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INTRODUCTION

Introducing our system and philosophy

A better you

Chances are you are here because you want to make some changes. Maybe you want to lose weight, have more energy from day to day, or just get in shape. That’s great! Our system allows you to do all those things, if you are prepared to make an effort.

But change is hard. If you try to change everything at once, nothing will change. It’s important to stay true to yourself. Don’t expect instant results, changing your life takes time and effort. And the only way to keep that up is if it feels comfortable to you. You don’t have to go to the gym just because that’s what everybody does. If you enjoy taking a walk in the forest that’s just as good. Look for the activities you enjoy and build on those.

Force of habit

But even if you find activities you really like, they will still require effort. Your natural instinct is to preserve energy whenever possible, so your brain will tell you all that effort is unnecessary and it is better to just lie on the couch.

But your brain can be trained. If you repeat activities regularly, your brain will eventually start to miss them when you skip them. We will introduce a few simple daily habits like drinking six glasses of water and taking a 30 minute walk. At first these will require willpower, but as time goes by they will become easier and easier to keep up. Soon, you’ll feel uncomfortable whenever you skip them.

Human nature

We have evolved over many thousands of years to perfectly suit a life we no longer live. We have evolved to walk all day, not sit behind a desk. We are wired to preserve energy and eat whenever we find food, even when modern calories are cheap and plentiful. We prefer sugar over other more healthy foods, because it’s a quick and easy source of energy for our brain.

Our instincts cannot be trusted as a guide to a healthy life. Even so, fighting your instincts is a recipe for failure. Your brain is much better at rewarding you than we are. If you want to achieve lasting change, you need to work with your instincts. And sometimes maybe trick them a little.

At Healthy Lives, we always ask what would be natural for humans. Then we look how best to fit it into modern life. Not because natural is always better, but because by going with your instincts you will achieve more than by going against them.

Everything is connected

If you want to change your life, you need to look at all aspects of it. If you start exercising but don’t change the way you eat, you won’t get results. Same if you eat healthy food but don’t sleep well. To be healthy, you need to look at nutrition, exercise, sleep and your mindset. The next four parts of this introduction explain our approach for each of these.

Eat better

Eat filling, nutritious meals. If you nourish your body, it’s easier to control your cravings and resist temptations.

Move Better

Get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Every day. Exercising a little every day boosts your energy levels and helps you burn fat.

Sleep Better

Make sleep a priority. Remove all screens from your bedroom and turn in by 10:30PM. Take naps whenever you need them.

Live Better

Better health means nothing unless it enables a better life. Play, connect, work, give, laugh, dance. Enjoy your life.

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