Health, Lifestyle

There Is More To Health Than What’s On Your Plate

Relationships could save your life

Have you ever canceled on friends because of their plans to binge on junk food and sugar? Because they aren't as much of a "Health Nut" as you?

Have you ever sat down after a long exercise, had your green juice, and read a nice book, while they go out and enjoy a night at the movies, or a fast food restaurant?

It can't hurt, right?

Ditching your friends keep your healthy, fit body? What harm could you cause by doing so?s

While health is incredibly important, and you should focus a majority of your time on eating right and exercising. Remember that a little R&R is great for your mind, body and soul. If you're constantly ditching your friends, you are not only missing out on hanging with people you love and people who care for you, but you are also missing out on a truly important part of a healthy and happy lifestyle.

You are missing out on Joy.

Imagine this - You walk into a store where the same people shop every day, all of them paying great attention to the food they are putting into their bodies. Then, you go to the movie theater next door and notice that the friends and couples laughing together – eating popcorn and drinking soda

seem happier and healthier than the super health-conscious individuals you witnessed at the store?This is proof that health is more than what is on your plate.

You can eat as healthy as you want day in and day out, but without the joy that comes from being with loved ones, you will never have that vibrant life that you desire. It is important to have a social bond that brings you excitement and happiness.

But I Don't Like Going Out...

That's fine, everyone is different, Our extroverted friends out there might need to go out and about with friends everyday to stay happy and healthy, Those of us who are more introverted can get by with a night or two each week with close friends where we stay in and talk.. 

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This is what makes life so great, everyone has their own unique way of living. It's called Bio-individuality - A lifestyle that works for one person, could drain and tire someone else. It's what makes the world go round. 

Now I am not saying go ahead and gorge on a whole bunch of junk food and artificial sugars, it is still important to eat healthy food. 

It's called the 90/10 lifestyle.

90% of the time you work on your health. Eat organic, Non-GMO, Grain free foods, exercise 3-4x per week, have a self care routine, and keep to it faithfully. Then 10% of the time listen to your body. When it asks for something a little less healthy, GO FOR IT! If you're stressed, tired, overworked, exhausted, and have a feeling of loneliness. It's probably your body telling you to take a chill pill. You don't have to go to McDonald's and shove down a big mac with your buddies, but you should get together with your girls, share a meal, grab a cup of coffee, and let loose for a little bit.

You could have a girls night including facials, nails, and a night of chick flicks - you can even make your own food, but try to ease upon the health a little.

Make that dessert you've been holding out on, cook up a mediterranean pizza, skip the veggies for one night!  You could go to the movies and have the popcorn (i'd sneak in some water or your favorite drink if you don't want a sugar soda.) The options are endless.

skip veggies? How can this be good for me?

I'll tell you why!

Food is what nourishes the body to function properly - maintain 98.5 degrees, breathe all day long, move your arms, pump you heart, etc,. But food doesn't do is nourish the soul; relationships, a great career that you love, and a good home environment keep the soul going. The soul is what makes you you, it's your personality, your likes, your dislikes, what makes you happy, what makes you sad, it is truly what makes you unique.

When you are building strong relationships you are doing multiple things to both you body and your soul. Bodily - You are releasing happy hormones, you're getting some exercise in, and you're changing your mental state. In your Soul - you are creating bonds, memories, and producing a positive energy.

"Good Friends Are Good For You Health" - Irwin Sarahson

The Happy Hormone - 

When you are enjoying a good conversation or activity, your brain is releasing dopamine, the love/happy hormone. 

When you release dopamine you are flushing your system of cortisol (stress hormone). This can relieve many symptoms that you struggle with, such as: Headaches, Chronic Joint Pain, High Blood Pressure, Back Pain, Excess Weight Gain/Loss.

 Dopamine is a great way to reverse depression, anxiety, and panic. When you are happy there is no room for any sort of angry or sad feelings.

Dopamine is a great way to strengthen your heart, if you have heart palpitation problems, it might not cure it,  it has a inotropic effect on the heart, and while it can raise the heart rate, it can cure low blood pressure and can't do you any harm unless you overload your body with it, which is rather hard to do. 

In a good relationship you forget about the stress of life. Friends are a great way to release stress, you can tell them all about what has been bugging you, and they'll help you forget about it for a while, letting your body repair itself so you are able to tackle what has been causing stress with a clear mind.

The Exercise - 

Skip the hard core workout, the weight lifting, whatever it is you do at the gym, give your body a little vacay from intense workouts and opt for a lighter exercise.

Being with friends is also a great way to get a bit of light exercise in. Some people go out to parties, or go bowling, walk around the mall, amusement parks, they go to the pool, etc. You're up, walking, sometimes running around begin goofy, It gets your blood pumping and your heart moving, without even trying, causing your body to burn the extra fat.

So skip a day at the gym, grab a friend and get out there! 

The best thing about being in a good relationship is that you don't even have to leave the couch to be active. Humor is the best way to activate laughter which does a number of things for you. When you laugh you produce epinephrine (adrenaline, which is a more specific form of dopamine) elevates your heart rate which helps promote a strong heart. It causes you to contract your abs, which is why you get that painful stitch- in-the-side kind of laughter.

One evening full of laughter is better for you than 1,000 crunches.

The Brain -

Being out and about with people you care about creates greater bonds, and those are HUGE for maintaining a healthy, functioning brain. 

It keeps you thinking, moving, happy, and ready to take on the world.

Think of you brain like a muscle, the more it is used the stronger it is. when you make memories and feed it with positivity, you are fighting off alzheimer's, depression, and other mental illnesses.

It also helps you process things faster and make clearer decisions when you are working out a problem.

The Soul Food- 

The crazy thing about humans is that we are highly susceptible to the people us. We like to be acknowledged and often we find that in our friends.  Being around people you enjoy, you're more than likely doing something that is engaging and fun.

You are around people who are like you, which is important because you don't have to hide behind what "society" wants you to be. You can be as silly, crazy, and goofy as you want to be, you are letting your true personality out. Feeding your soul through joy and the joy of others.

If you have to pretend to be somebody else, you aren't being true to yourself. You are faking life, causing you to be constantly worried you'll make a fool of yourself and you won't be liked anymore. Also, if you have to pretend around someone, you probably aren't in a great relationship and it's doing you more harm than good.

 Life Becomes Focused

Being around people, you are more aware of the things that are happening around you. Rather than going day-to-day in a sort of haze, life becomes more clear, you are alert to what you are doing when you are focused on enjoying company.

When you live in a haze you are basically wasting precious moments. Try to find something each day to look forward to and find a way to focus the day toward it, you'll notice that your day is brighter, you are happier, and your decisions are better.

When it all boils down...

If a friend asks you to hang out, go for it. It doesn't mean you're going to lose all your health in a night, you can still be healthy by having fun. It is important to remember "Life Is Short, Live It." Stressing about food is just going to shorten it even more.

Live in the moment, PLEASE!!!


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