We live in a fast-paced, highly-processed world where the easy option is rarely a healthy option. With ever-changing food recommendations and fad-diet wars shouting contradictory advice it is no wonder many of us are confused on how best to nourish ourselves.
All the available information ignores our individual needs and capabilities. The art of cooking fresh, seasonal produce in a way that suits your schedule is key to taking control over your relationship to food; one of the most powerful ways to transform your energy levels, focus, and weight.
Not too much.
- Michael Pollan
"If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health."
The fitness industry has placed huge emphasis on an all-or-nothing approach to exercise. Although this works for some people it is a major turn-off for many. Short bursts of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) conveniently fits within a busy schedule where time is scarce and is why they’ve become so popular, but how healthy is this relationship to exercise compared to one of regular, natural movement which increases flexibility, reduces stress and improves coordination, all whilst burning calories?
We are built to move continuously throughout the day and these intensive workouts don’t necessarily outweigh remaining sedentary at your desk, in the car and on a sofa for all but 40 minutes of the day. By injecting a bit of fun back into everyday movement, optimal health becomes less daunting and more exciting.
The most under-utilised health necessity. Despite spending approximately one third of our lives in slumber, our relationship with sleep in a society that pushes for constant productivity has created an atmosphere where it’s almost shameful to take a nap. Every single living being on Planet Earth sleeps. It’s one of the few behaviours each animal species shares in common. Yet many humans struggle to get enough quality sleep and this impacts all areas of your life; including focus, energy levels, weight & stress management, and risk of preventable lifestyle related diseases.
There are several basic steps you can incorporate into your day that will improve the quality of your sleep and have a positive knock-on effect to all other areas of your life.
”Sleep might be the most important aspect of building a great business, and having a high-performing body.”
- Lewis Howes
“In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Despite global connectivity we are arguably more disconnected with our local communities than at any other time in human history. This lack of genuine connection with others in close proximity is highly stressful for the most primal part of our brain, which craves connection and acceptance to ensure survival. Linking up with community events and opening up to deep, heartfelt conversations can help abate the effects of modern loneliness, which has been highlighted as a major public health issue.
Re-establishing our connection to food and learning to listen to our own mind and body has also become over-complicated in the modern world. Unplugging from society and focusing on self is borderline revolutionary compared to the constant bombardment of information we are otherwise subject to.