Updated: Jul 5
By: Vianna Vivante
Hi and welcome to the radiant health and life tidbits I have to offer! My name is Vianna Vivante. But first, a little bit about myself! I have worked full time since I was 15 years old along a number of career paths including the one I retired from this very year, 2020. This year has been a monumental one of change for me. I divorced for the second time, retired from law enforcement, changed my residence and will be 52 years old. With all this going on, and before finding the next path I'm headed on, I decided to take time to go still and quiet within and heal, and I will be upfront about this right now, it is the hardest thing I have ever done.
Throughout my lifetime people have approached me asking what I do to stay fit and healthy. I have been influenced over the years with all of the “so called” health, diet and exercise miracle cures. I tried the no carbohydrate diet, intermittent fasting, calorie restricted diets, etc. and through all this I have exercised pretty consistently since I was 19 years old. I want to let you know that I will make statements about what I have tried and found beneficial but it is always up to you to decide what you can follow and turn into a lifestyle.
My goal for health tips is less about doing any form of exercise or eating anything specific but more about finding what makes you the healthiest you can be. I hope these tips are beneficial for those of you looking to show yourself love and compassion through good health because you are certainly worth it.
Subject: #1 tip
To begin your journey to health, a recommendation for mindful eating would be a place to start. If you have an unhealthy emotional relationship with food it doesn’t matter what you eat, your body is not receiving a loving experience and there will be no joy from food. When nourishing your body, food is something to be enjoyed. Therefore, when you eat, sit down and really taste and experience what you are eating. Take calming and relaxing breaths between bites, put the fork or spoon down between bites and notice how you feel. This is also a good practice in learning how to identify hunger and when to stop once being satiated. If only one meal a day can be consumed in this manner it is giving your body a loving and nurturing experience.
Subject: Tip #2
With new viruses coming around on a regular basis these days, a recommendation to improve your immune system, or the terrain of your body, is a way to help either avoid getting the virus or recovering completely if you do get it. The best immune building suggestion is sleep in whatever form it can be acquired. If you wake up throughout the night with racing thoughts, try sleep meditation (I pull them up on YouTube and there are so many good ones to choose from!) or take a 20-minute nap sometime during the day. Usually sleep issues stem from stress so try to disconnect from responsibilities at least 1 hour a day and just do whatever relaxes you. A nice cup of tea, listening to relaxing music or taking a bike ride or walk are relaxing for me. Find what fills your soul with peace and joy.
The first step in acquiring good health is an acceptance of yourself. There is no miracle cure or fad that will fix what you deem to be wrong. You are perfect exactly as you are and anything you choose to do to improve your health only enhances your already perfect self. Remember, these tips are based on research and personal experience but this should not be considered as something for all. Everybody is different and some have positive results when trying different foods. However, you must pay attention to what your body tells you once you incorporate a new food or spice into your diet to make sure it agrees with you. Also, if you are on medication, please make sure you research whether any new food or spice you choose to try does not cause any negative side effects.