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? Not me!
Following such restrictive practices makes it easy to fail and create feelings of frustration. When we fail, we feel like we can never change our behaviors. This is why New Years Resolutions never work! I get it, we live in a society where we want instant gratification. If we don't lose 10 pounds in a week, we think that we can't be healthy and why bother.
I'm here to tell you that once you've decided to get healthy, it really can be very simple. It can also be overwhelming 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 Worst Advice: You Aren't Allowed To Indulge
This 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 will never be able to stay on a healthy path. Strict restrictions will result in over-indulgences and feelings of failure.
A healthy lifestyle includes indulgences. There are so many ways to have a healthy indulgence. Chocolate is a great example. High quality organic chocolate with at least 75% cacao in it, is a great way to indulge and be healthy at the same time.
Organic cookies that are free from common allergens are becoming easier to find in grocery stores. Non-dairy ice cream has also come a long way. Including healthy indulgences into your lifestyle will keep you satisfied and motivated to stay on the healthy path.
#2 Worst Advice: It Takes Willpower To Be Healthy
No it doesn't! It 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 all of the 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, or 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. Life happens! There will be business trips with dinners at a steakhouse serving non-organic food. You will have a wedding weekend with lots of drinking and really unhealthy food.
The key is after the unhealthy day, go back to living the healthy lifestyle you are building for yourself as soon as you can. Don't feel like because you had to modify how you are living that it is all over. Managing life events within your healthy lifestyle is absolutely normal.
#3 Worst Advice: You Must Lose Weight To Be Considered Healthy
Not true! Here's why: when you make the decision to be healthy 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, clean water, daily exercise 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.
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. Losing weight is a short term goal.
That approach is backwards and not sustainable. Being healthy means you are achieving your goals to avoid or reverse illness and disease. Do you want to?
👍Avoid getting colds and flu
👍Increase your energy
👍Boost mental clarity
👍Lose weight and keep it off
👍Stop bloating and excess gas
👍Eliminate constipation and/or diarrhea
👍Feel less stressed
Following a healthy lifestyle will achieve all of the above. Not sure where to start? I am here to help.
I am a Certified Holistic Nutritionist teaching people just like you how to stop suffering so you can feel your best everyday. I offer a FREE 30 minute strategy session where we will talk about your specific symptoms and how the Simply Great Health program can help.
Simply Great Health is a customized 5 Step plan that provides long lasting healing and fits your busy lifestyle.
How does working with me change your life? You could:
✅Be more present with the kids
✅Entertain and socialize with family and friends
✅Banish fatigue and gain energy
✅Shed that extra weight and keep it off
✅Eliminate skin rashes and acne
✅Sleep through out the night and wake up feeling rested
✅Say goodbye to brain fog, mood swings and headaches
✅Stop worrying about your health
✅Reduce stress and anxiety
✅Take active vacations and long road trips without fearing a flare-up
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.
If it is a fit, we can take the next step and get you started on the path to better health.
#4 Worst Advice: You Must Belong To A Gym And/Or 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 will 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. Also, make sure to check with your doctor to make sure you know any limitations you may have.
#5 Worst Advice: 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. Products like organic grains and beans from Seeds of Change, cook in 90 seconds which means no one has an excuse not to eat healthy.
Meal prepping on the weekend makes eating healthy easier during the week. Making overnight oatmeal for breakfast with frozen organic fruit, takes maybe 15 minutes to make but gives you big nutrition in the morning instead of grabbing a bagel. Make organic muffins on the weekend for an entire week's worth of satisfying breakfasts.
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 tastes so much better!
I hope you enjoyed learning that the so called healthy living advice is really not good advice at all. You have to find what works for you. Our bodies are unique and require unique solutions to achieve our health goals.
The key is to decide to live healthier. Once you make the decision, take small actionable steps that fit within your lifestyle. When an activity fits your lifestyle, you will be more likely to continue with it for a long time.
Which of the worst healthy living advice listed above will you stop following? Let me know in the comments below.