12 Simple Tips to Live a Healthy & Happy Life

12 Simple Tips to Live a Healthy & Happy Life

Although all of us want to live a healthy and happy life, it’s seems almost rare to find people who are entirely happy, healthy and fulfilled in their current lives. 

Especially in western culture anyway….

It seems like so many of us are struggling to find the true happiness we seek in life, leaving us feeling incomplete, unhappy, stressed, unfulfilled and anxious.

But why is it that we struggle so much?

Well, personally I believe it has something to do with being taught to seek happiness from sources outside of us, rather than looking within. 

Rather than creating the lives we want for ourselves, we focus our attention on things that don’t actually bring us happiness and prioritise activities that give us short term gratification or are self-sabotaging.

Things like:

  • Working in a job you hate because it pays good money
  • Focusing on money and material possessions to validate your self-worth
  • Binge watching TV or eating sh** because it feels good at the time
  • Not feeling happy or confident in our bodies because we’re fatter than the “normal” person
  • Not going to gym because it’s easier or you can’t be bothered
  • Not doing what you love or hobbies that light you up because you have “no time” or are “too busy”
  • Spending your time on low priority and trivial things which don’t add value to your future

Yep, I’m sure each of us can relate to at least one of the above points.

Meme about hating job

The tricky part is that this behaviour is a part of our DNA…

Back in the day, instant gratification would almost guarantee our survival and made us happy. But that’s because we weren’t living as long as we do today.

So what can we do to combat this?

To live a healthy and happy life, here are 12 simple tips and activities you can incorporate into your week.

They will help you to truly become a happier and healthier you.

 

 

1) Mindset & Mental Health

Our mindset is one of the greatest contributors to our overall and long-term happiness and whether you’re able to build a happy life that you love.

Your mental health is greatly influenced by your mindset – ie. whether you often see yourself as a victim, always dwell on the negative or seek out the positive in all situations.

In most cases, our mindset is built upon subconscious internal beliefs. These ingrained beliefs have typically been imprinted into our minds from a young age by those around us – our parents, teachers and even our friends.

The problem is that most of us are completely unaware of the beliefs we have installed.

And you’ll never really know until you take a moment to reflect and tune into your body.

Meditation is a great way to do this and can help you identify any limiting beliefs that are holding your back from your true potential. Whether it’s beliefs about money, beliefs about yourself or beliefs about others.

If you want to live a healthy and happy life, you must uproot these negative beliefs and replace them with constructive positive beliefs. I teach you how to do this in the Journey to Happiness course.

(I’ll touch more on the course shortly, in case it’s something you’re interested in checking out.)

 

2) Managing Stress and Anxiety for a Happy Life

In today’s age, chronic stress is almost becoming the norm…

So many of us are used to running around like headless chickens, stressed out of our minds and having way too much on our plates to handle each day.

Whether it be working in a very demanding job, trying to manage household duties whilst growing a family, making time for study or even stress from imposed social norms and expectations.

The problem is that there are so many negative impacts of stress on our bodies.

For starters, chronic stress can impact our mental health, emotional health and physiological health. Which is the exact reason why it’s important to nip stress in the bud, rather than ignoring your symptoms.

Some techniques and activities that can be helpful for stress relief include:

All of these techniques can help you manage stress and anxiety

how to have a happy life: Nature can help to you to feel happier in life

3) Set Personal Boundaries

Whether at work or home, it is so critical to set personal boundaries. If you want to live life on your terms, you need to determine what your limits are.

And trust me, regardless of what you think, everyone has a limit!

Especially when it comes to saying no, having enough time in your day, patience, emotional tolerance or even money.

It is so important, to set expectations on what you will do and will not do. Not only in terms of morals and ethics, but also in terms of your workload.

You’re not doing yourself any favours by continuing to say yes to everyone because you:

  • Are a people-pleaser
  • Fear not being liked
  • Worry that people will get upset with you
  • Wonder whether your colleagues will think that you “can’t handle it”

Being able to say no, is not a weakness. It is a strength!

And I know because I used to be one of the biggest people-pleasers out there!! AND I was miserable…

So what’s the key takeaways…

  • If someone is constantly delegating you work and it’s too much to handle, speak up and say no!
  • If you have other priorities you’re working on and someone keeps trying to bump ahead of the queue, say no.
  • Through good communication with your peers, family etc, saying no doesn’t have to be a bad thing or hurt anyone’s feelings. Instead you are protecting yourself whilst also ensuring that you can follow through on your promises and attend to your greatest priorities

The truth I stand by is “If you can’t respond with a heck yeah!, it’s ok to say no.”

 

4) Meditate Regularly to Build a Happy Life

As mentioned earlier, meditation is an amazing and natural way to boost your happiness and mental health by allowing you to tune into your body.

In addition to stress relief, there are many known benefits of meditation. This is why it can be a great exercise to add into your daily routine, even if it is just for 5-10 minutes a day.

If you’d like to learn more about meditation you can check out this step-by step guide.

Alternatively you can also enter your details below to get started with our FREE mini Meditation Course for Beginners.

 

 

5) Eat a Nutrient Rich & Healthy Diet

 Now this tip is not rocket science….

Most of us know that to be healthy, eating a good diet is pretty critical. BUT, often even those who think that they are “eating healthy” are not getting enough nutrition into their bodies.

The truth is that foods aren’t as nutritious as they used to be.

Especially given many whole foods such as fruits and vegetables, are picked prematurely and ripened artificially to satisfy the large demands of a growing population.

Some foods now even contain or have been sprayed with pesticides and toxins which can cause havoc in our bodies over time.

Unless you eat local, home-grown or organic produce, this can be really hard to avoid.

You can read about how I use a whole food diet to maximise the nutrition I put into my body, for optimal health and performance.

In that article, I also refer to a natural whole food supplement I take to help fill the gap between the nutrition my body is getting from my food, versus what it actually needs for optimum health and performance.

A whole food supplement can be a great option if you’re busy, don’t have a lot of time or don’t want to constantly think about what you’re putting into your body.

You can read more about the whole food supplement I use here.

 

6) Exercise Regularly for Your Health

Exercising regularly can be an important way to relieve stress as it can help to rid our bodies of “stress” energy.

But the key is to find a type of exercise that you enjoy, rather than exercising just because you feel that you have to.

As soon as you make exercise a chore, you’re going to find yourself procrastinating and self-sabotaging. You’re also unlikely to build a stable and consistent routine – which can negatively impact your health in the long term.

Our bodies are MADE to move… not to stay seated at an office desk. So, not exercising is actually doing your body a disservice. 

Think about what you can do that moves your body and that you love, so you don’t have to think about exercising it just naturally happens.

Here are some examples to get you thinking:

  • Gym
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Team sports (eg. Basketball, Tennis, Athletics, etc)
  • Canoeing / Kayaking
  • Gardening
  • Yoga
  • Tai-Chi
  • Martial Arts / Boxing

There are so many options to choose from to add some exercise during your week. Find something you love and stick to it!

Mindset is important to live a happy life

7) Build Positive Relationships

Although the following quote is heavily used, I still wholeheartedly believe it to be true….“You become the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”

So the question you must ask yourself is “Who do you hang out with on a regular basis?”

Are you spending your time with dead beats, drop kicks, nasty or bitchy people, judgemental people or those who make you feel bad about yourself?

If so, it’s time to make some cuts…

Don’t waste your time nurturing relationships with people who don’t give you the same in return, or aren’t encouraging you to be the person you want to be.

I have learned from this first-hand….

But remaining friends with people because it’s convenient or because you’ve known them since childhood is not a good enough excuse if they continue to make you feel bad about yourself.

Instead, aim to surround yourself with people who:

  • Light you up,
  • Share similar interests
  • Look for the positive in life
  • Support you and
  • Encourage you to be the best version of yourself.

 

8) Express Gratitude 

Although most of us have goals that we’re working towards, it’s important to take time to reflect on all the current or previous things you have achieved or experienced and are grateful for.

Examples may include your family, owning a house, getting an education, having a job, having all senses and limbs intact, etc.

We often overlook the things that become a norm in our lives, but often they are they things we should cherish most.

Rather than constantly focusing on the future or dwelling on the past, allow yourself to stop and smell the roses. Think about all the things that you are grateful in your life and that make you the person you are today.

Showing gratitude and appreciation each day, even for just a few minutes, has been scientifically proven to boost happiness and contentment in life.

 

9) Allow Time to Unwind

To live a happy and healthy life, you must make time for the things you love and set aside downtime to relax your body and unwind.

A nice little trick to help you do this is to schedule a few activities that you love to do during your week in your calendar / diary FIRST!

As an example, a couple of things that I strive to do each week to fill my cup up are:

  • Make time for exercise 4 times a week
  • I go to the sauna and for a swim on Thursday evenings
  • I meditate each morning before work for 20-30 minutes
  • Wednesday night is date night and we go dancing together

If you’re currently overwhelmed and truly think you have no time for yourself, I recommend starting with even just ONE thing you can do during your week that makes you feel good.

Our bodies need a break.

We’re not made to continuously function at a heightened or stressed state without burning out. So, do yourself a favour, and make down time a priority.

Allowing time to unwind is important to live a healthy and happy life

10) Get Enough Sleep

I can’t stress enough how important sleep is for our overall happiness and health.

Although the general recommendation is to strive for 7-9 hours of sleep, sleep needs can vary from person to person.

Some people can perform optimally on 5-6 hours of sleep, whereas others may need more than 9 hours to feel refreshed.

I personally strive to get a minimum of 6-8 hours each night, otherwise I notice that I just can’t focus as well as I normally do. I’m also not as productive, get headaches and my eyes become strained and heavy.

If getting more sleep is an area you need to improve in, I suggest striving to get 7-9 hours of sleep and experiment with different lengths of sleep to see what works best for your body.

If you struggle with getting to sleep, or getting enough sleep due to waking up or insomnia, I suggest that you consult with your doctor with some tips & tricks that could help you.

 

11) Reduce Time on Social Media

If you want to live a happy and healthy life, stop spending so much time on social media.

Probably not a surprise for some of you but social media can be extremely detrimental to your mental health and happiness, especially when over-consumed. 

When over-used, social media can cause us to doubt ourselves and our self-worth.

This constant comparison game can cause lowered self-confidence and esteem, unhappiness and a whole spectrum of other negative emotions.

You must remember that social media is literally a filtered highlight reel of people’s greatest moments in life. Therefore, you’re not seeing the complete picture of what is actually going on behind the scenes.

I’ve had it myself where someone I was connected to (who always seemed to have their life together, had lots of friends and posted regularly about the good things in life) disclosed that they were actually suffering from depression and a gambling addiction.

I had no idea!!

The key message: be careful and avoid comparing yourself to others on social media. The life you see online is not usually the same as what is often going on behind the scenes.

 

12) Create a Morning Routine That Makes You Feel Awesome!

The final tip to live a happy and healthy life, is to build a morning routine that you love and fills your cup up.

Having a solid morning routine can give you more time to focus on the things you love and can help you to:

  • Take control back over your day
  • Train your mind to focus on the positive appreciate the small things
  • Start your day with something productive rather than waking up feeling lazy or drowsy due to snoozing your alarm
  • Get yourself into momentum for the day
  • Fill your cup up with things you love so you don’t feel deprived during the week
  • Fuel your mind with positivity
  • Affirm your vision, goals and beliefs
  • Grow into a bigger and better version of yourself because you are continuously evolving
  • Make progress towards your goals
  • Learn a new skill
  • Plan your day in advance so you can be proactive, rather than being reactive.
  • Enjoy and appreciate the present moment, rather than focusing on the day ahead

When building a morning routine, you should aim to create a routine that works in with your lifestyle and that you’re going to enjoy.

Create a morning routine to create a happy and healthy life

How to Create a Morning Routine to Live a Healthy & Happy Life Long Term

If you’d like some help and guidance to create your own morning routine, definitely take a look at the Journey to Happiness course.

In this 21-day course you will learn:

  • How anxiety & chronic stress impact our health and stress relieving activities you can do to combat it
  • About natural remedies you can add into your weekly routine for stress relief
  • How to create your dream life and Identify areas of improvement
  • About the science behind what makes people truly happy from the inside out
  • How to create a meaningful vision board that can help to motivate you and keep you on track towards achieving your biggest goals
  • About Holistic health and why having a healthy mind, body and soul is critical for overall health & happiness
  • How to build a positive and unshakeable mindset by overcoming limiting beliefs and using positive affirmations, gratitude and mindfulness.
  • About the importance of self-care and some easy things you can do during your week to feel happier and fill your cup up
  • About Meditation and why it can be beneficial for overall health, happiness and productivity
  • Gain insight into whole foods and how much sleep, exercise and water you should be having/doing each day.
  • How to build a killer morning routine in 21 days to improve health, happiness, life satisfaction and productivity.

Click here to learn more about the Journey to Happiness Course.

If you’re not quite ready to jump into the course, you can download the FREE Journey to Happiness Checklist here for a bit of a taste and to get you started.

This checklist gives you a summary of “what” to do to build an amazing morning routine, however in the complete course I teach you the “how”.

If you want to live a happy and healthy life, this is a great place to start!

 

How I Use a Whole Food Diet to improve Holistic Health & Wellness

How I Use a Whole Food Diet to improve Holistic Health & Wellness

Holistic Health is becoming a very popular topic these days.

With many researchers realising the importance of having a healthy mind, body and soul for optimum health and happiness.

But holistic health, starts first and foremost with having a rich, simple & convenient whole food diet..

You can read more about the benefits of being healthy holistically here.

So the question is, what are you putting into your body?

Ever had one of those days where you’ve been feeling so stressed that:

  1. You’ve hardly eaten anything throughout the day and you’re body feels like it’s running off adrenaline?
  2. You’ve eaten way too much and your will power went out the window?
  3. You’re just so tired and run down, you cbf doing anything – let alone cooking or eating a healthy meal? (A quick Maccas run may be on the cards!)

If you’ve experienced any of the above, guys I can tell you first hand – I’ve been there!! Maybe not the maccas run part….but the rest, 100%.

The Power of a whole food diet for holistic health

The problem with these stress-related eating habits is that they often make us feel additional guilt, frustration, disappointment or absolute exhaustion during our day.

They can also lead to many health problems including weight gain, weight loss, fatigue and burn out.

Although I’ve always been a health-conscious person, I’ve often struggled with afternoon cravings, snacking and grazing on things I shouldn’t throughout the day.

I’d use food as my comfort – leading to emotional eating and rewarding myself with food. As you can imagine this did not bring some healthy habits into my life…

 

Because of my poor eating habits I was:

  • Hitting the 3pm slump (my eyes would start shutting, concentration went out the window and I’d find myself starting to fall asleep at my desk)
  • Craving sugar to get me through the day, so would have a chocolate bar or something sweet to get me by
  • Gaining weight and didn’t know why…
  • Crashing at night, but still tired in the morning. 

Then, I was introduced to the concept of whole food nutrition and portion sizes.

Geeeez my world changed…

 

The key things I’ve noticed since:

  • I lost that extra 4kg I couldn’t seem to get rid of
  • My afternoon sugar cravings reduced
  • I have so much more energy to do all the things I want and need to do during my week
  • My sleep quality is better
  • I crave healthier foods and water (instead high sugar, salty or high carb foods).
  • I don’t experience the mid-arvo crash anymore
  • My head isn’t as cloudy and foggy
How did I do it?

Well that’s exactly what I’m going to be talking about at the end of this article.

The power of whole food nutrition and eating a rich whole food diet can truly change your life!! 


                                                               

What are Whole Foods?

Compared to caveman days, we now have access to such an amazing array of different foods. Almost anything you like is right at your fingertips.

Just go to a super market these days and the choice is incredible!!

There’s isles selling you all kinds of food – from healthy fruits, nuts and vegetables to numerous brands of chocolate, lollies and chips – can we even call that food?

But although we’ve gained access to almost any kind of food that our heart desires, research is starting to reveal that keeping things simple and getting back to basics (like we did a hundred years ago) may actually be the best way to go…

That’s where the term “whole food” comes in.

A whole food is simply a food that is as close to its natural state as possible. It is often unprocessed and unrefined before eaten and doesn’t usually contain additives like salt, fats, sugar or other preservatives (1)

Many of them can be found in your garden or your nearest shop including:

  • Whole grains (eg. Brown rice)
  • Beans & legumes
  • Fruits & veges
  • Nuts
  • Lean unprocessed meats (eg. Chicken breast, salmon)

Some examples of eating a whole food versus a processed food:

  • Eating an apple rather than an apple flavoured roll up.
  • Having a handful of unsalted nuts rather than a honey coated mixed nut bar.
  • Eating a baked potato rather than a pack of honey soy chicken chips
  • Having a smoothie / juice rather than a chocolate flavoured milk or Redbull soft drink.

 

A little tip you may find useful (as I know how much it helped me), is sticking to the outer isles of a super market when you do your weekly grocery shop.

In many cases, most of the highly processed foods are located within the inner isles whereas fruits, veges, nuts, meats and most other whole food ingredients can be found on the outer.

 

Why a Whole Food Diet is Good for Holistic Health

Nutritional research consistently shows that a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes brings numerous health benefits.

A diet of minimally processed foods that are close to nature and predominantly plants is linked to:

  • Improved holistic health and wellbeing
  • Improved psychological & mental health
  • Disease prevention and a reduction in chronic illness
  • Healthy weight loss

The reason that whole foods are more beneficial to our health compared to other foods is because they retain their fibre and contain a plethora of phytonutrients in their natural form. These nutrients are often removed from processed foods.

Healthy eating is considered one of the best things you can do to live a happy and heathy life because it can prevent:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Mental health issues & psychological distress
  • Memory deterioration
  • and some types of cancer

Some research reveals that eating a whole food diet can even improve psychological well-being, happiness and life satisfaction.

This is a big part of what we call “holistic health” – being happy and healthy, inside and out.

 

Are You Eating a Good Whole Food Diet?

Despite many are aware of having fruit and vegetables in their diet, most adults (particularly men, young adults, and those living in poverty) consume insufficient amounts.

Several US studies have revealed that only 9-12% of American adults meet the recommended servings of vegetables and fruits each day.

In addition to this, eight out of ten Americans were found to fall short in eating all the colours of the rainbow –  especially for purple/blue foods (88% of people neglected to meet their daily serving).

The current recommendations for intake are generally 1.5-2 cup equivalents of fruit and 2.5-3 cup equivalents of vegetables daily. But keep in mind this can vary depending on age and gender.

  

Eating all colours of the rainbow for Holistic Health

The Importance of Eating All Colours of the Rainbow

Did you know that different coloured foods have been proven to have different health benefits to the body?

This is why so many leading health organisations including the American Institute for Cancer Research, the American Heart Association and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service advocate for eating a whole food diet containing all colours of the rainbow.

And NO, by rainbow I don’t mean eating a fruit flavoured roll-up or a bowl of tri-coloured ice cream.

Here’s a brief list of how different coloured whole foods benefit our health. 

 

1) Red foods for inflammation & immunity

Red foods have been found to contain high levels of:

  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Immune modulating nutrients
  • Vitamin C

Associated Health Benefits of red whole foods include prevention of:

  • Cancer
  • Neurological abnormalities
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Immunological disease

Red food examples:

  • Fruit: Strawberries, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Apples, Cherries, Cranberries, Pomegranate, Raspberries
  • Veges: Beetroot, Capsicum
  • Other: Rosehip

 

2) Orange Foods and Reproductive health 

Orange foods have been found to contain high levels of:

  • Vitamin C
  • Antioxidants
  • Carotenoids

(Similar to the red foods mentioned above).

Associated Health Benefits of orange whole foods include:

  • Improved Reproductive health
  • Heightened Ovarian function and male fertility
  • Improved Progesterone synthesis (female hormone)
  • Reduced risk of insulin resistance
  • Improved endocrine system functioning
  • Prevention of ovarian, breast and prostate cancer

Orange food examples:

  • Fruit: Citrus Fruits (mandarins, oranges, tangerines etc), Papaya, peaches
  • Veges: Carrots, Sweet Potato
  • Other:

 

3) Yellow Foods and Digestion & Gut Health

I guess it kind of makes sense given all the information out there about lemon water aiding digestion and metabolism.

Yellow foods have been found to contain high levels of:

  • Bioflavonoid constituents

Associated health Benefits of yellow foods include:

  • Heightening the function of the gastrointestinal tract and digestive system
  • Improved gut health & microbiome due to the pH levels (more acidic)
  • Reduce ulcers
  • Detoxify the gut and intestines
  • Prevention of gastro-intestinal disorders
  • Reduce nausea, vomiting and Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Yellow food examples:

  • Fruit: Lemons, Citrus, Pineapple & Banana
  • Veges: Squash, Ginger
  • Other:

 

4) Green Foods and Heart Health

Green foods have been found to contain high levels of:

  • Vitamin K
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Naturally occurring nitrates and folate

Associated health Benefits of green foods include:

  • Improved Heart Health
  • Reduced risk of hypertension
  • Heart Disease & stroke prevention

Green food examples:

  • Leafy Greens (salad leaves) – bok choy, spinach, spirulina
  • Veges: Broccoli, Zucchini, Peas, Brussel Sprouts, Beans, etc

 

5) Blue-Purple Foods for Cognition & Cell Health

Blue foods have been found to contain high levels of:

  • Polyphenols
  • Antioxidants

Associated Health Benefits of blue whole foods include:

  • Improved mental health, cognition & mood
  • Lowered cholesterol
  • Improved memory function
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Improve cell survival and neuroplasticity
  • Reduce the growth and spread of cancer cells
  • Reduce the clumping of platelet in our blood

Blue food examples:

  • Fruits: Blueberries, Grapes
  • Veges: Eggplant, dark leafed vegetables

 

As you can see, having a rich whole food diet of coloured fruits and vegetables is so important for holistic health.

But the problem isn’t availability, sometimes it just gets hard to remain consistent.

There’s so much contradicting information out there when it comes to diet, so no wonder we’re all so confused about what to eat in order to be healthy.

There are also times where we don’t always have enough time to write out a complete shopping list of all the different whole foods we need, or even have the extra money to buy organic all the time.

An easy and convenient way around this is to get yourself a good quality whole food nutraceutical.

In addition to eating a plant-based and whole food diet, these whole food capsules have helped me to bridge the gap between the nutrients my body needs and the I’m actually getting from the food I eat.

In reality, most of us are in the position where we are not eating the levels of nutrients that we should be eating.

 Whole food capsules for Holistic Health

The Power of Taking a Whole Food Supplement

The amazing thing about taking a whole food supplement is that it contains active whole food concentrates that deliver broad spectrum nutrition to heal the whole body.

The capsules that I use are the most research product of its kind! To date there are over 35 peer-reviewed studies that have found that Juice Plus supports:

  • Healthy gums
  • Improved heart health and cardiovascular wellness
  • A strong immune system
  • Protects DNA
  • Reduced oxidative stress (from regular exercise, stress and ageing)
  • Systemic inflammation (due to injury/illness)
  • Skin health and appearance

The capsules are said to contain 12,544 known nutrients to date.

Say what!!!! I didn’t even know that that many nutrients existed. #novicelife.

What I love about these capsules versus a lot of the crap mineral and vitamin supplements out there is that they contain active nutrients and enzymes.

They are also absorbed into the gut and detectable in the blood stream within 7 minutes of ingestion, unlike many other mineral and vitamin supplements.

Thank Christ!! I hate that yellow coloured disco wee that you often get from other mineral and vitamin supplements because a lot of the minerals and vitamins are just excreted and not even absorbed into the body.

It’s a really easy and simple way for you to boost your daily nutrition (macros & micros) especially when busy and you don’t have time to think about your food.

Here are some of the ones I take and the scientifically proven health benefits:

 

1) Whole Foods in a Capsule

Given what research reveals about the importance of a rich whole food diet, an easy and convenient way to flood your body with this plant-based nutrition is to take a whole food supplement.

These whole food capsules contain over 33 different whole foods to help boost your nutrition including:

  • A Vegetable blend with carrot, cabbage, Kale, Rice bran, Broccoli, Beetroot, Garlic, Tomato, Parsley, Spinach, Lemon Peel. It is amazing as a mineral support giving you many essential minerals that your body needs for support.
  • A Fruit blend with Apple, Pineapple, Peach, prune, Orange, Cranberry, Mango, Beet, Acerola Cheery, Date & Lemon Peel. This helps you flood your body with an array of essential vitamins.
  • A Berry Blend with grape, raspberry, bilberry, blueberry, cranberry, pomegranate, black current, blackberry, elderberry, artichoke and cocoa. This is a great antioxidant support for your immune system.

They are also Vegan, gluten-free and nonGMO – so can be taken by pregnant and breast feeding mummas.

Whole food capsules + Omegas for Holistic Health

Health Benefits Backed by Science:

  • Improved energy
  • Improved detoxification of the body
  • Reduces Systemic Inflammation
  • Strengthened Immune Health & Reduction in cold / flue symptoms
  • Improved Nervous System Health & Brain Function
  • Reduces the impacts of oxidative stress in the body (from stress, exercise etc) that can cause ageing and cell damage
  • Decreased gut inflammation & IBS
  • Improved skin appearance
Other Associated Health Benefits include:
  • Reduced cravings
  • Promoted hormone balancing
  • Improved Sleep

Did you know, it can take 120 days for the blood cells in your body to renew?

This means that in your first 120 days of taking the capsules, your body starts to focus on removing toxic build up and waste. In the second 120 days, your body is able to focus its attention on healing the body from the inside out which is critical for holistic health.

 

But, how are they different to a traditional multi-vitamin?

Whole food Nutraceutical

  • Has a nutrition label (is a whole food product)
  • Is non-GMO (no genetically modified ingredients)
  • They are bioavailable – readily absorbed into the body and enters the blood stream within minutes
  • Floods your body with an array of active micro nutrients (minerals, vitamins and antioxidants) and living enzymes (just like the original food source)
  • Ingredients are protected from heat and extreme temperatures to preserve their nutritional value
  • There is science and peer-reviewed research to back them up

Click here to learn more & buy the Whole Food Capsules

** Note current prices are in USD, but can be changed to AUD or your relevant country using the “world” symbol button on the top right.

Multi-Vitamin

  • Contains a supplement label, it’s not food. It is synthetically made with isolated supplements
  • Often made in a laboratory-like setting
  • May be genetically modified depending on the ingredients
  • Often these vitamins are not readily absorbed by the gut, and a lot of the vitamins end up being discarded (yellow urine).
  • Often the vitamins and minerals are heat treated which denatures them (they become less active and effective)
  • Little scientific evidence or clinical trials to back up the claims made

These whole food capsules are a great way to support your holistic health journey and a diet rich in whole foods. 

 

2. Whole Food in a Shake (Plant-based)

Not good at swallowing capsules? Try the whole food shakes.

Although you can empty the content of the whole food capsules into a smoothie or sprinkle on your breakfast, you can also get a good dose of whole foods from a shake.

The shake is great from a macronutrient perspective – fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

Although, these plant-based shakes are not designed as a meal-replacement or protein shake, some do use them in this way. As an example, they’re great as an ingredient in a breakfast smoothie!!

The plant-based proteins in these whole food shakes cover all of the amino acid chains. That way you know you’re getting all the protein you need within one scoop, without needing a meat source.

Ewww imagine meat in a shake – I’ll just disappear for a moment as a vomit. Just kidding!! But seriously…

The shake also contains several plant-based carbohydrates (eg. amaranth, quinoa and millet) and superfood vegetable concentrates such as broccoli, alfalfa sprouts, radish sprouts, pumpkin, pomegranate, spirulina, yucca and mushroom.

If you have them on the regular, the shakes are great for overall gut and digestive health.

Whole food shakes for Holistic Health

Health Benefits of the Whole Food shakes

  • Improved Digestive Health
  • Lowered cholesterol
  • More stable blood sugar levels
  • Reduce sugar cravings during the day
  • Can lead to weight loss, due to reduce cravings
  • Can help to promote muscle growth post-workout

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 3) Plant-Based Omegas

Did you know that fish don’t actually make omegas? They actually get their omegas from their food source (algae). As do we!

Omegas are important for holistic health given they offer so many different benefits for our bodies because they support a wide range of bodily functions and systems. 

What I love about these plant-based omegas are that they provide you with a pure and more sustainable source of Omega 3 essential fatty acids.

They also contain omegas 5,6, 7 and 9 from other plant-based sources including pomegranate seeds, sea buckthorn berry, raspberry seeds, tomato seeds and safflower oil.

The omega oils are cold pressed, so are not denatured by heat. They are also free from contaminants or pollutants. This is because the algae is grown in a controlled environment NOT the open ocean ensuring the oils are of the highest quality.

Most fish oils are exposed to heat and light which damages the oils. Often they are not from controlled environments so can contain elements of mercury and pollution.

plant based omegas for holistic health 

Key Health Benefits of the Omegas:

  • Improved eye, brain and heart health
  • A good source of Vitamin E
  • Improved memory and blood flow to the brain
  • Reduced muscle & joint inflammation (eg. Osteoporosis and post exercise muscle soreness)
  • Improved skin quality
  • Reduced IBS symptoms
  • Increased hair health and nails
  • Helps regulate heart beat and blood pressure

The DHA component of omegas has also been linked to lower susceptibility to depression, Alzheimer’s disease. 

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In Summary,

Holistic health relates to having a healthy mind, body & soul. This starts first and foremost with having a rich, simple & convenient whole food diet..

Getting yourself a whole food supplement can be a great way to go, whether you already eat healthy or need to get some additional whole foods into your system when you don’t have a lot of time. 

Now, these products aren’t exactly cheap compared to some of the low grad multi-vitamins, but you get what you pay for.

Trust me, I’ve learnt the hard way…with many unused vitamin and mineral bottles in my fridge and me feeling no different than before taking them.

The way I like to look at it is that compared to what you’d pay trying to shop for all those ingredients, they are extremely convenient and affordable.

Great for busy women who are happy to invest that little bit extra into their health, want to save time and aren’t big on cooking or shopping for that matter.

You can also rest assured that they are:

  • Made with the highest quality ingredients
  • Vegan
  • Non-GMO
  • Farmed in the finest top soil conditions
  • Not sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals.

You definitely know you’re getting quality, which is awesome.

So there you have it, a simple and easy way I have managed to get more whole foods into my diet and improve my health and energy through a convenient whole food supplement.

Hopefully, you now also have a greater insight into holistic health and why a rich whole food diet is critical for optimum health and performance.

 

15 Benefits of Holistic Health & What It Means For You

15 Benefits of Holistic Health & What It Means For You

These days, there are so many people in the world who justify living a life of unhealthy lifestyle choices and behaviours.

People who believe that when they get sick, modern medicine will be there to “fix” them.  

But, what a croc! This ideal is so flawed.

Here’s why….

Health doesn’t have to be complicated. Holistic health is just about getting back to basics and focusing on small sustainable lifestyle choices you can make now to live a happier and healthier life.

What concerns me about the above approach is that people are overlooking the power of prevention, and are instead viewing health as something to be treated reactively.

 

The Facts

According to a report done by the US centres of Disease Control & prevention, the key factors influencing a person’s state of health haven’t changed much over the past 20 years:

  • 10% Medical care
  • 18% Hereditary
  • 19% Environment
  • And a whopping 53% related to EVERYDAY LIFESTYLE CHOICES

This clearly reveals how powerful the decisions we make on a daily basis and the habits we adopt over time can be. They are by far the biggest factor impacting our state of health & wellness – scary hey!!

Negative lifestyle habits can include:

  • Taking drugs
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Having unprotected sex
  • Consuming too much sugar or caffeine
  • Fuelling a negative mindset & attitude
  • Not getting enough exercise
  • Not eating enough nutritious foods
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Being constantly stressed and burnt out

So, how can you overcome these negative habits using a holistic approach?

Let’s explore this below.

 

What is Holistic health?

Taking a holistic approach to health is a lifestyle choice. It’s about getting back to basics and having a healthy approach to nourishing your mind, body & soul.

Compared to other forms of medical treatment (that focus on a specific area of the body or illness to diagnose), holistic health focuses on the whole person and their lifestyle.

Being healthy holistically typically involves:

  • Eating a balanced diet rich with whole foods
  • Regular exercise
  • Meditation
  • Being surrounded by a loving & supportive network
  • Building a positive mindset
  • Allowing time for self-care
  • Doing the things you love
  • Discouraging bad habits

 

The Power of Treating the Cause, Not the Symptom

These days so many of us are happy to pop an aspirin or a Panadol at the first sign of a head ache, instead of taking a moment to reflect on the reason for the head ache in the first place. As an example, maybe you just:

  • Spent too long looking at a computer?
  • Need a study break?
  • Haven’t drunk enough water for the day?

I like to compare treating our symptoms this way like  disconnecting a fire alarm. Sure, the annoying high-pitched noise is reduced or even eliminated, but the real problem still exists – the building fire within.

In holistic medicine, a symptom (like a fire alarm) is considered a message that something needs attention. Therefore, it becomes less about reducing the SYMPTOM or masking it, but about discovering and treating the root CAUSE below the surface.

By taking a holistic approach to health, you can also improve other areas of your life by nourishing the connection between your mind, body and soul.

 

The Benefits of Holistic Health

There are many known benefits of adopting a holistic approach to health including:

  • Feeling happier & healthier inside and out
  • Having a more positive mindset and enhanced mood
  • Become more self-aware and have better knowledge of normal body functions
  • Clearer skin
  • More energy
  • Maintain overall good health and well-being
  • Healthier weight loss / weight gain
  • Improved digestion
  • Reduced allergies
  • Healthier heart
  • Reduced signs of ageing
  • Better quality sleep
  • A stronger immune system (get sick less)
  • Less sugar cravings due to eating a nutritious diet
  • Improved mental health (reducing stress, depression & anxiety symptoms)

 

How You Can Start Incorporating Holistic Health into Your Life

  • Feel like you need to start making some changes to your current lifestyle?
  • Want to become a happier and healthier version of yourself?
  • Want to live longer so you have more time for your family or loved ones?
  • Wish for more energy to give more love and happiness to those around you?

If you’re feeling a need to focus more on your health right now, but are unsure of how or where to get started, I can help.

As a wellness coach within the Healthstyle Emporium, I can connect you with some amazing tools to help you on your health and wellness journey.

You’ll gain access to healthy recipes (vegan, vegetarian & mainstream), exercise guides, meditation guides, self-love challenges, education health webinars, yoga for beginners, DIY skin / face masks, your own whole food nutritional pack and much more.

Flooding your body with a wide range of whole food nutrition every day is so important. Doing so can help you to bridge the gap between the nutrition you’re getting from your food and the nutrition our bodies actually need for optimum health and performance.

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