Focus on a Healthy You.
Breaking old habits and creating healthy ones can be challenging and even discouraging at times. However, it’s not impossible.
After deciding that you want to focus on creating better health for yourself, the next step is to believe you can do it and come up with a plan.
So how can I change my unhealthy lifestyle you probably ask?
Identify the bad or unhealthy habits in your life that you want to change.
Then, for each habit come up with the reason you want to change. Maybe it’s for your physical wellbeing, so you can play with your grandkids.
Hold yourself accountable for making those changes.
Don’t blame others or a lack of time for not being able to change your bad habits. Just like you would hold a loved one accountable if they made a promise, make a promise to yourself.
Remove the negative triggers in your life.
If social media makes you feel bad about yourself, delete the account. If drinking alcohol makes you crave a cigarette, take a break from alcohol. You probably already know what triggers your bad habits, find a way to avoid those triggers.
Believe that you can change.
Half the battle in finding success is telling yourself you can do something. Ignore your negative self-talk and replace it with a visualisation of you finding success in the changes you want to make.
Know that it will take time and you might have setbacks.
Change isn’t easy and there might be days when you fail. Instead of letting that failure win, just continue working hard.
Make a plan with goals and take baby steps.
Just like you have a schedule you have to follow at work or at home with certain tasks you have to complete, your new healthy lifestyle should also have tasks and a plan to follow.
And as the winter months are slowly approaching and COVID-19 continues to be a part of our lives, it is important that we take care of our health by eating immune-boosting foods and food that is rich in vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Selenium, Iron, and Protein (including the amino acid glutamine). We find these in foods like citrus fruits, chicken soup, and tea with honey.
Still not sure how you can incorporate a healthy diet for you and your family, have a look at our Health Plate Guide and how to have a positive self-image.