What does healthy mean to you?
If someone were to ask you “do you want to be healthy for the rest of your life?”, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
For me, in the beginnings (see my fat pics in my first blog post), it was to lose weight; all those excess pounds that did not need to be there. Now, it’s to be able to build more muscle and be able to chase after my two toddlers and not be tired. I want to outdo them, in energy only.
Why has this term become so popular? Why are we distinguishing everything as “healthy” and “not healthy”? Did cavemen go around saying “oh I don’t know about eating that sabretooth, he doesn’t have a healthy diet. I won’t fit into my wool cloth if I eat things like that.”
We are becoming more aware of what nutrition means. We, as a society, are catching up finally realizing that the way we eat, and the methods of how we grow food, makes a huge impact on our bodies. Whatever it (healthy) means to you, you have to make the decision.
So here are some actual things you can do to get there:
1. Make one change in your diet and keep that up for one week:
- Don’t eat 10 cookies, eat one
- Don’t drink diet soda, get flavored seltzer
- Try egg whites
- Make herbal teas and add to your water so it isn’t bland drinking water all the time
- Buy a small bag of unsalted almonds and keep them in your car or desk. If you are feeling hungry, have a small handful (like 6-10).
- If you think you’re hungry, would you eat an apple? If no, you’re not hungry you’re bored. Drink water and do something.
2. Make one change in your daily activities and keep that up for one week:
- Take the stairs, skip the escalator
- Park far away from the door to your office
- Do 10 squats before you go pee in the bathroom (yea I’ve done this a few times)
- Track how many steps you take in a day with your phone app or a tracker on your wrist. Trust me, you start becoming pretty competitive…
- If you go to the gym, lift weights! Get off the treadmill. Don’t go to the gym? Start doing a few pushups at any time.
I’m sure you’ve heard all this before. Everyone keeps saying it. Why? Because I bet you won’t do it…
Prove me wrong.
Thanks for taking the time to read this! I really do appreciate it. Until next time, this is Liz signing off. And remember, Never under estimate who someone is now, because you will never know who they will become!