We’ve all heard it by now, food and fitness go hand in hand. Apart from providing the fuel your body needs to perform everyday activities, food has the power to nourish and to heal your body from the inside. A Greek philosopher named Socrates said, “Let food be thy medicine” and we stand by it. It’s not just ancient scriptures and literature that exemplifies the power of food, many peer-reviewed scientific studies have proven that a predominantly whole-food diet comprising of fruits, vegetables, greens, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds can help prevent and in some cases reverse the progression of most chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, hypertension and Alzheimer’s to name a few.
“What we put into our bodies will directly reflect the quality of our everyday lives.” Having a holistic approach to food and consuming food rich in anti-oxidants and food filled with vitamins and minerals will not only provide the body with what it needs to attain optimal health but will reduce brain fog and increase mental clarity. On the other hand, highly processed junk foods have an adverse effect on both physical and mental health. Talking about mental clarity, a fogged mind will not only make you feel tired all the time resulting in decreased productivity but will affect the way in which you interact with people and go about your life. The key lies in eating food that comes from Earth. Like they say, if a four-year-old kid cannot identify the ingredient, it’s unfit to be consumed.
Now that we know the power of food, let’s uncover the secret to longevity. Mindfulness and wellness are two concepts that are overlooked by today’s society as somehow artificial or superficial. But these two practices can help you live a long life free from illness and sadness. While those few who embrace it are living testaments to the benefits that go leaps and bounds beyond anything words can describe, most people see it as a practice reserved only for the elite, as some sort of luxury. Mindfulness is nothing but living in the present, without regrets about the past or anxiety about the future. It can be described as embracing the present moment completely as it is without letting your thoughts wander, and worry about things that you have no control over.
Being mindful doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to burn incense sticks, collect healing crystals or practise meditation and yoga (though they have been proven to improve our overall health), it just means to be aware of the choices you make every day, being fully present in doing whatever you do, be it eating food or writing a book. Mindfulness is the key to a clear conscience, to make us feel happy and to provide a different perspective on the world we live in. Mindfulness helps us accept who we are completely and be a shining example of what others can be.
Wellness, on the other hand, is a combination of all things physical and psychological. Mindfulness practices solve the psychological aspect of it, whereas to attain physical health, you need to move your body on top of eating healthy. Whether it is a gym membership that will motivate you to get out of your bed every morning or a workout buddy that will get you to hit the ground in your workout shoes, you need to figure it out. As human beings, we aren’t meant to be sitting in a cubicle all day staring at a computer screen. Our bodies are by nature designed to be on a constant move. Our sedentary lifestyle and bad eating habits have become the main reason for the high mortality rate despite the tremendous advancement in the field of medical science.
We’re faced with an epidemic that can be solved by paying a little attention to our lifestyle. Fuel your body with real foods that are rich in fibre which can be absorbed by your body instantaneously rather than eating something with no nutritional value that gets stored as fat. Sleep plays a major role in wellness, think of sleep as a time that your brain requires to organise all the events that your brain recorded through the day. Try to get a minimum of six hours of sleep every single day. Lastly, hydration is the key. A well-hydrated body is much more efficient in eliminating toxins from your body and improving your metabolism compared to a body deprived of water. After all, the human body is 60 to 75% water. Drink a glass of water every 30 minutes or so.
At Hablis, we take mindfulness and wellness very seriously. We believe that the little choices we make every day can improve our health so much to the point where we could feel the best we’ve ever felt in our lives, regardless of our age. Our signature mindfulness practices and two fitness zones - dry and aqua fitness zones are a result of it. Our in-house restaurant, The Spice was built around the concept of providing scrumptious food that doesn’t sacrifice on health, to debunk the popular myth that healthy food tastes bland and lifeless. You can also get teas, spices, green powders and all-natural soaps at our shop to kick-start your healthy lifestyle. Spend your holidays at one of the best hotels in Chennai that puts your health and wellness before anything else.