5 Steps to Help you with Healthy Every Day Choices

Have you ever felt that living a healthier lifestyle is just too hard.  You may have done different diets, exercise programs and stress relieving techniques.  You end up finding it difficult to stay on track, you lose motivation so you end up giving up.

What if living a Healthier Lifestyle can be really simple?

Living a healthier lifestyle is a journey and it’s all about awareness and choices.

Can it be that simple? Can someone really achieve a healthier lifestyle in 5 simple steps?

YES! It can!

A healthier lifestyle is all about choices – choices that move you toward what makes you feel more energetic, alive, happy and fulfilled.

These steps can help you with the choices you make every day.

The first step to achieving a healthier lifestyle is ‘awareness’.  This where you tune into where you are out of alignment with your health choices, and notice where you can start making changes to get back into alignment.

Let’s take the example of eating healthy.  One first step is to be aware of what you eat and drink for snacks throughout your day.

The second step is ‘desire’ – this is where you tune into what you want to do more of and less of – in other words, how you want your healthier lifestyle to be like.

Returning to the example of snacks, what would you like to do more of? Eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking more water?

What would you like to do less of?  Relying on sugar and caffeine to get your through your day?   Drinking too much soda pop?

Your desire is also the reason WHY you are looking to improve your health.

Is it to sleep better, is it to reduce pain and stress, is it to be less irritable and happier, or is it to boost your energy?

With a compelling WHY you are more likely to stay motivated to achieve your goals, even when it gets challenging.

The third step is identifying the ‘influences’ that lead you both towards and away from a healthier lifestyle. Identify the positive influences that can lead you towards what you desire. And identify the negative influences that impede your ability to create a healthier lifestyle.

Coming back again to the example of eating healthy snacks.  A positive influence is to prepare healthy snacks ahead of time so they are available when you are wanting a snack.

A possible negative influence is having unhealthy alternatives readily available such as a bag of chips.

The fourth step is ‘action’.  This is where you take steps 1, 2 & 3, create a plan and put it into action.  The plan of action would include specific action steps to implement One Step at a Time so you keep focus and don’t get discouraged.

A possible plan of action to help with eating healthy snacks would be to reduce the amount of unhealthy snacks you have available at home or to switch one sugary snack for a fruit.

And the final step is ‘celebration’.  Celebrate each step not matter which it is.  This will encourage you to keep going and continue with healthier lifestyle choices.

These 5 simple steps will help you to move towards a healthier lifestyle.  Once you get started, you will build momentum and keep going and before long the healthy choice becomes the natural choice.

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