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July 29, 2012
10 Steps to Healthy Living
More and more people today are concerned with helping people live healthier, more joyful lives, and they know that finding an overall sense of wellness comes from living a healthy lifestyle.There is a need to find balance between the physical, emotional and spiritual areas of our lives.

Michael Ellison has developed the 10 Essentials for Healthy Living.These are a series of easy-to-follow-and helpful tips designed to help people enjoy their lives to the fullest. They are:!
1. Breathe Deeply Air is the cornerstone of life. Every moment of every day your body exchanges carbon dioxide for oxygen to keep each cell in your body alive and functioning. A rich supply of oxygen can make the difference between feeling tired and stressed and youthful and focused. Take at least five deep breaths from your abdomen several times a day.
The secret to getting enough oxygen is to breathe deeply. Just follow this simple process to maximize your breathing.
Take 8-10 deep breaths in sequence, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Check that your abdomen is rising and falling with each breath.
Complete your breathing routine at least five times a day choosing times when you feel stressed or tired will give you an instant pick me-up!
2. Drink Water - Water is essential for everything your body does. In fact, you are more than 70 percent water! Nutrient absorption, blood flow, respiration, elimination, and your ability to see and hear require adequate consumption of pure, clean water. Your body cannot effectively store the water you need throughout the day. Drink at least eight glasses of water every day.
The first key to getting the water you need is to find out how much your body requires. To calculate your personal water requirements:
Multiply your weight by .04 and multiply that figure by 2. The answer equals the minimum number of 8-ounce glasses your body needs just to function normally.
3. Sleep Peacefully - Sleep is the only time your body has to repair and rejuvenate every organ and system in your body. Sleep deprivation causes cellular damage, and limits the production of enzymes and hormones your body needs to keep your cells healthy, and prevent premature aging. Sleep also has a powerful impact on your emotional health - it eases stress and helps you cope with the ups and downs of your day. Strive to get eight hours of sleep every night.
Perform this simple bedroom survey to see if your room is helping or hindering your quest for a peaceful night's sleep.
Do you need room darkening window coverings to avoid the glare of early morning light?
Does noise from other rooms or outdoors need to be minimized with better insulation or reorganization of your room?
Does your mattress and pillow promote a good night's sleep or should they be replaced?
Do you feel calm and restful in your room, or do you need to make changes that will make it more soothing?
Do you use your room for more than rest and relaxation - do you need to
relocate your computer, television, or other distractions?
4. Eat Nutritiously - Food has a powerful impact on your body. Everyday, food, in large part, determines how you feel and how your body functions. A balanced diet, rich in whole foods, combined with quality nutritional supplements created to meet your specific needs, will give you the energy you need today, and the disease-fighting strength you need to build a healthy future.
Sometimes eating well can seem complicated - but it doesn't have to be. Grab a dinner plate and follow these steps to a balanced meal:
Look at your plate - you will only fill the center, undecorated portion.
Divide the plate in half - fill one half with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Divide the remaining half into two equal sections, and place lean meat or fish in one section, and a high-fiber carbohydrate in the other - now you have a balanced meal!
5. Enjoy Activity - Your body was created to move - and move often. Activity increases your circulation, speeding oxygen, nutrients and water to your cells. Your Lymphatic System requires activity to purge your body of deadly toxins. Activity also triggers your brain to release health-giving hormones and enzymes that lift your spirit while they bolster your immune system. A small investment in daily moderate activity will enable you to reap tremendous health benefits.
Make a goal to walk more every day. Walking for just 10 minutes has been shown to have a positive impact on your health.
Park as far from the door as possible.
Take a walking break instead of a coffee break
Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Put walking before television or other sedentary activities.


6. Give and Receive Love - As you give and receive love, freely and generously, you will be blessed with meaningful, lifelong relationships and cherished memories that will bring joy in happy times, and strength and peace in difficult times.
Pick out a "Person of the Week" and express your love for them every day - be specific - let them know why you love them.
7. Be Forgiving - By forgiving yourself and others of past and present mistakes, real or perceived, you will gain freedom from negativity and guilt that will strengthen you and those you love.
Each day this week before going to bed, make a point to consciously forgive
anyone who has offended you.
8. Practice Gratitude - Sincere gratitude will lift and inspire you. Recognizing and appreciating all you have empowers you to find and express true joy.
The simple act of writing down the people, things and blessings you are grateful for will change your life. Create a gratitude journal and make an entry in it every day.
9. Develop Acceptance - When you develop the ability to identify and accept the circumstances in your life you cannot change, yet strive to make positive changes whenever and wherever you can, you will discover lasting peace and hope.
Make a goal to focus on positive changes in yourself and others - avoid dwelling on, or pointing out shortcomings in yourself or others. Celebrate even small successes by those you care about.
10. Develop a Relationship with God - You build a relationship with God in the same way you build a relationship with those around you - through sharing and listening. By offering a simple prayer daily, you will enjoy a sense of well-being you will not experience any other way.
Take at least 15 minutes each day to spend in prayer, meditation, and inspirational reading. Make this a time to concentrate on the areas in your life where you most need Divine help. Seek out Divine comfort and direction every day.
You are a complex, unique combination of physical, emotional and spiritual qualities. By discovering and applying the 10 Essentials, you can develop habits and attitudes that will increase your energy and help you get the most out of life. Congratulations on taking your first steps toward vibrant health & energy

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