Many of you know you’re not living the healthiest lifestyle you could be, and especially in today’s world, maybe you’re having some thoughts about changing that up.
But you may not know exactly what to do. We all know that getting rid of our beloved junk foods – foods with empty calories, foods that are overly processed, foods that are laden with chemicals and especially sugar, and foods that have been robbed of their nutrients, is a good idea!
Easier said than done, right?!
Let’s face it – it’s hard work! Don’t let anybody fool you. But if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. It’s the ones who don’t give up that eventually turn their lives around for the better. Also, an occasional excursion into sugar and pizza mania is not likely going to be lethal – as long as it’s really occasional – LOL! (Psst, by the way, I and the internet have recipes for very healthy pizzas and other goodies that actually taste good too!)
So, yes, I start by talking about food, because what we eat represents about 75% of our total health. Adding some well-placed supplements to that list makes this percentage even stronger!
But there are other types of lifestyle changes that we can incorporate, like mindfulness, changing living and work environments, changing our social environments, etc. Have you heard about time management? Of course you have! (And we’re not all always that good at it.)
1) You can start by informing yourself of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, one that will promote optimal healing and abundant health in you and your loved ones. By the way, having worked with kids for about 16 years in a public middle school, I found out that kids watch adults, even adults they don’t know, and so we are in a very strong position to influence them. It makes sense we’d want to influence them in a positive way, right?! Examples of the bigger picture are cutting back or cutting out all junk food unless you make them with healthier ingredients. There are lots of available recipes. Just reach out and ask me for some guidance! Then start adding more health-giving foods each day, like salads made with fresh, preferably organic and varied veggies, and lightly steamed veggies as accompaniments to your meals. I also cook with tons of fresh veggies inside recipes for soups, stews, even meatloaf! It goes without saying that you need to read labels and not buy overly processed, chemical-laden foods. Use real, whole foods. If you want more help on this step, please just reach out to me at email@example.com.
2) The key to success is to start off after learning a lot by making one or two small changes at a time. The first week, cut down or cut out all things with sugar. The next week, continuing with low to no sugar, cut down or cut out anything made with processed grains, like wheat. If you see enriched wheat on the label, it should signal you that this wheat has been stripped of all nutrients first, and then a thimble-full of nutrients have been added back in. So, it’s a no-go! The next week you could cut back or cut out soda, even the ones that are healthier due to sugar content. You get the drift! And don’t be overly worried if you mess up – just start over again. Nobody’s saying this will be easy so be nice and understanding with yourself. Eventually you’ll get it!
3) If you’re not used to moving your body much, identify some things you enjoy or will enjoy doing that involve moving your body. For me the most fun thing I can do is dance. Even if I’m not going anywhere to dance, when I put on some music that moves me, I just dance around my living room! Nobody sees me doing this – LOL! If I get really ambitious, I remember that in earlier years I loved riding my bike and roller skating so I imagine I might be able to get into those things again. This is an individual taste thing, so it’s entirely up to you – even if you just like to take a stroll. Hey, logging in steps everyday is very healthy too!
4) Make lists of healthy foods that you like and be sure to include them in your mealtimes. In other words, slowly start to decrease unhealthy foods and increase healthy foods. If you don’t already take supplements, start with a healthy multiple vitamin – it’s easy and not too pricy!
These things can be accomplished slowly over a few months’ time, unless you want to dive in deeper all at once. It is my belief though that if you start and build up slowly, you may be more inclined to continue.
Above all else, don’t be discouraged if you fall off the wagon. Just forgive yourself and start over again. If you think you need extra help, you can reach out to me for a free 30-minute consultation, and we can go from there! If you want more help on this step, please just reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And, as always, please have a happy, holistically healthy day!
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