By Alicia Kirschenheiter
One of the biggest challenges my new clients face is being overwhelmed with information. In fact, I believe it’s one of the biggest challenges we all face. Have you ever Googled the word fitness, or wellness? What about healthy living or healthy lifestyles? The results are dizzying, even for me and I think I am pretty well versed on the subject! Keeping the path of wellness simple has always been my philosophy. I am of the mindset that unfortunately when things get real complicated, many of us opt to give up and in this game, giving up is not an option.
Here are some simple beginning steps that are easy to implement and will get you going in the right direction. Now they are not cure alls and they are not going to achieve you great results over night but they aren’t meant to. Wellness is a life long journey that should bring you gradual positive results that can be sustained for the long haul, not the, “I dropped 30 pounds in 3 days” we are so used to seeing thanks to the media, diet commercials and of course…Hollywood.
Think Whole Foods, Not Short Cuts
Short cut foods are generally things labeled too good to be true…for example fat free cookies, artificial sweeteners and foods that have notoriously been bad for us but that are now new and improved to include things like fiber and all the daily vitamins and mineral allowances. If it sounds too good…it is. Include things in your meals like “raw” sugars, agave nectar or honey. Frankly, if the only thing you are using sweeteners for are those cups of coffee a day, the average calorie count for a teaspoon of sugar is 15 calories…go ahead and live it up…just go unprocessed.
Taste Your Foods
My good friends who cook taught me a great lesson a long time ago, taste your food before you cover it up in something like salt, butter, ketchup, mayonnaise or BBQ sauce. Try seasoning instead. Spices are a great investment, add tremendous flavors and a little goes a long way.
Only commit to a new level of fitness, well frankly, you can commit to. Grand ides of exercising for 2 hours a day while juggling a home, family, job and who knows what else isn’t for the average Joe. Walking for 45 minutes broken up 3 times daily however far more likely.
Find Your Space
I don’t mean a beach house (but if you have one I am open to invites…) I mean a quiet place you can breathe, clear your mind and regroup even for 5 minutes. A recharge, no matter how small, can do volumes for your inner peace.
Sounds simple enough? Good it’s meant to be. Until next time – Be well.