Most of us want to change something about our life and feel better at some point or another during our life time. Often motivated by feeling tired and low of energy, we set out to look for changes. Luckily for us we are on a journey of evolution and therefore, if we are unhappy or dissatisfied about an element of our existence, we can usually change it.
Occasionally though, that change may need to come from within. We are able to live a better, more satisfying life if we were more in tune with our bodies. A good lifestyle can improve stress, sleep and performance.
The truth is that the way this generation and this society lives life is neither healthy nor conducive to the human body’s way of functioning. We commute day-in-day-out, we are endlessly stressed at work, we are exposed to the temptations of fast food (which seem so attractive when we are always in such a hurry) and our brains are force fed millions of images and messages a day. This is exhausting! To top that off, any time we step outside, we must be careful not to get run over and mind the traffic, as our world is made for the machine first and the human being second. It is time to get back to our true essence: nature, if you want to get better sleep naturally.
Did you know…
…that the way you live your life has a direct impact on how you feel and how your body is able to cope with what you and your hectic schedule throws at it?
Food has such a major impact on our wellbeing, yet this is often blissfully ignored and swept under the carpet. But it is not only the type of food we eat that is so crucial to our health and vitality; it is the quality of food as well.
The farming methods of today are not sustainable over generations. In fact the quality and integrity of our food is impaired at the very core of production.
Take the common chicken for example: even though you buy a free-range and organic egg, the chick might have come from a lineage of GMO fed battery hens and, as such, will not have all the great health of colours, smell and taste associated with a long organic lineage. Instead, you want an organic product, which has been organic for generations already.
…our lifestyle is not sustainable over generations either. Poor quality food weakens the resilience of our own lineage.
For example, food allergies against common grains containing gluten are becoming rife, digestive problems are on the up and more degenerative diseases are occurring earlier and earlier – and that is after only a couple of generations on the ‘Standard American Diet’ (S.A.D).
What can be done?
If you want to take back control for your health, arm yourself with knowledge.
Here are my top 5 books to help you transform your life and feel empowered to enjoy practicing a brand new lifestyle:
• 1) Raw Food/Real World: 100 Recipes to Get the Glow by Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis
If you are already on a journey of healthy eating and would like to try and diversify your dietary habits then this recipe book is ideal for you. All the recipes are delicious as they are created by a chef who really understands how to mix and prepare flavours to the highest possible standard for the ultimate eating pleasure. It is a real eye opener as to what is possible with raw food and it will inspire you all over again.
• 2) The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Vasant Lad (M.A.Sc.)
This book will show you that although we all look the same we each have different constitutions. If you want to deepen your knowledge about yourself and what could be a healthy lifestyle for you personally then this book will help you on the path.
There is no such thing as one healthy lifestyle fits all. What might be good for you may well be detrimental to the next person. So watch out for your body type and read about tips and tricks to stay balanced and healthy.
• 3) Jekka’s Herb Cookbookby Jekka McVicar (Foreword by Jamie Oliver)
I can’t stress enough how important herbs are in our diet. Whether you cook with them, toss them on top of your food, or drink them in your herbal teas, they are a tonic and elixir of life. Most kitchen herbs have a function in the body and act as a plus, such as adaptogenics (tonics) or a minus, such as cleansers (detoxers) of the blood and bodily systems.
So get active using your sage, rosemary and dandelion in the kitchen. Even just replacing coffee with herbal tea once in a while can already help you to achieve a good level of health and work to support the body’s ability to function perfectly.
• 4) Juice Master Keeping It Simple: Over 100 Delicious Juices and Smoothies by Jason Vale
Have you dusted the old blender or juicer off yet? Juicing is the most on trend route to health so try it for yourself and either replace a meal with a smoothie or have one during your day as a snack. Celebrities having been raving about detoxing on purely raw food smoothies for years as a way to lose weight, but whats more is it can also help remove toxins and completely reset the body by filling it with vital nutrients and living enzymes.
• 5) Delia’s Vegetarian Collection by Delia Smith and Victoria Wood
For those of you who are not ready to go on a light vegan diet just yet, or for those who prefer something heavier at meal times in order to feel satisfied, (perhaps due to a formally meat heavy diet), then this vegetarian cookbook will help. You will even get compliments from the carnivores for these recipes despite a complete lack of meat! I myself make these meals when I am invited to a pot lunch or dinner party where I know that heavy meat-eaters. It contains a huge amount of dairy and is not suitable if you are an aspiring vegan or a dairy reducer.
…a balanced vegan diet is the best and healthiest of all the diets. People who have heart problems, such as Bill Clinton, are even prescribed it. And whilst, some people will be up in arms at me for suggesting such a change in fear of having to shift their current daily eating habits, may I add that everybody is on a journey. If you are not ready to take the plunge, so be it for now. Practice could be as simple as adding a vegetarian, vegan, raw, or herbal dish in to your eating repertoire here and there to start with.
Sonja Breuer (MSc. ayur. med.) is tapping into a niche solution for improving sleep with Eastern Medicine of Ayurveda and Yoga. The products available are online courses and individual coaching. She encourages people to embrace lifestyle changes to bring about better sleep, leading to greater levels of well-being, energy and performance.
Sonja is qualified with a post graduate degree in Ayurvedic medicine, more than 1000 yoga teaching hours, coaching and mentoring diplomas and energy healing abilities. She has devised online programmes for better sleep: “7 Steps to Better Sleep” and “Yoga for Better Sleep” so you can get started immediately, either before or whilst working with her in person, either online or offline.