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Food

I promised you another episode in the Bubbles Guide on Happy Healthy Living and this is it. It is about food. It can be a bit tricky for me to advise you on what to eat, because I am a dog and most of my readers on this topic are probably human (dogs don’t read about food, we eat it). We dogs have a slightly different taste than humans. For instance: we both love pizza, but most humans will not like my favorite topping. That is why M helped me out a bit with this post.

Food is very important if you want to be happy and healthy. Most humans probably know what healthy food is, since there are loads of blogs on this topic. Therefore I will not go into detail, but summarize what you should and should not do when it comes to food. The method is simple and based on what our bodies are made for, as I explained in my first post in the Bubbles Guide on Happy Healthy Living. Meaning: eat like your predecessors.

This is it:

1. Only eat natural things. This includes all kinds of animals, like pigeon, duck, fish, little crabs, lamb, cat, lobster, cow, pig… the list is endless and mouthwatering. If possible: hunt them yourself, with your canine – it will give you great exercise, too! Also eat loads of vegetables, eggs and fruit like berries (I love berries!). Eat dairy, preferably Greek yoghurt (did I mention I am from Greece? They make great yoghurt).

Greek yoghurt

2. Do not eat food that comes from factories. That includes meat from chickenfactories and the pigindustry. Why? Because these animals had a horrible life with lots of stress. When you eat their meat, you will eat their unhappiness and stress. It will not make you happy and healthy.

3. Do not eat things unnatural. For us dogs this is not hard – I once ate a cigarette butt and believe me: you never do this a second time. However, there are lots of unnatural things sold as food for human consumption. And as a matter of fact for dogs, too. Ever heard of Pina Colada syrup as a topping for dog food? It exists! Crazy. For humans it can be difficult to recognize what is natural and what is not. M has an easy rule to end this confusion: never eat things that have more than four ingredients on the package or ingredients that are mentioned in numbers. This will keep you on the safe side, most of the times.

4. This point is probably known by all humans, because it is in almost every healthy-food-blog. But M tells me it is important to mention in our list of happy healthy food. So here it is: do not eat things with added sugar. Nor the chemical alternatives to sugar (see point 2: it comes from factories). Skip this altogether from your diet. And yes, that includes cake and pies. And all drinks with sugar, like soda.  Do I have to explain everything?

5. There is a lot of discussion on whether or not to eat bread. I do not know the truth about bread being healthy or unhealthy. I’d say: when in doubt, eat pizza!

6. Enjoy your food. Sit down for it, chew on it. Lie down after a good meal and take a short nap, enjoying all the flavours in your mouth and the sounds your tummy is making. I have to admit I can improve on this point, because I usually eat my food too quick. I always intent to eat it more slowly and really savour the food, but when it is in front of my nose I forget my intention and gobble it. Unless it is food that needs some careful handling, like little crabs.

Little crabs are the best!

7. Last one: eat whenever you feel like it. Do not believe this stuff of three meals a day, it is rubbish. Just eat when you feel hungry. If you live a happy healthy live, with loads of the exercise I explained in my previous posts, your body will tell you exactly when you need food. Trust your body. Enjoy your happy healthy food!

 

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Rest

Healthy living blogs give loads of information about food and exercise. But most of them miss a key part of the happy healthy lifestyle: rest. I think this is very strange. Humans, canines and all other animals need rest. Plenty of it! It is essential for our health.

I hear that a lot of humans don’t sleep enough. Maybe this is the reason why they are tired all the time and easily irritated by small things. They are too stressed, because their bodies and minds are exhausted. They exercise like hell, but forget the twin part of exercise: rest. So this post in the Bubbles Guide on Happy Healthy Living focusses on rest.

It is a mystery to me why humans underestimate rest. It is very easy to do and it costs nothing at all. It is a nice thing to do and above all environmentally friendly (this seems to be important to some humans). And while you sleep you cannot eat, so it makes you slim, too. There are only benefits!

There are different kinds of rest. There is sleep, of course. It is important to have enough sleep every night, in a place where you feel comfy and safe. When it is cold, you need something nice and warm to sleep in. Like this:

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You should sleep for at least 8 hours every night, to allow your body and mind to recharge. But there is more, because to be happy and healthy you have to rest during the day, too. A lot of humans do not rest after an activity. M for instance: we go out for a walk and when we get home, she makes coffee and starts working. When actually she should be resting after this walk. I do, and so do all other animals after an activity. It is the natural thing to do.

It does not have to be a long rest, just a snooze will do. You can do this anywhere, although it is nice when you can find a quiet spot.

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After this short snooze you will feel totally relaxed and ready for anything. Once again: humans can learn a lot from us dogs.

To summarize this very easy part of the Bubbles Guide to Happy Healthy Living:

1. Sleep at least 8 hours every night.

2. Snooze after an activity.

3. When you feel drowsy, take a nap. After only a couple of minutes you will feel rejuvenated. You can do this anywhere, even outside. Just close your eyes and doze off.

So sleepy

Are you feeling sleepy already? That is fine. Do not resist it, do not get another coffee, but listen to your body and rest. Take a nap. Happy dreaming!

The best workout

Thank you for reading the Bubbles Guide on Happy Healthy Living! As I told you in the prologue, this lifestyle has four key elements: exercise, food, rest and mindset. In this post I will focus on exercise.

Exercise is extremely important for a happy healthy lifestyle. We are not made to be indoors, doing nothing (or looking at these luminous devices). We are made to move! Like our predecessors some thousand years ago. Nothing changed much in our bodies and our brains since those times. Doing what you are naturally made for makes you happy and healthy. That is the essence of my training method. It is simple, really.

Our predecessors had to hunt and gather to get food. Some lucky humans and canines still live this way, they work together in order to get their dinner. But most of us don’t do this anymore. Humans and canines got lazy as a consequence. And fat. And unhappy. So humans invented workouts and fitness programs. With schedules and do’s and don’ts and tools and clothes. Most of them are pretty expensive. And boring.

When you live according to the Bubbles Guide on Happy Healthy Living, you can skip all this fitness-program-stuff. You do not have to go to some cramped fitness studio to workout with loads of other sweating humans. You do not have to buy gear and odd looking clothes. In my training method you work with what is around you. Meaning things natural. This is my method, in five comprehensible steps:

1. Put on some practical, easy-to-wear clothes.

2. Call your dog and go out. If you do not have a dog: how sad. Adopt one. In the meantime: go out on your own.

3. Go to a natural place. Like a forest or the beach. If there is no such place in your surroundings, a park will do.

4. When you are there: play! Use your entire body (you want to become beautifully fit and muscular, just like me, right?). Run, walk, jump over logs, sprint, use your arms to throw things, climb into trees to surprise your dog. Maybe she will surprise you too, by climbing in after you. When you need to call the fire brigade to get you both out of the tree, you will have a great story to tell your friends!

5. Get dirty! Hence point 1. Humans are afraid to get dirty and I don’t understand why. It is great to get dirty! It makes you feel alive!

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When you do this workout, you will get in sync with what your body and mind are made for: running and playing in the wild. This will make you happy and healthy, I guarantee. Now probably some humans will ask about the training schedule. That is simple: you should do this every day, for at least one hour. Preferably in the morning, because then you can smell the new day. If you are too busy, you can do it at the end of the day. It will help you unwind and get rid of all the unhealthy stress you accumulated during the day.

A natural surrounding is essential for this workout (you want to act like your predecessors did, right?). Like a forest. It has everything you need for a good exercise. Like lots of little paths, to go walking and running.

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It is great when there are some obstacles. For jumping, climbing and hiding. And doing some pull ups, if you feel like it (I prefer push ups, though. You can do them anywhere):

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You also need things to throw, in order to train your arm and back muscles. Your dog can fetch these things (most dogs love this). If you are out there without a dog and you feel a bit awkward about doing this, just pretend your dog is somewhere out there, not listening to you (this happens a lot, so no one will notice you haven’t got a dog with you). Things to throw are abundant in the forest:

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You can use all kinds of items you can find out there: stones, logs, pine-apples or odd little things like this:

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When you do this workout, you will have loads of fun, strengthen the bond with your canine (which means instant happiness), improve your health and get strong. You will get slim, too. Just give the yummy treat you deserve after this workout to your dog, that should do the trick.

After this, you’ll need some rest. I will explain all about that in following blogs. Stay tuned!

 

 

The Bubbles guide to happy healthy living

I notice there are a lot of blogs, books and videos on how to have a happy healthy life. Apparently humans need some help here. As a dog, I naturally know how to be happy and healthy. I am willing to share some of my insights with you. This is beneficial for me and all canines, because it is much more fun to be around happy healthy humans. Happy humans give us cookies.

So this post is about happy healthy living. I am going to write it just the way these lifestyle-food-fitness blogs do it! I will call it the Bubbles Guide to Happy Healthy Living and this post is part one, the prologue. Since humans obviously like to consume advice in chunky bits, with tips & tricks and three-week-working-schedules, I will try to write this in the same way. Maybe I will even add an listicle on the ‘Five Habits of Highly Happy Humans & Canines’. All right, maybe not. Let’s not overdo it.

Leading a Bubbles Happy Healthy Lifestyle means living naturally, in sync with what humans and canines (and in fact all animals) are programmed for. We are not made to be indoors all the time, looking at these luminous devices, or driving around in cars. We are made to move, to be outdoors, to connect with others, to smell the day.

When you get more in sync with what you are naturally made for, you will become happy and healthy. And, very important to a lot of humans: you will get a beautifully trained, fit and muscular body. Just like me!

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In following posts I will focus on the key parts of the Bubbles Happy Healthy Lifestyle: food, exercise, rest and mindset. Stay tuned!