So I want to be healthy and happy. What do I need to do? I should start by eating healthy. Ok, to do that, I need to avoid processed foods, fast food, foods with lots of sugar, red meat, some types of fish, and saturated fat. Well maybe I don’t need to avoid saturated fat if it comes from certain sources. Wait a minute, my diet should be low in carbs, high in protein, and vegetarian, no vegan, but I can have meat once a week and fish is ok. Is it? I can’t eat too much fish now because it is being overfished. Before I forget, I can treat myself to the occasional “junk food”. Is this going to cause me to lose weight? What if I want to gain weight? I am supposed to eat more meat now, and include superfoods (What is the effect of Kryptonite on these?). Should all of this be organic or local? It should be both, but if I need to choose local is better than organic for the planet, and organic is better for my body. Now I also need to make sure I drink lots of water and for best physical performance I should calculate how much I need based on a number of factors. Diuretics are bad, but coffee and tea are good. Ok, I have my diet figured out, I think. Oh, I can also drink alcohol because it will make me smarter. However, I can only drink so much. Red wine is the best, but other kinds of alcohol are good too. Isn’t alcohol also a diuretic? This one is for sure, I shouldn’t smoke and I should exercise regularly. I need to reduce the amount of time I spend sitting, take at least 5000 steps a day and exercise for at least 30 minutes. I also need to spend time relaxing and not doing anything. Now, to be happy I should have a bucket list, not compare myself to others, and have a job that is fulfilling and challenging. I can’t work too much though, but I should work until I am 67 years old. I should quit my current job and do something that I enjoy. No I shouldn’t. I enjoy what I do, mostly, and it allows me to do what I enjoy to do. I need a routine, or is it that I need to be spontaneous? Too much technology is bad, I need to disconnect, but it is also good to stay connected, to help reduce stress. I can also use it as a tool for work and learning. Now what I also need to do…
THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!! I’m going to just do what I enjoy: Go outside, live a balanced lifestyle and treat myself accordingly.
Trying to follow all of the studies that come out these days can cause us a great deal of extra stress and worry. They are also always changing and new ones are coming out every day. I can’t keep them straight and why should I try to? Life is more enjoyable when I just live with balance. April is stress awareness month, so do something you enjoy and don’t worry if you treat yourself occasionally. Life is too short to sweat the small stuff. Studies are not all bad. They give us insight into things we may have forgotten along the way. However, they are not to be relied on. I do know this for sure and have done my own study to prove this: The outdoors is good for me. How do I know? Going outside helps me relax, keeps me active and is enjoyable.
This weeks idea: Do your own study. Go outside, treat yourself and relax. See how it makes you feel. As with any study, write down your results and share them with others. This should be the only study that you follow (The following video has some pretty good advice too)!