I often hear people talk about how they wish they could be healthier. As if it is a big mystery that is hard to achieve. But being a healthy person is not a mystery and it is not very hard! It is very simple and not complicated at all. It just takes making a decision to be healthy and then doing it. It doesn't take willpower or a lot of money or following strict rules.
Think about it, you've made decisions all of your life that you have stuck by and they just became 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 am going to share with you 10 quick tips on how to live a healthy life. You can incorporate all of them into your life or start with just a few and add more as you get comfortable. It only takes 21 days to create a habit - 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.
Even though you may start a new routine, there are going to be days that you simply can't do something healthy. THAT IS OK! Don't be mad at yourself or feel like a failure. Life 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 this happens, make a commitment to yourself on when you will start following a healthy lifestyle again and then do it! Don't wait for a certain time of day or a specific month or a specific event to get back into being healthy. Just get back to your 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. So 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."
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Here are the 10 quick tips to live a healthy life:
1) BREATHE. Yes - just breathe. If you don't have a breathing practice, start! It can be 5 minutes or 30 minutes but try to 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. So if you weigh 130 pounds, that means 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 that you buy. Putting a filter on the water faucet at home will not remove all of the toxins that find their way into our water. I buy a 40 pack of Kirkland Signature water and it costs $0.07 per bottle. I drink 2 of them daily, which is 32oz, because I drink herbal tea to make up the additional ounces I need.
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. Often 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. Often, I share recipes that take 30 minutes or less or can be made ahead of time.
6) EAT LESS MEAT. I'm sure you've heard of the Meatless Monday movement. It is the idea of eating a vegetarian meal on Monday night for dinner. The concept is an important one because most people do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. By having to focus one meal on just fruits and vegetables, you are increasing your intake for at least one day per week. Who knows? You may like how you feel after a period of time of doing Meatless Monday and you may try two nights per week!
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!b There are so many 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 the things I am working on finish up and it is right 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. But I also get facials every 6-8 weeks. That is another part of my self care routine. Taking time for yourself helps you to be better at taking care of others. So do something that makes you happy!
There you go! 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.