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Making lifestyle changes in order to have a healthy lifestyle is hard. Many times it is completely overwhelming.
When we hit that overwhelming point, we normally give up because it’s just too hard or too time consuming or too expensive or too _________ (fill in the blank).
How do we reach that point where being healthy and balanced throws us off balance and into the looney bin?
The primary reason is that we try to change EVERYTHING at once. We bite off more than we can chew and before we realize it we are choking on all those changes. Instead of living a healthy life, our peace is gone and our stress is up as we try to change all of our bad habits at the same time.
So how can we avoid this?
1. BABY STEPS
There are plenty of bad habits that need to change in order for us to live healthy lives. However,what we need to do is focus on one or two at a time. Once those bad habits are changed, move on to the next ones.
I want to encourage you to make a list of bad habits that you want to change in order to live healthy. Maybe you need to kill your love for junk food or eat more fruits and veggies or exercise 3 times a week. Maybe you need to start flossing everyday or getting more sleep.
Take a few minutes and write them all down. Then chose two habits that you want to start on now. Focus on those two things until your bad habits becomes good habits then move on to the next two on your list.
2. AVOID INFORMATION OVERLOAD
There is A LOT of information out there, whether on the internet or in books or from friends, about how to live a healthy life.
We hear things like low-fat is the best, then the next thing we know full fat is the way to go. (By the way full fat is the way to go. ;))
Some say count your calories, others say count your carbs.
Some say buy all organic, others say organic is a waste of money….and the list goes on and on and on and on.
Before we know it, we get information overload and really aren’t sure at all as to how to eat/live a healthy life, so we go back to what we know.
3. DO WHAT YOU CAN DO & DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE REST.
I am not in a position where I can go and buy half a cow from a local farmer.
Do I want to do that? Heck yeah!
Is that the “healthiest” meat that I can get for my family? You bet!
Can I do that right now? No. I am limited on funds, as well as space to store it in.
Am I going to stress over it? Absolutely not.
That is a goal I have for the future but it’s simply not doable for me right now. Although I can’t always afford grass-fed, organic meat from my local grocery store, what I can do is buy all-natural/hormone free meat. Is it the healthiest of all the options? No, but it is better than the hormone filled options.
Maybe you can’t buy all organic fruits and vegetables but what you can do is stick with the “Clean 15” and buy organic only on the fruits and vegetables that are on the “Dirty Dozen” list. Maybe there is one particular “Dirty Dozen” fruit or vegetable that you eat often that you can buy organic.
The point is, you do what you can do to provide the healthiest food and lifestyle for you and your family. Then you just don’t worry about the rest.
God is good, He is faithful, and He is in control. If He can create this great world from nothing, then why would we think that His power is limited when it comes to keeping us healthy and safe.
A healthy lifestyle should NEVER be a burden. When it becomes a burden then it is time to refocus on baby steps, avoid information overload, and do what we can do and leave the rest to Him.
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