“It seems every time we turn around they’re telling us what they thought they knew about how to get healthy is wrong.” We were watching the news, and they were reporting on yet another ‘magic’ diet that didn’t produce the promised results long-term, and definitely didn’t improve health. In our quest to be healthier, sometimes we overcomplicate things.
The truth is, it doesn’t have to be complicated. The basics are there for a reason — they work!
Here are some more short & simple wellness tips to remind you that taking care of your wellness doesn’t have to be complicated.
Trying to eat well can seem so confusing when we look at all those diet books out there, but it really doesn’t have to be such a chore to figure out what to eat. Here’s a simple way to structure your meals so you get the nutrients you need without the extra calories you don’t.
Now if you’re like me, the half a plate of fruits and veggies might not happen every meal. Many of us find it hard to eat that much first thing in the morning. The nice thing is that you get to choose what to eat – and when – so you could always snack on some veggies or fruit later on when you can tolerate them.
Go Ahead – Eat That Occasional Treat
When we’re trying to improve our health, lose weight, etc., we often feel we have to do everything perfectly. Guess what? Nobody’s perfect! We don’t have to do everything perfectly in order to make progress.
We just have to make good choices most of the time, and leaving a little room for treats in our dietary budget can help us not feel deprived. As we talked about in Good Foods Bad Foods, looking at our foods on a continuum can help us include all the foods we love without guilt.
Just Get Moving
Just as we do with our diet, we can overcomplicate exercise, looking for that perfect workout. As we’ve talked about before, the best type of exercise is the one you’ll actually do. When you haven’t exercised for awhile, walking can get you moving again. It’s simple to do, can be done almost anywhere, and best of all, it’s free!
Put Systems In Place
What do we mean by systems? It’s those things that are going to help make it easy to stick with your healthy habits. When our healthy behaviors are easy for us to do, we’re much more likely to stick with them.
For some more tips on making things easier on yourself, check out 8 Ways to Make Healthy Behaviors Convenient.
Taking Care of YOU
We often think of our wellness in terms of just what we eat and how we move, but true wellness is so much more!! Here are some simple things you can do to take care of your overall well-being.
Thinking for Change
I wanted to leave you with this quote because all true change really does start in the mind. We have to consciously make decisions every single day that will move us closer to where we want to be. In upcoming posts, we’ll explore mindset a little bit, and how it can help or hurt us when it comes to making a healthy lifestyle a way of life.
The Bottom Line
Change is hard – but it doesn’t have to be complicated. The simpler we can make things, the easier it will be for us to be successful in living the healthy lifestyle we want to live.
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What helps you most when it comes to taking care of your wellness? Please share your favorite tips with us!