The thought of “getting healthy” can be very overwhelming for some people.
“Where do I start?”
“But, I take a multi-vitamin”
“Organic is too expensive”
“My grandfather smoked and lived to be 93”
Blah blah blah, the list goes on and on and on!
The reality is every single one of us can do something to improve our physical, mental or spiritual health.
There are days when I am overly stressed at work, so tired I want to stay in the bed and watch chick flicks for days, or I’m craving a crispy chicken sandwich with cheese, extra pickles dipped in mayo (yum)! Knowing this, we need to approach bettering our health gradually.
Here are 5 things you can start doing right now that will help improve your health:
1. Drink more water! Good ole H2O is the best thing we can possibly drink. Water keeps us hydrated, flushes toxins out of our bodies, helps fight fatigue, improves our complexion, keeps you regular, and helps with weight loss. Staying hydrated boosts your immune system, helps prevent headaches and keeps your muscles and joints moving easier. Oh and yeah, drinking soda has zero benefits.
2. Cut the sugar! Have you heard the statement “Sugar is the new cigarette”? I am not sure who said it but I totally agree. The amount of sugar in today’s diet has had a huge impact on our overall health. We are fatter and sicker than ever. One of the main culprits is sugar. Check labels for sugar content, put down to sweet treats (eat naturally sweetened fruit instead) and read number 3.
3. No processed Foods! They are full of sugar, preservatives and a ton of junk we shouldn’t be eating. What are processed foods? Think center aisles of the grocery store, something that was made in a facility rather than grown or something that has a list of more than 5 ingredients (thank you Michael Pollan). Rice, broccoli, pears and sweet potatoes are real food.
4. Get to moving! An expensive gym membership in not necessary. Go for a walk. Take a dance class. Mop your floors. Download a workout app. Stretch. Learn how to snowboard. Whatever it is, move more. Aim for 20 minutes a day.
5. Socialize! Whether you are an introvert or a social butterfly, connecting with others can be healing to our minds, bodies and souls. Call a friend (don’t send them a text message), join a cooking class, or start a book club. Simply find ways to connect with others.
If you start with these 5 simple steps, you will be so ahead of the game. Give yourself 5 weeks. Start with #1 week one and add an additional step each of the following weeks. How does that sound? Let me know below