last year has felt like 10 combined into one. It hasn’t been easy for any of us and during this time I feel a lot of us (or I know at least myself) have at times neglected to take care of ourselves. Pouring that extra glass of wine on a weeknight, order fried take out for the 4th night in a row. I am guilty.

It would probably be accurate to say that everyone has heard the phrase “treat your body as your temple,” or alternatively “my body is my temple.” Sometimes these concepts are dismissed or laughed off, but in many cases they are more or less embraced – at least in theory – as a good basic ethos to carry around in life.

Whether you notice issues with your eyesight and decide to consult an eye doctor, or just know that you would feel better if you tidied up your diet or got more exercise, there are a lot of benefits to be had from treating your body as your temple.But how do you actually go about embracing that ethos successfully, without driving yourself crazy?

Here are some tips.

 

Have fun with the process, rather than making it a form of self punishment

“Health practices,” in general, tend to be associated with difficulty and struggle in a variety of different ways.

Last year I decided I was going to run my first half marathon. I did it, but in the process realized how much I dreaded running. And so after reaching my goal I fell back into old habits, coming up with excuses not to exercise.

When you think of “living healthy” or “living clean” there is a good chance that the images that come to mind are things like relatively unappetizing looking salads, difficult early morning runs, and having to turn down birthday cake when it’s on offer.

 

Rather than viewing the concept of “treating your body as your temple” in terms of self punishment, look for ways to have fun with the process, and don’t be too rigid and dogmatic with yourself, either.

I traded in my running shoes for a spin bike and have never been happier.

If you can take up some physically active pastimes that you really enjoy for their own sake, and can find ways of tidying up your diet in a way that you find tasty and manageable, and that you can stick with about 80% of the time, then you’re off to a great start.

 

Begin with the basics – by getting your sleep cycle right, and then moving on to food, breathing, et cetera

There are many different pastimes and practices that contribute to good overall health, but it is generally a good idea to start with certain fundamentals before getting carried away with all the fine tuning.

First and foremost, start by getting your sleep cycle right so that you can wake up each morning feeling rested, and can be relatively in sync with the natural rhythms of the world around you, and of society as well.

To do this, avoid eating for a few hours before bed, go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning, expose yourself to bright light first thing in the morning, and limit your exposure to blue light in the evening.

Once you have this pillar of health sorted out, it will be a lot easier to get the rest of the pieces lined up.

 

Pace yourself, and avoid overexertion

There’s a very detrimental idea that is fairly common and popular these days, which is that – particularly with regards things like exercise – more is always better, and that the idea of “pacing yourself” a code word for laziness.

Ultimately, however, pacing yourself – ensuring that you are pushing yourself, but not too much – is essential for avoiding both physical trouble, and also psychological burnout.

 

And just remember friends, your body truly is a temple so take care of it and give it a hug every once in a while.

xo

Mia

Boosting your calorie restricted diet

I have struggled with my weight for most of my life. Having been a professional athlete fitness has always been a part of my life, but over the years in talking with experts I have realized nutrition is just as if not more important than the fitness side when it comes to being healthy. So recently I have been focused on my eating habits and tracking calories.  You might have gotten used to portion control and meal planning to keep your calories in check, but to work out effectively, you also need to make sure you’re meeting your nutritional needs. So, how do you do that without adding tons of calories to your diet?

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Do not fast

The very first thing that should be made clear: calorie-restricted diets should not be a term used interchangeably with fasting or with tea cleanses that require you to cut your calories down to extreme lows. Intermittent fasting can help, but you have to make sure that you’re eating a healthy amount of calories a day so you avoid issues like malnutrition because your body simply isn’t getting enough energy. This is all about managing weight but in a healthy manner. 

 

Get your nutrients from the right places

What food you’re eating matters as much as how much you’re eating, of course. You might be within your calorie goals in terms of your diet, but if you’re relying entirely on processed foods, you’re going to be missing out big time when it comes to the nutrients. Fresh food diets are much, much better because whole foods not only have more nutrients in them, but they have a higher bioavailability, meaning that it’s easier for your body to absorb them. Look at some of the fresh food delivery services near you if you have trouble getting your hands on fresh produce.

 

Use supplements to make up

If you’re trying to push for specific exercise goals, then you should make sure that you’re also adjusting your diet to those aims. You might find that even with a well-balanced diet, you still need a few extra nutrients to meet your daily recommendations. To that end, you can take a look at a supplement store for easy ways to slip those nutrients into your diet. Of course, you should talk to your doctor about supplements if you’re on any medication or dealing with any chronic health issues. They’re safe for the majority of people, but it’s worth looking out.

 

Keep track

Simply put, you should make sure you know exactly what your body is getting, instead of doing guesswork. There are some pretty great diet tracking apps out there that look not only at the calories you’re eating, but the macronutrients such as fat, protein, and carbs, and then break it down even deeper into the micronutrients. Using these apps, you can fine-tune your diet and what supplements you’re taking to ensure that you’re meeting all the needs of a healthy body while still maintaining the calorie count that you need to manage your weight.

 

It may be the case that you need to adjust your calorie restrictions, allowing yourself a little more to get the nutrition that you need, as well. You can set standards for yourself, but don’t make them so inflexible that you can’t get the nutrients that you need.

Good luck with those fitness goals friends,

xo

Mia