How to Put Your Health First

You’re busy. I get it.

It’s a struggle, every day, to get priority tasks done.

Grocery shopping. Laundry. Making meals. Carting children around. Running errands. Working.

The list is endless  –  and your day is not.

So how you can fit your health into your schedule (having enough time to make healthy meals and get some exercise in), let alone put your health first?

It’s possible, and I’m going to show you how.

Here are some tips to start putting yourself first, so you can get more out of life and have more to give to your family and friends.

Don’t despise the little things

Sure, it’d be nice to power ahead full steam, completely change your lifestyle and drop 10 pounds in one month.

But what happens after that?

Drastic changes are more difficult to keep up. And the tactics you have to use to lose weight that quickly are usually not sustainable.

So, I’m recommending that you change your perspective.

Start small. Yes, it may mean slower progress, but it’s progress that you can sustain over your lifetime.

So, instead of getting down on yourself for not being able to fit exercise into everyday, celebrate that you can find enough time to take a 10 minute walk. Or that you stretched while you waited for your daughter to finish ballet class. Or that you chose a healthy salad at lunch instead of fast food.

Don’t fall into the trap of putting exercise first

When you’re putting your health first, you’ll want to give fitness and nutrition the same emphasis.

Many times, people fall into the false thinking that they can outrun a bad diet with exercise.

But that’s just not true.

You can’t exercise away the bad effects from eating donuts.

But eating a bowl of healthy oatmeal, fruit and nuts for breakfast will nutrify your body. Any exercise you do on top of that is a bonus!

Keep it simple

Creating a healthy environment especially when it comes to food doesn’t have to be complicated.

So don’t get bogged down with making complicated recipes.

Just keep it simple.

  • Eat lots of single-ingredient whole  foods, like veggies, plain meats, healthy fats and fruit.
  • Choose organic chicken, grass fed beef, and fresh-caught fish .
  • Aim to make vegetables the main part of your meal, with everything else (meat, grains, legumes) as a “side.”
  • Make drinking water a priority.

Make exercise fun

Get off the treadmill of exercise drudgery and start moving your body in a way that’s fun.

Do you love walking? Then do that!

Are you excited by rock climbing? “Rope” a friend into joining you.

Whatever it may be, swimming, dancing, spinning  –  you’ve got to love the activity to keep on doing it.

Don’t let fear keep you from trying some new forms of exercise that you think might be fun. Here are a few that I’ve tried with my clients:

  • Yoga.
  • Tennis.
  • Canoeing.
  • Kayaking.
  • Paddle boarding.
  • Weight lifting.
  • Running.
  • Hiking.

Eat the rainbow

If you’re like most Americans, your daily food intake is probably limited to one, maybe two, colors  –  if there’s any color at all (think chicken alfredo with white rice and a glass of milk…yikes!)

Try incorporating more of the rainbow into your daily food intake, such as green, red, orange, yellow, blue and purple. All of those colors in fresh food are nature’s way of showing you the abundance of powerful nutrition contained inside.

Focusing on color is fun and adventurous and trying something new is kind of scary. Trying one new whole food per week works for me. If I don’t know how I will use it, I’ll get it home and look up “recipes with zucchini,” for example. Most of the time you can combine the unfamiliar with what you’re comfortable with, and yet, you’ve tried something brand new. You’ll think outside the box and naturally fill your body with the variety of nutrients it needs.

You can start putting your health first and create a sustainable plan to get more energy, feel better, look younger and live longer. Just start small, keep it simple, focus on fun not fear, and remember that no amount of exercise can compensate for putting poor quality fuel in your engine.

What do you do to protect and enhance your health?

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