As humans we tend to complicate things. When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, there is SO much information out there that its hard to know what works and what doesn't work. We might read about a girl that lost 60 lbs because she decided to do Zumba every week and cut out carbs. We might hear about a girl that joined a multi level brand and lost 15 pounds in 2 weeks. We hear these stories and think that's exactly what we need to do to change our own lives! But to be honest, that's not the case. Zumba is not what made that girl lose 60 lbs. Drinking a shake daily did not help so and so lose 15. What works is they found something they can be consistent with. Drinking a shake will not help you lose a ton of weight and keep it off consistently unless you pair it with exercise and healthy habits. Doing Zumba every day is not the key to a full lifestyle change if you pair it with poor nutrition habits. Find what you can do consistently for the rest of your life. If you hate dancing than Zumba is probably not for you. But maybe you absolutely love the outdoors and adventure! Find hikes to go on, trails to explore, waters to kayak and things you want to be doing for the rest of your life. We are all unique individuals so its not a one plan fits all type of thing. What stays true for everyone though is consistency and consistency happens when you find something you enjoy. Do you ever wonder why those diets don't work or why when you say your going to stick to your meal plan there always seems to be a day of eating whatever the hell you want at the end? It's because it's impossible to be consistent with that the rest of your life. I have never met someone who loved and looked forward to cutting carbs out of their diet. The question is would you rather do something you hate, get results for a quick period and than set yourself further back in an unhealthy lifestyle OR would you rather do something enjoyable and maintainable that makes your body healthy, happy and naturally gets your body to a healthy weight and size? I've been on both sides of the spectrum and I promise you the healthy way is the way to go!
So the question is where do I get started?
1. Allow yourself time to make changes
It would be fantastic if in 1 week we could cut out all processed food, meditate every morning, make it to workouts 5 days a week and stop eating crud after dinner. But setting goals like that would be a diet mindset and we are focusing on LIFESTYLE. It took me a lot of time to get where I am now, and i'm still working towards new habits. Choose something you want to start working towards and don't put a timeline on it. Is your goal to cut back on mindless eating late at night? A good way to practice would be to plan a healthy snack in before bed, Try it out a couple nights a week. And remember, allow yourself to be human. You will NOT do this perfectly for the rest of your life...and that's OK!
2. Find something you enjoy
You need to be active. There's no way around it. The fun part is you get to do something you enjoy. If following a strict schedule and being in the gym everyday isn't your thing, no problem! Try walking, hiking, biking, swimming, dancing or anything else that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. If nothing sounds fun to you, it's time for you to experiment and see what you enjoy!
3. Read labels
As a holistic health coach and certified nutrition consultant I strongly believe in the power of whole foods. Eating a diet rich in real, whole foods will not only make you healthy on the inside but it will help you naturally lose weight in a safe and maintainable way. There is no need to cut out food groups such as carbs, proteins or fats ( they all play a very important role in the health of your body). What you can start to do though is stay away from processed, packaged foods and begin reading labels. If a food is packaged and has a long ingredient list (more than 5 ingredients) it is more than likely not helping you in any way. Choosing local, organic foods is a great start to a healthy lifestyle!
To recap ways you can start your healthy lifestyle my tops tips are to allow yourself time to make these changes. Don't put any strict deadlines on yourself or your lifestyle changes. Next, find something you enjoy doing and get active! Add it in throughout your week and make it something you enjoy. Last but not least begin to read your labels. Slowly start swapping out packaged food or real, organic, whole foods that are good for your body.
Enjoy your healthy journey,
My name is Hanna Kuyper and my mission for iamwell comes directly from my past experiences. Read more