We're sinking into today talking about taking small steps. One of the biggest hurdles people face when they think of "getting healthy" is where to start. It can seem like a huge undertaking to get healthy. I have been working with women for years, helping them navigate living a healthier, more nourished life, and one HUGE truth I can share with you is that it is a process.
And each part of the process is important!
Sure the idea of deciding to be healthy and changing everything overnight, is attractive. I mean, just snapping your fingers and becoming a new person would be easy, wouldn't it.
It takes some work to change habits. And a lot of that work is taking small steps and constantly building off of those steps. You are shedding your skin and changing your body's entire feeling and energy, when you start making healthy changes. Rather than accepting life as happening to you, you realize that you are actually much more in control than you realize.
Today I want to share with you, three small steps you can take that will make a BIG difference in how you feel physically, mentally and emotionally. AND they are perfect the first steps towards a healthier you!
1. Move your body.
Movement stimulates your entire body, inside and out. Your muscles, your brain, your hormonal system, digestive system, your energy. Everything.
It doesn't have to be an intense workout plan, or a commitment at the gym. Just move. Get out and WALK every day. Take a hike through the woods. Climb on tree trunks with your kids. Crawl under things. Play. Grab a coffee with a friend and walk while you drink it. Take a leisurely bike ride.
Movement is huge for our mental, emotional and physiological well being. And it's so easy to do.
When you are hungry, we eat. When you are tired, we sleep. When you feel tired and sluggish, you need movement!
Our favorite daily (non workout specific) movement activities are going for walks with the kids after dinner, finding logs to jump off of at the park, or having a little dance party with the girls. When we go to my in laws, PJ and I will go on walks by ourselves to spend a little bit of alone time together, walking, talking and connecting.
2. Stop focusing on calories.
Somewhere along the way we received the message that we should be more worried about the number of calories going into our body, rather than the quality of the food.
Our bodies are designed for digestion, absorption and metabolizing. They perfectly utilize the nutrients in the exact amounts and combinations provided by the foods that grow on our planet.
Processed foods are stripped of nutrients and infused with otherwise, foreign substances. This is one of the main reasons it "seems" like everything causes cancer, along with a myriad of other diseases, these days. The chemicals in processed and packaged foods are still very new, in terms of how long they have been used in our food and studying the long effects they could have on the human body. It turns out that many of these chemicals are toxic for our system and are wrecking havoc on our bodies.
Whole foods act synergistically to protect us from disease, while processed foods create disease in healthy bodies.
But where do I start?
You can start by simply adding whole foods to your diet. When you do your weekly shopping, purchase some ingredients to create a few meals using whole foods (foods that don't have an ingredient list). Pinterest is a great resource. Each week mindfully replace a few more meals and snacks. Soon your body will be abundant in rich, nutrient dense foods, and you will be feeling vibrant and healthy.
3. Connect with someone.
On a very basic level, humans need social connection. We thrive when we feel seen, heard and valued, when we can be seen and heard without judgement, and when we can draw strength and support from a relationship with another human.
The benefits of sharing energy with another person through good conversation, are good for your body, your brain and your soul. Grab coffee with a friend, go for a walk with them, explore a new place, or simply just sit and enjoy each others company. It will benefit you health!
As a mother, it can be very hard to make time for good conversation. The days are full, whether you are a stay at home mom or a working mom. You are busy and there is a lot that needs to be done. I can tell you though that if you make time to honor yourself and this very basic need, you will notice a huge change in your mindset and emotional health.
I've found that for me, the best way to ensure that I do this is to schedule a coffee date with a friend and duck out for an hour or two. The quality of the conversation and the ritual of doing something that feeds your soul, will impact your wellness so much! It's an act of self love.
What are your favorite small steps towards a healthier happier you?