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Healthy Lifestyles In The 21st Century

Healthy Lifestyles In A Busy World:

Being healthy in the 21st century can be a challenge. Our world is increasingly more infested with unhealthy foods, more preservatives, and increasingly complex healthy lifestyle plans that breed a sort of false narrative around the idea of being healthy. It is difficult to know where to begin… Vegan or Paleo? Vegetarian vs. Carnivore Diet? “Zone Diet” or Intermittent Fasting?… When it comes to working out, should we do CrossFit or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Olympic weightlifting vs. Powerlifting? Bodybuilding vs. Bodyweight?

There’s too much information online to be able to make an easy decision!

What’s the result? More often than not, folks delegate themselves to the couch and continue struggling to build healthy lifestyles.

Here’s the truth: creating healthy lifestyles, realistic diet plans, and reliable and effective workout schedules does not have to be difficult. In fact, if you talk to the real experts and successful coaches, it is actually quite “easy”.

Healthy Lifestyles Can Be Easy.

Personally, I struggled for years to find the right diet, workout plan, and lifestyle health plan that worked well for me and my schedule. I bounced between CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting, Kettlebell training, Bodyweight training, long Yoga sessions, running, and a whole lot more… In my diet, I fluctuated between Vegetarian to Intermittent Fasting to high protein and carbs and a whole lot more (also plenty of days where I was sick of the whole thing and just ate whatever the hell I wanted…).

It’s a bit confusing when there’s so many “experts” online and each one seems to have an amazing idea for how to live healthy lifestyles… In a world where we are all busy, overworked, stressed, and looking for quick fixes, it can be quite difficult to find the right lifestyle health plans.

That’s why I brought Virginia Czarnocki onto the Beyond Homo Sapien Podcast!

Virginia is a fitness coach and host of the Mummy Manual Podcast. Primarily, Virginia works with middle aged women are trying to live a healthier life, improve their mindset, and take themselves to the next level. She is an expert when it comes to healthy lifestyles and we cover quite a lot of ground in this episode.

Here’s what healthy lifestyles boil down to in today’s age:

  • Just get started doing something that is sustainable.
  • Cut out processed foods for the majority of your week.
  • Drink ALOT of water.
  • Use a workout program you enjoy to keep yourself in a routine.
  • Add in some form of weight lifting to keep your bones strong as you age.
  • Movement training like Yoga can help as well but should not be the sole focus.
  • Keep it simple.

The simple and sustainable effort that can be maintained for a period of months or years will beat the fancy diet and workout regime every time.

Being healthy and having your ideal body will be more achievable when you don’t go for a “get healthy quick” scheme. Ultimately, if you bounce between diets and workout programs, you will get frustrated, put yourself at risk for injury, and confuse your metabolic system.

Healthy lifestyles that rely on consistent and simple efforts over long periods of time are generally the ones that will win over some sort of “get fit quick” program that will probably just leave you feeling confused and frustrated.

Virginia recommends the Beach Body Workout System if a person is just looking for a simple program to get in good shape. The workouts are simple and encourage a person to remain consistent while they’re getting started with healthy lifestyles. Best of all: they can be done from home!

Holistic Living Explained

Holistic living is gaining in popularity around the world. As folks begin to wakeup to the fact that Western medicine gravitates towards over-prescribing medication and ignoring diet and exercise, our species is collectively demanding a better way to have a healthy lifestyle. As knowledge around holistic living expands, more folks are beginning to integrate this into their life.

On this episode of the show, Cynthia Henry Thurlow and I are talking about how to integrate holistic living to help you enjoy a more abundant future free from worries about the future of healthcare! Cynthia is a Registered Nurse and was educated at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She has a wealth of experience in the traditional western medical system but branched over to Holistic living when her child began to experience severe eczema. Her total move over to holistic living came from her own struggles with auto-immune disorders and other medical issues that prevented her from having a healthy lifestyle. Cynthia is now passionate about helping others integrate holistic living into their life!

We are also exploring what the future of healthcare might resemble and why we think a shift towards holistic living is the answer! Think about it: why is it deemed “odd” by our society that integrating healthy food and exercise into our lives is somehow “woo-woo” or “unproven”? Doesn’t that method just make sense when checked against our common sense?

Cynthia gave some great advice on this show about how to integrate a healthy lifestyle with holistic living:

  • Consider having bloodwork done in order to assess food sensitivities you may have.
  • Shift towards eating non-processed foods all-together.
  • Conduct your own research on the food and substances you are ingesting… Ensure it works for YOUR body.
  • Understand the importance of sleep and make it a top priority.
  • Ensure healthy macronutrient breakdown to ensure a good night’s sleep and a healthy immune system.

The importance of drinking water and having enough sleep cannot be understated. In my journey, drinking more water was absolutely life changing. A shift towards consuming MUCH more water helped me to eliminate many of the mental health conditions I struggled with as a result of being on the autism spectrum. When combined with good exercise, great sleep, going for walks, Yoga, and a true holistic approach, my health has never been better.

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