The EAT-SALAD way of life, a natural way of living as promoted by Lela Rabie.
So what, exactly, is the 'Eat-Salad' way of life?
Mmm, the million dollar question. Well, the 'Eat-
Salad' way of life consists of a few building blocks:
The 'Eat-Salad' way of eating includes: whole grains,
fruits and vegetables which are local and in season, vegetable
proteins, legumes, healthy cold-pressed oils, nuts, seeds and if
you are not a vegetarian, fish, poultry and game.
It excludes wherever possible: artificial sugars such as aspartame, white
flour and white flour products, unhealthy fats, red meat,
caffeine, soft drinks, most alcohol and artificial flavourings
such as msg. Both these lists are in no way exhaustive.
Basically on the 'Eat-Salad' way of life, one tries to eat
simply, including food as close to it's natural state as
possible. I am not brave enough to try an all-raw diet for
longer than a few days so for me it is about attempting to make
my daily diet 75% raw foods, which for most of us could be
enough of a challenge!
Daily exercise is something which no-one should
compromise on, even if you can only walk to the corner and back
or jump on a rebounder for 10 minutes, slowly building up to a
longer time. Not only does exercise help you to build up fitness
levels and stamina, it also helps you to release plenty of those
feel-good endorphins and improve your respiratory function. As a
general guideline one should aim for an absolute minimum of 3
thirty minute sessions a week, one thirty minute session a day
would of course be far more ideal!
I love exercise such as yoga, swimming, walking and cycling and
when possible, dancing. The important thing is to find something
which you genuinely enjoy doing and being realistic as to how
much you can do, taking it one step at a time!
In order to live a truly balanced life, it is also
important to take some time in which to just reflect. This could
take the form of meditation, ten minutes of quiet time with your
coffee in the morning, a few minutes of listening to your
favourite music on your i-pod during your lunch break or taking
a gentle stroll through the garden before dinner each evening.
The idea is to have time where your mind is freed from having to
think about the stresses of the day, where you allow 'head-
space' for new ideas and creative solutions to problems. Try to
make this a daily habit and you will soon find you miss it if
you skip a day!
If you ask any successful entrepreneur whether they are
passionate about what they do, I doubt their answer is going to
be: 'kind of..'! Being passionate about something gives you more
energy and stamina with which to accomplish your goals. Having
something to look forward to or even better, doing work you
love, definitely makes for a happier life overall! If you are
feeling listless and de-motivated, use your reflection time to
try and find something you've always wanted to do. Then, do the
research necessary to find out the first steps..and then, you
guessed it, just do it!
Well, there you have it, join me in incorporating these four
elements into your life, I wish you health, vitality and lots of
fun in the process!