How To Be A Basic (Healthy) Bitch

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Health is soooo very on trend right now.

Everywhere I look I see health companies spruiking innovative products.

There are fitness and health influencers showcasing their hot new training methods, mouthwatering #cleaneating treats and recommending supplements they definitely (but probably don't really) use to get their amazing bod and best results for living their best life, that you could also live for just $49 per month.

The media is constantly reporting a variety of different superfoods and groundbreaking diets to try, backed by heaps of science (a source told them).

Kale smoothie anyone? Have you tried keto yet? Start every morning with a glass of warm lemon water! Don't eat gluten, you'll die! Have some of this celery juice instead (Celery juice is apparently a thing guys - but hot tip: unless you really, really love the taste of celery, don't bother)

Firstly, its overwhelming and confusing AF.

Secondly, you really don't need to worry about ANY OF IT.

Well, certainly not most of it. At least not until you've gotten the basics right, and I'd guesstimate that 95% of you don't (full disclosure: neither do I!)

How do you know if you've got the basics right you ask? Don't worry girl, I've got you! I've put together a little checklist.

Before reaching for the supplements, the stimulants, before completely switching your diet and signing up for a year's worth of dance infused HIIT classes... I would really like you to ask yourself the following:

1. Nutrition:

Am I eating mostly nutritionally dense, unprocessed foods?

Am I eating 5 serves of vegetables and fruits each day?

Am I drinking 2L of water throughout the day, every day?

Am I eating enough to support my energy expenditure?

Has any of these things changed recently?

2. Movement:

Am I moving enough through the day? (rule of thumb: 10,000 steps per day)

Am I getting a good mix of strength training and cardio?

Am I training consistently every week?

Am I taking enough recovery between sessions?

Am I working to improve my mobility in my tight areas?

Have any of these things changed recently?

3. Sleep:

Am I getting 8 hours of sleep each night?

Is the quality of my sleep good? (enough REM/deep sleep)

Am I in an environment conducive to good quality sleep?

Are my sleep and wake times consist each night?

Have any of these things changed recently?

4. Stress:

Does my job, home life, or relationships create stress?

Am I taking time each day to destress through walking, reading, meditation or other activities that relax me?

Have any of these things changed recently?

5. Gut health:

Am I experiencing discomfort or pain?

Am I experiencing bloating or excess gas?

Am I going to the bathroom regularly each day?

Does my stool look and smell normal?

Have any of these things changed recently?

Your body is designed to feel really, really good.

This is a GREAT exercise to figure out areas that might need some attention, to help you get back to that feeling, and also highlight the things you are already doing right (phew!).

Final take away: Trying new ways to improve your health is great, but it's not going to matter how many turmeric & ginger almond milk lattes you sip on if you don't have your basic shit right.

Build up a solid foundation of health and THEN look at adding in the little extras that might give you a boost on top.

Jade X

Disclaimer: I am in no way a medical professional and this article does not serve as a means of diagnosing any medical issues or illnesses. If you suspect you may have a medical issue or illness, please seek help from a medical professional immediately.

Melanie Corlett