The new year is here and many of us are making resolutions and plans and strategies to live healthier and greener lives. It is really quite amazing: everywhere you turn people are questioning their lifestyles and are looking to do better this year. Perhaps it is because of the effects of our current way of living, particularly on our health. Whatever it is, it warms our hearts!
We started the Green Health program here at Nature Seychelles a few years ago to provide people with a learning platform for wellness and health through a connection with nature. Through this program, we provide healthy activities in natural surroundings at the Sanctuary at Roche Caiman as well as advice on healthy and green living based on emerging science. We would love for as many people as possible to join us in these activities this year. So please come!
For now, here are some tips on how to start the new year afresh and carry on living happier and healthier lives.
Let’s begin with food. Many people admit they aren’t eating right and are in need of a change. The best way to do this is to pay attention to what we are eating, drinking, and generally taking into our bodies. Start eating more whole and natural foods. Eat more greens and fresh foods such as vegetables, fruits, pulses, nuts and plant based foods, which are known to help reduce the risk of lifestyle related diseases. As much as is possible in the Seychelles, try to buy locally grown and organic food. Better still, start your own garden. You have a great example in the Heritage Garden at Roche Caiman that we started and spread.
Eat less of the processed food, especially if it has ingredients you don’t recognise and additives. Check what is in your food, and if possible where and how your food was produced or raised. For instance, whenever you buy a new food, Google it for information. Find out who is producing it and what claims they are making about it. If there are any reviews about it, read them. Avoid food produced in questionable conditions or in an un-ethical manner.
Exercise. Maybe you just want to burn off some Christmas indulgence weight or you feel now is the time to have a fitness regime. The important thing is to continue with a routine throughout the year. Science has linked exercise to good health but it turns out that not many people do it. It’s even worse if you spend time behind a desk as we have been warned that sitting for too long is not good for us. Scientists are now recommending standing up for certain intervals throughout the day. Bottom line, find an activity that will work out your body. We offer green exercise at the Sanctuary at Roche Caiman that includes yoga and exercising in nature, so check us out.
Get in touch with nature and its healing ways. Try exercising outside – where the best air is – and then meditating. Walk at the beach or botanical garden or the nature trails. Appreciate wildlife by visiting nature reserves such as the Sanctuary or Cousin Island Special Reserve.
And finally, keep yourself up to date by following our blog. 🙂