For those struggling to get on the road to health, it can be frustrating to know if you’re doing it right. Most people never have it figured out, and there are some who work everyday to keep their healthy ducks in a row.
Maintaining good health is an everyday process. Those who are successful in maintaining their health have some rules to live by and habits that keep them going everyday. These are the real tips from real women on how they look at everyday life.
- Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, LD of Street Smart Nutrition says, “Listening to your body and knowing when it take it easy. If you’re feeling rundown, that might mean postponing a workout or skipping it altogether. Connecting what you eat with how you feel is another way to tune in to the messages your body is sending. When you can figure out those subtle signs, you set yourself up for better health with a stronger immune system, better sleep, and more resiliency all around.”
- “Meal planning! It may not be a sexy answer, but if planning doesn’t occur beforehand, you’re left with scraps and chaos. Simply figuring out meals for the week, making a shopping list, and perhaps doing a bit of food prep over the weekend results in a healthier and more successful week! Less take-out and pizza delivery…. more home-cooked family meals…. good for the body and soul!” says Jennifer Bowers, PhD, RD of Dr. Jennifer Bowers Dietitian/Nutritionist
- Michelle Loy, MPH, MS, RDN, CSSD of Go Wellness talks about balance, “it’s important to make space for enjoyment in your diet, movement, and life! Health isn’t just about our physical well-being. It’s also essential to nourish our emotional, social, and spiritual well-being, too! Allowing ourselves the freedom to enjoy fun, pleasurable foods that may not fall on the most nutritious end of the spectrum without judgment or guilt is healthful, too. Making time to eat well and exercise regularly is essential and so is taking time to have fun, unwind, or rest. Balance is key!”
- Jessica Spiro, RD, author of Jessica Spiro Nutrition encourages group activity. “Turn exercise into a family activity! Most parents may not have dedicated time to work out at a gym so go on walks or hikes together, throw dance parties with your kids in your living room and just get moving as a family. It’s a great way to bond and burn calories at the same time!”
- “I always say, If you’re not enjoying your food, then you’re not doing it right. Food is meant to nourish in more ways than one. Every bite ought to fuel you both physically and joyfully!” That’s the advice from Julia Robarts, RD, author of Juggling with Julia
6. “Get and stay organized. When my house and my life is organized, everything seems to fall in line, especially my health. I eat lighter and I exercise more because I feel more in control of ME.” Sarah Pflugradt, MS, RD, LD from Salubrious RD
7. Rebecca Clyde, MS, RDN, CD from Nourish Nutrition is a big supporter of moving every day, she says, “find simple ways to move around more during the day. Take microbrakes away from your desk to stretch or walk around.”