A healthy lifestyle is something that gaining traction in society. People are seeking this change in their current lifestyle as it has been realized that mental, physical, and social health lead to a longer, better quality of life, and deeper bonds with people we care about. And although eating is a major part of leading a healthy lifestyle, there are more elements that contribute to this, but also that these good habits start from early childhood.
In the Greek village, a healthy lifestyle is all about slowing things down. All these habits that they build in their daily routine are healthy and socially-centric. The Greek village lifestyle elements are incorporated into one’s life, especially the eating habits because this was how most Greeks were raised and lived their life. It is part of the upbringing, lifestyle, and culture.
What is important to note is that a healthy lifestyle should begin in training during childhood years. The more that a child is exposed to them, these habits become intertwined with their normality of individual identity. In other words, it becomes second nature to them.
As a child grows and travels, health habits are either retained or changed by external factors such as hobbies, peers, and personality. This is why a healthy lifestyle that is already incorporated in someone’s life from an early age will have this as a foundation, and even though it can be molded and shaped from these external factors, the core will remain the same.
There is no doubt that your lifestyle dictates how you live, and that lifestyle is an important factor of health.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 60% of related factors to individual health and quality of life are correlated to lifestyle. And we can see, the quality of life that people have in the Greek village, lifestyle is about incorporating exercise (albeit in a meaningful and purposeful way) and relaxing into your daily routine. Doing the gardening, visiting a friend at sunset when the day has quieted, going to a shop to do your daily tasks, or taking a brisk walk after dinner is common practice and usually done by your own devices.
As stated previously, a healthy lifestyle isn’t just about eating nutritious foods. It’s also about being physically active, balancing your work and social life, getting enough sleep, and focusing on your mental health, or even just having a routine to take stairs as opposed to elevators. Healthy living can incorporate all of these things (if you want it to), but it doesn’t have to be defined by anything specific or too large to be overwhelming. So much of healthy living is really made up of small things we do daily—things that are so small they don’t feel momentous, but that, done consistently over time, add up to produce big results.
As these habits are adopted and practiced, benefits of a changed lifestyle will appear. These benefits include having a healthy figure, feeling confident, having more energy, increasing your life expectancy, and being happy by feeling happy and by being surrounded by those you love and who love you back every single day.
This is why Greek village living is a good way of showing that a healthy lifestyle is built on small routines done over a long period of time. There are no massive changes done all at once, but rather a gradual build up to something more meaningful. Go ahead, take your first steps into creating a healthier lifestyle that will reap you benefits in the future to come.
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The knowledge of the Ancient Greeks had been passed down from generation to generation until their eating rituals and habits became part of the societal norm in Greece. These can be seen more so in the Greek villages as these villages have many similarities as how Ancient Greeks city-states were formed and how the people lived. They lived off the land and ate what the land provided. As a result, their nutrition was very healthy. As time progressed, the nutritional habits merged with the way of life which slowed down and started to focus on self and societal care. And finally, now, through this book about Greek village living, the secrets of this knowledge on nutritional and lifestyle habits that have been passed down and now practiced everyday are revealed.
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