When you start thinking about living healthy, you may think it’s going to be a really frustrating and difficult process. Well, I have great news! Living healthy can be an easy transition! I know because my family and I have been through it, so I want to help make it an easy transition for you and your family too.
Start Living Healthy Slowly
I know when you get motivated to do something, you just want to jump right into it and go full-force. A lot of people do that when they want to start living healthy. Then they fail because it’s too hard to make that transition all at once.
It’s much better if you start living healthy slowly. You and your family will be much more likely to accept this transition if you do it this way.
I know, because we had to switch to a heart healthy diet a few years ago since my husband passed down heart disease genetics to my oldest son. Lots of men in my husband’s family passed away at an early age due to heart disease; including his brother who passed away at age 30.
I researched all I could about living heart healthy, and then slowly, one by one, we started changing things in our diet. You can read about our first change in my post, Grocery Shopping for Fruits and Vegetables.
If I had just thrown all of the changes I read about at my family all at once, there’s no way we would’ve been able to stick with our heart healthy diet. Everyone would’ve been too frustrated and discouraged and just given up.
Learn How to Make Substitutions for Living Healthy
When we first had to start living healthy, I wanted to be able to use the same recipes I’ve used over the years. I didn’t want the change to be so drastic that we didn’t have anything familiar left to eat. That would’ve been hard on my husband and I, and especially the kids.
So, thankfully, I found lots of ways to just make substitutions to the recipes I was already using. That way, we were still eating something familiar, it was just changed a little bit. You can read about how to do that in my post, 14 Ways to Adapt Existing Recipes to be Heart Healthy.
Want to know what one of the best parts is about learning to make substitutions for health living? You can still eat out! As long as you know what to look for. Many restaurants have meals that are low in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol. If not, you can ask them to prepare your food to order.
I wrote all about how to do this in my post, How to Eat Heart Healthy Even When Eating Out.
It’s Still Okay to Snack When You’re Living Healthy
If your family is anything like my family, we love to snack! We eat three main meals a day and three snacks. Thankfully, snacking isn’t “bad” if you do it in moderation and make healthy choices. It’s important to choose snacks that have lots of nutrients in them. Thankfully there are lots of different kinds of healthy snacks available.
In my post, Heart Healthy Snack Ideas, I wrote about several different kinds of crunchy, munchy, sweet, and thirst-quencher snacks.
There are lots of different kinds of healthy kids snacks available too, so it won’t be hard to get your kids on board with living healthy too. You can read about 37 different kinds of kids’ snacks in my post, Healthy, Quick and Easy Snack Ideas for Kids.
You Only Need 30 Minutes to Start Living Healthy
If you’ve never exercised before, or haven’t exercised in awhile, it’s a good idea to start slowly (check with your doctor before starting any exercising). You definitely shouldn’t just go and try to run a marathon when you first start out! If you want to be successful, you need to ease in to exercising so your body gets used to it and you don’t hate it.
The American Heart Association recommends “at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week.” The nice thing is, you even get 2 days off! If you don’t have 30 minutes all at one time in the day, you can split it up into two 15 minute sessions or three 10 minute sessions. I think it would be good when you’re just starting out to break up your exercise sessions throughout the day. That way you can slowly get used to the routine.
You can read about this more in my post, How Just 30 Minutes a Day Can Help Your Heart.
If you can’t do three 10 minute sessions at first, just start out with one 10 minute session every day for a week. Then slowly start increasing it little by little every week.
When my doctor gives me a new back or hip exercise to do, he tells me to just start out by doing 5 of them for a week. I add 1 more each week until I reach my maximum goal number. This gives my body a chance to get used to the exercise and then I don’t get sore.
So, start off slow, just do what you can do. That way you don’t get discouraged, and you don’t get too sore. Then, you’re more likely to stick with it.
More Resources to Help You Start Living Healthy
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- I have lots more posts that can help you in my Healthy Living Category on my Menu Bar.
- In the Recipe Category on my Menu Bar, I have a couple recipes made healthier for you and plan to add more each month.
- There’s also a Healthy Living Resources Category on my Menu Bar where I share with you all the resources I’ve used to help me learn how to start living healthy.
- My Amazon Influencer Page lists all of the cookbooks and other resources I use to help me meal plan.
So, see, now you know that when you decide to start living healthy, it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming and scary process. It can be an easy transition if you just take it slowly and learn how to make substitutions to what you already make. Once you’ve got all of that down, then you can gradually start to make more and more changes. Before you know it, you and your family will be enjoying living healthy!
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