Updated: Sep 9, 2020
I often hear people talk about how they wish they could be healthier. It seems like being healthy is a big mystery and hard to achieve. You may be thinking the same or that you need a lot of willpower or discipline to make it happen. When in fact the secret to living a healthier life is to make the decision to do it.
Think about it, you've made decisions your entire life and they are part of your routine. You decided what type of work you wanted to do. You decide to get married or not. You decided to have children or not. All of these decisions were made and are part of your routine. Living a healthy life is simply another part of your routine, if you decide to do it.
I have 10 quick tips on how to live a healthy life. It only takes 21 days to create a habit regardless if it is good or bad. If you start doing one of the below today, it will become part of your routine and you won't even have to think about it in 21 days or less.
Before you start diving in to the 10 quick tips there is one danger to look out for: LIFE! Life happens. There is going to be something or someone that gets in the way of you practicing a new health habit. THAT IS OK!
Don't be mad at yourself or feel like a failure when this happens. Work is going to run late or the kids are going to have a crazy schedule or you may have to attend an event that isn't going to allow you to eat healthy.
No one can follow a healthy lifestyle 100% of the time. LIFE HAPPENS. When life happens, make a commitment to yourself about when you will start following one of the health habits again. Don't wait for a certain day or a specific month or a specific event to get back into being healthy. Just get back to your health routine as soon as you can.
The interesting part about living a healthy life is once it becomes part of your routine, you simply won't want to do something that isn't healthy. You will feel so good and when you have to do or eat something that is not part of your healthy routine, you just won't want to do it. Instead of thinking you can't do something or eat something, you will simply think "I really don't want that. I'd rather have this."
If you still need help transitioning to a new health habit, I am here to help! I am a Certified Holistic Nutritionist obsessed with teaching people just like you how to live a healthier lifestyle so you can feel awesome and have the energy to do all you need to do.
Does any of this sound like you?
👉Diarrhea and/or constipation
👉Bloating and gas
👉Congestion, coughing, wheezing
👉Brain fog, difficulty recalling words, short term memory issues
👉Headaches and migraines
👉Acne and itchy skin
👉Tired all the time
👉Sensitivity to fragrances and chemicals
If you said yes to just one of the above, your body is telling you something is not right. Discovering the root cause and how to live a healthy lifestyle can be confusing and hard! I am here to help.
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How would eliminating your symptoms improve your life? You could:
✅Be more present with your children
✅Focus at work
✅Have more energy
✅Stop running to the bathroom
✅Workout without fear of an accident or farting
✅Restore your confidence
✅Be able to cook healthy meals for you and your family
✅Take an active vacation
✅Reclaim your life!
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It’s very simple. No jumping through hoops and NO PRESSURE.
If we determine it’s not a fit, we’ll go our separate ways for now.
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10 QUICK TIPS ABOUT HOW TO LIVE A HEALTHY LIFE
Yes - just breathe. If you don't have a breathing practice, start! It can be 5 minutes or 30 minutes but take time to breathe everyday. I typically can get in about 15 minutes, 5 days a week. Just like I told you above, no one can live a healthy life 100% of the time. The benefits of breathing include reducing anxiety, lowering blood pressure and helping to clean out the lungs. Not sure how to start? Click here for a free YouTube tutorial.
2) DRINK CLEAN WATER AND A LOT OF IT
We need to drink half our weight in ounces of water everyday. That means if you weigh 130 pounds, you need to drink 65 ounces of water daily. This can be in the form of plain water or herbal tea. Coffee does not count since it is a diuretic.
It needs to be clean water! That means filtered water. Putting a filter on the water faucet at home will not remove all of the toxins that find their way into our water. If you are concerned for the environment, look into a home filtration system or a stand-alone system. Don't only drink clean water, cook with it as well. Your body will thank you!
3) MOVE YOUR BODY EVERYDAY
This doesn't mean you have to belong to a gym or spend a lot of money on exercise classes. You can take a 30 minute walk. You can go on YouTube and find exercise classes for free. Whatever works for your lifestyle and routine, find something active and do it everyday. There will be some days that you are just too busy to achieve this tip. That is OK! Your goal should be 5 days a week. at least 30 minutes a day.
4) EAT ORGANIC
"If it isn't organic, it isn't food." Foods with the USDA organic symbol are becoming more plentiful. Did you know Doritos has an organic chip? Even the big food companies are going organic.
When you eat organic food you are avoiding pesticides and chemicals but you are also getting higher nutrient content in your food. With higher nutrient content, you don't need to eat as much because you will be fuller longer. Often people think that organic food is more expensive. But when you think about how eating organic helps to avoid chemicals that could promote disease in your body, it is actually a cost savings since you won't spend as much on medical care.
5) COOK MORE OFTEN
When you prepare meals at home, you are able to control what goes into them. Added sugars and salts are in prepared foods making it harder for you to follow a healthy lifestyle. If you feel you just don't have time to cook, try meal-prepping.
I often take a couple of hours over the weekend to make lunches and dinners that are simply reheat and eat. If you are looking for ideas, check out some of my recipe blog posts. Below are posts with recipes that are quick, easy and can be made ahead of time:
6) EAT LESS MEAT
Have you heard of a plant based lifestyle? It is when a person makes a conscious decision to eat less meat. Some people even cut out meat altogether.
Eating plant based is important because most people do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. Fiber is essential to a healthy body. It helps remove toxins and waste. Plus, supports a healthy immune system by providing beneficial bacteria to our body.
Start eating plant based by trying one meal a week. Maybe it is lunch or dinner. Who knows? You may like how you feel after a period of time of eating one plant based meal a week and you may try a full day without animal products or even two!
7) SAY NO TO DAIRY or GO DAIRY-FREE
Not only is dairy a top allergen but the government allows a certain amount of pus, hormones and chemicals from vaccines in our dairy supply. Yes - pus. Like the pus you squeeze out of a pimple. So gross!
There are so many great alternatives to buy these days. Ice cream made from almond milk or yogurt made from cashews. Simply try some of the products readily available in the grocery store to find ones you like.
8) COMPLIMENT YOURSELF
When was the last time you told yourself what a great job you are doing? I often forget to take a few moments to look at my accomplishments over the past week or month. Time goes so fast and when I finish a project, it is time to move on to the next thing.
Take a few minutes to tell yourself what a great job you did on something specific in the recent weeks or months. Maybe it was simply meeting your goals for the week. Maybe it was accomplishing a big task like purging the basement. Whatever it is, look in the mirror and compliment yourself. Doing this fosters a positive relationship with yourself and helps you develop a positive attitude.
9) LOVE AND BE LOVED
The daily grind can be just that - a grind. Life is so short and precious, take the time to tell people you love them. Not for any reason except to simply say you love them. No explanations needed. By recognizing the people who are important to you, it helps you stay grounded and connected to your social circle. This can be friends, family, lovers or pets. Being social and loving is a necessary part of wellness.
10) PRACTICE SELF CARE
Some of the above tips may be self care for you. I take my breathing practice seriously and make time at least 5 days a week to breathe for 15 minutes. It is an amazing experience to shut out the world and just breathe. I also get facials every 8 weeks. That is another part of my self care routine. Taking time for yourself helps you be better at taking care of others. Do something that makes you happy!
Those are the 10 steps to living a healthy lifestyle. As I mentioned earlier, it is not hard to live a healthy lifestyle. You simply need to make a decision to do so and then practice doing it. It takes 21 days to develop a habit, good or bad. Start a good one today and in 21 days, it will simply be your routine.
Do you think you will try one of the above 10 tips? Let me know by leaving a comment below.