Positive Changes You Can Make For A Healthier Lifestyle

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It’s never too late to make changes to your routines and lifestyle to benefit your wellbeing, with or without chronic illness. Today I’m sharing a collaborative post with a few thoughts on the changes you might want to consider. Different things work for different people so if certain points don’t apply to you, that’s okay, find the things that might.

We all know the importance of our health and wellbeing, and our lifestyles right now may have the spotlight on them as lockdown has taken over our lives a little more. But there are things we can start to implement, change and incorporate into our lives that will help us to have an overall healthier and happier lifestyle. So what can we do to make these positive changes? With that question in mind, here are some of the things that you could try to boost your health, wellbeing and overall lifestyle in a positive way.

Moving A Little More

We all know the commonly held advice is to move more to make us healthier, but we may find things in the way of that, whether it’s the lockdown, our health and pain, or not having enough time. Getting more exercise doesn’t need to mean hitting the gym or taking a run. It could be anything that gets you moving, whatever you’re capable of. Think outside the box if you have to in order to incorporate a little more movement into your lifestyle.

These days monitoring how you move is so easy. You can wear something on your wrist that tracks the amount of steps you take. You don’t have to be running anywhere. The commonly recommended count is 10,000 steps a day, but simply increasing what you’re doing even a little is better than nothing.

Improving general fitness can gradually start to give you more energy. If being overweight is causing additional health concerns, then moving more can help alongside diet to lose weight healthily.

Feeling fitter not only aids with how you look but how you feel in your mind. You’ll likely find you feel better about yourself and in your own skin, and it can even help in giving you a more positive outlook on life. What isn’t to love about moving more? Of course for those with illness and/or pain, the picture isn’t quite as straightforward. Do what you can and see how it feels; listen to your body and speak to your doctor before starting on a new exercise routine if you have any concerns.

Out With The Diets

We should free ourselves from the dieting mindset. Replace unhealthy fascination with getting to be a certain size and the negative self-talk, with self-love and a healthy, balanced, enjoyable diet.

More women and men are focusing on what’s good for them. What’s right and healthy for their bodies. Take a more holistic approach to your wellbeing and look at your diet and lifestyle as a whole, and consider what good nourishment can do to help keep your body healthy.

Feast On Fibre

Fibre can be very beneficial for your gut and muscles. There’s soluble and insoluble fibre, and it’s worth keeping in mind that while for many increasing soluble fibre can be great, for others it can worsen digestive issues.

If your body tolerates fibre well, then look at increasing it in your diet or consider supplements if you can’t get enough of it. You could something like try Boost My Fibre to see if that could help. There are plenty of foods and grains that can help you get more fibre into your diet, and breakfast can be the ideal time to focus on a high fibre meal. 

Green Juices

Juicing and smoothies have become increasingly popular as a quick, convenient way to pack in plenty of goodness in one drink. You can get your juice in the morning or whenever and wherever suits your lifestyle best. Green is good as fruits and vegetables of the green variety are typically packed with fantastic vitamins and minerals.

Getting a variety of fruits and vegetables into your juice can aid a healthy lifestyle, especially if you find it hard to eat enough individual portions in your daily meals. Juicing gives you the chance to take in a lot of nutrients in one go, so can be the perfect addition to your balanced diet. 

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Cleaner Eating With Less Processed Foods

Clean eating has become a bit of a trend of late, and it’s worth advising caution on any diet fads, especially restrictive ones. That said, there’s a degree of credibility behind the theory. If you don’t know, clean eating is eating ingredients with little or no process to them. It’s basically cutting out the middle man, so buying your meat and vegetables from the source instead of pre-packed in a shop.

This also means that you don’t eat anything genetically modified. For those interested in removing GM products from their lifestyle, you might want to look at organic alternatives so you’re getting the most natural of produce. It’s a different lifestyle to take on as it can involve you developing different shopping habits and often organic versions can be more expensive. It might take a bit of trial and error to find the products you want at a good price, but it could be a beneficial change for you and your family. 

It’s often through cutting out processed foods that people might find the cause of some of their physical complaints, like digestive or skin issues. If going more natural and reducing your processed food consumption helps then that’s great, if it doesn’t then that’s fine too. It’s whatever works for you.

Let’s hope this has given you something to think about when it comes to changing things up and having a healthier lifestyle.

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Small changes can add up – are there any changes you’d like to make or new things you’d like to add to your lifestyle and routines to help your health?

[ This is a collaborative post & as such the ideas expressed here are that of the author ]

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18 Comments

  1. June 20, 2020 / 4:35 pm

    Great advice – and all SO easy to do…a recent report stated that WALKING is better than running…I get up and make sure to walk at least 10 minutes per hour….8-10 miles per day…makes up for the glass of wine with dinner!

  2. June 20, 2020 / 4:45 pm

    Solid tips Caz. What works for me is moving. You don’t have to run, just keep moving. I can do on average 10k steps a day. I’ve increased it to 15k 3 times a week. That’s not overdoing it (for me) just moving a bit more.

  3. June 20, 2020 / 5:29 pm

    Great advice – I just need to walk a bit more (though it’s always painful) as I tend to sit mainly, particularly when blogging. The one thing I’m not keen on is the green drinks – I have friends who swear by them, they just don’t do anything for me 🙁

  4. June 20, 2020 / 7:00 pm

    No processed food in this house. I love best when I cook because I know what I’m eating. Ok, mom too.

  5. Charlie
    June 20, 2020 / 7:18 pm

    Fantastic, Caz nailed all the major points. 😘

  6. June 20, 2020 / 8:45 pm

    Great advice, Caz. As Charlie (above) wrote – nailed all the major points… 🙂
    xoxoxo

  7. June 21, 2020 / 12:38 am

    Great ideas Caz. I’ll have to try the green juicing.

  8. June 21, 2020 / 3:21 pm

    Super great advise, I try to excercise every day, but can’t always do it, I have been ‘cleaner eating’ for years, I try to use organic fresh as much as I can and I stay away from processed food. I gave away my scale a few years ago and I felt liberated after LOL, Thanks Caz stay well. xoxo

  9. June 22, 2020 / 11:00 am

    As a person who fights her stomach and loses on a daily basis, the one golden rule I’ve found to decreasing gastrointestinal pain is to keep foods simple. Not only do I avoid most processed foods, but I avoid complicated recipes as well. Too many ingredients = too many ways for my belly to revolt is displeasure.

  10. June 22, 2020 / 11:49 am

    Brilliant advice, Caz. Even living with pain, there’s normally something we can do to help ourselves. Just a little bit more walking or eating a bit more healthily can make a difference.

  11. June 22, 2020 / 12:16 pm

    Wonderful, practical suggestions, Caz! These simple changes can help more than realized, especially in people with chronic conditions! I’ve fallen a bit off the wagon of late and really appreciate the reminders! Xx

  12. June 22, 2020 / 5:01 pm

    Great suggestions Caz, and a good reminder for all of us with or without chronic conditions. As someone who has recovered from a body image problem, I don’t diet because I believe labeling foods good or bad can be negative and a very restrictive lifestyle. Eating foods that make you food good and not eating ones that don’t is a much better solution than dieting!

  13. June 22, 2020 / 6:23 pm

    Yet another great read from you, Caz! ♥ These tips are not only effective and actionable, but they’re also pretty simple! I love it. Sometimes it’s the small changes that make the biggest difference in our lives. More often than not, once we get some momentum in the right direction – the bigger steps become easier. Don’t you think?

    Our bodies do crave movement, I agree. I’ve been amazed at the difference it’s made being more mindful of this. Doing what we do as writers, the lack of activity can have a significant effect on our physical and emotional well-being. Many times when I felt down in my mood, it was because I hadn’t been active enough. Have you experienced that too?

    EVERYTHING under “Out with the diets,” made me smile! Yes, yes and yes! I agree 100%! It has been proven, stressing about our bodies and how many calories we ate that day only increases cortisol levels to unhealthy levels. If our diets are being dictated by our culture, we’ve surely got a problem! We are all such individuals and what works for one won’t work for another.

    Keep it up, Caz. You’re a blessing, always! ♥

  14. June 23, 2020 / 3:16 pm

    Fantastic suggestions! One of the best gifts I’ve ever received was my FitBit. I upgraded recently, and I’m tracking my steps and sleep daily. I used to track calories, but it was too much for me. I love finding new recipes! The biggest issue for me is the processed foods – It’s hard to break those habits, especially when my husband loves chips, sweets, and not a lot of vegetables and fruit.

  15. June 23, 2020 / 3:38 pm

    This is great! I exercise almost every day, but for the rest of the day I’m sitting and not moving. Getting a FitBit made a huge difference. It buzzes each hour if I have not taken at least 250 steps that hour. It’s a great reminder to get up and move a little bit. Even now, working from home, I’ll walk a couple of laps around the kitchen when the alarm goes off just to move a little. When I first came developed chronic illness symptoms, walking around was too much so I would do leg lifts and use weights in bed. Sometimes I put on music and just dance around my bedroom (thank got no one is watching). There are so many ways to move, even if it’s just a little. I always say, when it comes to exercise, something is always better than nothing.

  16. June 23, 2020 / 9:56 pm

    I love all these points Caz, I am trying to do most .The ones to work on are to get the green juice into my diet along with the less processed foods .These reminders are really helpful .

  17. June 26, 2020 / 12:12 pm

    My thoughts exactly, just do something. Thanks for another great post full of healthy tips.

  18. July 29, 2020 / 10:07 am

    thank you so much for sharing these great tips, it is good for us to make the little changes that will improve our lives in a big way

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