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12 Steps to a Healthier Life in 2012

Posted By Rachel On January 13, 2012 @ 3:00 am In Baby Steps,Getting organized,Living healthy,Natural living | Comments Disabled

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Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer

It’s January, so we all know what that means… New Year’s Resolutions.

Did you know that according to Time Magazine, most of these so-called resolutions fail after 9-10 days? So, if your wrote any you probably already stopped or quit one or more of them. Dictionary.com defines resolution as a resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.

A couple of reasons why we fail at resolutions [2] are we’re too busy and we’re too broad. What we need to do is say exactly what our goal is and how we will accomplish it. We need to take baby steps, and not think “all or nothing!” Sometimes I fall into the pit of giving up because I’m not doing what I should be or what I think I should be doing. I say don’t make resolutions! Take steps towards the goals or “resolutions” you want to accomplish. 

Let’s take exercise for example. Maybe starting or exercising more is one of your goals [3], so start by making small attainable steps towards that goal like walk this week, then next week walk twice, then after a while you can jog, and so on. We are all on the fast track, we have a want “it” now mindset, but taking steps towards a healthier life takes time, mostly because you have to break old habits.

I have come up with steps to take to become healthier this year. Steps that I believe will help in all aspects of life: Emotionally, Mentally, Physically, Spiritually, and they are steps I want to take (and improve on) to become healthier this year as well!

Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that by testing you may discern the will of God, which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

1. Choose Whole Foods

If you are a reader here at Keeper of the Home, this is no secret to you! Whole Foods are the most nourishing foods you can give your body. I heard this quote somewhere, “If it’s natural eat it, if it’s not, stay away from it.”

Our bodies were created to eat God food, not Man food. God foods are whole foods like: fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, whole grains, and healthy fats. Man foods are: overly processed “food” with ingredients you can’t read, with additives like msg, food dyes, artificial flavors and sweeteners, refined sugar and the list goes on.

For example, Kraft Mac & Cheese, McDonald’s chicken nuggets, Coke, or Cheetos among a kazillion other things are some man foods.

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photo credit: Kath Eats Real Food [4]

I’m not saying you should never eat processed foods, but an important step to take would be to read the ingredients. Find out if the ingredients have whole foods that are going to nourish you and your body. To read more about baby steps in the right direction, click here [5] or to find list of healthy sources click here [6].

Action step: replace man food with God food

2. Think Positively

This is pretty self explanatory, but if you are thinking negatively about things, it’s not a surprise that you are not living to your fullest. Is your glass half empty or half full? Moses thought he wasn’t good enough and gave many excuses to God why he wasn’t but God didn’t care, He had a purpose for Moses.

Remember that God has a plan for you, too, and leave the negative self talk behind.  The Mayo Clinic reports that Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive tinging and optimism on health. Health benefits that postive thinking may include:

  • Increased life span
  • Lowers rates of depression
  • Lowers rates of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skilles during hardships and times of stress  {source [7]}
Action step: don’t think about how or what you can or can not do, think “I can do all things!” Philippians 4:13

3. Make Time to Exercise

The benefits of a little exercise [3] far out weigh my “I don’t feel like it” excuses but sometimes I still put it on the back-burner, however, if this is one your goals, which it is one of mine, I hope you will find time to do it.

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photo credit [8]

There are simple ways to incorporate more exercise into your daily routine. Try exercise videos from your library. Mindy from The Purposed Heart [9] says she loves to do the videos with her one year old and loves seeing him have so much fun. Do activities you enjoy and even get your kids involved; when the weather is nice take a walk with them.

If you only have 10 minutes in your day, try burst training [10]. Exercise helps maintain a healthy weight, combats health conditions and disease, helps you to sleep better, helps reduce depression, boosts your energy levels and makes you feel better about yourself.

Action step: take 15 minutes two days this week to do some kind of physical activity

4. Follow a Schedule

To be short and sweet, every second in the day has a purpose, whether it is nursing a baby, washing the dishes, writing a blog post, or eating dinner. If you don’t make a plan [11], than you may be losing valuable time.

I know this is very true for me, sometimes I find myself at the end of the day saying “what did I get done?” Sometimes, I didn’t need to get anything done but to spend time with my little ones, but other times I find that I spent too much time on facebook instead of doing x, y and z. No schedule should be set in stone but having one that is used as a guideline helps you get more things done that you want to get done and brings order to the home [12].

Action step: start by using Ann Voskamp’s The Daily Draft [13] to get on a daily schedule

5. Reduce Toxins

Toxins are poisons and the are found everywhere in our everyday lives. There are so many that we simply cannot remove all of them but we can reduce them. Toxins are found in the environment, in the foods we eat, and even what we clean our home with. These toxins are hazardous to our health and cause sickness and disease.

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I know that can sound overwhelming, but you can take baby steps to find out more about where toxins are and how to remove them [15].

Action step: replace your conventional household cleaners with natural ones or even make your own [16]

6. Use Natural Personal Care Products and Home Cleaners

Number 5 above pretty much summarizes the need to use natural beauty and house cleaners. Your skin is your largest organ and it soaks up everything you put on it and/or it exposed to.

Just as there are warnings against second hand smoke, the hazardous labels on these products should say that the fumes are toxic and your skin soaks them up. Stephanie, Keeper of the Home owner and editor wrote an informative post here [17] that explains even more about personal care products.

Action step: switch one of your make-up products to a natural brand

Tomorrow we’ll continue on with the last 6 steps to a healthier life… 

What are some baby steps that you plan to take towards healthier, more natural living this year?

Top image by lachlan [18]

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[1] Image: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/womans-shoe-on-grass.jpg

[2] why we fail at resolutions: http://simplemom.net/two-ways-to-make-new-years-resolutions-actually-stick/

[3] starting or exercising more is one of your goals: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/01/developing-the-exercise-habit.html

[4] Kath Eats Real Food: http://www.katheats.com/saucy-salad

[5] here: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2008/07/its-all-in-the-ingredients.html

[6] here: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2008/12/nutritional-foundations-finding-high-quality-sources-for-a-whole-foods-diet.html

[7] source: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/positive-thinking/SR00009

[8] photo credit: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1181363

[9] The Purposed Heart: http://thepurposedheart.com/

[10] burst training: http://www.maximizedliving.com/5Essentials/MaximizedOxygenandLeanMuscle/SurgeTrainingExerciseProgram.aspx

[11] If you don’t make a plan: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/11/seven-strategies-for-having-more-productive-days.html

[12] order to the home: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/07/how-a-visual-schedule-is-bringing-order-to-our-home.html

[13] The Daily Draft: http://www.aholyexperience.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/dayplanner.pdf

[14] photo credit: http://goes-green.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/cleaning-chemicals.jpg

[15] where toxins are and how to remove them: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/11/9-toxins-to-remove-from-your-life.html

[16] make your own: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/03/non-toxic-cleaners-you-can-make-at-home.html

[17] here: http://simpleorganic.net/identifying-and-avoiding-toxins-in-beauty-and-personal-care-products/?doing_wp_cron=1326122411

[18] lachlan: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lox/

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