Has the Pandemic made you reassess your health goals? You are not alone. A survey conducted found that, due to the constant questioning of their immunity and likelihood to get a disease, people will reevaluate their diets to maximize their health. (Source: Thrive Global)
But the big question, is where to start. Maybe you are the type of person who makes New Years resolutions only to find a couple of weeks later you have fallen back into a familiar, unhealthy routine. Maybe you feel that focusing on getting healthy is too overwhelming. Maybe you think it is no use. You've had a long, unhealthy life and you can't possibly change your health now.
The good news is that you can change your health for the better, no matter what your current circumstances and it doesn't take long to get results. Our bodies want to be healthy, regardless of what we do to them. Our body does its best to extract nutrients from foods we eat, protect us from harmful chemicals in our lives and fights to keep us from getting illness and disease.
The problem is that over time, when we haven't been following a healthy lifestyle, the body gets tired. When the body gets tired, it is hard for it to defend us against illnesses such as colds, flu and viruses. The body starts to show us something is wrong through symptoms.
For example, it may be really hard to lose weight no matter how much we workout or restrict eating. Our annual blood tests shows high cholesterol, thyroid complications or low vitamin D levels. We feel tired all the time and may have constipation or diarrhea regularly. Unfortunately, we often credit these symptoms to either family history or getting older. We've been trained through the media and society that getting old means we must be on medications in order to live.
The lie of needing medication or getting ill as you get older is not something you have to accept. There are plenty of inspiring examples of people not willing to accept an unfavorable diagnosis and deciding to take control of their health. Through lifestyle changes, they successfully reverse their illness and enjoy many years of good health.
How do they do this? Do they take a magical pill or eat a magic food? No! They make the decision to get help to turn around their health. This brings us to Step #1, deciding to get help.
#1 ASK FOR HELP
You have made thousands if not millions of decisions in your life. You've decided to go to college or not. You've decided to get married or not. You've decided to have children or not. You decided to eat fast food today or not. Deciding to ask for help is the first step to getting healthy.
Not sure where to start? I am here to help.
I am a Certified Holistic Nutritionist teaching people just like you how to reverse their health so they can heal from illness and disease. I offer a FREE 30 minute call where we will talk about your specific symptoms and how the Simply Great Health program can help.
How would getting healthy improve your life? You could:
✅Be more active with your children
✅Focus on building your career
✅Have more energy
✅Stop running to the bathroom
✅Workout without fear of an accident or farting
✅Restore your confidence
✅Take an active vacation
✅Reclaim your life
Simply Great Health is a customized 5 Step plan that fits your busy lifestyle.
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 healing.
I am obsessed with helping others get healthy. Here are some of my results:
I've helped people with Ulcerative Colitis stop the very embarrassing symptom of constantly running to the bathroom. One woman was able to travel cross-country in a car and not worry about when she needed to stop for a bathroom.
I reversed my own unhealthy blood pressure to healthy levels. My blood pressure has maintained for more than 5 years.
I stopped seasonal allergies for a man who used to live on over-the-counter allergy medication.
I helped a woman get her blood work levels within normal range.
I know that whatever you are struggling with, I can help! If getting professional help is not available to you right now, you can find groups on social media to join. People just like you are going through the same things. You can pick up tips and tricks that may help you achieve your goal.
#2 CREATE A NEW ROUTINE
Decisions help us get healthy. Routines are what keeps us healthy.
Your current routine took many years to create. You've adapted to a lifestyle that has worked for you for a long time. It is easy to go to the grocery store and pick out the foods you always eat.
A new routine will be hard in the beginning. You will have to learn to shop differently to achieve your health goals. You will need to learn new ways of eating, cooking, drinking fluids and moving your body to achieve your goals. But if you made the decision to do it, you will.
The key to creating a new routine is to not make massive changes immediately. It has to be small, actionable steps that will work in your lifestyle. If the new actions do not fit your lifestyle, you will be unable to make meaningful change. It takes 21 days to make a new habit - good or bad! Stay focused and start small. Making one change a week and allowing it to become routine for a couple of weeks before adding a new change, is a great way to start.
#3 WRITE REMINDERS / FOCUS ON AFFIRMATIONS
One of the best ways to achieve good health is to remind yourself of your goal. This could be something as simple as eating 5 fruits and vegetables everyday. Or something longer term as reversing Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Writing down your goals as a reminder ensures you are focused on your goal every day. It will help you make good decisions. When confronted with french fries or steamed broccoli, your reminder of eating 5 fruits and vegetables everyday will immediately come to your mind and broccoli is the decision!
When working on a longer term goal, such as reversing Irritable Bowel Syndrome, writing an affirmation that is focused on the achieving the goal works wonders. What does affirmation mean? An affirmation is a statement of accomplishment. While you are working towards a goal, stating that you have already achieved it, mentally prepares you for achieving it.
I will do everything possible to heal my digestive system.
Overcoming IBS is easy.
I am transforming into someone with perfect digestive health.
Notice how the affirmations are future oriented and identify the outcome. Theodore Roosevelt said it best: "Believe you can and you are halfway there." The mind is powerful. When we repeat or write affirmations daily, they become our reality.
#4 DO NOT ALLOW NEGATIVE THOUGHTS TO STOP PROGRESS
Inevitably, something is going to happen while you are working on your new routine that will cause frustration. You will become unmotivated and think you will never be able to adapt to a new routine. Do not let this stop you.
You are human! Life happens! There is going to be a party where you eat or drink foods you are trying to stay away from. There is going to be a business lunch or dinner that is not accommodating to your lifestyle. You may have a really rough day and need to eat or drink comfort foods.
It is OK! Allow yourself to participate in the life event that is happening. None of us can be 100% all the time. In fact, Holistic Nutritionists encourage taking a day where you go back to eating foods that you used to eat or indulge in. Why? It helps remind us why we aren't eating or drinking those foods regularly any more.
Our body will react. We will realize, we just don't want to feel that way again, for a very long time. This is all great for our mental and physical being. Eventually, the indulgences and old ways of eating comfort foods will change. It doesn't happen overnight. It takes time to be living a new lifestyle and then when we engage in old behaviors to realize, it just isn't us anymore.
Take your time to become the healthier person you are working on becoming. When things are tough, read your affirmation or health goal. Seek out the help of others to talk about it. If your household is not supportive, find a group on Facebook that you can interact with and share your story. There are a lot of people going through the same thing. I promise they will help you.
#5 CELEBRATE YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS
Most of the time, we don't celebrate the accomplishments we've made. We simply move on to the next thing. It is important to stop and take the time to recognize your achievements. No achievement is too small! Did you drink half your body weight in ounces of water every single day of the week? Well done! Did you do it 3 days this week? Well done!
Reflecting on the progress you are making is a great way to stay motivated while you make changes. It may be easier if you keep a diary or a journal or just write down what you did towards your goal everyday in order to visually see the progress. Then you can look back on several weeks and see just how far you have come. It is powerful to see daily progress towards your goal.
I hope this post on 5 steps to do everyday for good health helps you move forward to achieving your health goals. Working with an expert, creating new routines, writing down your goals and affirmations, not allowing negative thoughts to stop your progress and celebrating your achievements are steps that will help you be successful in your health goals.
Do you think you will try any of the 5 steps? Let me know by leaving a comment below.