We all want to be healthy, maybe drop a few pound don’t we? It seems to be we make this decision out of thin air. Maybe as a resolution or our clothes don’t fit and we decide that this is the day. So we make a plan for a complete rehaul.
This is the worst thing you can do and doomed to failure. Being healthy is a lifestyle choice and encompasses way more than a diet plan that you probably won’t stick to.
The first thing to decide is you want to change. You have to accept that being healthy is a head to toe process that involves way more than you think because it is essentially changing your mindset and the way you do everything.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, so start with small changes to ensure your success. When we are in school we don’t learn everything in one day so you shouldn’t expect to either. Small changes can also do alot for how you feel about the change. It won’t seem so hard and little by little you build on it.
Especially here in the United States, we are obsessed with fast. We are bombarded with processed choices that affect our health in many ways. Try eliminating some of the processed food you are eating. Every week you can cut out or cut down on the amount of these foods you eat. Keeping a food journal is a great way of truly seeing how much- processed food you eat.
Cook more. I know we are all busy and it seems so much easier to grab something quick. Set aside a day where you prepare meals for the week. Make a healthier lunch the night before.
Add more fruit and veggies to your diet. Every week make a plan to try a new fruit or vegetable. Keep fruit on hand to keep temptation at bay.
We know we should exercise and it feels good but we put it off, make excuses. We have no time. I’ll start on Monday. The truth is exercise doesn’t have to be two hours in the gym. You have to build up to any strenuous activity to prevent injury anyway. Start small. The point is moving. Go for a walk on your lunch break or when you get home for twenty minutes. It also amazing for clearing your mind and reducing stress. You will start to notice a feeling of overall well-being and energy. Then I guarantee you will want to add more.
We don’t get enough sleep and it makes us cranky. This is a well-documented fact. You need six to eight hours of sleep a night but most of us aren’t getting that. We are exhausted! In my experience, you can’t just fall into bed and fall asleep. You need to prepare at least a half hour before. Take the time to relax enough to fall asleep.
Don’t underestimate the value of a nap! Babies know it, you should too. I know you’re saying you don’t have time, you can’t fall asleep. Even just closing your eyes for twenty minutes can be restful and rejuvenating.
Stress is responsible for many health conditions as we know. Even knowing this we seem to thrive on it at times. Taking the time every day to let go of the stress of the day is important and necessary. Start finding methods to reduce your stress. Exercise is great but so is reading or watching tv. Taking a half hour a day to meditate simply by closing your eyes and taking measured deep breaths can do amazing things.
Take the road to health with small changes that can make a big difference.