Join me in creating a community of health conscious people who want to follow a commonsense approach to wellbeing
I’ve been involved in the natural health industry for 15 years.
I got involved straight away, when I started studying for my Bachelor of Health Science degree (Complementary Medicine). And, I’ve been a qualified health practitioner for the last twelve years of that time.
Note: My first career was in Advertising. I have a (three-year) Diploma in Advertising from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
As a Naturopath and Medical Herbalist, I get asked a lot of the same questions on general health. I also see lots of people making common health mistakes.
They get confused by the overwhelming amount of (and often conflicting), information available. Unfortunately, instead of listening to their own body, they are listening to everybody.
It shouldn't be difficult to achieve health and wellness
For the most part:
Eat a whole-food diet that is predominantly fresh, varied, and seasonal
Drink filtered water
approx. 30ml of water per kg of your body weight
Minimise your anti-nutrients
sugar, coffee, alcohol, cigarette smoking, recreational drugs, and medication
Exercise 3-5x weekly
mild to moderate intensity
Get good sleep, and have good sex
Be positive, have fun, laugh, and relax with positive people
Believe and have faith in something bigger than yourself
If you need help or support to achieve the basic health principles above
Firstly, seek external guidance
Find a reputable, experienced health professional via an informational source that makes good sense to you.
Go to see this person for specific advice, or read what they suggest you do for general health. Incorporate their theories into your lifestyle for a period of time.
Secondly, follow ‘internal’ guidance
Listen to your body. It is the only real expert on you. It has the final say.
Thirdly, if you feel better for following their advice then stick with it.
If it doesn’t work for you, try something different until you find an approach that does make you feel good!
A worrying trend—we're going to extremes with our health
Over the years I’ve noticed two extremes emerging in the way we approach our health. People either don’t care enough about what they are doing to their bodies, or they’ve become somewhat neurotic about what they eat and drink (and how much they exercise, and how much they ‘Google’!) It’s a very unhealthy balance.
In any case of people exhibiting ‘extreme’ behavior in whichever direction, I give the same advice – health is all about happy mediums (where required I encourage people to dial it up, or tone it down) Extreme ‘anything’ is not good for you. To be well you need to practice moderation in all things (diet, exercise, and lifestyle).
To reiterate what I'm saying
While obviously you should express a ‘healthy interest’ in your wellbeing:
You don’t need to become obsessed with your health 1
You don’t need to consume a bunch of exotic ‘superfoods’ 2
You don’t need to strictly follow any particular diet 3
You don’t need to make or bake fancy ‘chef-style’ goodies 4
You don’t need to ‘pledge allegiance’ to any specific (intense) fitness modality or regime 5
What you DO need to do is simply establish a healthy balance in your diet, and in your life!
Let me help you with that…
Lisa Fitzgibbon is a qualified (2006), experienced and registered Naturopath and Medical Herbalist. She runs her own private practice OOMPH, in Grey Lynn (Auckland, New Zealand).
Lisa has been involved in the Natural Health industry for 15 years. She draws on her professional training and experience, as well as her own personal experience to bring you realistic, holistic health advice.
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