There is a ton of misleading information out there about healthy living. Everything from restrictive diets, crazy fitness programs and just plain weird eating plans (who wants to only eat cabbage soup?). I'm here to tell you that once you've decided to get healthy, it really is very simple. But I also recognize you may be overwhelmed trying to learn how to get healthy. The key to healthy living is to make it a lifestyle you can follow.
Here is some of the worst advice to follow about healthy living:
1) You aren't allowed to have indulgences.
This advice is my biggest pet peeve about living a healthy lifestyle. Who wants to live a life where you can't have a cookie, a cupcake or a piece of chocolate? Not me! If you restrict yourself from indulgences, you can bet you will not be able to stay on a healthy path. Strict restrictions like this will result in over-indulgences and feelings of failure.
A healthy lifestyle includes indulgences. There are so many ways to have a healthy indulgence. Take chocolate. Good organic high cacao chocolate is a great way to indulge and be healthy at the same time. Organic cookies are becoming easier and easier to find in the grocery store. Non-dairy ice cream has also come a long way. Including healthy indulgences into your lifestyle will keep you satisfied and more likely to stay on the healthy path.
2) It takes willpower to be healthy.
No it doesn't! It only takes a decision to be healthy. If you have decided you are going to live a healthy lifestyle, you will. It is that simple. Think about other decisions you have made through-out your life and you did it. You decided to get married, have kids, go to college, pursue a Master's degree, whatever the decision was. You made a decision and you did it.
That is all it takes to be healthy - making a decision. Now, just because you decided to get healthy doesn't mean you aren't going to have "non-healthy" situations in your life. Because life is life. You are going to have to go on a business trip and the dinners have to be at a steakhouse with non-organic food. Or you are going to go to a wedding weekend with lots of drinking and really unhealthy food. The key is after the unhealthy day, just to go back living the healthy lifestyle you are building for yourself.
3) You have to lose weight to be considered healthy.
Not true! Here's why: when you make the decision to be healthy and start eating organic foods, including a lot of fruits and vegetables, plus moving your body everyday, your body will gravitate to it's natural body weight. That's right! When you give your body the nutrients it needs with organic foods and supplements, your weight will be what it is supposed to be. It will also be so easy to maintain.
Being healthy is a total approach. Will you lose weight? Of course you will. But being healthy does not mean you are on a weight-loss program. Losing weight will be a side effect of being healthy. Unfortunately, we have been brain-washed to think being healthy equals having to lose weight. That is a backwards approach and not sustainable. Instead, work towards eating organic, taking supplements and doing something physical everyday for 30 minutes. You will be so happy with the results.
4) You must belong to a gym and pay for expensive classes.
No you don't! Do you need to move your body every day? Absolutely. Does it have to be in a gym or at a very expensive studio for classes? Absolutely not. People really don't give simple ways to move your body enough credit. Walking for 30 minutes everyday is a very simple activity that will do wonders for your body and mind. Like to ride a bike? Take a bike ride for 30 minutes.
Is it cold, rainy, snowy or some other bad weather that is preventing you from going outside for some movement? Go to YouTube. There are great classes for free that you can do right in your home. You are going to be surprised how once you get used to moving your body, how much you want to do it regularly. The saying is true "a body in motion stays in motion". If you haven't been physical in awhile, try a bunch of different things to find what you like. If you like an activity, you are more likely to stick with it.
5) You have to eat diet food.
Being healthy does not mean having to eat foods that are labeled low-fat, reduced fat, low calorie or low sugar. Eating healthy does mean eating organic food and foods that are not pre-packaged and processed. There are so many healthy options in the frozen food section of the grocery store in case you don't have time to cook. Frozen organic vegetables are a quick and easy way to make stir-fry for dinner. You can also find organic veggie burgers that cook quickly.
Meal prepping on the weekend can also make eating healthy easier during the week. Making overnight oatmeal for breakfast with frozen organic fruit in it takes maybe 15 minutes to make but gives you big nutrition instead of grabbing a bagel. Or make organic muffins on the weekend. I typically will make an organic vegetarian ziti or lasagna or casserole on the weekend so we have a healthy and quick dinner ready to eat. Plus, there are left-overs for lunch! My point here is that you can find recipes and ways to get healthy food into your routine without buying pre-made diet food. And it is so much better!
That's it! I hope I've shown you that some advice for getting healthy actually isn't good advice to follow. If you simply eat organic food, move your body everyday and take supplements, you are going to be healthy. If you agree with the above or have other thoughts, please let me know. If you want to receive healthy living tips and recipes for free, follow my blog on Bloglovin.