Do you ever think if you can’t do something big to improve your health you should just not even try? Have you put off making wellness changes because it just feels so overwhelming to think you have to change everything at once? So many people feel they have to make huge changes all at once to improve their health, but starting with just one small thing can get us on the road to a healthier life.
Sometimes one small change can make a huge difference. The most important thing we can do for ourselves is to make it easy for ourselves. That may mean making our healthy behaviors convenient, making it easy to eat healthy meals, or simply realizing that we don’t have to do everything perfectly all the time in order to make progress.
With that in mind, I thought I’d share some of the short and simple wellness tips that I share on my Facebook page each day. I hope you find some that speak to you and help you make progress on your wellness journey.
My #1 Tip
I say this is my #1 tip because if we can get our systems in place so we don’t have to make constant decisions about our healthy behaviors, we can avoid a lot of the roadblocks most of us encounter when we’re trying to get healthier. Sometimes having your ‘system’ in place makes all the difference.
A Simple Food Change
This little switch can make a big difference. One important note — be sure to actually check the ingredients label on the back of breads, cereals, pastas, etc. Many that make ‘healthy’ or ‘whole grains’ claims end up not having much actual whole grains at all. Ingredients are listed by weight on the ingredients list, so look for whole grains within the first few ingredients.
A Strong Core
Our core strength can become even more important when we’re a little *ahem* ‘more seasoned.’ Having a strong core is what helps us remain mobile and prevent falls, which can have a devastating impact as we get older.
The Original Superfood
For a long time, the prevailing recommendation was to severely limit eggs if you were trying to control your cholesterol, but new research has shown that we can all eat whole eggs in moderation. Of course, you’ll want to check with your doctor for his/her recommendation if you have high cholesterol or heart disease.
There’s No Such Thing As a Good or Bad Food
As we talked about in Good Foods Bad Foods and Good Foods Bad Foods Part 2, foods aren’t good or bad; they’re just foods. Trying to completely avoid eating certain foods generally isn’t sustainable long-term. Learning to look at our foods on a continuum rather than giving them human attributes can help us be more successful when we’re trying to change our eating habits.
Take Good Care of Your Gut
In more recent years, we’ve gained more understanding of the impact our gut health can have on our overall wellness. But it may surprise you to know just how much our gut can affect our psychological health. For example, we all think of serotonin as a brain chemical, right? Would it surprise you to know that 95% of our serotonin is found in our gut? Taking care of our gut health is another of those small things that can give us huge benefits.
The Gift of Simplicity
Sometimes when we’re trying to make wellness changes, we’re tempted to try to ‘fix’ everything at once. We think we have to do all the things that are going to make us healthy right away. What usually happens? We’re trying to do too many things and can’t sustain any of them. Why not give yourself the gift of simplicity? Remember, we’re trying to change our wellness for life — that’s going to take a while. Be patient with yourself, make your healthy behaviors easy to do, and aim for progress, not perfection. You’ll be healthier before you know it!
For More Short & Simple Wellness Tips
If you want more short and simple wellness tips, I’d love for you to follow my Facebook page, https://facebook.com/olivetreesaints. I post new tips and quotes most days, share pictures from my rambles around our beautiful trails, and even the occasional photo of my spoiled-rotten pup.😊
What have you found most difficult when it comes to making wellness changes? How did you make it easier for yourself? Please share!