5 Steps to Living a Healthier Life

Are you ready for this?

If you’re just getting started in changing your life to become healthier, then you’re probably wondering where to start.

It can be overwhelming when you start out on this journey, but it doesn’t have to be. Just keep it simple, baby steps. Start by changing 1 thing at a time, and as you get more confident then change another thing.

The hardest part is making the decision to change, and you have already crossed that bridge, otherwise you wouldn’t be looking at this page!

Good on you, pat yourself on the back and decide which of the following ideas you want to do first.

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  1. Clean out your kitchen

Time to take a good look at your kitchen cupboard and fridge.

When was the last time you had a, “spring clean,” of your kitchen? I do it once a year. I pull out everything that’s on the shelves, check that the use by date hasn’t expired, check it’s still a product that I want to put into my body and if it’s expired or not what I want to put into my body, then I throw it out.

I clean the shelves, and replace everything that is in date and healthy for me. The first time that I did this, I threw out heaps of stuff, it was very therapeutic.

Now it’s an easier job, especially since we don’t buy too much processed food anymore.

Since I share my home with my husband and son, and they like to eat foods that I will not eat anymore, (you can change yourself but not necessarily everyone else in the family!) I give then a special shelf, that’s not easy for me to reach (they’re both taller than me now so that helps). This help reduce the temptation. Out of sight out of mind!

When it comes to the fridge, I find it very satisfying to empty it out every so often and give it a good clean. If you haven’t done this for a while you’re in for a surprise. You never know what you’ll find!

Again, throw out dead, expired and “bad for you” food.

Fill it with the colours of the rainbow. What I mean by this is, fill your fridge with a variety of fruit and vegetables that have a range of bright colours. They are all good for you!

2. Create a Healthy Meal Plan for the Week

The less you need to think during the week the better. Plan your weekly meals on Saturday, when you have time to go shopping for all the food.

Keep your meal plans simple. We like to use the ideas on the local supermarket magazines and sometimes we simple google easy meal ideas. Then there are always the stock standard favourites like roasts, stir fries and BBQ with salad.

Often, we make more than we need so that it can be used for lunches or for the following nights meal, with a slight variation. Sometimes we just freeze the left overs so that we can have a night off from cooking from scratch.

If you have older children, share the responsibility of the meal preparation. It’s good practice for when they have families of their own.

3. Avoid Eating Out

It’s a fact, fast food and take away food is not healthy. You may think that it’s quicker to go out, but by the time you travel and wait for your order, you could have cooked up something quick, easy, tasty and certainly healthier at home.

Jamie Oliver did a great example of this at one of his live shows. From the stage, he ordered a Pizza to be delivered. While he waited for it to arrive, he prepared his own pizza from scratch in front of his audience. His pizza was ready before the delivery arrived! AND it would have tasted so much better.

The key is to plan and make sure you always have the ingredients that you need. Also, make sure you always have some stock standard go to meals that you know you can make if you’re in a hurry.

Having frozen left overs is always a good place to start. Have a cook up on a weekend and freeze several meals for the week ahead or in case of emergency.

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4. Know Your Local Restaurant

OK, so sometimes you just have to eat out.

If this is the case, then make sure that you know your local restaurants. What do I mean by that?

Well if you know what the healthy options are on the menu, then you can choose those options. Check out your local restaurants in advance and decide what your favourite go to healthy option is at each one. Then if you must eat out, at least you’re selecting in advance, the best heathiest option on the menu. And it reduces your risk of choosing a not so healthy option.

5. Add Incidental Exercise to your Day

Every bit of exercise that you can do during the day will help you get heathier. There are many things that you can do even if you just don’t have time to go to a gym.

  • Get off the bus/train earlier and walk the final few blocks
  • Take the stairs rather than the elevator.
  • Take a walk during your lunchbreak, even if it’s just around the block. Make it a social event and take a friendly colleague with you.
  • Get up an hour earlier and take a walk, stretch or meditate.
  • Park your car a few blocks away and walk the rest.
  • Do your housework to music and dance your way through the chores
  • Stretch while watching TV /movie

Getting healthy doesn’t have to be a chore, it can be fun. Enlist the help of family and friends, you don’t need to do it alone. Share this post with them now.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. I hope they have helped and I hope that you are inspired to give it a go and stick to it.

If you have any other ideas and tips that you want to share, then feel free to post your comments. I would love to hear from you, and the other readers would too.

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To Your Success


Note: “Essential Nutrition Tips” does not offer medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have medical concerns please consult your doctor. See Full Disclaimer.

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