It probably goes without saying, most of us wish we lived a little healthier. Total Motivation for morning workout sessions and zero cravings for sweets ever. Ah, but a dream it is. But it doesn’t have to be. The pursuit of a happier and healthier lifestyle begins today. With a few easy tweaks, a little self control and a mind renewal you can get healthier. Yes. You. Can.
21 Days to Get Healthier
It is not ridiculously unreachable, it only looks that way. When it comes to making changes in your life don’t do it all at once. Just start with baby steps. Work on one change at a time. I’ve heard it takes 21 days to make something a habit. Hey, I need this too. I’m not just preaching, I’m going to do this with you. Let’s begin now. We got this.
The journey to a healthier lifestyle can often feel overwhelming and unattainable. However, by breaking it down into smaller, manageable steps, you can make significant progress towards your goals. Whether it’s drinking more water, taking a daily walk, or incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet, adding in protein/supplements daily each small change will make a big difference in the long run.
Don’t be discouraged by setbacks along the way. Slip-ups are a natural part of the process and shouldn’t be a reason to give up altogether. Instead, use them as an opportunity to learn and adjust your approach. Remember, progress is progress no matter how small, and with each passing day, you’re one step closer to a healthier you.
Together, we can support each other and hold ourselves accountable as we embark on this journey towards better health. Let’s celebrate each other’s successes and lift each other up during the challenging times. With determination, dedication, and a positive mindset, we can achieve our goals and become the best version of ourselves. So, let’s take that first step today and start this 21-day journey towards a healthier and happier life!
1. Pray. Read. Believe. Repeat.
There are so many benefits from the throne of God, total mind, body and spirit. If you are a Christian, you know that God is the ultimate physician. He is the author of our health.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases. — Psalm 103:2–3
Being healthy doesn’t stop with physical health though, it’s also spiritual. When you are spiritually broken it is much harder to pursue a healthier lifestyle. When is the last time you checked your spiritual health level. It is the most important part of you. Exercise your spirit by using your faith, reading, praying and putting yourself out there to help others pursue this.
But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. -1 Timothy 4:7-9
Okay, we tapped into the body and spirit, now the third part of our being, our mind. Renew your mind in the word. When people are constantly thinking unhealthy thoughts this creates unhealthy bodies. Focusing on the negative only brings more negative in your life. So when negative thoughts come in replace them with the truth of the word.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. -Philippians 4:8
This is the ultimate way to the fast track to a healthier life. Let’s walk it out together and get healthier mind, body and spirit.
2. Eat Breakfast
You’ve heard it said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, it is. Why? It sets the tone for your eating habits for the rest of the day. If you skip breakfast like me (wink) you will go the rest of the day trying to compensate for that missing meal. Thus grabbing the nearest box of Twinkies you can find. Ugh! Don’t be like me eat your Wheaties and oatmeal.
Eating a nutritious breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Simple options like oatmeal, smoothies, healthy breakfast cookies, or whole-grain toast with avocado or peanut butter can provide the fuel your body needs to start the day off right. By fueling your body with healthy options in the morning, you’ll be less likely to experience cravings or overeat later in the day. You can even add a boost with supplements.
In addition to providing energy and setting the tone for healthy eating habits, breakfast has been linked to numerous health benefits. Studies have shown that regularly eating breakfast can help improve cognitive function, reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, and aid in weight management. So, remember that a little breakfast in the morning can go a long way in achieving your health and wellness goals.
Okay, Okay, I know this is a toughy! But before you run for your life off of my blog, hear me out! This doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym for hours a day like my husband does. Just do what I do. Give yourself as little as 5-20 minutes of workout at home. Yoga, cardio, zumba – do something different every day until you find what you love. Remember 21 days to make it a habit. Pssst – if you skip a day or two, don’t restart your count, just keep moving forward.
Adding a bit of exercise into your daily routine doesn’t have to be terrible. It’s all about finding what works best for you and your lifestyle. If you’re someone who prefers to work out at home, there are countless online resources and apps that offer a wide range of workouts to choose from. Whether it’s yoga, HIIT, or dance cardio, there’s something out there for everyone. Here’s a 21 Day Workout plan you can easily follow or just search YouTube, Pinterest and even Google.
The key is to make exercise a priority in your life, even if it’s just for a few minutes each day. By doing so, you’ll not only improve your physical health but also your mental and emotional wellbeing. Exercise has been shown to reduce stress, boost mood, and improve self-confidence. So, let’s make it a habit to move our bodies each day and reap the many benefits that come along with it. Trust me, your body will thank you for it! You will sleep better, feel better, laugh more. Exercise is so good for you.
4. Drink More Water
We all want that healthy glow. You don’t need to gulp down water all day to get it either. Just drink a few extra glasses of water a day. also you will feel fuller and grab for the Twinkies less. Staying hydrated can also improve your skin and hair, help to keep you regular and remove toxins from your body. Start your day with a glass of water. I’ve heard that putting a pinch of baking soda and a pinch of sea salt or pink salt in your water it great for you and might have health benefits, I’m not and doctor, so try this at your own risk. (But I do this often)
I also like to drink water with a drop of lemon essential oil or fresh lemon in it occasionally. It makes me feel great. It has completely healed my UTI’s, so if you suffer from these that would be something good for you to try. Again I am no doc, so make sure you check with google, the real expert – hahaha – to see how much and how often to do this. I myself, wouldn’t do more than 1 drop in an 8 ounce GLASS of water a day. Don’t use a water bottle the lemon may or may not break down the plastic. Better to be safe.
5. Downsize Your Portions
If you normally eat 10 tacos, just eat 6 lol! No biggie, just a subtle change, right?! Nah, but seriously, just eat a little less than you normally do. It’s not a diet, just a tiny change. Drink a big glass of water before your meal to help make you feel fuller faster, plus you are working towards number 4^ (bonus). Also, eat your meal slower than normal, so you aren’t the first person up from the table. After a few days this will become your natural portion size. This is tried and true. I have done this.
When it comes to portion control, it’s all about moderation. You don’t have to deprive yourself of your favorite foods, just simply eat less of them. By downsizing your portions, you can still enjoy the foods you love while also working towards your health and wellness goals.
One helpful tip to practice portion control is to use smaller plates. This visual trick can help trick your mind into thinking you’re eating more than you actually are. Also, be mindful of your hunger cues and listen to your body when it tells you it’s full. Eating slowly and savoring each bite can also help you feel more satisfied and reduce the temptation to overeat.
Remember, making tiny changes in your eating habits can lead to big results over time. By adding in portion control into your daily routine, you’ll be well on your way to a healthier and happier you.
6. Eat at Home
Home cooked meals are way better for you. If you know you are going to be out during your normal hungry times, snack or meal times, make sure to carry some healthy snacks with you so you won’t be tempted by the golden arches. Gah! The deliciously wafting aromas that fill your car as you are driving by are so unfair aren’t they?!
Here’s where the will power comes in grab your healthy snack and bottle of water and book it home!! RUN!! DON’T DO IT! Well not always anyway. Eat mostly at home and make a healthy meal plan every week and stick to it. I try to create my meal plan before I even go to the grocery store so I only buy what I need for those meals. It saves money too.
By cooking at home and planning your meals ahead of time, you have more control over what you’re eating and can make healthier choices that support your overall health and wellness. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with your loved ones and have fun experimenting with new recipes and flavors.
Another tip is to order groceries instead of going to the store. This will help you stick to the list and not grab random junk food because your stomach is growling.
So, let’s make a commitment to prioritize our health by cooking more at home, planning our meals ahead of time, and packing healthy snacks and meals when we’re on the go. We got this!
Don’t go to bed late and get up early. Please. This is so important. If you don’t do this one, you will probably not be able to do the first 6. You will be in a fog or a rush, cause you woke up late. I’m talking to me too. When I stay up late, I am worthless the next day. I say this as I am typing this out at 10:30 PM (sigh). But I will start tomorrow with you. But seriously I try to be in bed by 10 on the weekdays and weekends too lately, because on Saturdays we have basketball and Sunday church. So I need to be rested.
Ultimately it starts with you making a decision to begin. Sometimes you have to begin again. But never stop trying to bring healthy new habits in. Once we stop we are giving up and that I will not, I can not allow you to do. So begin with me. Let’s do this together. One day at a time until we get past our 21-day healthy habit.
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Forest Rose is a God Loving, Blessed Wife, & Mama to 3 girls. She’s passionate about lifting moms out of the trenches that are discouraged, overwhelmed, or feeling alone or isolated. Her hope is to point them to Christ and equip them to rise up with a newfound hope and joy within, that He alone can provide. Besides blogging, she also loves to create printables!