Getting healthy doesn't have to be hard! 5 easy steps to health!!
Being healthy is the most important thing we can do for ourselves and our families. Healthiness includes having the right diet, exercising, being happy and feeling fulfilled. It can definitely take a lot of work! I've heard people say it's too hard or stressful to be healthy, and I totally understand what they mean!
So Many Options
We have so many options available to us.
For exercise, we can go to a chain gym (ie 24 hour fitness), do CrossFit, barre, yoga, run, swim, go to boot camps, and on and on.
To eat healthy, we can buy thousands of recipe books, find even more recipes and ideas on Google and Pinterest, meal plan, go to several different grocery stores or farmers markets to buy fruits, vegetables, nuts, meat, oils, etc.
We can buy meat that's conventionally raised, pasture raised, cage free, free range, grass fed, grass finished, organic, etc.
The vitamin industry is booming with so many supplements for everything you can think of!
We hear about paleo, vegan, vegetarian, raw, sugar free, dairy free diets, plus many more!
We also have loads of information available to us, literally at our fingertips, thru the Internet. A lot of that information is conflicting which can be confusing and overwhelming. Yikes, talk about stress!
5 Steps To Make It Easier
1.Eat More Veggies
Yup, you read that right! Just eat more vegetables! Fit vegetables into your day wherever you can. My family eats vegetables for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and in smoothies.
For breakfast, my husband and I eat bell peppers and onions sautéed in olive oil. We add egg, sausage, bacon, or beans to those veggies. We also start our day with a smoothie which typically has kale, avocado, banana, berries, hemp seeds, protein powder, cacao powder, and almond milk or coconut water in it. We have raw veggies for lunch and snack either in the form of a salad or chopped vegetables (ie celery with almond butter, cucumber, carrots). Then, we have sautéed or steamed veggies and some more raw veggies at dinner.
Vegetables have so many valuable vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that our body needs! If our body doesn’t get what it needs, it starts to crave junk. Eating more vegetables starts to “crowd out” the cravings for the bad stuff. Crowding out is a term I learned thru IIN, which basically means that we’re crowding our body with so much good stuff that there’s no room left for the bad stuff.
2. Drink water
This is something that I still struggle with because I’m used to drinking water only when I’m thirsty. Did you know that by the time your body tells you it’s thirsty, you’re already mildly dehydrated? I also LOVE my coffee! And while the Mayo Clinic states that “caffeinated drinks…don’t appear to increase the risk of dehydration”, I know that I should be drinking water instead of coffee.
Over the years I’ve heard so many different ways to know how much water an individual is supposed to be drinking, but I try to follow this rule…use your body weight in pounds, divide that number in half and that’s how many ounces of water to aim to drink in a day (ie a 140 lb person should aim for 70 ounces of water a day).
However, don’t stress over the number…just drink more water!
Ugh! I know you didn’t want to hear that! But seriously, exercise is super important. Exercising can tone our bodies, help move toxins out, decrease your chance for a number of diseases, and improve mood just to name a few benefits.
Now I know some people worry about how many calories they burn while working out, and exercising definitely burns them; however, I don’t think that should be the main focus of exercising. I once heard a personal trainer say “You get skinny in the kitchen and fit in the gym”. I wish I could remember exactly who said that so I could give them credit here, but it’s just one of those things I heard that stuck with me. It’s so true! Health starts with what we eat and drink.
There are so many options for exercise out there that none of us have an excuse to not be exercising. If you like to go to the gym, great! If you don’t, I feel your apprehension! I love the gym I go to, but I don’t always want to or have time to go!
That being said, you can always go for a run in your neighborhood, run up and down your stairs (if you have them), do jumping jacks and push ups in your home, buy workout videos for home, use workout apps, etc.
Even if you can just fit in 20 minutes, that’s better than nothing at all! Make it fun by inviting some of your friends to join you.
Meditating regularly is a pretty new practice for me. I had tried it here and there in the past, but I didn’t have it down as a priority. I would think to myself “I don’t have time to meditate” or “I can’t meditate because my mind won’t shut off”.
Then, I started to hear of all the awesome benefits of meditating like reduced stress, increasing happiness and self-awareness, and improving brain health. This article states that our “brains age slower” when we practice meditation.
I also found that only 10 minutes of meditating a day is really all it takes! My favorite website I use for guided meditations is www.calm.com. There’s also an app available! Who can’t spare 10 minutes of their day to improve their health?
5. Take it one step at a time!
Making any kind of changes can be so overwhelming! Make one change at a time! One step at a time will make the process easier and increases the chance that those positive changes will be long lasting!
I hope I didn't discourage you with all the info above, but it's the truth! I hope to share more information about all these options in upcoming posts so that you are informed, and then empowered to make the best decisions for you and your family!
Know that I still get overwhelmed myself with all the information that's out there! I’ve learned to enjoy the process of making changes!
What are some "easy" ways you incorporate health into your life? Please feel free to comment!
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Peace, love and wellbeing!