Practical approach to a healthier life style
Do you wonder how come you can be diligent with your Bible studies and other aspects of your life but come evening all you can think of is a box of chocolates you are ready to devour? How can you conquer the demon of overheating? Good question, but only you really know the answer. What are the patterns in your life that lead to overindulgence? Have you ask your doctor for advice? Did she check your hormone levels and other important elements? What kind of health plans worked for you in the past? How can you implement healthier eating? What is your exercise routine? Can it be improved? Can you come up with a plan and stick to it? Do you need an accountability partner/ workout buddy?
If you tried to answer the above listed questions may I make a few suggestions?
Set a goal and visualize yourself achieving it. Envision yourself vibrant, energetic, and healthy. Find pictures that inspire you: a plate of healthy food, a nice workout outfit, a person doing your favorite activity. Create a plan of implementing changes. For some people lifestyle changes need to be very small to be manageable. Many rush into totally changing lifestyle full-speed only to be burned-out very soon. Drastic changes in diet and workout routines can be dangerous and cause unnecessary stress to the body. They are possible yet needed to be done under a supervision of a specialist, a dietician, nutritionist, trainer, or a doctor.
My approach is gradual changes and moderation. For me there are days when I work out more, but usually I try to be persistent in incorporating some kind of movement daily. It may even be 5-15 minutes a day.
It is not a good idea to all of a sudden start hitting a gym every day for two-hour workouts. Even if it does not harm you you may burn out fast and go back to your comfort zone, which very likely is your couch…
Many of us love food and it’s comforting effects. I try to make my comfort winter foods healthier. I cook a lot of soups and stews, using lean protein and veggies, avoiding too many fats and dairy.
Today I made a shake with spinach, broccoli, blueberries, an apple and protein powder, as well as some soup. For the soup I boiled some turkey for stock, added sweet potato, onion, carrot, peas, quinoa, and brussels sprouts. Added salt, pepper and basil and ended up with a delicious comfort dish for a rainy day. Bon appetite!