Creating Healthy Habits - Our Mission To Make Your Life A Little Better
I don’t need to tell you that we are living in a world of information overload… Chances are you have run around in circles more than once trying to find information you can trust on the wide-wide-wide web! It gets even trickier when it comes to health information and advice, because anyone can write anything and publish it. The problem with this is people with no training, and no understanding of your body, are telling you what to do to feel better. Generally they are speaking from their own positive experience, and forgetting that one-size-doesn’t-fit-all. On the other hand, the beauty of being able to share information has led you here…. and, it has become a little side-mission of mine to make living a healthier life easy.
What we do everyday creates habits, and these daily habits form part of the basis of our health. Whether we choose to create habits like a cheeky glass of wine or two every night, or spending 40 minutes exercising every morning, leaves a lasting impact on our bodies. Creating healthy habits can be difficult, because it’s hard to find information to trust. That’s why I’ve created this easy manual of 7 simple things you can do every day to help create a healthier life. You may be someone that has tried different things over and over, and never stuck with it – and if that’s your challenge, I encourage you to read this blog first.
Not enough attention is paid to the small and simple things, and here we are putting the focus back on the founding layers of nourishment.
Habit 1 – Eat plants. Get them into you however you can, whether it’s from our broccoli pizza, roasted butternut pumpkin, a straight up bowl of steamed vege (my favourite!) or adding some good green stuff to your smoothie. Five servings daily is VITAL.
Habit 2 – Drink water. How much do you currently drink per day? If “not enough” comes to mind, work on increasing your water, and give your body time to transition to this new level of hydration. Yes, you will urinate more at the start, but that will normalise in about two weeks. You’d be amazed at how different you feel in the afternoon when you’ve been conscious about hydration. Did I mention that dehydration means we pull water from the colon and joints as well? You can read all about it in The Guts of Us.
Habit 3 – Move. Wendy has written some fabulous blogs on exercise, and we know that the most important factor when it comes to movement is that it’s something you can ENJOY, whether that’s lunges while watching TV, walking around the block, yoga, dancing or a circuit program. ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN NOTHING. Stretching alone will make a huge difference.
BIGGEST TIP – Work on these three things over the next week, and pay full attention to giving these habits your best efforts. Habits aren’t developed overnight, and the most important thing in the persistence of building new habits is that we have realistic and achievable goals.
Keep your eye out next week for more healthy habits – or get our free healthy habit guide now!