Four Easy things to do that will increase your health.
I get the all or nothing thing. I am an extremist as well. I’m in it to win it! However in the things of health I think that breeds procrastination. It seems too hard to ‘start that detox.’ It feels too much to ‘eat clean.’ ‘I’ll start tomorrow’ becomes a common thought as increasing your health feels too hard in your head because it is filled with deprivation, cutting things out, and extreme discipline.
Little things done consistently shape you
It doesn’t have to be that way! Developing a healthier lifestyle is more about making little changes that you can sustain, and doing that consistently. I heard a saying by Anthony Robbins, “It is not what we do once that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”
When you think of a healthier lifestyle, think of some small changes you can add to your life that you could consistently keep doing.
Here are some simple suggestions that you could start today that would increase your health and promote a healthier lifestyle.
Are you ready? Here we go.
1. Commit to eating two pieces of fruit a day
If you are like me, you love fruit, so this won’t be hard. But there are some people (Mark Greenwood) where the fruit has to be cut up and presented beautifully for you to eat it. You would be amazed at what a difference eating two pieces of fruit a day will do. Aim to have one piece at morning tea and one in the afternoon. If you want that banana cake, eat an apple first and see if you still want it afterwards. In the afternoon when you feel like something sweet, cut up some watermelon or eat a punnet of strawberries. You might find you don’t want that chocolate chip cookie after all.
2. Introduce one Plant based meal a week
The idea of eating more plants and less meat can be way too overwhelming for people. Don’t think for a moment that you have to go complete vegetarian to be healthier. Just start with one meal for dinner. This will introduce you and your family to changing your taste buds. For example, Introduce Plant Based Wednesdays. On that night challenge yourself to some new recipes without meat in it. If it goes well, increase this to two and maybe even three meals over time! You will be amazed at the tasty and cheap meals that you can create.
I love the recipes from Minimalist Baker. She had a free e book of incredible plant based recipes. Also I love Elsa’s Wholesome life. I mean, who doesn’t want to create her outstanding Budda bowl?! It took me 6 months to introduce an 80 percent plant based diet with Mark. So be encouraged, start with one day and aim to increase slowly. Go low and slow and enjoy the journey.
3. Change your coffee dates to walking dates
One of my favourite things to do with my best friends is to put on our workout gear and go for a big walk together. I like to leave my phone at home and enjoy my beloved friends, focus on the beauty around and enjoy each other without distractions. Plus you get to workout at the same time! We have a mountain near our place called ‘The Look Out.’ A good vigorous walk to the top, tones one’s buttocks and leads you to a glorious view of the city. It is outstanding. And if we are very blessed, there is often time for coffee afterwards anyway. So for your next coffee date, meet your friend in a park or by the river, and map out a big walk. You won’t regret it. Endorphins and friendship. Winning!
4. Find your local farmers markets or fruit store
I have recently discovered Yuen’s Farmers Market in Underwood. It is incredible. There is fresh fruit and vegetable boxes galore. Boxes of mangoes are $8 dollars, big tubs of blueberries and strawberries, nectarines, and a vast variety of vegetables all for bargain prices. I find when I shop at a fruit market I get so much fruit and vegetables that the food that we cook and eat that week is automatically full of fresher fruit and vegetables because it is in abundance in my kitchen!
Prior to this, I was shopping for groceries from Woolworths or Coles for convenience with Greenie. We would only get a limited amount due to pricing and variety. I tell you what, no need to worry about cost if you find a good grocer (particularly an Asian one) and everything tastes so much more amazing. Surrounded by this fresh produce it is so inspiring to create healthier, wholesome meals. Then once you’re back at home, the fridge and fruit bowls are stocked with fresh sweet fruit and vegetables for the week. Plus you have supported local business. Win win.
What do you think? Doable?
I love to know of the some small changes you have made to increase your health. Please share with us.
Until next time, you are deeply loved and richly cherished.
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