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eight principles

For a healthier life

Our mission is to simplify, beautify, and transform the lives of everyone we come in contact with through sharing eight principles to healthy, whole living.

We believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel – and it’s the sun. Guess what: one of the simplest principles of good health is getting enough time under the sun. That’s right: simply get out of the shade and stand still, soaking up sun rays. Just don’t go crazy, okay? If you’re out in the middle of the day slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a hat. We hope we have shed some light on the subject (pun intended).

Let’s face it – water is kind of a big part of our lives. Life is a big fluid adventure, but ironically we often don’t put water where it’s needed the most: our bodies. And most of us grew up being told we should drink water, so it’s not that we don’t know that we need it – what we struggle is building the habit of chugging a healthy dose of H2O every day. Our advice? Just relax, and practice taking life one sip at a time.

You probably heard it from your mom when you were just a kid: “take a deep breath”. Believe it or not, that was one of the best pieces of health advice you’ve ever heard. It can get any simpler than that: just breathe in and out. Deep breaths of fresh air every day. Fill those lungs with good oxygen. Go take a hike in the forest. An adventure at the beach. Take your lunch break in the park. For your sake, walk outside and smell the roses.

We have nothing against running marathons or eating flax seeds. On the contrary. But we do believe there’s more to health than that – the very word “health” comes from an Old English term that was related with “whole”. So we believe good health only comes when we address the whole person, which also includes the heart and mind. Spirituality is a keen element of health; and sharing this belief with you is what keeps us inspired.

Life today is definitely more complicated than our grandma’s life was. Between texting, feeds, tweets and conference calls, who even has the time to exercise? Well, we think the question should be: who can afford not to exercise? Movement is good for your body, your mind, your spirit, your overall existence. Don’t think of it as conquering Mount Everest; just think of it as a lifestyle, the kind where you keep it moving.

Take a nap. Rest. Calm down. Seriously. Asking our bodies to work, work, work without getting good sleep is a bit like opening every app on your phone and then never charging it. It will stutter, fail and finally shutdown. Don’t do that to yourself. If you’re interested in living and being happy and getting stuff done, just try clocking up eight zzz’s of sleep every single night. You’ll awake up to the better version of you.

What does temperance mean to you? We’ll tell you what it means to us: its moderation or self-restraint when it comes to misguided desires. All of us, at some point, feel like doing or eating something that will make us happy; but here’s a harsh truth: sometimes our feelings are… well, they’re liars. So temperance is about saying No to things that hurt you, so you can say Yes to things that give you long-term happiness.

When the question is nutrition our answer is as simple as it gets: whole and plant-based. There’s no single magic food, so eat a variety of fruits, veggies, grains, and legumes to keep the doctor away (just apples won’t do).  When it comes to treating and even reversing some of the Western world’s top killer diseases, a plant-based diet can be more effective than those pills you’ve picking up at the pharmacy – and a lot tastier!

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