By Johanna Voss
Put down the latest diet book you are reading. Stop searching for the next quick fix solution to be healthier. Don’t buy that pill that promises to help you lose weight with the aid of an exotic plant root. Enough of cutting out necessary parts of your diet (low-fat, no carb anyone?) and listen up.
It’s time you approached your health and wellness with a long term perspective. No more of these short term approaches which are doomed to fail. There’s a diet for everything and everyone. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry. Yet so many people aren’t living their ideal healthy life, including you. So what gives?
What if I told you that everything you need to know to be healthy, you already knew? What if I told you that you have all the answers to live a healthier life? What if I told you you didn’t need to buy another book (except perhaps a cookbook) or pill to be healthy?
I know that I don’t know you. And I totally get it’s, well, kinda presumptuous to assume what you know. But I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that at a minimum, you are familiar with the following statements.
Eat fruits and vegetables. Drink water. Consume real food. Get a good amount of sleep. Be active. Smile and laugh often.
Okay. So if you read those statements and found yourself nodding your head in agreement, this is good. You might have even been thinking, “tell me something I don’t know Johanna.” That’s just it. I don’t have anything new to tell you. There isn’t anything that you don’t know about how to be healthy.
You already know the what-to-do about being healthy. What you are stuck on is the how-to-do piece.
How do you remember to drink more water?
How do you eat more fruits and vegetables when you don’t like broccoli, beets and brussel sprouts?
How can you be more active when your schedule is jam packed?
How can you eat real food when you don’t feel comfortable in your kitchen?
How can you smile and laugh more when you are so stressed?
How can you get a good night’s sleep when you are busy up until the moment you crawl into bed?
And the larger question is, how, as a Wonder Woman of Boston, do you not get immediately overwhelmed and stop reading this article?
You pick just one thing. That’s right. One thing. I’m fairly confident that you have an idea of something that you could be doing better. Be it making healthier food choices, getting more sleep, drinking more water or getting active, you know the number one thing you could be doing better for your health and wellness. So pick that one area and don’t worry about the rest.
Yup, I’m giving you permission not to worry about everything else…(for now.)
Now that you’ve picked the one thing, the one area that you can focus on to improve your health, keep reading to get next steps.
Eat more fruits and veggies.
Consume real food
- Before you grab your coffee or tea each morning, drink a glass of water first
- Drink a glass with some freshly squeezed lemon juice each morning or night before you go to bed
- Have a glass before you brush your teeth in the am or pm.
- Reach for the real thing. Grab a piece of fruit instead of juice.
- Try not to eat something that comes out of a bag or box. Instead go for an item, whose ingredients are all pronounceable and real. Better yet, go for the item that can be consumed as is. For example, trail mix
Get a good amount of sleep
- Start your bedtime routine earlier
- Watch one less tv show at night
- Don’t start new projects after 8 or 9pm (this include laundry, clean up, one-last-quick-email check.)
- Turn off your computer at night
- Don’t sleep with electronics in the room
Smile and laugh more
- Already exercising? Great. Add 10 minutes to whatever you already do
- Recruit a buddy to join you or just tell someone what you are going to do
- Join a group class
- Sign up for a road race
- Start your day with 10 minutes of stretching
- Schedule the time into your calendar
- Embrace just 15 mins of activity as a start. It’s a great foundation to build upon
- Keep a gratitude journal. Each night, write down 1-3 things you are grateful for from that day
- Tell someone special how important they are in your life
- Phone a friend to say hi, even if it means just leaving a voicemail for them
- Stop what you are doing, take a deep breath and smile
Here’s to you being even more of a Wonder Woman than you already are.
Johanna started out in the “real world” as a political organizer. She left in ’08 to feed her soul and traveled around the world for one year, visiting 20+ countries. She had also backpacked through Europe in 2000 and lived in Spain 3x. She launched her coaching business while living in Barcelona. Now she helps ambitious, intelligent and engaging women find their happy, healthy sweet spot. She is a Health Coach, wellness nut, bookworm, traveler, adventurer, cook, half marathoner, Spanish speaker, nosy bookstore and cafe dweller. Her motto is: “Eat well. Be happy. Love life.” She hangs out at http://www.johannavoss.com