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Healthy living, we aspire to achieve it, but what is it? Defining the true meaning of healthy living is the first step to achieving it. It sounds silly that we need to define Healthy Living. After all, we know what Healthy is and we also know what Living is. Let‘s first start with what Health is. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Interestingly enough, health is not simply defined as just the absence of disease. Healthy Living is about taking responsibility and making smart health choices for today and for your future. Here at Simetre, we define Healthy Living as a simple continuous improvement cycle of Confident Thinking, Feeling Good, Eating Smart and Daily Practice. They function interdependently and when in Simetre it can allow you to live the healthiest life you can and help you become the best version of you!

Confident Thinking

Confident Thinking

Confindent thinking is the practice of mindful reasoning in the present-moment exeperince. We all are confident thinkers. Some use confident thinking here and there, others use it more frequently, however, most of us don't use it consistently. Thinking consumes a large portion of our daily energy. So why do it? Because we get very comfortable with our daily habits and routines to drive our actions to get us through the course of day. Surprisingly, it would amaze you how we inevitably fall into the "I know this by heart" trap. On one hand, this habit could be your best friend, it also could be your worst enemy. Choose a a side: Self-confidence vs confident thinking. You may think that they are one within the same, however, they have vast differences.  Don't get this wrong, being self-confident is a great thing, however, it is pre-installed with the invisible trap of getting in the habit of being self-confident. Why is this a bad thing? It can cloud your ability of gaining a complete understanding of your thoughts in the present moment. Confident thinking is the check and balance to avoid being in the constant trance of self-confidence. It's a style of thinking that provides the best chance to create confident results. You need to have control over your thoughts and not be a prisoner of your thoughts.  What does this have to do with Healthy living? Everything!

Feel Good

Feel Good

How you feel is a manifestation of how you look. Here is where confident thinking comes to play. We are taught to think in terms of pieces of ideas or concepts rather than integrated complete ideas and concepts. We look at our bodies, minds and emotions as if each part is completely separate from the other, rather than holistically intergrative. This fragmented approach has lead us to look at health in a compartmentalized manner rather than as the management of holistics. We believe that our bodies, organs and systems are totally separate from our thoughts, emotions, and energy fields. We need to examine the paradign at how our thoughts and emotions can affect our behavior and ultimately our health. We live within these 3 dimensions, but unfortunately most of us focus on one, while the others suffer. This creates an asymmetric imbalance with what is core about feeling good: your physical, mental and emotional health. Gaining a complete understanding of how you function emotionlly, and how repressed emotions can cause serious illness in our bodies. Understaning to appreciate how our values and beliefs can directly affect our everyday health. Feeling good is a manifestation from your daily practice.

Daily Practice

Daily Practice

Daily practice is a mindset of creating routines to do different things by developing constructive habits for healthy living. Habit-making is what our brains do ,and habits are the foundation of your daily practice.  There is an axiom, "Practice make you Perfect".  Practice does not make you perfect. If done right, practice makes you better. The better you get at your daily practice, the more you have to learning about your daily practice. Gaining a deep understanding of how to develop you daily practice is your responsibility. How can you become a better version of yourself? Each day is a new beginning. If you're feeling stuck with in life, developing a daily practice can lead to growth and healing. It will allow you to reconnect with yourself.  Every day we can accomplish something good. Greatness, however, takes more than a single day. Greatness is nothing more than a habit and takes daily practice to build healthy and constructive habits, unlocking amazing potential for success, health and happiness. Developing a daily practice can be a huge catalyst toward growth and healing. Your daily practice can be almost anything as long as it gives you the time, energy and space to let go and reconnect with yourself, each and every day.

Eat Smart

Eat Smart

Healthy eating is not about strict nutrition philosophies, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about being the best version of you, having more energy, stabilizing your mood, and keeping yourself as healthy as possible—all of which can be achieved by learning some nutrition basics and using them in a way that works for you. You can expand your range of healthy food choices and learn how to plan ahead to create and maintain a tasty, healthy diet. Dont think of healthy eating as an all or nothing proposition, but a key foundation for any healthy diet is moderation. But what is moderation? How much is a moderate amount? That really depends on you and your overall eating habits. The goal of healthy eating is to develop a diet that you can maintain for life, not just a few weeks or months, or until you've hit your ideal weight.

It's All About Perspective

All Food is Good!

There Is No Such Thing As BAD FOOD

It becomes bad when you make a HABIT of eating it.

This is a common phrase that simply does not serve us. Looking at a food and labeling it a singular value prevents us from looking at foods through a larger lens. Our overall eating patterns create our health and well being, not a singular food. Kale is good for you, yes. But you can't eat it all day, everyday. On the other hand, pizza has less than ideal nutritional qualities (high in fat, made of refined carbohydrates, etc), but if eaten on occasion with family and friends, it less about the pizza and more about the positive vibes, you can now see that "bad" food as nurturing for the soul.

The good/bad paradigm can lead to extreme and judgmental attitudes with food. People who think of food as good/bad often think of themselves as good/bad and can lead to an unnecessary stress over food.  You are not good for eating broccoli and bad for eating ice cream.

Clean Eating

This is another term that is very similar to the good/bad concept.  I love what clean eating stands for - eating food as close to its original state as possible, in the most nutritious form possible. But what I don't like is how an awareness about food has become a diet culture.  With negative thinking, if I am not eating clean, does that mean I am eating dirty? Just like good and bad foods, clean and dirty foods open up the door for fostering a negative relationship with food and unwarranted self judgement around food

Don't Cheat, Appreciate!

To say you are cheating on your diet just has negative connotation. It should be removed from your vocabulary. It say nothing positive about yourself or your choices.  Instead of a cheat day, have an appreciation day. Appreciate you have the opportunity to eat good food in moderation!

Low carb/carb cutting

This is an example of simply the wrong word choice.  Yes, refined four and sugar does not serve us well, but there is long list of carbs that we should include in our diet... fruit, nuts, vegetables, legumes, and many more.  Carbohydrates provide our bodies with fuel, nutrition and satisfaction.  These are essential in our eating pleasure.

Carbs should not be an all or nothing proposition. We can enjoy them with balance, focusing on the healthiest, most minimally processed choices.

Adopting many of these terms and believing them to be true traps us into an all-or-nothing way of thinking that prevents us from using our intuition and achieving true health and well being. Next time you find yourself using these terms, take a moment a step back to see the bigger picture and open up more possibilities.

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