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What is holistic health?

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Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010 11:00 am | Updated: 3:22 pm, Fri Sep 16, 2011.

People of all ages are concerned about their health – how they feel, how they look, disease prevention, as well as quality of life. Unfortunately, the majority of society has been brainwashed to believe in the concept of eating less fat, excessive exercise, Botox injections or pharmaceutical drugs as the answer to attain health, vitality, longevity and fat loss.

     How can you achieve complete wellness, naturally without the gimmicks and artificial fixes? Winning formulas for health, vitality, longevity and fat loss are a multi-dimensional state of well-being – a holistic approach that integrates all aspects of wellness encompassing body, mental, emotional, environmental, community and spiritual health.

     Holistic health is a lifestyle that requires you to be an active participant taking control and responsibility of various aspects of your life such as:

           A sensible exercise program

           Eating wholesome, organic foods

           Emotional and mental well-being

           Hormonal balance

           Optimal digestion

           Peace of mind and happiness

           Positive thoughts and belief system

           Quality relationships

           Restful sleep

           Spiritual connection and awareness

           Stress management, relaxation, meditation and breathing

     Holistic health is a natural expression and harmony of life. It consists of peace of mind, happiness and complete well-being on all levels – physical, emotional, intellectual, mental and spiritual. It is an evolution, balance and integration of these aspects. You are made up of spirit, mind and body. If there is a problem in one of these areas, it will affect the others as well.

     Practicing principles of holistic health can alleviate many health conditions, including degenerative diseases, chronic stress and lifestyle disorders, hormonal imbalances, elevated cholesterol, hypertension, glandular weakness, gut dysfunction and a lowered functioning immune system.

     Holistic health is not portrayed by the individual with a bronzed tan, a chiseled six-pack abdomen eating 800 calories per day. Nor is it the person who jogs 25 miles per week, the latest celebrity diet or the individual that has undergone one plastic surgery after another.

     The truth is that no amount of exercise or cosmetic surgery will reshape your physique without attention to your lifestyle, environment, emotions and healthy nutrition. Most diets set you up to fail. They work against your natural biochemistry and program your body to store fat.

     Diets and weight loss gimmicks lead to a damaged metabolism. People who maintain their natural weight range usually have a healthy relationship with food, viewing it as nourishment. They enjoy food and eating without feelings of guilt, anxiety or obsession.

     The American population has been misinformed regarding what it takes to lose weight, attain the ultimate physique and live a healthy lifestyle.

      A key component of wellness is self-acceptance. Many believe that at age 40 their mind, sight, hearing, libido, joints and physique are on the decline and degeneration is bound to happen. Even worse, society has become dependent upon pharmaceuticals, stimulants or processed foods for maintenance of the most basic human functions. Addictions to alcohol, sugar and other artificial stimulants are used by many. These deplete you of energy, wreak havoc on your health and leave you more exhausted on deeper levels. All addictions stem from inner emotional conflict.

     Ninety percent of all diseases could be avoided with attention to these four components: stress management, sunlight, nutrition and exercise.

     Unfortunately, medical schools teach upcoming doctors little, if any, about nutrition, wellness or prevention of disease. Instead, doctors are taught how to prescribe toxic pharmaceutical drugs. The Rx drug acts as a Band-Aid. After a period of time, it worsens or reappears in another form. Each patent medicine has a list of side effects that often make matters worse. Eventually, more drugs are needed to deal with them leading to biochemistry disruption and eventually death.

     If you want to accelerate aging and shorten your life span, do what most Americans are already doing (avoid exercise, eat a large percentage of their diets from fast foods, soda and processed junk foods, consume white flour and white sugar, avoid supplements and instead take prescription drugs, which prematurely age the liver, pancreas, kidneys and other organs). Holistic health addresses the entire person and their lifestyle. It focuses on prevention, health maintenance, high-level wellness and longevity incorporating the four powers, which include nutrition, lifestyle, exercise and supplements. You are an active participant in the healing process of your life versus a passive recipient.

 

 

Healthy Coconut Macadamia Chicken

1-2 cups unsweetened, organic, shredded coconut; 1-2 cups raw, unsalted macadamia nuts, crushed; 1 cup coconut cream/milk; pinch unprocessed sea salt; 1-1/2 to 2 pounds organic chicken breast tenders; 1 teaspoon organic coconut oil.

 

Marinate chicken breast in coconut cream or milk for 3-8 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat glass baking dish with coconut oil. Mix crushed macadamia nuts and shredded coconut in bowl. Roll chicken breast in coconut/macadamia mixture and place in baking dish. Cook 35-45 minutes (baking time varies according to different ovens). Place under broiler for 1-2 minutes. Serve with jasmine rice, quinoa  and asparagus or veggie of your choice.

 

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Paula Owens is a nutritionist, fitness expert and weight loss coach with more than 20 years of experience. She is the creator of “21 Days to a Leaner, Healthier You,” an online weight loss and exercise program. Visit Paula at www.PaulaOwens.com.

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