prevention + WELLNESS
Our relationship with food is deeper than what we put in our mouth. It comforts us in times of stress & it's social. With the exponentially changing landscape of our culture food seems to be the only thing that brings us together physically.
Now more than ever before companies have more research letting them know what we are drawn to eat. Healthy or not, you can't blame them, it's just businesses after all. The only answer is to take accountability for yourself, become self-aware of what triggers your unhealthy food habits & choose foods that help promote health. Try pre-planning your meals for the week, stay away from processed food, shop locally, & realize that our ancestors survived just fine on plant based diets while eating meat more sparingly.
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For years we've raised generations to feel that it's a badge of honor to be able to "multi-task efficiently", work extensive hours, & take no time for ourselves. Current research shows that there is actually no such thing as a "good multi-tasker". In fact, you completely re-focus each time you move back and forth between tasks. What this means is that "multi-taskers" are actually less efficient over time than "single-taskers".
Constant re-focusing keeps us in a state of "alertness" & raises our stress hormones making us feel stressed. No wonder 90% of all Primary Care visits are stress related ailments! Mindfulness is a buzz word these days but did you know that "single-tasking" is, considered by some, a form of mindfulness. This means that listening to music, watching TV, or going for a walk without playing on your phone or computer counts as mindfulness.
Our environment & habits have developed over the years to becoming more sedentary. The average American sits for 50-70% of the day and only walk 5,000 steps. Believe it or not, it's not our fault, humans are hard wired to create ways to use the least amount of energy to perform a particular task.
We are in an era today where the average American will only either be sedentary or exercising at a high level. High-intensity training, challenging classes, and long strenuous runs seem to be the only option for movement. This drastic shift of movement intensity leads to a higher risk of injury. While these options of exercise are awesome, and should not be looked down on, the ultimate goal is to move more casually throughout the day. Movement should happen naturally, our environments should promote this motion & the act of moving more than 10,000 steps a day should be habit.
Some may say that our primary purpose on earth is to move, eat, protect ourselves, & reproduce. When we are sleeping we are unable to perform any of those actions. From a pure evolutionary standpoint, if sleep was not supremely vital for us then why do we still need it?
Current research is trending towards sleep actually being the most important pillar in your health. It's been shown that less than 7-9 hours a day leads to lack of movement, poor eating choices, & an inability for our body to rid our bodies of those pesky stress hormones. Going without sleep for more than 20 hours makes you as cognitively impaired as being legally drunk, and the only common lifestyle factor in Alzheimer's patients is they lacked good sleep in their lives.