Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be hard. It just takes the motivation to change our bad habits into good, healthy ones . When we think of lifestyle change, we think of something drastic or maybe even impossible. Many of my clients have felt this exact way. But by taking baby steps and really looking at the benefits, you will be able to make these lifestyle changes for your health. After a while it will become like second nature for you. Here are relatively painless and struggle-free tips to help you create lasting healthy habits
The first thing is to eat a balanced diet. Eat more fruits and vegetables and get rid of the high sugar, processed foods. Along with eating better is getting the right nutrients in the system. One day out of the week try not to eat any type of meat. Instead eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat whole grains and legumes. You will feel the difference and maybe you may eventually implement this more than once a week.
Hydrate with water. Its that simple. Drink water. How much water? Only water? Tap or bottled water? What kind of water? The answer is drink water. Before you start asking all your questions, just get the idea into your brain. Drink Water. This is the simplest lifestyle change you will make. Take conscious steps to drink more water every day. Drink something warm upon arising. Warm water with a squeeze of lemon is a great choice. Organic tea is also ok. The warm water is to begin the digestive process and lemon is a great activator for the liver.
The third tip is to quit all those nasty unhealthy habits. Smoking, drinking, drugs, chewing tobacco, whatever your vice may be quit now.. You are in charge of your health and living a healthier lifestyle means getting rid of the things that may kill you. If you drink coffee, drink organic coffee. If you are a coffee drinker, you want to avoid drinking massed produced coffee which is grown with chemicals, pesticides and cured with formaldehyde. Drink organic and you will taste the difference in flavor and in how you feel.
Identify your trouble spots. Don’t just focus on what you want to do. Be smart and identify the things that have led you off track in the past. A positive attitude is great, but a proactive plan for how you will do it differently this time is even better.
Thing is to take vitamins and minerals to help your body work properly. Thing to do is exercise. Exercise makes you feel good and can motivate you to get other things done as well. Keep it positive. Don’t ignore your mindset—it has the power to impact your mood, your energy level, your choices and your progress. Focus on what you’ve done rather than what didn’t happen. Grow tools for managing emotions and stress. Emotional eating (including stress eating) is one of the primary causes of overeating, weight gain, and weight regain. Without the strategies you need, stressful situations can trigger very unhealthy (and self-sabotaging) responses such as overeating, smoking, alcohol use, avoidance, or numbing out in front of the computer.
Go for a walk. Get out and exercise! Walk around the block, take the stairs or take a walk at the beach. Exercise is a huge step in improving your well being. You will feel refreshed and revitalized for the rest of the day
Sleep affects just about everything we do and without enough sleep, we all tend to unravel. Inadequate sleep affects your cravings, your metabolism, your energy level, mood, activity, focus and motivation. If you aren’t regularly getting seven hours of sleep a night (or more) this is the first area to address. If you are exhausted and try to keep going, you aren’t likely to be effective and you’ll probably be drawn to mindless “zoning out” activities that are really just busy work. Go to sleep instead.
Stretch in the morning. Babies and animals instinctively stretch upon arising. Get into the habit of stretching to increase pliability and youthfulness.
Surround yourself with a strong support network, or a group of people who will be there for you and participate in a healthy lifestyle as well.
Do not use artificial sweeteners. Do not use these chemicals in your coffee, tea or anything else. Artificial sweeteners include: Sweet-n-low, Equal, Splenda. Do not use these for sweetening. Chemicals make you fat. Use a healthy alternative like Stevia.
Don’t lose yourself. One of the biggest reasons that busy women get off track is that they get distracted by other life demands. Designate a time to check in with yourself—at least weekly—and evaluate how things are going. Use this time to schedule the additional time you’ll need throughout the week for exercise, stress relief, meal planning, etc. Post your goals somewhere where you will see them and be reminded of them regularly. Make sure you identify milestones along the way to your big goal and reward yourself for reaching them.
Along with exercise is making sure you see a doctor each year for an annual physical. This is more important in women, but men should be seeing a doctor every 2-3 years to make sure there are no big health concerns.
The final two tips are to accept yourself for the unique individual you are and love what you do. If you can accept yourself, the good and the bad, it will show in all you do. Your job is something you will be doing for at least the next 20 years, so you should love it. If you don’t keep looking until you find something you do love.
Do not use vegetable oil or any other refined oils. Use coconut oil for all frying purposes. Vegetable oil makes you fat, and makes you sick. Since the introduction of refined vegetable oils, disease in America has skyrocketed. Believe it or not butter is better for you than vegetable oil.
Your family and friends can help you with the seventh tip, have fun and enjoy life.
Take time to deeply breathe fresh air. Concentrate on the air when you inhale and exhale, take slow deep breaths and meditate. Notice throughout the day, when you hold your breath. Try to change this habit.