Often I hear from people that they are struggling to adopt a healthier way of life and it’s very common that they will give up after the first hurdle. For me healthy living doesn’t have to be difficult, it’s a lifestyle that we choose to lead in order to feel amazing and ultimately look fabulous.
A lot of the time when trying to become healthier we put far too much pressure on ourselves, it’s not going to happen overnight. Taking it slowly is what is going to lead to your success in changing the way you approach your health and the food that you eat. Small changes to your daily routine will accumulate into something awesome and it won’t be a short-term fix; if you are really committed these small changes could set you up for a lifetime.
Healthy living for me is not about perfection, but about embracing the flaws that we have been blessed with as they are what make us unique and beautiful. Life is far too short and should be spent being happy, enjoying the food that you love and celebrate just being the person you are meant to be. Everyone has their own perception of what healthy is to them, it’s subjective and one size isn’t going to fit all, but one thing that I really do believe is once you have found your ideal of healthy you are going to love it!
Entering the realms of healthier living can be scary for some and a happier experience for others, but it should be a positive experience for all. Starting today, literally right this minute you could start your journey to a healthier you. Sorry if I’m sounding preachy, but what I want to get across is that by walking that extra distance or eating an extra portion of veg, over time it will make a real difference to your health – small changes that may not seem like nothing at the time, can eventually accumulate into something wonderful.
Here are 5 simple things over the course of a week that you could change every day that will lead you on the path to a healthier and happier you.
1. Drink more water
Let it be known, drinking 2 litres of water a day is bloody hard! But, it is good for your health and flushing out all of those toxins from your body. I’m on ‘drink more water’ movement at the minute and I can’t say that I’m getting my 2 litres in everyday, however I know that I’m drinking more than I used to and feeling better for it.
2. Move more
Take the stairs instead of the lift, get off a the bus a couple of stops further than you normally do and walk – these very basic changes will eventually have an impact. I’ve really been loving getting out for my walks recently and getting some fresh air as a form of exercise. There is so much out there that you can do to move more that doesn’t have to involve the gym if that isn’t your thing. It doesn’t have to take 2 hours to workout, use whatever time you have available in your day whether its 45 minutes or 10 minutes, it all counts!
Exercise doesn’t have to be boring, find something that you truly love, have fun and you are already halfway there.
3. Increase your portion of fruit and vegetables
It’s a well-known fact that fruit and vegetables are good for our health. I do find it surprising that some of us don’t even have any of this plant-based goodness in our diets. Add a couple of extra broccoli florets on your dinner plate, tomatoes on your salad, strawberries on your porridge or whatever your favourite fruit and veg are eating that bit extra will do you the world of good and an easy change that you can adopt today.
4. Blend it up!
If you didn’t know by now, I’m a bit obsessed with my green smoothies, especially now that the weather is a bit warmer. They’re another great way to get more fruit and vegetables in your diet and make a great portable healthy breakfast and snack if you’re in a rush. Don’t be scared of the green colour as you can’t taste the earthy greens once you have added the other ingredients, that’s what makes them so great. Check out my recipe page under ‘smoothies’ for some green inspiration.
5. Reward yourself
We’re not perfect, if you tell me that there is a person who lives off salad and green beans all day every day I wouldn’t believe you. It’s OK to have cravings for cakes, chocolate and crisps, I for one can’t resist the urge to face plant myself in a big fat wedge of chocolate cake and won’t apologise for it either. The problem is how much you eat and how often you eat these kinds of foods, it’s all about finding that happy medium that works for you.
I don’t believe in restricting yourself if you want to eat some shortbread then go for it just have a couple instead of the whole pack. To be healthy also means to be in tune with your body and giving it what it wants. A couple of biscuits as part of a healthy lifestyle isn’t going to make you put on weight just like not eating them will instantly make you slimmer.
In reality, healthy living can be as difficult or as easy as you make it and hopefully it’s the latter. Making simple changes to your routine now will have a major positive effect on your life in the long run. It would be really great to hear about your small lifestyle changes that you are making today for a healthier you. If you would like to share these with me on Facebook or Twitter, please tag me @celery_cupcakes as I would love to hear about your progress.