When you think of the components of living a healthy lifestyle, what comes to mind? Food? Exercise? More sleep? Less stress? Probably all those and many more.
What about other keys to living a healthy lifestyle that we may not think of as obvious or important, but when added up could really help us to look and feel better? There may be some things you haven't considered because you either didn't know about them or thought they would be too expensive and difficult to do.
Maintaining your health does not mean you have to live a boring, tasteless, expensive and treadmill running life. I like pizza too. A lot! But I just try to control how often I eat it. There are good ways to counter all the negative preconceptions people tend to have about this. My wife and I have done it and we continue to learn more about it all the time.
This topic of health is a very broad one. I will be adding more articles about a lot of different tips for a healthy lifestyle. Some you may have heard of already. If that's the case, don't forget that you know a lot of people that I don't. So help them out by directing them to this website. My experience is that if people read things for themselves they are more receptive to learning than if someone tells them directly. You that have kids know what I'm talking about!
It really can be quite enjoyable to start changing a few things about how you live. For one thing, it gets rid of the "boring" part by doing something new. The fact that it's to your benefit makes it that much better. Who knows, you might want to start raising some of your own food and be able to sell the surplus.
How about the way you cook your food? Do you eat a lot of processed junk? Try to plan your time a little better by cutting out some TV time. Then use that time to come up with some easy and quick ways to enjoy some real food. Trust me. It's not as hard as you think. More on this in the future. Think about your cookware too. Some types are better than others.
The importance of living a healthy lifestyle is fairly obvious to most people, but from what I've seen it's not being lived by most. I have my weak days too. There are times when it just doesn't work out. The best way to not get discouraged and down on yourself is to realize that there will be a certain percentage of the time when you will fall down. That's OK. Just get back up and go again.
Like any other change or new thing in your life, it will take time and effort to develop the habit of living a healthy lifestyle. But that's the good part. Once it becomes a habit you don't even have to think about it. You just live that way. I'll help you with that as much as I can.
I have to also eat mostly gluten free food (no wheat) and avoid dairy (cows milk) products. I will cover some ideas on that also, but it's not bad at all. In fact, I've found that the taste is a lot better for some of the alternatives.
My wife and I have really enjoyed learning about and trying different things to eat, ways to get exercise and reducing stress. The more you learn, the better it gets. Your health is worth it. Keep at it and you will feel the results. Just take it one step at a time.
Mitch Ferguson, April 2009