In this post, we asked some of the most popular and well respected health professionals on the internet what their best health tips are. They really came through with some priceless wisdom.
When you’re done reading, we would love to hear your number one health tip in the comments!
“Mood follows action. It’s about taking contrary action in the face of a desire to do otherwise. If you wait until you “feel like it” to eat better or to move your body, chances are you will never get to it. Instead, flip the equation. The only way to change how you feel is to change your behavior. So when you don’t feel like exercising, do it anyway and watch your perspective shift. When you feel like eating a burger and eat a kale salad instead, observe the impact on your energy levels, your mood, your brain function and how you interact with others. I never met anyone who said, I wish I didn’t do that run. Or, I wish I ate the fudge instead of that green smoothie.”
Why to follow: Rich is a world-renown, plant-based ultra-endurance athlete, in-demand public speaker, wellness advocate, #1 bestselling author and inspirational hero to a global audience of wellness seekers as a transformative example of courageous and healthy living. Rich also has a new book coming out later on this month, which includes whole food plant-based recipes and guidance for the whole family. Rich also has a popular podcast and blog at richroll.com.
“Eat food as mother nature made it, with all its nutrients, vitamins, minerals, acids, enzymes and phytonutrients, working together synergistically. The proteins, the carbohydrates, the fats, the fibre. Intact. The whole package. Without added chemicals, flavours, binders, synthetic nutrients. Food does not have to be a science experiment. There are some things in life that don’t need messing with. For optimum health, eat whole foods and avoid food-like products. Learn the difference and choose wisely. Hold faith in mother nature, not the food-product industry. We have become obsessed with isolated nutrients rather than whole foods – eating foods as they are grown perfectly includes a range of micro nutrients and synergistic interactions that we will never be able to recreate in a science lab.
However with this I must also add that food is not the be all and end all of health, there is a connection between what we eat, how we digest it and our feelings. I believe our emotional state is extremely important, affecting us physically and mentally. When you have respect and love for yourself then your intention is to care for yourself and those around you. This will include choosing to feed yourself with food that makes you feel good, exercising to work in harmony with your body, and avoiding substances that bring you down or cause harm.”
Why to follow: In her own words, Gemma is a wife, mother, yogi and naturopath, and she has a huge passion for animal rights. You will find tons of useful tips and resources over on her site, The Compassionate Road.
“Want to get superhuman fit and resilient as hell? Here’s a rule to live life by: do something uncomfortable every day, something epic every week, and something that scares the hell out of you every month.”
Why to follow: Ben Greenfield is an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, Spartan racer, coach, speaker and author of a New York Times Bestseller. In 2008, Ben was voted as NSCA’s Personal Trainer of the year and in 2013 and 2014 was named by Greatist as one of the top 100 Most Influential People In Health And Fitness. Ben blogs and podcasts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com, and resides in Spokane, WA with his wife and twin boys.
Dr. Joel Kahn
“My number 1 health tip for the person just getting into healthy living is….start with spices. A revelation? Everyone can do it, whether the strongest Paleo advocate or the raw foodie. Spices and herbs are a plant based treasure chest of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and fiber. Fresh or dried organic sources that haven’t been sitting around forever are best. My favorites for smoothies are cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and ginger. For other meals turmeric, sage, rosemary, cilantro and parsley are tops. Even a greasy pizza is a better meal with a heaping mound of oregano on it.”
Why to follow: Dr. Joel Kahn, a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Inteflex Medical School program and a board certified interventional cardiologist. He has published over 150 medical research articles and is the first physician in the world to have complete certification from University of South Florida School of Medicine in Metabolic and Integrative Cardiology. He is a founder of the International Society of Integrative and Metabolic Cardiology.
“Stop making the excuse that you don’t have time to work out. If you’re time crunched like most of us are, high intensity interval training (HIIT) is the perfect fit to get you in better shape in way less time. You don’t even need a gym or workout equipment to do it—exercises like burpees, air squats, and push ups can be done anywhere, anytime. And since HIIT workouts will take you no more than 10 or 20 minutes to complete, you can always find time to fit them in your day, no matter how busy you are.”
Why to follow: Athlete, entrepreneur, writer, and adventurer. Krista is the founder of 12 Minute Athlete, a website providing free, incredibly effective high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts and awesome fitness motivation.
“When it comes to your health, nothing you do matters if you can’t make it last long term. The new diet or gym membership or even marathon training program that you do for 3 months, 6 months, a year, or even a few years ultimately doesn’t do anything, unless it becomes your lifestyle or sets you on a new, healthy path. But this is great news! It means we can be patient, changing just one habit at a time and starting with the smallest of steps, so that we set ourselves up for lasting success (and ultimately, health) instead of burnout and failure.”
Why to follow: Matt Frazier is a vegan marathoner and ultrarunner who ran his first 100-miler in 2013. He’s the founder of the blog No Meat Athlete, and author of the book No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self, where he shares an easy-to-adopt and low-key approach for active people to eat a healthy, plant-based diet.
“The number one health tip I offer to everybody is to become educated and conscious about the choices they make and keep an open mind. That’s three I know, but I stand by them. 😉 Live life in a proactive way and not a reactive manner. This means to read and watch what you can about health and wellbeing. Become curious and try things out for yourself. Awaken yourself past advertising and big-food dollars and seek to understand in your ‘own eyes’.”
Why to follow: Alice Nicholls is The Healthy and Wealthy Specialist. She’s the founder of The Whole Daily, where she shares advice and creates products to help you live a healthier life. Her eCourses, books and programs are valuable, beautiful and effective. She is also a terrible dancer, but don’t tell her I told you that.
“Train your mind even more than your body. Learn to love who YOU are, what YOU’RE capable of, what YOU look like and stop comparing yourself to others. We are ALL capable of being fit and healthy. But it’s not going to happen overnight. Find enjoyment in the process of getting healthy. Push yourself. Make time for exercise. Eat healthy 80% of the time and savor the treats you have the other 20%. Mind right and the body WILL follow. Put the scale away! Monitor progress by how you LOOK and your clothes fit. And do flex in the mirror often. :)”
Why to follow: Sam is a vegan WNBF Bikini Pro (the first ever!), winning 1st Place in 2013 & 2014, and is the author of ‘Jacked on the Beanstalk: Plant-Based Fuel for Vegan Athletes‘. She has a passion for promoting a cruelty-free lifestyle, educating others on veganism, and kicking butt in fitness competitions. Find out more about Sam over at her blog.
If I could give only one health tip, it would be to create a daily yoga practice. Yoga combines two of the most important elements of health, mindfulness and activity. To me, it’s more of a moving meditation.As a former anxiety sufferer and recovering addict, yoga not only changed my life, but it helped save it. Yoga teaches us to listen to our bodies and become aware of its needs. Whether rest, nutrition or another form of self care, we become one with our bodies and its connection to our spiritual being. It makes you want to live a healthy and prosperous life. That is why I’m a lifelong student and practitioner of this incredible practice.
“Eating clean means knowing the source of your food, eating a rainbow of color and all five tastes. But “knowing” doesn’t always translate easily to “doing.” I shop the perimeter of the grocery store and eat foods that come from green plants not processing plants. But slowing down is what makes it all possible. Do whatever it takes to quiet the mind and live in the moment – meditate, run, walk, garden or maybe even cook. The more we slow down, the more empowered we become to make the conscious healthy choices that enable us to eat clean and live well.”
Who to follow: Terry Walters is at the forefront of the clean eating lifestyle movement. She is the author of two highly acclaimed cookbooks – the bestselling, CLEAN FOOD, and CLEAN START, a James Beard Foundation Award finalist and recipient of the Nautilus Gold Book Award. Terry is dedicated to making sustainable good health both easy and delicious. Without preaching or judgment, she shares her passion and shows us how simple it is to get on the path to eating clean and enjoying good health, for yourself, for your family and for the environment. Learn more about Terry on her website.
“Make sure the bulk of your diet consists of minimally processed, whole, plant-based foods. Do not fear nutrients. We need carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. The key is not going necessarily “low” or “high” with any of them, but rather in choosing foods that provide them in the most healthful fashion.”
Why to follow: Andy Bellatti, MS, RD is well recognised for his role in demanding change in food industry politics and writes on the subject for such publications as Grist, Civil Eats, and the Huffington Post. He is a Las-Vegas based registered dietitian that approaches nutrition from a whole food, plant-centric path. He’s also founder of the popular blog Small Bites, where he share no fluff insights in health and nutrition.
Meditation bathes your nervous system in deep states of delicious rest and rejuvenation and allows your body and mind to nourish, repair and rebalance. Without access to quality rest, every body system is affected: your immune system falters, your digestion struggles, your hormone balance goes haywire and your vitality breaks down.
A daily meditation practice helps you swap anxiety for peace, stress for happiness, worry for clarity, overwhelm for flow and allows you to build resilience for the inevitable challenges that come your way as well as allowing you to better appreciate the moments of beauty and wonder this precious life offers.
Why to follow: Wes is the founder and director of a Natural Health Clinic, Live Well, based in Canberra, Australia. Apart from his clinical practice Wes enjoys writing, speaking and educating about meditation and is the creator of Meditate with Wes, which is an online resource for teaching and inspiring people to meditate.
Over to you
First of all, we would like to thank all of the guest contributors for sharing their insights on living healthy. You can really see the variety of advice that’s come out of this roundup.
Now we would like to hear from you. Do you have any healthy tips that have worked well? If so, make sure to share your experiences in the comments below.