Fletcher LifeBrite: A Step Towards Physical and Mental Well-being!

The most widely discussed topic in this age of technological dependence is well-being. Well-being is attained by having good health, both physically and mentally. You need to consciously feed both your body and mind if you want to become the best version of yourself. 

Christian Fletcher, the CEO of Atlanta based LifeBrite Labs, believes that eating right is something that those who take their health seriously do subconsciously. You can’t fuel your body for physical activity with salt, fat, and sugar. Similarly, for mental well-being, you need to approach life with a sense of calmness and peace. If you have not read about the Japanese concept of Ikigai – Reason For Being, I would highly recommend that you do.

In the book, Ikigai – the Japanese Secret of a Long And Happy Life by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles, there are summaries of interviews of the eldest members of the community in Okinawa. The town is famous for its life expectancy. Some of the pearls of wisdom from people over 100 years of age and living a healthy life are:

  • Don’t worry – The secret is to not worry and keep your heart young. Say hello to strangers and smile.
  • Cultivate good habits – Go for a morning walk, eat a bit of everything, add variety to your meal, exercise daily, grow vegetables in your backyard, stay active not just because of your job but do what makes you happy.
  • Nurture your friendships every day – Talk to people you love each day, organize get-togethers, drink tea, sing, dance, and enjoy. Volunteer for community work in the areas that interest you.
  • Live an unhurried life – Always remind yourself to slow down and relax. Avoid multitasking, do many different things every day, but do one thing at a time, without getting overwhelmed.

It is super-duper easy. Right?

Working towards a healthy lifestyle is not so difficult, after all. We can easily attain it if we make small lifestyle changes. We also have the advantage of utilizing sports science. According to Christian Fletcher, a meal that contains fruits, vegetables, grains and protein is a good baseline. By getting essential vitamins and nutrients required for daily living and well-being, you’ll also feel more energized by cutting out chemical additives and fillers. 

Ever wondered how athletes stay super-fit? You can learn a few basics from their eating habit. You just need to start it consciously, and in no time it will be ingrained in your subconscious mind, and you will do it without making an effort. It seems like the CEO of LifeBrite Labs is not just recommending advice, but adhering to this philosophy; he is a chef and believes in cooking at home and taking cues from athletes’ cooking habits. Most nutritionists will tell you not to eat too much at a time. The truth is, it doesn’t matter how much you eat, but rather what and how well you eat. Guess what, those Centenarians from Island of eternal (almost) youth, Okinawa also follow the same principle when it comes to eating. They follow the 80% rule. You should stop as soon as you have curbed 80% of your hunger. Keep some buffer in your stomach, that works wonders. Eating multiple meals in a day also helps.

What about mental well-being?

You must have heard of the saying “A Healthy mind resides in a Healthy Body”. If you eat healthily, stay active, and take care of your body, your mind will be healthy as well. The reverse is also true. If you are at peace with yourself and have a purpose in life, your body will be less prone to sickness. We have gone through a few basic pointers above, such as living an unhurried life, staying close to loved ones, doing community work, and so on.

Cultivate the habit of reading books. It’s almost a meditational activity. Focus on breathing whenever you get time. Each one of us has something we love doing most. It can be fishing, gardening, hiking, cooking, singing, dancing, painting, and writing. Be sure to do what you love and what makes you happy every day, even if it’s only for 30 minutes. Yoga and meditation are proven methods to reduce stress and find physical and mental balance. 

I firmly believe that although we have become aware of the importance of mental health, the focus remains on physical health since that’s easily visible. It’s time we start taking care of both, simultaneously.  

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