Find your own path to health

What’s the key to being healthy? How do you know what to do, or how do you even get started?

The answer: Try stuff and see what works for you.

Yes folks, you need to get to know yourself and take charge of how you feel when you eat, sleep, wake up, go to work, drive a car, speak to others, and generally move through life.

A tall task eh? Well, good news is, you don’t have to do this all at once.

People don’t like hearing it, but getting healthy from the inside out takes some time. Doing small things and introducing them slowly to see what sticks is a process. But it’s the things that stick over time that’s what’s going to make the difference. And often times it’s simple things like, drinking water (and maybe adding lemon to it), going for daily walks, and getting fresh air.

I remember when I first started to try to get healthy. I tried a lot of fad diets and had every book under the sun. Yes, at times I was a bit extreme (like that time I went full vegan, cold turkey for 2 months), but since then I’ve found a balance and have taken one or two things away from every diet I tried. So now, I’m really rocking my own “original recipe” when it comes to health.

What works for one person may not work for another. That’s why there are so many diets and fitness programs out there. Try one, see how you feel, and take it from there. It takes time to figure yourself out, but it’s so worth it.

Give yourself one year. Implement one small change every 4-6 weeks, evaluate how you feel, and if each small change is worth it. It’ll build into something great and something you believe in. Looking to others for help an inspiration is an amazing tool, but ultimately, you have to do things your way, for you.

What habits should you implement? That depends on your goals. For general wellness, here are some habits that anyone can try:

  • Go for a walk every day
  • Get fresh air and sunshine (if possible) every day
  • Learn how to meditate
  • Drink more water
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Eat less processed foods
  • Eat more greens (or juice them, or toss them in a smoothie – just get them in)
  • Try a new recipe
  • Try a new vegetable
  • Bring your lunch to work every day
  • Eat breakfast
  • Stretch
  • Listen to podcasts or audio books about something you like on your commute to work (keep learning!)
  • Join a sport or pickup a hobby you enjoyed when you were a kid

These things sound simple, but they can take some work, planning and dedication to do. Think about what’s important to you, and change something small in your life to work towards it.

Author: Jackie

Jackie is a certified holistic nutritionist (with the Alive Academy out of Richmond, B.C.) in her spare time. Full-time she works in an office (like many of you!) and is always looking for ways to make her busy life happy and healthy. She is a mom to 2 lovely daughters, and a wife to a picky-eater husband who always keeps her on her toes when she is creating healthy recipes.

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