What does it really mean to be healthy? We know that health is more than just a number on a scale. Living a healthy lifestyle can mean many different things. Some people choose organic or vegan diets to help achieve maximum health while others take a different approach. Staying active may involve training for marathons or walking a lap around the neighborhood each night. Obviously there are many paths to take in the pursuit of good health, and we believe in this one important concept:
You can choose to be healthy.
For most people, this is an absolute truth and a great starting point in the journey towards better health. We know there are exceptions, like physical limitations or illnesses. However, for those of us that are lucky enough not to experience such challenges, it is possible to make easy choices that can lead to an overall healthy lifestyle.
Do the choices sometimes seem overwhelming? Of course they do. Unfortunately, feeling overwhelmed can translate in to feeling somewhat apathetic. For example, when you don’t know what to do or where to start, it’s easier to do nothing. This is where you can decide to take charge and spend a minute or two writing things down. Yep, just write down one or two things you can do for your health. The act of writing down a task or an idea is a great way to motivate you to actually complete that goal.
Are you a late-night snacker? Maybe you want to write that you will only eat at night on one or two specific days a week.
Do you want to exercise more? Try scheduling 15-minute walks—actually enter these on your calendar like appointments.
Are you trying to ditch soda or give up some other unhealthy habit? Give yourself permission to gradually reduce the amount of whatever vice you’re trying to kick. Doing something, even if it’s a tiny change, is better than doing nothing.
We think it’s helpful to plan on what you can do rather than think about everything you can’t do. For instance, if you know you have an upcoming function that will include lots of junk food, write a food plan that covers the days around the event. Try to eat more healthy foods before and after the junk food party and you can feel more in control of your eating habits.
Do you feel like you need to totally give up sweets but it’s too difficult to cut out all desserts or sugary snacks? Instead of focusing on how you shouldn’t be eating junk and then feeling like a failure when you do, try making a plan to take it slow. Decide that you can have a sweet coffee drink, but that you won’t eat a donut with it, or vice versa.
There are endless strategies to explore when trying to live a healthy lifestyle. We firmly believe that once you choose to pursue health and attempt to make small, thoughtful changes, you can successfully navigate the steps toward living well