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Healthy Living: 5 Key Tips On Staying Healthy

"I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you." Joyce Meyer



 We often hear people talk about being healthy and then they list exercise and losing weight as their goals. While doing both can contribute to our feelings of well being, we need more than physical activity and goals to maintain our overall health. I believe that if we focus on a holistic approach to healthy living, we will be in better health and, ultimately, in better shape. If your goal this year is to build a healthy lifestyle, my question to you is: Are you taking care of the whole person? Are you taking social influences and other factors into consideration? If No, then you need to reconsider your efforts and make healthy decisions that cater to the whole person. If Yes, then congratulations, you are ahead of the game!

There are five key elements we must keep in mind on our journey to healthy living: In any healthy living plan, we must care for our Physical, Nutritional, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Health.

 Physical Health: Exercise is the first thing that comes to mind, and there are many ways to maintain our bodies and get in shape. Whether you choose to run, walk, do yoga, martial arts, swim or lift weights, it's important to learn how to maintain our bodies in the proper way. Any form of physical activity can lead to injury, if we don't learn the proper form or way to do it. Avail yourself of an expert trainer, even if for a short time, so you can learn the right way to do any type of activity you choose. Walking is a no-brainer, but having the proper footwear is imperative, ditto wearing comfortable clothing. We are never too old to learn and it's never too late to improve our form.

Nutritional Health: The worst thing we can do for our bodies is to feed it junk while we are increasing our physical activity. If you commit to lose weight or increase your activity levels, it's key to keep your nutritional well-being in mind. It would be defeatist to line up the best gear and workout clothes, pay for an expensive gym membership, and then feed your body a diet of junk, high cholesterol, artery clogging foods. If we eat fruits, vegetables, grains and lean proteins with some fat, and add plenty of water to our daily diet, we will be on the road to staying truly healthy. I'm a big advocate for organic foods and fresh foods, but you can eat well by eating a balanced meal from the major food groups. The goal should be to eat in moderation.


 "A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier."Tom Stoppard 



 Mental Health: Our mental health is as important as our physical health. If we are surrounded by negativity or have addictions that interfere with our well-being, it is important to take care of them on the road to total health. While our endorphins increase when we work out, if there are issues in our lives that need mental health attention, we must seek help from the appropriate professional to assist in addressing those issues. Anorexia and Bulimia are eating disorders that require mental health attention. If someone you know is excessive about restricting food intake, encourage the person to seek help. Some people fall into a dangerous eating pattern, while claiming they are getting in shape. Anything we do in excess must be addressed with the help of a professional. Maintain your mental health.

 Emotional Health: Our emotional well-being is tied into our mental well-being and, if we are emotionally spent, we need to take time out to resolve any issues that are pulling us down. If we don't take care of our emotional health, it can create more problems for us. Some of us eat too much or too little when we feel hurt or break up with a loved one. Some us become hoarders or excessive, emotional spenders when things fall apart in our lives. So, it's very important to check in with our emotional state, seek the help of a therapist or other professional,  and sort out our problems. Ignoring the promptings to do something could lead to other emotional problems. Staying healthy also means staying emotionally healthy.

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  "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." Benjamin Franklin



Spiritual Health: I call this spiritual health but, you can call it contemplative care or anything you wish. This is really about maintaining a peaceful environment for your total well-being. I meditate, practice yoga, and take nature walks because I find them healing. I'm also a believer in the power of prayer and the power of a supportive family and mentor group. What do you do to nurture your spirit? It could be creative expressions, service to others, charity work or many other ways of being a giver in the world. So you get to choose this one too.

We live in a world with so many social influences that it's very easy to fall victim to WooWoo ideas on staying healthy. Be clear about what works for YOU and then honor it. Going back to basics is important for maintaining clarity in our lives and, if we have a spirit of gratitude and believe in our right to be, we will find that the things we wish for will come closer to us. How do you stay holistically healthy?  What are you doing to stay healthy?

Some Food for Thought: We become what we do, ingest, think, believe, and create. Choose the path of healthy living and BREATHE! Again, What are you doing to stay healthy?  

I would love to hear from you.  Please leave me a comment. Thank You!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Photos my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


83 comments:

  1. I really need to start eating better. It's one of my goals this year - to lose a few lbs and eat right.

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  2. This is such a great post. We're always so obsessed with our physical health that we forget about all of the other aspects of being healthy.

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  3. These are all great tips. I think, so often, we focus on one area of being healthy that we neglect other areas that are equally important.

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  4. I am determined to a healthier lifestyle this year Thanks for reminding me it is a 360 operation!

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  5. Staying healthy has so many components! People don't realize that it isn't just about eating right and exercising.

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  6. I've been working on my nutritional health little by little. It takes time but I'm definitely working on it in steps.

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  7. This is a great advice. You have to become healthy sooner rather than later or it can have some lasting negative effects.

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  8. Being healthy is soo important. I love all of these tips and agree with every single one of them! Keeping my body and mind healthy is one of the most important things in my life! I've recently decided to keep a holistic lifestyle!

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  9. I never though about all the components of health! Thanks!

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  10. I have been eating better this year. I startEd bringing my lunch instead of going out everyday. Saves me money too!

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  11. I truly believe that a holistic approach is the best. But boy - it's so very hard in our "modern" world.

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  12. Ahhhhh I'm the biggest health freak... But I've been kinda slacking the last few weeks.... Need to get back on track!

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  13. Wonderful article! I focus so much on getting healthy and losing a little weight, I tend to forget my spiritual and mental well being...

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  14. You're so right that health is just not a simple word. There is much more to it than just one thing.

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  15. These are great tips. All are so important to stay healthy! Thanks for this!

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  16. I need to work on working out and emotional health. -Jillian Fisher

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  17. Being healthy is an all inclusive cycle! That is great you touch in it all http://www.parentinghealthy.com

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  18. I like staying healthy, it is a little hard at first but you get used to it fast; eat better foods and start a work out routine. You feel so much better!

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  19. I've just joined the gym and I'm so excited about that. I can already feel a difference! Great tips.

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  20. oh - spiritual health is SO much important! :D

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  21. I always say our mental health is just as important if not more so than our physical health. People tend to forget that. Great post!

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  22. Staying healthy is so hard for me because I tend to put myself at the end of the line. I need to take care of my physical and emotional health more this year.

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  23. Great tips! I'm really trying to be healthier in the new year - so far so good!

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  24. This is my goal. I made a promise to myself that I'm going to lose 40lbs by time, I turn 40 years old. I have really step up my green and fruit games 110% and my body is truly thanking me for that. I might go back to Hot Yoga, so I can truly stretch my limit as well.

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  25. Love the advice! It's important to be a role model when it comes to health, especially for the others in the family!

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  26. After being off my medications for a long time I am finally back to taking care of my mental health. I am thankful for that. Now, I need to tackle my weight and eating right.

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  27. I love that you focused on there being more than one area to be healthy in. It's totally true! This is a great post. Thanks for sharing!

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  28. I think I have the physical and nutritional health down, but probably have to tighten up on my emotional and mental health. Sometimes, I get really anxious and fall victim to stress.

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  29. Health and positive thinking is definitely important in life, health is about everything not just one thing, thanks for your advice!

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  30. I really need to get healthier. For years, I didn't pay attention to little things and now I see how important regular check ups and things like that are. I didn't know for years that I had a sever thyroid condition and it could have killed me.

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  31. I have always said that there is so much more to being healthy than just the physical and nutritional aspects, though they are important too. Wonderful post!

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  32. These are great tips, thanks for sharing. I think emotional health is one of the most important things to remember to take care of.

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  33. It is indeed very important to become healthy in all aspect of our life. It is better to prevent than to cure as they say. We should take care also of our spiritual health as much as we care for the physical health.

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  34. That's a great quote, I'm trying to focus more on this - this year too.

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  35. Cut down on sugary drinks. Reduce your intake, or completely cut out soft drinks, juices, and sports drinks that are full of sugar, and opt for water, milk and healthier options instead.

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  36. This is an awesome post indeed. I know for a fact mental, emotional, and physical health are all connected. It is so important for us all to stay healthy in every way. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  37. Thanks for the information. We are trying to eat healthier this year.

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  38. Thanks so very much for the Review/Information on Healthy Living: 5 Key Tips On Staying Healthy! It's so important these days to try and strive to be the healthiest person that you can be! For so many of us it's a big difficult because of financial stains! I love to walk and generally walk when it's warmer outside! It's too cold outside to be walking right now! As far as the food part goes, we haven't visited a "fast food" establishment in a very long time! I try to make meals that are healthier for us, however, with our finances as they are, An awful lot of the "good for you" foods are quite expensive and I need to stay on a strict budget at the moment! Thanks so much for sharing all of this wonderful information with all of us! I truly do appreciate it! Thanks again, Michele :)

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  39. I am working on my emotional health by getting less stressed and my nutritional health by eating better.

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  40. One of my #1 things that was on your list was the getting to sleep early, i have always heard sleep is so good for you. You also get up early and can do more things in the day. I personally like to go to sleep early and get up early because of that reason(:

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  41. Thank you for sharing this information, we all need to take care of ourselves better. I am trying to eat better this year.

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  42. Thanks for all this wonderful information and tips, I to believe in having a better attitude, not that I always have one loll .. I do believe if you give a smile you get a smile :) thanks again for share

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  43. My dad using olive oil until now. He was using it as our cooking oil, lotion with oxygen etc., I really love all of your post, because its gave me a positive and inspiring words ever I read all your post. You're doing a great job thanks for sharing a positive.

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  44. I need work in all 5 catagories but I'm trying. The Nutritional Health has always been a struggle for me but I'm finally doing much better with lots of veggies, fruits and nuts. I quit drinking soda and now I am a water nut.It's helped a lot with my energy level so far.

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  45. I really need to work on spiritual health - maintaining a peaceful environment this year. Thank you for the tips.

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  46. Thanks for pointing out that it takes more than just a good diet and exercise to maintain health. I enjoyed reading your article and hope to be able to do better on these points this year.

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  47. I'm been really concentrating on the nutritional health. I really need to start working on the other areas now. Thanks for the great article.

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  48. This is such a great article. I also believe that how we think and our spirituality really effects us more than most people realize. Thank you for sharing

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  49. Right now I am eating healthy, drinking a lot of water. I cut out processed foods, sugary drinks and just eat as natural as possiable. These are some great ideas. I really need to work on my Emotional Health more though.

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  50. Great post. I liked how you also included emotional and spiritual health.

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  51. Great tips! You are right, we always think of working out and eating right or losing weight. There is a lot more to ourselves than the outward appearance. Time to work from the inside out. Great food for thought here. Thanks!

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  52. This is so true I need to work on some of the Physical Healthy Me's I believe I am doing OK in The Mental Healthy Me parts though I need to work on the emotional Me that fell apart when My Mom passed Thanks for Sharing

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  53. You are so right about all of those ways to truly be healthy. They all tie into each other closely.

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  54. I really love eating healthy food !! it is just that I'm so lazy lol !! but I will make sure at least I would eat healthy for 3 days on a week like that I would adapt with it..

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  55. These are some great tips. I am working on getting healthier in every aspect of my life this year. Thank you for sharing

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  56. Eating healthy is far more important than any other thing !

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  57. I thought this was a post about mushrooms. They're all over the photo at the top. But the article didn;t say anything about the `shrooms. Pity, that.

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  58. Very true. Very important to have balance in your life to live a heathly life. Thank you for the tips.

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  59. I have been trying to eat healthier.With diet and exercise I have been able to lose 55 lbs. I do eat lots of fruits but need to eat more veggies! Thank you!

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  60. Thanks for all the tips.Health is wealth and we can create as much as WEALTH with good health.Nice post

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  61. I am trying to stay away from the processed foods. I have lost 55lbs with diet and exercise so that I am totally off one insulin and on a sliding scale for the other. Thank you!

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  62. These are great tips . My resolution this year was to eat healthier and so far it is working out really well for me

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  63. I just went to leave a comment. Next thing I know, it said thanks for commenting. I was in mid sentence, I must have hit publish by accident. So, I apologize if there are two in a row.

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  64. wow this is very informative I read it out loud to my husband and it really hit hard. In the last couple years we've been eating like crap and not working out as much.

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  65. back to nature is the best thing to keep our body healthy.

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  66. thanks for such amazing ideas and i like the fact that a healthy attitude is the way to staying happy and healthy. its always important for one to take care of ones health no matter what it is.

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  67. Thats what we wanted for ourselves this year is to eat right.

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  68. I agree with the tips! I personally do yoga so that has helped a lot!

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  69. Love your name Kismet which I think is Hindi for destiny or fate? Also I love colorful fruits and veggie photos here and really need to eat more of these and not just look at photos to stay healthy. Thanks for the ideas and tips.

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  70. I believe what Joyce has promoted and you have published is absolutely true for the health of our young (and us old guys too) and could become a healthy lifestyle throughout their lives

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  71. This is really helpful information. I know I need to concentrate on getting up and around doing more physical activity since my job is pretty sedentary.

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  72. These are all great ideas. I know need to be more physically active, even if it's just taking a walk, since my job is pretty sedentary.

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  73. These are ll very important. You do really need to do all those to get healthy. Get healthy is not easy especially when you are use to bad habits for so long.

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  74. SOme really good info here on staying healthy!

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  75. I swim 3 times a week. I need to have better sleep habits.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  76. Great information. I find that all of these together makes a better person with a positive attitude -- they all go hand in hand, mind , body, and the spiritual inner self. Leave one out and there is a problem for sure. Thank you so much for sharing. :-)

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  77. I think good food, positive attitude and just general healthy habits work. Some of this is just common sense but you'd be surprised how many people don't have that.

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  78. We are trying really hard to eat better and it is working. I have lost 50 pounds since December.

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  79. great advice,will try for sure

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  80. this post was really helpful and interesting.. it will help me to have a way more better lifestyle

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  81. I stay healthy by being involved in my community, taking care of my family and eating well. But the most important thing I have found is having a positive attitude.

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  82. Great tips for healthy living. I will share them with my friends and family. I exercise daily and eat healthy food to stay healthy

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