Very often, we feel that we need to change everything all at once in order to get healthier but that isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, sometimes, changing too much leads to the reverse happening and people end up back in their unhealthy habits. This can be discouraging and un-motivating so people give up and stop making changes because they believe it has to be hard.
The biggest key to making consistent life long changes is changing your mindset. Without changing what you think and feel about yourself, your body, your diet and how easy it is to change, your success will be limited. Mindet is a big area to cover and one that will take several blog posts. The big thing with your mindset is to start being positive. Stop saying phrases like:
It’s not worth it
I can’t afford it
I can’t do it
It’s too difficult eating healthily/ it’s boring and doesn’t taste nice
Those reinforce the negative behaviour that needs to be changed.
These are 3 steps you can take to improving your health today. Start with 1 thing for a week if you feel it’s too overwhelming
- Drink more water.
Most people are chronically dehydrated because we live on tea, coffee, fizzy drinks or simply just don’t drink. If you forget, set a reminder on your phone for each hour of the day and get a glass of water. For those that don’t like plain water, flavour it with some mint, slices of lemon or lime, cucumber or a few berries/ pieces of pineapple rather than squash. Note that only water and herbal teas count towards your water intake. We should be drinking between 1.5 and 2 litres of water/ day or until urine is a pale straw colour
- Ditch the sugar.
I’ve already blogged about sugar but it really will transform your health if you can cut it out. Cutting it down will still have huge health benefits. Start with the obvious sources like cakes, biscuits, chocolate and sweets before moving onto other processed food.
- Reduce your stress.
It may help you sleep better, eat better and improve your overall health. Often, when people can’t lose weight, high stress levels can have a role to play in it. Chronic stress may also increase your risk of developing several diseases including heart disease. So chill out, get a good night’s sleep and plan in relaxation time.
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