by Lisa Fuchs
Broccoli is one of the healthiest foods you can find. Right up there, sharing the top with kale, spinach and other super foods. But it won’t make you healthy just because you start eating a serving of broccoli a couple of times a week.
Health is so much more than a serving of super food. Health is also all the things you choose not to eat. Skipping the sugar, ditching the white bread, saying no to cheap fast food. Health is cooking at home with whole foods ingredients. Smelling the tomatoes, washing and cutting fresh herbs. Getting to know your food and trying new things. Different colors, textures and tastes. Cook together and make it part of your healthy life instead of a chore.
Health is moving your body naturally. Not sitting on a chair all day, to then do intense spinning for 45 minutes once a week – but walking, every day. If you have an office job then at least spend your lunch break walking, and walk to and from work, or part of the way. Our bodies are meant to move so walk the stairs instead of taking the lift. And when you sit, try sitting on the floor every now and then instead of on a chair or the sofa. Sitting on the floor automatically makes us move more because it is hard to get really comfortable.
Health is also resting. Not on a sofa in front of the TV. Resting is meditating and meditating can be painting, knitting, or solving Sudoku. It can be a session of yoga, focusing on your body – or a cup of tea and a good book. And most of all, rest is a good night’s sleep. Most grown-ups don’t get enough sleep. Get yourself a relaxing bedtime routine, just like you would with a baby. Give your body a chance to wind down, and turn your mobile off – or at least turn the sound off.
Health is being mindful. Being thankful of all that we have, and feeling grateful for every new day. It is smiling at yourself in the mirror every morning and sharing that smile with others throughout the day. Health is enjoying the view, the weather and the company instead of complaining about your bad day. Count the green traffic lights instead of the red ones.
Health is the whole package. Broccoli is a good start, but if you don’t particularly care for broccoli eat something else. You can still be healthy.
Drinking enough water also plays a big role in staying healthy. And drinking water is so much more tempting when you pimp it with fruit. Make a big jug in the morning and drink throughout the day. Fill up again when empty – the fruit will still give taste and color to the second round.
Lisa Fuchs is the author of “Delicious grain free baking”. She also writes about healthy and creative baking, under the name Liesel on her blog: lieselathome.com
You will never find sugar or gluten in any of her recipes and most of them are also lactose free.
This post first appeared in the Luxembourg Wort English – luxtimes.lu