Eat well. Get Active. Be mindful.

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If your health and fitness goals include:

-Eating a more plant-based diet

-Getting active consistently

-Focusing on self-care and growing mentally

What is a holistic approach to fitness?

Holistic as defined by Oxford dictionary: PHILOSOPHY- characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole. MEDICINE- characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.

Taking a holistic approach to health and fitness includes training not only the body (through exercise and nutrition), but the body, mind and spirit simultaneously. It is the understanding that even if you achieve your dream body, you may still struggle with being unhappy, and ultimately, unhealthy.

Your fitness journey should not solely revolve around your physical appearance. By first focusing on strengthening your relationship with yourself and practicing consistent self-love and care, achieving your body goals will be a breeze. 

How can you take a holistic approach to your health?

Eat Well.

Transitioning to a more whole food, plant-based diet can greatly benefit both your body and mind. A WFPB diet is the only diet that has been scientifically proven to help fight disease in the body. 

(more on exactly what this is below)

Get Active.

No matter how you choose to do it, get moving consistently! Whether this includes lifting weights, practicing yoga, doing Zumba, going swimming, or going for a walk, you can be a healthier person by simply getting active every day!

Be Mindful.

Become more aware of your feelings and practice a healthy self-care routine daily. Give more attention to your wants and needs and care for yourself with loving-kindness. 

So what exactly is a whole food plant based diet?

A whole food plant based (WFPB) diet is one that consists of mostly un-processed or lightly processed plant foods. A WFPB diet is not a vegan diet. You do not need to completely eliminate all meat/dairy to be plant-based although avoiding these foods as much as possible is recommended.

A WFPB diet simply means eating mostly whole, plant foods (ex: legumes, grains, fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds) and minimizing processed/junk foods and animal products as much as possible. 

A WFPB diet not only helps your body fight disease, it also benefits the environment! In other words, by eating like an ape, you may just save an ape! 

How would WFPB benefit me?

If you are not currently eating a vegetarian, vegan or plant-based diet and live in America, chances are that you are eating the Standard American Diet (SAD).

The SAD is often referred to as the "Meat-sweet" diet. High in refined sugar, processed foods, and animal products, this diet directly relates to the amount of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer in the United States. 

In fact, all 15 of the leading causes of death in America can be directly attributed to our diet. A whole food, plant-based diet is the only diet that has been scientifically proven to prevent, and in some cases reverse, these diseases in our bodies.  For more information on this particular topic, check out the book How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger.  

So, how do I start my journey?

Choosing to start a holistic fitness journey shouldn't be overwhelming, it should be liberating! YOU are taking control of your life and choosing to make a change that benefits YOU! That is an amazing feat!

That being said, there is a ton of information out there, and it can be overwhelming trying to sift through it all.

At Ape Fit, our goal is to make your fitness journey as simple as possible. Our programs are designed to educate you on everything it takes to be successful in your holistic fitness journey and our coaches will be there every step of the way to answer any questions you may have.