Everything we do effects us for the good or the bad. When it comes to our health many times we ignore or overlook these “effects” because they can be subtle.
After all, we don’t eat a fast food meal today and suddenly have clogged arteries and an extra pound around the middle…but over time and many fast food meals later–well you get the picture.
When we decide to change our habits the effects to our bodies will also be subtle and slow to show.
We should not expect to see solutions or magic immediately. There is no magic shake, or pill or cleanse that will take the pounds off and make us look beach body ready.
Also, you cannot think of this change for your life as a one time diet or exercise routine until you are where you want. It will be an ongoing process–one that takes commitment.
That may sound hard, but it is really a beautiful thing to commit to oneself.
When we commit to change our habits and make this life change it is a sign of the self care and self love we all deserve.
And I do have some solutions that are not difficult and that everyone can do to get started, so let’s keep it simple:
- Eat the right foods in the right quantities
- Drink Water
- Get good sleep
Eat the right foods in the right quantities. What are the right foods? The closer to nature you can get the better. Fruits and vegetables and salads should be a staple at every meal. If you eat meats–then try to get the best meat that is available to you.
The bigger part of the eating the right foods is to stay away as much as you can from processed foods. That can be hard–especially after years and years of eating these things.
But it can be much easier–even if you cannot give up processed foods–if you watch the portion size.
The serving size of most foods are on the packages. Yes–the serving sizes seem very small when you start looking at them. But in reality they are just right. And your body will adjust very quickly!
So do you have to give up your favorite foods? Of course not! You just have to eat LESS of them.
Drink Water. Our bodies are made up of a lot of water and in order to function properly our cells need water. Simply said one of the easiest self care actions we can take for ourselves is to drink more water.
Move. In order to burn calories and keep our bodies in the best of shape we do have to move. You do not have to do a 4 hour work out each day. But you do need to get off the couch.
If you don’t like to exercise–go for a walk. Anywhere. Get outside into the fresh air. Or add activities to your regular routine that can ramp up your movement. For example, folding clothes while standing up instead of sitting down will burn twice the calories. Activities such as gardening or cleaning the house also counts as movement–don’t underestimate yourself. Once you get your body moving it is easier to keep it moving.
Get good sleep. Believe it or not if we are not sleeping well then our bodies are not performing at optimal levels. And it is causing our bodies to not burn calories the way it is meant to. Getting good sleep is essential to having good health.
Create a ritual and routine to getting to sleep at night. Turn off all the distracting images and sounds that keep our brain “awake” at least 30 minutes before you go to bed to help your body unwind.
Repeat. When one day is done…start over the next day. Each day we complete these steps is one day closer to making it a habit. And as your body changes you will actually feel it. You will feel lighter, and less hungry, and better!.
What if you fall off the healthy wagon? Start fresh the next day. No need to give up or beat ourselves up for it. We are human and this is hard work. But we are worth it.
IF you have tried everything and it still does not work get someone to help you. There are doctors and nutritionists that can suggest different regimens for you and there are health coaches that can help you create the healthy habits you are looking for.
I enlisted the help of a health coach and it truly was a wonderful experience. Not only am I healthier but I have strengthened other parts of my life as well. I believe in her work so much that I have gone back to school to become a health coach myself, so I can help people the way she helped me!
Creating healthy habits is a life change–not because it is difficult and challenging but because it will change your life for the better. There are many people around us that would discourage us from bettering ourselves–I’ll talk about them in my next post.
Remember whatever you choose to do–choose it for yourself and have fun with it!
Comment below: What is the biggest hurdle holding you back from committing to this self-care?