Health and Wellness is a collaborative project that includes everything from the sacred, to the mundane activities of everyday life.
The main reason that New Year's resolutions, diet fads, and makeovers do not end up becoming the new norm for many people, is because the changes are predicated on removing something from one's life, instead of replacing it with something else.
The reason this has been so ineffective is because people do not like to let go of the foods, habits, and comforts that they have grown to love. We develop a fondness for things that are otherwise unhealthy because it brings some, even if just a little bit, of joy and pleasure to the fast-paced busyness of our lives. Ice cream, beer, sugar, binge-watching Netflix, and etc..are all just playing on the very same biological pleasure networks, that an intelligently configured/constructed lifestyle plays on. These pleasures confer an important psycho-emotional benefit that helps attenuate the effect of the most corrosive substance in our life, stress. When these are removed, and not replaced by something else that offers similar pleasure responses, what is left is a noticeable void, which is essentially stressful to a person.
The art of a healthy lifestyle that is sustainable and enjoyable, is knowing how to replace a bad habit with a good one. Bad habits can come in many different forms, from the quality of the foods and snacks we indulge in, to the way we use our body, and even to the kind of shoes we wear. The reason that Yoga Therapy seeks to evaluate daily living habits, as a course of action for its prescriptions, is because they comprise most of anyone’s daily life. These habits are built around the daily needs of human life, such as eating, sleeping, socializing, hygiene, and physical movement. Since the basis of health is engaging the body and mind in ways that optimize their function, upgrading the things that we repeat virtually every day, will improve a significant portion of our life.
As a person begins to experience better health, and more vitality, energy, and focus, old habits begin to lose their glamor. Healthy living implies better discernment between what actually feels good and what doesn’t. We become more sensitive to how different things in our environment affect us. The way that health and vitality is experienced by a person, is that when it is improved, bad habits that devitalize the body and mind, will begin to gradually fall away. This continuous and gradual improvement of one’s well-being eventually pushes dysfunctional habits out of our lives, without feeling forced or sacrificed.
By changing the quality of coffee/tea you drink, the food/supplements you take, or your bedtime routine, among others, you can greatly improve your life, and effectively not have to change all that much about it. You can still eat when you’re hungry, sleep when you’re tired, brush your teeth in the morning, and do everything else you need to do, and still enhance the quality of your life.
When done correctly, a healthy lifestyle overhaul feels organic, and best of all, sustainable!
It can help you with desired results such as:
-Mental focus & clarity
- & more
In my “Recommendations” page I am compiling some of my own favorite and tested products, that have helped me on my journey toward a healthy, simple, and a more enjoyable life.
Although the list might seem extensive, I would encourage you to work through it at a pace that feels comfortable. I would recommend beginning with what takes less effort to implement into your routine. Footwear, personal hygiene products, foods & supplements, and personal ergonomics, are the areas where replacing one product, with another of more superior quality, can be made the easiest and most seamless.
For each category of products, as well as the individual products themselves, I will explain my experience with it, and report on available scientific and rational findings that support their use.