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Sometimes change can be scary. When it comes to wanting to get healthier many people tend to go to extremes. There seems to be an unwritten rule out there that if you want to be healthier one needs to make drastic changes. It can be daunting and intimidating to even know where to begin!

Well, I say it’s not necessary (or healthy) to go from one extreme to the other when you decide you want to get healthier. Nothing says we need to go from carnivore to vegan in a week. The best and most lasting changes you make to get healthier happen over time. Step by step. How about we all just take a deep breath and start small? Ah. Good. 

What are four things you can do to get healthier in 2018?

I’m not talking about an exotic food or a body building routine. No need to buy an expensive supplement or make yourself love tofu. No, it’s much simpler than that. 

Here’s one idea: move a little more.

Steps/Stairs

Not ready for Crossfit? That’s totally fine. Me either. One saying I heard was Crossfit is all about crossing my fingers and hoping I fit into my jeans. I love that. Ok so Crossfit is out for us both. No problem. Not quite ready to join a gym either? That’s okay. Let’s start even smaller. Since we’re talking about steps to getting healthier, let’s start there- with the steps or stairs.

When there’s an option to take the stairs rather than the elevator or escalator, opt for the stairs. It’s a simple way to add movement into your every day life.

Walk

Another simple way to increase your activity level is to park further away from wherever you go every day. If you’re going to the grocery store, (for example), park at the end of the furthest row from the door. Other customers will be happy and you will have found one more simple way to add some more movement into your life every day.

Reduce Inflammatory Foods

Since the first 2 steps toward getting healthier were all about adding something (movement) into your daily routine, let’s balance that out with one little subtraction. Before you panic, let me give you the good news about this “subtraction.” Cutting back on this one thing will lead to more ability to be active and increase movement in your life. Any guesses?

While you’re thinking about that I will give you another hint. Reducing this one thing will help reduce inflammation. Inflammation is linked to all kinds of illness and disease. I have a feeling you’ve guessed. Sweet. Yes, I’m talking about sugar. If you are serious about getting healthier and had to choose one thing to start with, this would be most beneficial right away. If you are like me and have any kind of chronic pain at all, this one small change will make a huge impact on your overall health.

Getting healthier takes patience. It takes time to build up what’s broken. Even if you go vegan overnight, chances are you will not see the benefit of that immediately. The important thing is not perfection or depriving yourself. The best way to get healthier is to make small changes that will not be too drastic for you, to take the time to try things and see what works for you. 

Hydrate

Okay, so now we are swinging back over to the idea of adding something. Once again, don’t panic. I’m not talking about an exotic food or a body building routine. No need to buy an expensive supplement or make yourself love tofu. No, it’s much simpler than that. The difference of having enough or not is clear. I’m talking about water. Just as inflammation is linked to many diseases and sicknesses, dehydration is as well. When our bodies lack water, our body does not function efficiently. Muscles fatigue faster, the immune system doesn’t have what it needs to fight off viruses and bacteria, joints will ache. What if you don’t like drinking water? I know a few people like that. I have a suggestion. Add a splash of pure fruit juice, or what I do is add few drops of essential oil to my water. The essential oils give it a lovely flavor while also benefiting me with the concentration of plant based nutrients. 

It all adds up

The great thing about the body and health is that all of the changes we make have a cumulative effect over time. The downside about it is it has a cumulative effect over time. Wait. What? Both are true. Getting healthier takes patience. It takes time to build up what’s broken. Even if you go vegan overnight, chances are you will not see the benefit of that immediately. The important thing is not perfection or depriving yourself. The best way to get healthier is to make small changes that will not be too drastic for you, to take the time to try things and see what works for you. Come at these changes from a positive approach (“What will I be able to add to my life if I’m healthier?” rather than a negative one (“What do I have to give up this week?”) As you make changes, pay attention to how your body responds. Adjust accordingly. Maybe it would be a good idea to journal it, start a blog and share your challenges and triumphs with your followers. Do whatever will help you stay motivated and empowered to be  healthier this year. You will be so glad you did!

Essential oil in food

Do you have a specific routine or system that you feel may help get you healthier? Do tell 🙂

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