It’s time to focus on living a healthy and hAPPY lifestyle
So you have probably heard me say “healthy lifestyle” once, twice, or actually multiple times. We live in a world where diet, detox, cleanse, and clean are all keywords that are attached to nutrition. I refuse to use those words and instead I choose to say healthy lifestyle. As much as nutrition is vital to being healthy there are also other components like physical activity and mental health. Put all these together and you now have created a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Defining a Healthy and hAPPY Lifestyle
When you ask someone what a healthy lifestyle means to them you will probably get many different answers. To some, it may mean only eating healthy foods and not eating out. Others might say it is making sure to stay active and make only good choices. Now if you ask me what a healthy lifestyle means, you might be shocked by my response.
A healthy lifestyle to me is living a lifestyle that has a healthy and happy balance of nutrition and exercise.
There might be days where I eat well-balanced meals every meal and have a nutritious snack at 2 pm as well. But I also have days where I skip a lunch because I am in a meeting and then I run to the snacks in my office and eat M&Ms instead. Is this something I am proud of? No, but life is not 100% perfect and your lifestyle won’t be 100% perfect either. So finding a healthy balance between good meals and bad meals are important.
When it comes to exercising, many people have different views as well. To live a healthy lifestyle, you have to get active. That can mean you participate in yoga, CrossFit, group classes, or you get to the gym as often as possible. Doing something outside of your daily life and trying to get your heart rate up is an important component of living a healthy lifestyle.
Lastly, you might have noticed is said healthy & happy. I believe making sure you are happy is essential. You can spend hours meal prepping the most nutritious meals or spending hours in the gym but my question for you is – does that make you happy? If it does awesome, keep it up! Personally, I get miserable thinking about meal prepping my lunches for the week. So I keep it to a minimum. If you aren’t happy, everything can seem like a chore and you will end up getting annoyed and forgetting about trying to live a healthy lifestyle.
5 Small Healthy and Happy Changes you can make today
If you are always on the go or life is just overall chaotic, it can be hard to think about making changes to living a healthy lifestyle. Trust me, I understand that. Here are 5 small and easy changes you can make to start living a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Park at the end of the Parking Lot
If you live in the midwest, you are probably laughing at me right now. I know if it’s cold out we all want to park in the closest spot possible. But hear me out. If it’s cold out and you park at the furthest parking spot you most likely are going to power walk as fast as you can to the office or store. Which means your heart rate will get higher than if you walk normally. Those extra 2 or 3 minutes power walking can help spark the desire to become active.
Starting the morning with a glass of water can help jumpstart your day by waking up your mind and metabolism. Carry a waterbottle with you wherever you go. You’ll be amazed by the amount of water you will end up drinking when you are carrying a constant reminder to drink.
Ever take a second to sit in your office chair and ask yourself am I actually happy? Taking time for self-reflection is a great way to learn more about yourself and what truly makes you happy. Buy an inexpensive journal and every night right down some of your thoughts. You might be surprised with what you find out about yourself.
Buy pre-cut fruits and vegetables
How many of you currently have uncut fruit and vegetables in your fridge that probably is going to go bad soon? We all say we are going to cut it tomorrow – trust me, I am so bad with this. One small change I made to help increase my vegetable intake was buying them precut. Not only does this save me time but I can grab ‘n go my way out the door. *Bonus Secret of mine: Check out the salad bar for a mixture of fruits and vegetables already cut. Hello, tomorrow’s snack!*
Eat something for Breakfast
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and there is so much research to show it helps increase your metabolism and helps you start to lose weight. I’m not saying you need to have an elaborate breakfast every morning. I would love to have that every day but my schedule doesn’t allow that. Choose a protein and complex carbohydrate to help you start your morning and leave you satisfied. Some of my favorite breakfast items are a mixture of hard boiled eggs, whole grain toast with cream cheese, avocado toast, greek yogurt, chocolate milk, banana with peanut butter, and oatmeal. Get creative and find something that works into your timeframe that you have.
A Challenge For You
It takes time to start changing your habits so pick at least one thing from the list above and try to incorporate it into your daily life. When it becomes a habit try another tip and so on. Start making the change to living a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Do you have additional tips to add to the list? Comment below or tag #Nutritioninchaos on social media to share with others.