Ep. 22 Making Healthy Living EASY
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Blog Recap for This Episode
Our show today is all about healthy living.
Laura has a unique and refreshing approach to healthy living and she shares her perspective about rest, eating well, and exercise. One of the main things we chat about how to make healthy living the EASIEST option for yourself.
We also talk about being mindful by learning to listen to your body and how to make it fun. Then we dive into specifics: how to actually live this way, starting in small, non-overwhelming ways and some ideas for systematizing this process so it’s not something that drains our mental energy every single day.
Laura’s 3 questions to ask yourself:
1. Am I worth taking care of?
2. Do I love and respect myself enough to treat it the best I can? If so, what does that look like?
3. Do I have time to make this a priority? If no, then make time! It’s worth it.
Where to start when it comes to healthy living:
Listen to your body and hear what it needs
Make it EASY
Only have access to healthy choices -- you want the salad to be easier to quickly pull together than snacking on the cookies in the pantry instead. Make it so you don’t have to think about it as much.
Simplify -- the fewer decisions you have to make the better. Let yourself make a choice -- but between a couple healthy options. Make a list of breakfasts and lunches to paste on the fridge and have one less thing to think about.
Make it fun --
Find a beautiful food blog that excites you
Make it a little more exciting for you so it’s more of a treat and less of a chore
Remember, when you take care of yourself, you can take care of others more fully. For example:
Getting enough rest allow you to have a clear mind so you can respond instead of react (link to meditation episode)
Fresh, healthy food fuels your body longer and gives your body proper nutrients to perform
Getting active and fresh air clears your mind, gets blood pumping and gives you more energy.
Don’t neglect the easy simple stuff like drinking more water just because it’s simple. Especially the power in stacking these easy simple things. Small + simple things over time can make a big difference. (see brooke snow episode on the compound effect)
Remember that we already have almost all the answers inside of us. We know what we need to do to be healthy already (get enough rest, eat whole foods, drink a lot of water, be active) -- it’s just a matter of trusting that those things are enough and making them a part of daily life.
How to do this. How to make it easy and a part of daily life.
1. Simplify -- clear that to do list of everything you think you need to do to be healthier and focus on one tiny little point and go from there.
Minimum baseline concept: making very small changes to how you do things daily. If going to bed at 11:30 is your current minimum baseline, start by moving that up by 15-30 minutes. Don’t get overwhelmed by changing everything, just change one small thing at a time.
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3. How can you change your mindset from I have to do this to I get to?
4. Plan it. Keep it simple and effective and create systems so it becomes routine/habit.
Take the first step toward those better decisions while you’re motivated so it’s harder to not do them later. If you’ve already put in some effort to prep vegetables or get dressed to exercise, it’s easier to just finish it so you don’t waste what you’ve already put in.
If you’ve systematized, you’ll have less mental fatigue. You can think about your meals once per week when you plan them intentionally or 3 times per day, 7 days per week.
Links mentioned in this episode:
Kristin's favorite thing this week: Superfood salad recipe
Laura's favorite thing this week: Yummy roasted sweet potato recipe *Laura adds rosemary to them!
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Food blog- Happyolks.com
Meditation episode of the Progress Project Podcast: Ep. 5- Meditating in Real Life
The compound effect from Brooke Snow’s podcast: Ep. 1 Small and simple things
Brooke Castillo’s podcast: Ep. 209 Minimum baseline
Laura's favorite yoga classes online at yogatoday.com
Laura’s go to salads and favorite recipes