Given our busy lives, leading a healthy lifestyle can suddenly seem like an insurmountable task, the likes of having to climb Mt. Everest. Who has time to exercise or make home cooked meals daily?
Don’t worry, it most certainly isn’t that difficult. The key to a heathier you is taking small steps that are manageable and that you can easily build upon. Some of these steps are not just about eating better or getting more exercise but finding time to reduce stress and relax your mind.
Drink one extra glass of water per day
Dehydration not only affects your mood, but it affects your memory and reduces cognitive and motor skills. Dehydration has also been linked to a sluggish metabolism which can sabotage your efforts at losing weight.
Give yourself one cheat day
Think of your eating like a batting average; any player that was batting a 600, even a 500 would be the best that every played. If you can eat healthy 60% of the time, that is a major accomplishment. Plan in your eating plan one day to eat a couple of cheat meals. This will give you something to look forward to and it will increase your metabolic rate by preventing your body from getting used to a set caloric meal plan.
Be sure to take the time each day and choose to be happy, don’t make plans to be happy. Spend time with your family. Watch your favorite movie. Take the time to appreciate what makes you happy and brings joy to your life.
Stick to the outside perimeter of the grocery store
Can’t pronounce the ingredients on the label? Stick to single ingredient foods, mostly the ones found on the perimeter of the super market i.e. produce, lean meats, eggs, etc.
Sneak in exercise
Play with the kids, take the dog for a walk, or even go to a dance party. Simple activities in our daily lives are exercise!
Realize your journey to better health is unique to you so if something feels extremely out of your comfort zone for your body type there may be good reason to avoid it. A vegan or paleo diet may be ok for some but not for all. Talk to your health coach and doctor to find out what’s best for you.