7 habits of healthy people

Last two years for me have been about studying, understanding and applying principles of health based on naturopathy to my daily life. Of the various things that I have tried so far the following 7 have become habits and in turn shown some great benefits. I feel happy sharing these with you today.

1. Drink water early morning

It was in May 2019 when someone who was giving me a health consult asked me to write him a mail on my daily habits. He specifically asked me to mention how much water I drink and when. I happily replied: “I drink more than a litre a day, spread across the day.” He told me to make sure I drink 3-4 glasses or a litre immediately on waking up! Determined to improve my health, I tried to put this into practice. As easy as it sounds, it took me almost 6 months to drink 4 glasses within the first hour of waking up. Some might find this easier than others but with time everyone can do it. So why does this matter?

2. Have a light breakfast

Elimination and digestion are two opposite activities and they both take a fair amount of your body’s energy, what we call vital force in naturopathy. So in the morning it’s best to eat things that need minimum digestion: raw juices or fruits. Ultra- runner Milind Soman only eats about a kilo of fruits for breakfast. 

3. Drink more water during the day

Drink water as you get thirsty during the rest of the day, but try and follow these principles:

My mother often gets alarmed and tells me I am flushing out the good from my body with so much water. I do drink a lot of water these days and I do watch my energy levels. If you start feeling the energy dip, then add some lemon and honey to your water.

4. Eat a big lunch

In naturopathy we say that the digestive fire follows the sun. So it is the strongest when the sun is. Hence let the afternoon meal be your biggest meal. Sadly this is a tough ask for all office going people and I haven’t found a solution. The only thing I can say here is that this meal can be had anytime between 11 am and 3 pm.

5. Eat an early dinner

I have let my body guide me this last year and I have to say, I felt the lightest and most energised when my evening meals finished by 6 pm. Again, don’t force yourself into this but:

6. Say ‘No’ to tea and coffee

Neither tea nor coffee or any substance that artificially boosts our nervous system is prescribed by naturopathy. This includes all forms of tobacco and alcohol. A friend and I have been watching our tea and coffee habits over the last two years now and it is something we both haven’t yet gotten completely rid of.

7. Eat only when hungry

As simple as it sounds, getting used to eating only when real hunger emerges is something that I found difficult to put into practice. I noticed that most of my eating is guided by: it is time to eat, others are eating, boredom or cravings. Naturopathy defines ‘real hunger’ as a persistent need for simple fresh (freshly cooked included) food. So always eat when your body is calling out for such food. Another way of letting real hunger emerge is by giving a 4-5 hr gap between meals and eating less than full capacity.

As Michael Pollan famously said, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plant.”


I guess you want to know what the result of these 7 habits have been ? What is the point otherwise, I can hear you say.

5 responses to “7 habits of healthy people”

  1. Madhuban K Pandey Avatar
    Madhuban K Pandey

    Very interesting and super useful methods for the people who care for themselves and their dear ones. Thanks for putting it together Rupinder Ji…

    1. Rupinder Avatar

      Dear Madhuban, I am so glad you found it to be of use.

  2. divyadeora1505 Avatar

    Rupinder thank you for this post of yours as it was very insightful. The lifestyle changes that u hv suggested are easily doable if we set our minds to it n decide to make them a part of our daily habit. I am sure we will be able to see the impact very soon.

    1. Rupinder Avatar

      Hi Divi. Nothing would bring me more joy than to see others try and benefit from some of these things listed in this post. It takes a while to make them truly a part of our lifestyle but once they set in, the benefits too stick.

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