I want to make sure you all know something that I think is REALLY passed over in the healthy eating, nutrition, and lifestyle blogs,
people who write about healthy whole foods and healthy amazing lifestyle tips AREN’T PERFECT!
I am always working to make healthy choices. I don’t eat perfect foods every meal, every day. Sometimes it is hard to pass up on a couple of slices of pizza for dinner when I don’t feel like cooking. If I am out with friends I like to get a drink or two. I have a SERIOUS sweet tooth that I struggle with. I almost can’t say no to doughnuts and cake. I think kettle cooked potato chips are the yummiest things ever. I can down a pint of ice cream without hesitation. I don’t exercise as much as I could. Some days I don’t drink enough water.
But I know what I should do, and I work on it.
I add in little changes.
If I like that little change I incorporate it into my daily routine until it is a habit I can’t live without.
Like starting my day with a glass of warm lemon water. I know this is a great way to get your digestion going for the day. It kickstarts everything and makes sure the first thing in your system each day is a bunch of water and some alkalizing lemon juice. I started one day and bought a bunch of lemons. I made myself do it every morning for a couple of weeks. Even on the days when I was running a little bit late or didn’t feel like it. Waiting to drink my coffee and eat my breakfast and instead preparing and drinking a cup of warm lemon water felt like a chore.
But eventually, a morning came, when I thought about not doing it and realized I wanted to. My morning didn’t feel right with out it. I’d finally hit the point where it was a coveted morning ritual. It felt good.
And this is how a healthy lifestyle is gained. You can’t do it all at once. Most of us can’t wake up one morning and decide that from this day forward we are going to be the perfect eaters. That we will finally do all those healthy habits that we know are good for us. You’ll never stick with it if you do that. These things take time. And they must each become a TRUE HABIT if we want to make it stick. I think the best way for most of us to be successful at this is to take it one small step at a time.
I found inspiration when I read a post on The Art Of Simple. I really needed those words at the time. Maybe my words can help you too! Especially if you are being hard on yourself for not doing it all right all the time.
Make small changes. Take the time to make one a habit before you tackle the next. Small changes add up to big changes and in the end you may come to a lifestyle of healing without even realizing it.
Let me know what kinds of small changes you’ve made in your life that have boosted your health!