It doesn’t matter how many hours you spend on a treadmill if you don’t eat right – you can’t outrun a bad diet. It doesn’t matter if you eat the world’s ‘healthiest’ foods, but don’t love your body as you should, it will not perform at its best. Your health will suffer regardless of how many green juices you drink daily if you are under a lot of pressure and your anxious mind is constantly battling. Those, along many others, are the reasons why here at Healthy Happened we advocate a holistic philosophy, one that connects the mind, body and soul. A holistic approach to life is about taking care of oneself on all levels whether it’s physical, emotional, social or spiritual aspects of wellbeing. It’s an ongoing journey continuously searching for more answers and striving for a better and healthier life.

Your mind, body and soul are all connected.

Pillars of Health we Live by 

While our dietary habits can help nourish our bodies and manage weight but it’s only one piece of the puzzle that makes up a healthy lifestyle. I strongly believe that there is never just a one thing that works, but there is always a sum.

No 1: FILTER OUT THE NEGATIVITY We get it regularly from everywhere: media, coworkers, bosses, friends, family and strangers on the street. Refuse it. Get away from it. Try to surround yourself with people who support your wants and needs, encourage you and wish you only the best in life. Negative thoughts are toxic. Remember.

No 2: STRESS We live in a society where our lives are so fast-paced and hectic that it almost becomes a competition to see who is the ‘busiest’. However, when trying to be the ‘best’ at everything, we are likely to put our health on the back-burner. I know from the frenzy of everyday life that it’s not always easy to find time each day to escape and rejuvenate, but even closing your eyes, connecting to your breath and observing the mind for five minutes a day can dramatically transform the way you approach your daily life. Making time for yourself is important.

No 3: MINDFULNESS Learn how to manage your thoughts instead of being overwhelmed by them. Being more engaged in the present moment can support your attention and concentration and give you more insight into your emotions, which will do wonders for your wellbeing in all areas of life. When you feel like life is taking over, stop, rest and rejuvenate.

No 4: LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY The power of love plays a vital role in the body’s natural healing process. Give more importance to valuable relationships in your life and become comfortable with the idea of self-love. Look at it as a matter of unconditional self-acceptance, appreciation and compassion for oneself. You are good enough, just as you are.

No 5: SLEEP Aim for at least 8 hours most nights. Establish a relaxing bedtime routine and try to stick with it – going to bed and waking at the same time each day can be very beneficial to your well being. Your body loves regularity.

No 6: NUTRITION Be reliant on wholesome foods nourishing your body from the inside out.

No 7: MOVE YOUR BODY IN WAYS YOU LOVE Daily exercise and other forms of your favorite activities are important not only for your physical but also the emotional wellbeing, but don’t take it to extremes! There’s no need to push your body to the limits day after day. Exercise can be simple, such as getting off the subway or bus one stop early. The key is to stay active. Choose the form of exercise that puts a smile on your face. Move your body, because you love it. Not because you hate it.

No 8: NATURAL SKINCARE Adopting a more natural approach to skincare and what we put on our body’s largest organ is a natural extension of choosing to eat more healthily. Parabens, chemically manufactured preservatives, thickeners, colourants, fragrances, fillers, alongside many more ingredients, are packed into so many of the everyday beauty products that we use on a daily basis. As consumers we must keep an eye on what exactly we are putting on our skin. However, remember when it comes to beauty, what’s on the inside counts. If you only focus on what foundation to wear, but don’t care what you are putting into your body, then you are left with beauty that is ultimately unconvincing and unsatisfying.

Just a small switch opens the door to greater changes.

Healthy Happened Philosophy on Food

GOOD NUTRITION SHOULD BE SIMPLE Complicated diets that require a calculator to be able to stick to or ones that only sees foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ are unlikely to be sustainable. Good nutrition is actually quite simple and it’s not about obsessing over weight and calories, but focusing on the quality of foods. My goal in both HH blog and working one-to-one with clients is to help you realise that nourishing your body with nutritious whole foods can be an easy part of your life, while still enjoying foods that are meant simply for pleasure.

HEALTHY CANNOT BE QUANTIFIED BY ANY NUMBER Bodies exist naturally in a wide range of shapes and sizes and we are all metabolically different and it explains why a diet that works well for one person may not be working for another. Therefore, stop comparing yourself to others and be confident about the way you feel and what works better for you.

SINGLE NUTRIENTS AS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL Whilst we know that certain foods are meant solely for pleasure, seeing foods only as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ isn’t the most helpful approach to healthy eating. We all tend to eat a complex diet composed of many different foods often combined together to make meals rather than eating things like sugar, salt or fat on its own. This means that instead of arguing over whether we should eat more butter or less sugar, it’s more important to look at our diet as whole, thinking how that food fits into your overall diet, because each person’s diet varies immensely depending on a range of factors such as nutritional needs, goals, activity level, etc. In nutrition, diet is the sum of food consumed by a person.

BALANCE IN EVERYTHING Although I strongly believe that going back to basics and eating foods in their least processed state is what’s best for us and what we’re meant to do for optimum health and wellbeing, I also encourage flexibility with eating healthy and making it a realistic lifestyle. After all food is one of life’s greatest pleasures and you should give yourself permission to indulge in a treat occasionally or enjoy your favourite meal if you consciously support your body around them. Healthy eating should not be about deprivation – it is about making good choices most of the time for sustained success.

GETTING RID OF LABELS Here on HH there are no labels, because that is yet another way of restricting ourselves and sense of freedom is very much important especially for our mental wellbeing. What if one day you want to eat a piece of ‘something’ that doesn’t fit the label? Will you lose the label that you ‘worked’ so hard for? If even for a brief moment we can all relax and not put ourselves into boxes, we’ll feel a lot freer to just go with our instincts and start to eat what we need, and ditch the things we don’t.

YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT SOMETHING YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT To be able to make an informed decision, we must have all the necessary relevant information and understanding that enables us to decide what is right for us. Therefore, my goal in both my practice and my blog is to inform people about minimum basis in nutrition whether it would be knowing what food contains or learning how to read food labels, because then you can make your decision based on what you know, but you can’t do anything about something you don’t know about.

LEARNING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR BODY NEEDS Very often I hear messages in the media ‘Listen to your body and give it what it needs’. While technically it sounds inviting, but what if I think that my body needs endless amounts of processed convenience foods days on end? Should I always ‘listen’ and give it what it ‘needs’ even though by the end of the day it makes me feel even more sluggish and miserable? I strongly believe that more often than not we cannot ‘hear’ our bodies wants and needs, because that voice can be talked over by family problems, long working hours, pressuring deadlines or anything else that could shift our attention towards the most comforting foods to make us feel at least a little better. For this reason, my goal is to teach you about nutrition and about implementing some sustainable strategies, which you would be able to follow for the rest of your life and those strategies would especially be helpful in cases when that inner voice is being talked over. If you want to learn more and understand food nutrition for you, then working with a naturopathic nutritional therapist like myself is a great first step to determine what your body needs.