It’s on everyone’s to do list: get healthier. For some, it is easier said than done. But if you break the massive task of “getting healthier” into manageable chunks of effort, you can start to live a healthier lifestyle right now. The best way to start is to pick out a few areas of your life that you feel are really standing in the way of your success. You need to define what success will look like to you in terms of “getting healthier” and you should have a game plan on how to tackle the day to day so you don’t fall off the wagon, so to speak. Here are three habits to help you start living a healthier lifestyle right now. Starting small is the way to go!
Write Down What You Want
There is something magical that happens when you write down your goals. Getting the information out of your head and onto a piece of paper can be very motivating. If you prefer to live your lifestyle online, you can set up a blog and get some. In less than 20 minutes you can have a functioning blog online that you can share with people, or choose to keep private. It can be really motivating to write your thoughts so you can see where you are going wrong and what you are doing right!
Meal Plan – Even a Little Bit
You don’t have to commit to a whole week’s worth of meals and snacks, but start by planning the next 48 hours of meals and snacks. By starting with small, manageable amounts of meal planning you can use up the food you have in your house before you run out and buy a whole cart full of “healthier” food. This is a good way to get started with meal planning: write down what you have in your house, and then write down the meals you can make out of the food you have on hand. Then when you’ve used all that food, write down some supplemental food to make meals from what you have left after 48 hours. Once you are comfortable meal planning smaller periods of time, you can go for a week or two at a time.
Watch Your Portions
People think that they need to drastically change the food they eat to start feeling better and looking better. There is a lot of evidence to support this. But there is a lot of evidence to support too much change can result in setbacks, so if you start by simply changing the amount of food you eat instead of actually changing the food you eat, you are more likely to succeed. Don’t think about what you have to cut back on: think about what you can add to your meals to make them healthier. Greens, fruits and vegetables can easily be added to any meal to round it out and make it better for you.