What does “Healthy Living” Mean Anyway?

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A quick Google search of “What does healthy living mean” brought this result:

 

A healthy lifestyle is one which helps to keep and improve people’s health and well-being. … Healthy living is a lifelong effect. The ways to being healthy include healthy eating, physical activities, weight management, and stress management.

 

 

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That seems pretty cut and dried, but not very realistic for day to day life.

In case you are just jumping on the healthy living bandwagon, that first step is a step in the right direction.  The biggest hurdle is finding what works for your lifestyle.

Let’s break ’em down.

Healthy Eating

There are so many personal choices and opinions on what is best for a healthy diet that it can be overwhelming.  Here is a quick rundown of the most talked about eating styles.

    • Paleo  (Caveman Diet) – Just like the name implies, this is based on our ancient ancestors hunter-gatherer skills.  Whole foods with little to no processing.
    • Whole 30 – Basically a paleo diet with the subtraction of dairy, legumes and grains.  For 30 days!
    • Vegan – Basically nothing with a face.  No fish, milk, cheese, eggs etc.  If it has a starting point from an animal it is off-limits.
    • Keto – Low Carb and High Healthy Fats.  Anyone else from the 80’s wondering what Susan Powter is saying to that?  LOL.  This one is definitely out for me.  Can’t turn down good bread or pasta for that matter.
    • Intermittent fasting – This one seems very flexible to many lifestyles.  You are basically eating all of your meals between a certain time frame.  You choose the times and how many days per week that you fast.
    • Alkaline Diet – Our bodies are meant to have a fairly alkaline ph, but a lot of the foods we eat cause us to be too acidic.  The alkaline diet focuses on cutting out things like grain, alcohol, certain meats, processed foods and refined sugar.

To read an in-depth article on the different styles click here.

Physical Activity

Depending on where you are at now, this could be the difference between going for a walk around the block to crossfit to a marathon.
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In order to make a change, you need to push yourself a little. Never to actual pain, but a little muscle soreness the next day will let you know that you made some improvements. The options to get moving are endless, so don’t think you have to hit the gym 5 days a week or just do cardio all the time. Variety is the spice of life and even more important to healthy living.

Weight Management

If you are on the track for the first two points then the weight management should come naturally. I say should because no two people are alike and there is no cookie cutter formula. You always need to have a realistic goal and a realistic plan to get there. If you have a day once in a while that doesn’t go according to plan, that’s called life. Go to bed and start fresh tomorrow.

One thing I do want to mention. I have found that goals that rely on a number on the scale rarely work well. There is so much more to weight management than that number. Feeling how much better your clothes fit, not getting winded when you go for a hike, those are my kind of goals.
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Stress Management

This one is a little tougher. Stress can come from all areas of our lives. The trick is in how we deal with those stressors. Some things that can help are exercise, meditation and yoga.

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These might seem a little woo woo to some people but trust me, once you start doing them you will be amazed at the feeling of clarity, mobility and better sleep (which also helps with stress). If you are not sure where to begin join a class or do a YouTube search if you are more comfortable doing it in private.

That is it for now. Feel free to send me a comment, question or like this post. I will respond to all.

Until next time.
Kate

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