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In the beginning of the year many people are looking for ways to create healthy living behaviors in their lives. What is healthy living and how do you create healthy living in your life? I believe that healthy living requires you to have qualities of happiness and contentment in your life.
My definition of healthy living is creating a lifestyle where you feel balanced mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Healthy living definitely has it roots in creating and maintaining a healthy body to make it possible to carry out daily activities and have the energy to enjoy special occasions too.
Healthy living also required that mind and spiritual aspects of your life get appropriate attention as well. This combination of mind, body, heart and soul attention is the key to healthy living.
I have come to this definition of healthy living after several years of seeing patients and helping them evaluate what goals for their health create the foundation they are searching for. As a result I have four areas of healthy living that I incorporate into every treatment that I design for my patients.
I refer to this foundation as the Four Pillars of Health -- nutrition, movement, listening to your intuition (spiritual wisdom) and creating and maintaining loving and supportive community.
When patients come into my practice, they are usually looking for help in creating or strengthening at least one of these four pillars. As we create a plan that integrates all pillars into their lives, their health goals are reached exponentially.
Let’s start with nutrition. It is the first pillar or foundation for healthy living. The Free Dictionary defines "to nourish" as "the process of nourishing or being nourished, especially the process by which a living organism assimilates food and uses it for growth and for replacement of tissues. The science or study that deals with food and nourishment, especially in humans. A source of nourishment; food."
Nutrition can be food or any way we need to nourish ourselves. Food nutrition focuses on what we are putting into our body.