Adventure, the final pillar of wellness is often the most overlooked and one of the most important pillars. Pillars 1, 2 and 3 are essential to health, adventure is all about thriving. You won’t be chasing your health and weight loss goals your entire life, eventually, you need another goal to chase. What will you do, what characteristics will you identify with once you achieve your health goals? Often the person we perceive and live as when we feel like garbage is a bit depressed, anxious, and little self-loathing.
Achieving your health and weight goals CAN help with this but often there is some of that former person still there. As you achieve your health goals, you need to think about what you want your life to be like afterward. If your body changes and your mind stays the same, you will likely slip into old habits as previous conditioning starts to come back into play. Ask yourself, “What the healthy, thriving version of you do and be like?” I would say the doing component is probably the most important.
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Now that nutrition and exercise are dialed in, let’s dig into pillars of wellness part 3: stress reduction. Stress is kind of a strange thing, often people focus too much on it or don’t focus on it at all. We also have a hard time defining what stress is. A major misconception is that stress is only emotional and has little to do with physical exertion, nutrition, and positive as well as negative life events.
Really, stress is anything that exceeds our resources, those resources can come from numerous biological and emotional categories. If stress overwhelms any of these categories, the immune system can plummet, the body releases an abundance of cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. You become more resilient for a period, then you crash and have to deal with the consequences of pushing yourself beyond your allostatic threshold for this period.
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It can be a challenge to eat primal or even healthy in a restaurant, anyone looking to make better meal decisions can use these 7 tips for healthy eating at restaurants. A few issues most of us deal with is making a healthy choice on the spot, knowing what non-listed ingredients are in the food, whether or not the restaurant has allergen friendly options, and how to handle alcoholic beverages.
The reality is we are going to eventually eat at a restaurant. All the home cooked and prepped meals in the world won’t change the fact that hanging out with friends or having a date night is a good time. Even if the decision to go out to a restaurant is spontaneous, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a plan in place.
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