Seeing all these memes, movies, and commercials about what’s in the food you eat, tap water, etc. is simply scary as shit!
It really makes you want to change your habits and take care of yourself, right?
But, how in the hell do you do that?
I mean with all this new age shit like Beyond Meat, Oat Milk, goat yoga, how do you know where to start and what part of healthy living should you start at?
Because healthy living is more than just being worried about ingredients in your food.
It encompasses your mental wellness, self-care, healthy relationships, and exercising as well!
So if healthy living is all-encompassing and seems time-consuming, then guess what this article is what you need.
This article, The Beginner’s Guide to Healthy Living, will tell you what exactly is healthy living, how to get started with healthy living, and tips for success in healthy living, as well as some FAQs, ‘s about healthy living.
Just a heads up, this article is all-encompassing so Pin it, bookmark it, whatever you need to do, add it to your reading list, whatever you need to do, do it now, because girlfriend, this is about to get good!
What is Healthy Living?
Healthy living is a lifestyle.
Let me repeat HEALTHY LIVING IS A LIFESTYLE!
It is not a fad.
It is not a diet.
It is not something you can do for just a few weeks or months and go back to normal living.
Now that we got that out of the way, let me ask you a question.
What do you think about when the term healthy living comes into your mind?
Most people when they think of healthy living, they think of only one aspect of it.
That aspect is usually healthy eating.
They think that healthy living is eating more fruits, vegetables, and less processed foods.
When in actuality eating healthier is only one part of healthy living!
You see, healthy living encompasses the whole body.
It doesn’t just concern one aspect of the physical being, but it encompasses everything about you.
It is not just about eating healthy foods to avoid disease and illness, but also about spiritual, mental, emotional, and social wellbeing.
Healthy living is living every aspect of your life in a healthy manner that suits your needs.
It is as much about eating well as it is about positive thinking.
It is just as much about taking vitamins as it is about spiritual healing.
Healthy living is about eating healthy fats and less processed food just as much as it is about strengthening relationships and letting go of toxic relationships.
It is as much about consuming good for you organic produce as it is about consuming good for you organic media and content so that your mind is better and stronger as well.
Healthy living is a lifestyle that leads to positivity, happiness, stability, and well being in every part of your life.
Which is what you want and need!
How to Get Started with Healthy Living
Since healthy living is what you want and need, (or you wouldn’t be here right now), then you may be wondering how can you start to live a healthier life.
The good news is that with just a few changes you can live healthier!
But since healthy living all-encompassing and my job is to help you get there with the least amount of time possible, then I going to break it down into:
So, let’s start with the one you and most others connect with, and that is eating healthier.
Eating for Healthy Living
Ok, so you already know that eating healthy means eating more fruits and veggies.
I have an article here that tells you which produce you should purchase organic while which produce you do not have to buy organic. You can check it out here.
Not only should you eat more fruits and vegetables but you should also drink more water.
Fruit juices and soda contain a lot of fructose sugar.
This sugar leads to health risks like obesity and diabetes. (Source)
And if you don’t like water try adding cucumber, lemon, blueberries, or any fruit you like to your water for flavor.
Another healthy living tip is if you eat meat, you can switch up your protein.
Try to eat more lean cuts of meat like fish and skinless chicken breasts.
If you eat pork, beef, or lamb, you can buy leaner cuts like tenderloin, sirloin, and chops.
If you’re ready to dive in deep, you can eat no meat at all and get your protein from non-meat sources non-meat sources like quinoa, eggs, chickpeas, almonds, nut butter, edamame, and the list goes on.
Eating My Way to Healthy Living Recap:
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Drink more water instead of fruit juices and soda
- Eat more lean cuts of meat
- Get protein from non-meat sources
Exercising My Way to Healthy Living
I am not going to lie but this part is my least favorite. Exercising is such a killer for me, I have to take time for what I really want to do and work out instead.
Although, I have a lazy tip which has fixed that. I now workout watching my favorite show! This helps A LOT!
You know that exercising is a very important and crucial part of healthy living. (Source)
But did you know that you don’t have to exercise for a long period of time?
All it takes is 30 minutes a day to get immediate and long term results. Immediate results such as:
- Improving your mood
- Aiding in better sleep
- Blocking negative thoughts
- Increasing happiness
- Increasing energy
Long term results such as:
- Reducing your risk of heart attack
- Lowering your blood pressure
- Reducing the risk of certain cancers and type 2 diabetes
- Managing your weight
- Aiding in recovery
- Lowering your cholesterol
- Building up strong bones, muscles, and joints
- Lowering the risk of osteoporosis
Knowing all of the benefits of exercising makes it easier to find 30 minutes in the day to contribute to healthy living, right?
Mentally Focusing My Way to Healthy Living
Mental health is a very important component of healthy living.
When we are healthy mentally, we can
- Enjoy our lives
- Be happy
- Live in the moment.
- Try new things
- Be around people
- Meet new people
- Cope better
- And so much more!
Managing your mental health helps you to manage stress.
Managing your stress helps reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
But, here’s the cool part about healthy living. By learning how to eat better, more whole, organic foods, you will be able to affect your moods for the better.
How did you ask?
Well, high processed foods, pesticides, a lot of saturated fats and sugar can cause your brain to not work properly. (Source)
What we consume is what the brain uses to produce hormones and neurotransmitters to the rest of our body. These hormones and neurotransmitters control our sleep, mood, and behavior.
So if you continue to eat foods that are no good for you, then you are shortchanging your brain. Which therefore shortchanges your intellectual and emotional potential.
But not all is lost because guess what other aspects of healthy living help your mental health?
Exercising regularly releases endorphins.
Endorphins can have a positive impact on treating mild to moderate depression.
They also help with reducing anxiety.
Endorphins help you to feel good about yourself and your image.
You can also try many relaxing techniques such as talking about your problems to a licensed therapist, breathing, meditation, and spirituality.
Which leads me to my next topic.
Spiritually Journeying My Way to Healthy Living
I get it, I get it, you’re probably thinking not everyone is spiritual so how does that help.
Well, first let’s define spirituality.
You can be spiritual in the sense of getting your tambourine and catching the Holy Ghost on Sundays or spiritual in the sense of connecting with nature and knowing something is bigger than you.
Of even both.
But if you’re not spiritual at all, then you can skip this section of healthy living.
Although, I do believe having some form of spirituality does lead to a healthier life.
But I also get that not everyone is me.
Therefore, I do respect everyone’s beliefs and opinions and will ask that you do the same.
Now, that we got that out of the way if you are spiritual then keep reading sis.
Spirituality can help you live a healthier life because it helps you to find purpose and meaning in life.
It helps you figure out why you are here.
It makes you truly comprehend that everything happens for a reason whether it is good or bad.
Being spiritual allows you to overcome defeat and the dying question of why me?
Spirituality leads to hope.
Bad things happen all the time to good and bad people. Having spirituality gives you hope that everything will be ok in the end.
It lets you know that if you keep going, keep putting one foot in front of the other, you will see the light again.
Spirituality helps to prevent isolation.
Being spiritual helps to provide you with a community of like-minded people who will support you.
You will get involved with tasks and committees that interest you and match your skillset.
You will be able to meet tons of different people from all walks of life and you won’t feel alone.
Spirituality helps to strengthen your immune system. (Source)
Prayer, meditation, and other daily practices that happen in spirituality allow you to trigger your fight or flight response.
This triggers your rest and repair response which is crucial for aiding you in getting better.
Now, that you know more about healthy living for the mind, body, and spirit, you are probably thinking, “Well, this sounds amazing. How do I get started?”.
You can get started by using some of the tips I am sharing in the next section titled, Tips for Success in Healthy Living.
Tips for Success in Healthy Living
Healthy Living is based upon your standards and what you want to accomplish.
You may be lacking in one facet of healthy living whereas someone else may be lacking in all facets of healthy living.
But no matter where you are at in your healthy living journey or what facet you are focusing on first, these tips will help you out tremendously. They are:
- Make a Plan
- Don’t Give Up
- Figure Out Your Way
- Find Your End Goal
- Make Small SMART Goals
- Research Research Research
- Just Start
Make a Plan
Everyone’s life is different and therefore we have different needs and requirements. You should start with the facet that will improve your life most but won’t take that much effort.
I say this because if you pick a facet that takes a lot of hard work, you will get discouraged quickly because you are not seeing progress immediately.
Pick one of the facets, spiritual, mental, eating, or exercise that you know will not take much effort but will make an impact on your life.
For me, living with bipolar and hypoglycemia, I knew healthy eating would be best for me to focus on first.
This way I could stop the symptoms of my hypoglycemia right away by figuring out which foods works best for me.
Although focusing on my mentality and increasing positive thinking in my life will make the biggest impact, I know that if I focused on that first, it would take a long time to see results. Therefore, I would become discouraged.
Make a plan and choose the facet of healthy living that will help you to see results quickly.
Don’t Give Up
Let’s face it, living a healthier lifestyle is not easy when everywhere you look, there are advertisements for hot, juicy, burgers.
Every day you will be faced with choices. Choices that will lead you to a healthier life or an unhealthier life.
Choices such as to eat this bag of chips or eat an apple.
A choice to drink a lot of alcohol or to stick to water.
Choices as to give in and stay in your bed and sleep all day when you are depressed or to get up and accomplish at least one thing on your list.
These choices are going to come every day and pretty much every moment.
Healthy living is not easy at all.
Some of the unhealthy choices will have you fitting in with friends and family while some of the healthier choices will have you standing out.
Just know, that if you do fall off and choose to do something that you should not do, don’t beat yourself up over it!
It has already happened and you can’t take it back!
No matter how big or small the decision you made, it is now in the past.
It is time to focus on the present and the future.
Do this by letting whatever happened to you go and by not giving up.
I know that this is easier said than done, but once you have your why, you will realize that small incident that you felt like affected your whole journey to healthy living, will be trivial in the grand scheme of things.
This leads me to tell you about figuring out your why.
Figure Out Your Why
Figuring out you why is very, very, very, important.
Your why is the reason you are starting your journey to healthy living, so it needs to be a good one.
Or should I say great?
Your why needs to be something very important so that when you feel like you failed, or you want to quit, it will motivate you to keep pushing. It will remind you of why you started in the first place.
For example, my why is because a lot of my family members have various debilitating diseases.
They tend to die early in life.
I have a family.
I have 3 kids and a husband, that I want to be here for.
But not just living.
I want to be in the best shape and in the best state of mind.
This is my why.
This keeps me going every single day when things get tough and I want to give up.
I remember that I am not only living a healthier life for myself and my family as well.
What is your Why?
Figure it out and write it down.
Keep it somewhere that you will see it every day.
Find Your End Goal
Now, that you have your why, it is time to figure out, what is your end goal?
What exactly will you accomplish by living a healthy lifestyle?
Having an end goal allows you to strive and accomplish something that you really want but it seems impossible. This means when you do hit your goal, it’ll feel so good because you will remember your struggle.
Make Small SMART Goals
Once you have your end goal, it is time to figure out how you can accomplish that goal by setting SMART goals. (Source)
SMART goals stand for:
Your end goal is huge and daunting. Which makes it seem like it’ll never be accomplished.
By setting small SMART goals, this will make your end goal seem much easier to achieve.
Each goal should be specific.
The more specific you are about your goal, the greater the chance you have to obtain it.
Each goal should be measurable.
Break your small goals down into measurable steps. This means to describe how you will feel when you reach your goal, and what you may see or hear.
Each goal should be attainable
Make sure your small goals are something that you can reach.
Do not pick a goal that you know that you won’t ever reach, because this will discourage you.
Make sure it is something that you have the effort, time, money, talent, and drive for.
Each goal should be relevant
Make sure the goals are relevant.
Make sure it is something that you want in your life. Not just something that sounds good or what your family wants for you.
Each Goal should be Timely
Make sure your goals are timely.
Setting deadlines for yourself and holding yourself accountable is what will make you take action.
If you prolong your goals, you will never reach them.
Make sure your deadlines are reasonable and flexible. That way if you are late, you will still feel great about your accomplishment.
By setting small SMART goals to reach your end goal, you will succeed.
Research, Research, Research
The thing about health is that the facts change rapidly.
One thing that may be cool now like the keto diet, but it may not be cool in the next couple of years.
I mean think about it from this perspective aerobics use to be the coolest exercise! Do you recall Richard Simmons?
Now it’s all about Goat Yoga and CrossFit.
There are so many studies being conducted each day that show what we thought before about eating, mental wellness, spirituality, and exercising are no longer facts.
This means that you will always need to research before you implement the newest trend.
Just because everyone is doing it, doesn’t mean that you should.
Your healthy living journey is going to be different than someone else’s.
You may be living with a chronic illness while others may not be.
You may have a lot of responsibilities like caring for a family, a demanding career, that others do not have.
What I am getting at is that before you listen to what someone else says about a new health trend, make sure that it applies to your lifestyle.
If you do not remember any of these tips, then please remember this one. That is to START.
You can come up with a game plan and ideas but if you do not implement them, you will not see any results.
Starting is one of the hardest yet rewarding things to do.
Common Questions/FAQ About Healthy Living
What is an Unhealthy Lifestyle?
- An unhealthy lifestyle eating a lot of processed foods, high calories foods, smoking, consuming high amounts of alcohol, not exercising, not being able to handle stressors, life changes, having toxic friends, relationships, and family, being around negative situations, in negative spaces, not getting enough sleep and living a life that goes against what you believe to be true is unhealthy.
What are three lifestyle changes you can make to be healthier?
- Three lifestyle changes you can make to be healthier are to, incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your life, exercise daily, think positive, and focus on gratitude for what you have right now in your life.
What should I eat to be healthy?
- Eating a well-balanced diet is what you should eat every day to be healthy.
How can I get healthy fast?
- A quick answer to this is that you can’t. It takes hard work, dedication, trials, and errors to get to healthy living.
How do I start eating healthier?
- You can start eating healthier by making small goals. I would not go into your cupboards and throw out all of your junk and processed foods immediately because this will have you going into the trash looking for what you just threw out in a day or two. Start by making small habits. For example, if you normally have juice or soda with your meals, switch one of those drinks to water and continue that for a week. Then switch one of your snacks to a piece of fruit or vegetables. By making small steady tweaks like this, will help you to stay on track with healthy living and won’t overwhelm you to the point that you want to quit and never look back.
How do you stay committed to a healthy living lifestyle
- Staying committed to a healthy lifestyle is easier when you celebrate your small wins as much as your large ones, and making sure that you remember your why you started when you feel like quitting.
The Last Thing You Need to Know About Healthy Living
The last thing you need to know about healthy living is that it is not something that is going to happen overnight.
Healthy Living is a lifestyle change.
It takes time, support, and effort to lead a healthy lifestyle.
You can start by making a plan and implementing small goals so that you don’t feel overwhelmed and discouraged.
You got this!
Your mind, body, and mental health will thank you for the changes you are making.
Don’t put off tomorrow what you can start today!
Remember Love Always and Spread Bliss,