Sunday, October 3, 2010

Living Well

 (Working on getting my second pair of workout shoes)
 Nike shoes, Longchamp tote, Forever 21 tank

What we eat influences our lives more than one might suspect.  We are currently in a food crisis in this country, with the lack of authentically healthy, cheap food readily available to the public and generally how misinformed American citizens are on what is considered healthy.  Anyone who hasn't already seen the movie Food Inc. should definitely watch it.  It will provide you with a better understanding of what you should and shouldn't be eating and how to accomplish that.  If you're living in the Midwest, let me tell you from experience, you definitely have your work cut out for you in terms of finding healthy, organic food.  But, it is extremely valuable and I urge you to make it a priority in your life. 

It's not such a crazy thought: if you eat crappy your whole life, you will look and feel crappy.  If you eat and treat yourself well, that will show in your mood, your appearance, your weight and your overall being.  It really is true, we are what we eat.  If our bodies aren't getting enough nutrition, it's only a matter of time before your body will deteriorate.  Not cute.

Make sure you are eating plenty of vegetables, fruit, raw food, healthy fats and proteins and take a food-based multivitamin.  It's mind blowing how many people regard this as "hodgepodge".  It's your one and only body and you get one chance - and when it fails on you, you will regret all those years you neglected it.  Give yourself the nutrition and respect you deserve.  Exercise regularly and don't ignore what your body is telling you.  Drink at least 70oz of water a day to ensure that your body is getting the right nutrients delivered to all your many parts. As a general rule, everything in moderation and balance is key.  You can still eat the bad things, just a minimal amount. (I'm a total sugar junkie)  Eat a variety of foods, and participate in a variety of different activities to keep your body moving.  My body has been giving out on me recently in a few different ways, and the steps I've made towards taking better care of it have really shown and been effective. I read some amazing advice the other day from my holistic chiropractor: "More water, less sugar. The end." 

Even if you can't accomplish everything that goes into a healthy lifestyle, try your best to do as much as possible.  I've still got a long way to go before I've got the perfect diet and exercise routine, but every little thing helps and will encourage you to do more. There is no secret to looking and feeling good.  Eat healthy, work out. The end.

xo, Viva


  1. I appreciate your inclusion of healthy fats as part of a good diet.. Balance is the key; any dietary exclusions are short a term fix !!

    Gary FX...

  2. I believe in having it both ways. I love healthy, fresh food and lots of fruits and veggies. But I throw down a few times a week!! What's it all worth if you can't relax and have a cheeseburger, steak, ice cream, or pop tart sometimes!!