About a week ago, I started this new health kick. And I must say it has been a challenge. However, it is necessary in order to embrace the Natural Me. I realized that I had to start internally. Being healthy does not only include what one eats but also how one lives. Our diet can affect many things including: hair growth, our emotional, mental, and physical well‐being. For example, hair is composed of mostly protein. This means one needs protein to help grow hair. Of course protein is not the only nutrient needed, but it is a start. Other nutrients needed to maintain healthy hair include: Iron, Vitamin A, and D.
Why am I doing this?
After a week of suffering from massive heart burns (because of my love for spicy foods) the
decision was made to make some life changes. Now some of you may be thinking, “Oh Renia
you are so skinny. Why are you concerned about eating healthy?” Well hopefully the
aforementioned details will make you second guess those thoughts. I am creating a
healthier lifestyle because I only have one body in this lifetime and I would like it to
function at a hundred percent for as long as possible. Furthermore, I believe that poor
health can lead to low energy, low self‐esteem, and health issues such as diabetes. Now I
am no expert on health awareness, but I do know when I am not feeling healthy.
So what are my methods?
Now, I am not saying that this is easy. That is why I am doing everything in moderation.
Changing certain food intake one at a time has helped me with my transition tremendously.
I have slowed down my intake of bread (which is high in carbohydrates); I LOVE bread.
So this was very difficult for me to do. When I do consume it, I try to substitute Italian style
bread (my usual) with honey wheat bread. The honey makes it more desirable (for me)
than the regular wheat bread. I have cut back on my daily intake of red meat to just once a
week. Some red meats are high in fat, which can lead to an increase of blood cholesterol.
High levels of LDL (low‐density lipoprotein) cholesterol can lead to heart disease (WebMD).
I snack on things like yogurt, natural almonds, apples and laughing cow cheese with mini
club crackers. I do not eat anything heavy after 7 in the evening, because it is more difficult
for the body to digest food (that is the time when we are least active). Not eating late also
helps one maintain a higher metabolism. I use the My Fitness Pal app on the I‐phone to
track my calorie intake. It is a free Weight Watchers method where you can decide whether
you would like to lose weight, maintain weight, or gain weight. Last but not least, I exercise
by taking Zumba classes. Whenever I miss my workout sessions I try to walk a mile to class
instead of riding the trolley.
How can you start living healthy?
First step is to find motivation. You have to have a reason or you will not stay committed.
Second step is to create a diet plan. What would you like to cut from your diet and what you
would like to add? Third you must have a time commitment. How many times a week are
you willing to exercise? Fourth, go grocery shopping for healthy snacks, and foods. “ Shop Well ” is another great app that helps you find healthy foods in your local grocery stores.
Fifth, begin your new life by writing motivational words on a sticky notes and posting them
to your mirror. Being healthy is a lifestyle, so we have to internalize positivity or it will
become a struggle instead of a success. Getting healthy is definitely a journey, but you do
not have to do it alone. Grab a friend or a love one to go along with you on your health kick!