Walk into to any grocery store or quicky-mart and your sensory organs will be on overload with bright colored boxes and pretty decorated treats wrapped in plastic and a shiny label that says, “All Natural,” “Fat-free,” or “Sugar-free,” screaming, “Pick me, pick me!”
But you know that none of this mumbo jumbo means you get a free ride to consume as much as you want. Though this is exactly what these companies want you to do!
It can be overwhelming just to choose a truly healthy snack, let alone feed a family of four these days.
Food labeled as “natural”, according to the USDA definition, does not contain artificial ingredients or preservatives and the ingredients are only minimally processed. However, they may contain antibiotics, growth hormones, and other similar chemicals.
Just so you know, regulations are fairly lenient for foods labeled “natural”. It’s pretty much all marketing with NO substance as to the quality of the food item itself.
Other “Natural” Products
It’s not just food either. “All Natural” is slathered across household cleaning items, paper products, and even beauty products.
Many cleaners labeled as “natural” contain dangerous fragrances, dyes, preservatives, allergens, and irritants. Natural beauty products might still contain phthalates, parabens, fragrance, sodium sulfate, triclosan, and hydroquinone.
All these things are clearly BAD for the consumer so you might be thinking, “How are these ingredients allowed in my baby’s ‘natural’ shampoo?”
It’s because the government barely regulates the safety of cosmetics and personal care products. Even worse, manufacturers of cleaning products are not required to disclose all of their products’ ingredients on their packaging labels. Furthermore, there are no federal regulations that dictate standards for cleaning products labeled as “natural.”
So how do you navigate through and make healthy decisions in this shiny world filled with rubber chickens? It might not be as difficult as you think. But first, what exactly is health?
Within each of the three environments, there are three steps to maximize your health. Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease; and health is the measure of the state of each of the three environments in which we live.
You might be thinking, “Wait, three environments?” Yes, welcome to 2019, my friend! More on that in a bit.
Maximize Your Health
The three steps to maximize your health are described in detail in my book, “You GLOW Girl!” They are summarized here:
Step 1: Detox and Cleanse
“Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”
In this chapter, I give step by step guides on how to detox your home and clean out your pantry of all the toxic food and products along with practical guides for replacing and disposing of products. Walk around your house going from room to room with a recycling bin.
Remove products that contain fragrance. This is a catch-all ingredient that equals chemicals and artificial flavorings and ingredients such as phthalates, parabens, sodium sulfate, triclosan, hydroquinone. These should all be avoided. A simple solution of distilled 1-part white vinegar, 3-parts water few drops of castile soap, lemon essential oil, and thyme springs is a great all-purpose cleaning solution.
Also included in the book is a detailed 4-day physical detox with a full meal plan, recipes, shopping lists, and daily guidance, which you can subscribe to below for free.
BONUS: Sign Up for my free 4-day Metabolism Boosting Detox at my website.
Step 2: Nurture and Revitalize
We are a nation that is overfed and undernourished.
Relearn the basics on nutrition. Do you know what your essential macro-nutrients are? Our bodies need all of them to be nurtured; choosing well-balanced meals are the key to getting our bodies to perform optimally.
Well-balanced nutrition comes from whole foods, as close to their original form as possible (no fancy boxed meals). Start with the basic 3 meals a day and go without snacking. Using your palm as a guide for measurement each meal should consist of a palm of lean protein, a fist of complex carbohydrates, a handful of vegetables and fruit, and a thumb of healthy fat.
Use fresh herbs and spices including Himalayan salt. This is the base formula to build the perfect meal. Feed your body and your family delicious whole food meals.
To revitalize, we focus on the importance of sleep; how to get enough quality z’s. Create a sleep ritual that begins after you finish dinner. Start by making some herbal tea. Then, cleanse the day’s worries with a lukewarm (not hot) shower. And finally, commit to eliminating all blue light devices 2 hours prior to rest.
In addition, at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week that gets your heart pumping and blood flowing is vital. A walk/jog circuit is easy to do almost anywhere. You can walk 1 minute and jog for another minute alternating 15x. You can also find full body home or gym workouts in just 10 minutes here online.
Step 3: Align and Center
Raise your vibration to the frequency of wealth.
In this chapter, you will learn how to align your vibration with your desires and center your focus inward to become conscious creators. Mindfulness techniques, meditation, and pranayama videos and techniques are daily rituals which bring you to your center and a state of oneness.
Start with as little as 5 minutes a day just being with yourself in stillness. You can close your eyes and sit comfortably with your spine erect. Simply notice your thoughts and without judgment allow them to pass by like a cloud in the sky.
Working through each of these steps in all three environments will produce a healthy environment which in turn, will generate great wealth for you and in your immediate surroundings.
Health = Wealth
Based on 7 of the Universal Laws is the simple, yet profound, formula in which my book and my 90-day premier program are built upon; Health=Wealth (Consequently the reverse is NOT true; wealth does not always equal health). These two factors are exponentially related; how wealthy you can be solely is limited by how healthy you are.
The three environments in which we live are the physical, the physiological and the metaphysical or spiritual environments.
When most of us think of environments, the first one we tend to think of is our physical environment, and this is the one where most people solely actively participate in.
This environment includes the spaces we live or work in, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear and even the devices we use. How we interact in the physical or outward environment is governed by our five senses: sight, smell, touch, sound, and taste. Everything in this environment is learned and formed by our beliefs and is what makes up our memory.
You can work through the three steps to create a healthy state in all three environments simultaneously, though I do not recommend this. Creating health in the first two states or environments and then moving onto to the third is the best path, in my opinion, and that is how I coach my clients.
This system has worked for all who have completed it. The first two steps you might only need to repeat every so often depending on life-changing situations: a move or marriage, divorce, or giving birth.
Our physiological environment is where your body adapts to, interacts and responds with the physical environmental conditions. It’s your body and all its organs, systems, and physiological responses.
This environment is the accumulation of energy and matter in which we have taken in from the physical environment – the food you have eaten mainly. You are what you eat, in case you didn’t know that.
The Metaphysical environment is the intellectual study of the spiritual realm. The spiritual realm is our life force, our soul, our subconscious and our connection to the divine.
It’s the universe’s divine knowledge, the Akashic records, in which we all have access, though not many of us tap into it. Now I was raised Catholic, but I’m not talking about religion. You do not have to be an active participant in religious faith, but you do exist in this spiritual realm or environment.
You can’t see it, touch it – your five senses are no good here. The metaphysical knows no bounds of time and space. This is where real miracles happen. So, pay attention!
These steps are all explained in greater detail in my book, “You GLOW Girl!” and as a Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Money Mindset Mentor, this is the system I teach, and this is the process my clients use to achieve transformative results.
The system works regardless of whom you think you are today and does not depend on your race, age, financial situation, activity level, and gender (though the book is geared towards women as we tend to run the household). Health=Wealth. The system works if you work it!
About the Author:
Celina Pizarro is a Holistic Lifestyle and Nutrition Coach and a Money Mindset Mentor who is on a mission to help women get off Rx. meds and stay out of the hospital. Signup at www.cpfitpro.com to receive her newsletter full of health, wellness and fitness tips.