Gratitude Wednesday – Taking Steps Towards Health and Wellbeing
Psychology is not just about what goes on in the mind. To be a healthy individual, you need to be healthy in both mind and body! Anyone who has ever suffered from depression will know that it affects one physically as well as mentally, and in the same light, doing exercise and keeping healthy keeps depression at bay.
So today I am grateful that I have rediscovered a path towards health and well being. I feel so much better about my life because I am eating healthily and doing exercise again, it’s remarkable!
Many of us know that we would like to live a healthier life but let’s face it, we don’t always do what we know is good for us. It is easy to get caught up in bad eating habits and even easier to stop regular exercise for one or another reason. I am going to write a whole post about these barriers and challenges another day but today I’m going to remind you of the simple steps it takes to get back to living a healthy life. Who knows, today might be the day for you? Let’s do it!
1. Get rid of the junk
A lot of healthy eating is about access. If you don’t have it in the house, then you won’t eat it. One of the first steps to getting healthy is getting rid of all the stuff that makes you unhealthy. If you have soft drinks in the house, chuck em! If you have any sugary products in the house, chuck em! If you have any white bread in the house, chuck it! I don’t know what your eating plan will be, but for me it’s all about getting rid of high sugar, high carb foods, getting rid of any high sugar drinks (including alcohol), and getting rid of any processed foods. I’m not going to dictate to you what you should or shouldn’t eat (and anyway I’m not a dietician) but I think the important thing is making a clear list of the foods and drinks that can stay and those that must go.
2. Forage for goodness
This is the fun part. Go out and get yourself some delicious, fresh and healthy ingredients to stock your kitchen with. Sure, it may seem that healthy eating is very classist because not everyone can pop down to the store and buy up the entire organic food section, but it’s even possible to buy healthily on a budget. Most of you should be able to afford fresh vegetables at your local farmer’s market or even at your discount supermarket. It doesn’t have to be organic. The important thing to remember is that you get only fresh ingredients.
3. Get an exercise plan
I am the least athletic person I know. I’ve never really been into any sports and even as a child I did modern dancing and was excused from extra mural sports at my school. This means that today I don’t have the muscle memory that those who were sporty kids have. It’s a disadvantage but it’s not the end of the world. As an adult I have discovered the physical exercise that works for me and that’s fine. I am happy to work out at the gym and I love love love doing yoga. I also enjoy jogging. Doing yoga stretches my body in all the right places but it also opens my heart up and fills me with delicious fresh energy that I can feel throughout the day. I really recommend it!
4. Make it fun
No one is going to stay motivated to do exercise and eat well unless there is some reward beyond the health benefits. My friend Stacy believes firmly in making green smoothies because she likes getting all the goodness from the ingredients (like Kale, berries, and cocao) in a quick and convenient way. I’m someone who enjoys being visually stimulated so for me just seeing the colours puts a smile on my face!
I like to keep inspired by following healthy Instagrammers. I love seeing beautiful, healthy food presented in a fun and colouful way. My friend Morgan Jeanne has an awesome Instragram account called @yogaismytonic and I love all her posts because she shares recipes and also incredible images of her doing crazy yoga positions in awesome locations. In fact all the photos in this post are from her Instagram account and you can also follow her on Facebook.
All photographs taken by Morgan or Metafox