The quality of your life depends the following five: food you eat, supplementation, physical activity, sleep, and stress management.
#1 As Mark Sisson quoted, “80% of your body composition will be determined by your diet.” This pretty much proves you are what you eat. It’s not about the calories, it’s about the quality of your food. As for Mark Sission, this guy couldn’t have said it better: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/definitive-guide-to-the-primal-eating-plan/#axzz1wpnL9sD9.
#2 Everyone should take supplements to optimize their health and to prevent disease. The soil we grow our food in over and over again may not be as rich as it used to be; especially on commercial farm land. Nobody eats perfect and get all the recommended daily requirement. Toxins are everywhere especially in the air we breath. Most of us may not be getting enough sunlight and fresh air. The list goes on. Top three recommended supplements: multivitamin/multimineral (to meet recommended daily amount), antioxidants (to rid toxin/free radicals), and omega 3 (necessary fatty acids). As a nutraMetrix consultant, I carry my own line of high quality nutraceutical supplements to practice preventive healthcare. Feel free to email me for questions.
#3 Physical activity is important for cardiovascular and immune health. We can’t live without our blood. Good nutrition and physical activity is neccessary for high quality blood to keep us alive and well. Exercise to strengthen muscles/bones and burn fats. Great physical activity is essential for maintaining healthy body weight. Our immune system depends on our muscles (that includes your heart) for good circulation. Get moving so your immune system can function better and remove toxins.
#4 Sleep! If you want to maintain health body weight, SLEEP! The recommended length of sleep varies for everyone; so just sleep so that you don’t feel sleepy the next day. Me, I need eight hours! You think sleep is overrated and you can sleep when you are dead? Keep in mind that important hormones are released during your sleep for growth and developement of your body cells. The production of certain protein by the cells that only happen during sleep are responsible for the formation of building blocks for cells allowing them to repair damages caused by stress, sun, poor eating, muscle tearing (from working out and such), etc. If you are working out, be sure your body gets adequate sleep to repair all those muscle cells for leaner muscle mass thus increasing fat burn. Oh yea, the hormones ghrelin and leptin (responsible for the regulation of appetite) are found to not be fully functional when deprived of sleep. So get some sleep to avoid the temptation on next day to eat Five Guys for lunch just because you are to tired to cook your own food. Why I say that? Perhaps from experience, maybe.
#5 Stress management. Is reading this stressing you out? Just rub your ears and say ‘Whoosaaaa.’ Our body is not designed to be under stress 24/7. In today’s world, we humans, are under more stress than ever before. Not just ‘paying the bills on time’ stress, but internal stress such as eating food loaded with unnatural crap that our body doesn’t know what to do with or your vertebrea not being completely aligned due to hard labor and such. However you manage your stress depends on who you are and your lifestyle. I find that spiritual meditation is my number one stress reliever. A massage, getting adjusted by a chiropractor, laying on a hammock, positive reading, clean eating, drinking water, exercising, sleeping, laughing, etc. are all great way to relieve stress from your body. Just remember, take it one day at a time.