How To Tell If Your Diet And Lifestyle Are Healthy: 3 Quick Quizzes

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By Janet Early 

What does “healthy” even mean?

There are so many mixed messages put forth by the media and the science community today about it, that it can be difficult to tell if you’re even “doing it right.”

Let’s break it down.

Here are 3 tell-tale signs to uncover whether you’re living your optimal lifestyle or if things can be improved.

#1: How are your ENERGY LEVELS?

Answer A or a B for the following questions:

  1. A) Do you wake up each morning feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead?
  2. B) Or are you a snooze-button slapper and a one-foot-out-the-door rusher?

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  1. A) Do you experience little-to-no energy fluctuations throughout the day?
  2. B) Or do you get intermittent energy highs and lows?

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  1. A) At night, do you fall asleep within 5-15 minutes of closing your eyes?
  2. B) Or do you have difficulty falling asleep and toss and turn during the night?

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If you identified with more of the B answers, your energy levels could definitely use some boosting.

Morning exhaustion is a sure sign that you’re not sleeping enough – Adults should get between 8 and 10 hours of sleep per night.

Intermittent energy highs and lows during the day are signs of a diet high in simple carbohydrates or caffeine. Both of these cause spikes and pitfalls in your insulin and blood sugar levels, making your energy teeter-totter all day long. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Humans were designed to have high cortisol levels in tune with the rising sun (get-up-and-go) and low cortisol levels when it gets dark to ease transition into sleep (shut down and rest).

If you find yourself exhausted in the morning and full of energy at bedtime, it’s vital that you balance your hormone levels.

This can be accomplished by nurturing your adrenal glands and testing to see if you have adrenal fatigue. You can find more information on that here and here.

#2: How is your MOOD?

Answer A or a B for the following questions:

  1. A) Do you experience a multitude of emotions on a daily basis?
  1. B) Or does your mood typically only change if something significant happens to trigger it?

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  1. A) Do you often not understand why you feel the way you feel?
  1. B) Or do you feel that you have complete control over your emotions on a normal basis?

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  1. A) Do you feel worse after eating processed foods?
  1. B) Or do your emotions remain stable after meals?

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Did you answer A a lot this time? If so, you would benefit from checking into your hormone levels and changing the composition of your diet.

Nurturing your adrenal glands – the system that is responsible for regulating your hormones – will substantially help to stabilize your mood. Again, more on that here.

What you eat really does have an impact on how you feel each day.

What to eat for a better moods:

1. Quality protein sources – Wild-caught fish, pasture-raised eggs, organic grass-fed meats, soaked or sprouted nuts and seeds.

2. Healthy fat sources – Avocado, coconut oil, egg yolks, nuts and seeds.

3. An array of vegetables – Make dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale and asparagus your base, followed by colorful veggies such as bell peppers, tomatoes and carrots. Starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, beets and butternut squash contain valuable antioxidants and hormone-balancing traits as well.

4. Healing herbs and spices – Cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, garlic and parsley.

Aim for one source from each of these categories at every meal to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs to ensure hormonal balance. After a few days on this food regimen, you will notice a spectacular shift in how you feel each day.

#3: How’s your POOP?

Answer A or a B for the following questions:

  1. A) Do you poop fewer than 5 times per week?
  1. B) Or do you generally have a bowel movement every day?

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  1. A) Do you experience stomach pain, cramping or gas pockets on a regular basis?
  1. B) Or do you only get digestive upsets occasionally and can usually explain why?

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  1. A) When you do poop, is there a lot of straining involved?
  1. B) Or is the process fairly quick and pain-free?

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If you answered mostly A’s this time – no surprise – digestive health is something you should focus on.

Besides eating the balanced, nutrient-dense diet laid out above, the following tips can also help you become more regular in the bathroom:

1. Hydrate like it’s your job. Dehydration can cause problems like constipation and bloating.

2. Take probiotics. Probiotics flood the digestive system with the beneficial bacteria it needs to function smoothly.

3. Try taking HCl before a protein-rich meal. This supplement helps by breaking down your foods and aiding in the absorption of nutrients. You can also try 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar in 2 oz of water before meals to increase your body’s own HCl production.

4. Move. Regular exercise stimulates your system and gets things moving.

5. Increase your magnesium intake. Magnesium loosens tense muscles and relaxes the body. It’s a great resource to have on hand to reduce constipation.

Final Notes

Examining your ENERGY, MOOD and POOP provide valuable insight into what’s really going on with your sleep, hormone levels and digestive system. These three categories are the fundamental determinants of how you feel each day.

When things seem a bit out of whack, there’s always opportunity to make some tweaks to improve your quality of life – don’t feel like you’re completely stuck!

Know any other tips regarding these three categories? Feel free to share in the comments below!

 

Sources:
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-10429/10-signs-youre-eating-right-for-your-body.html

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Janet Early

Janet Early

Janet Early is a health enthusiast living in Los Angeles and working as a researcher for a major television company. An aspiring writer, Janet discovered her passion for wholesome nutrition and natural healing while navigating the struggles of balancing food sensitivities in a modern world. In addition to nutrition, she enjoys traveling, storytelling and embarking on daily adventures.
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