Put down your green juice and step away from the detox!
We’re midway through January, which means that for two weeks we’ve been on the receiving end of messages that tell us how to be a better, fitter, healthier, happier, and just an all-around more enlightened human being.
At this time of year, you can’t open a magazine, watch a talk show or skim through your inbox without being slapped in the face with articles that highlight your flaws under the thin veil of “self-help.”
I’ll be the first to admit that I often read this stuff – let’s call it morbid curiosity — but while I used to see it as gospel, these days I read with a fascinated horror.
The health, diet and fitness industry know that the single fastest way to selling products is by making women feel insecure about their body. And of course, there’s no better month than January to prey on people’s fears; happy holiday indulgences look a lot less festive in the bleak light of the new year.
But as someone vehemently opposed to quick-fix diets and unnecessary detoxes, I am here to help you get back on the “healthy” bandwagon in the healthiest way possible. Luckily for all of us, except those peddling their wears in the diet world, this is surprisingly easy to do.
The secret to healthy living is to pick one practical and useful health habit and repeat the thing until you can do it on autopilot.
Considering that it’s difficult to stay motivated when you’re overwhelmed with a rule-book of new lifestyle habits — too much choice tends to squash our ability to take action. And it’s easier to say that you’ll change a dozen things about yourself than it is to actually change just one. I think the best goal is to be “just a little healthier” every single day, rather than limit yourself to being perfectly healthy for one month of the year.
You can do this by:
- Packing a home-cooked lunch every day
- Taking a 30-minute pre-work walk
- Drinking more water
- Sleeping more
- Practicing practical self-care strategies
- Reducing your sugar consumption…
What you choose to do doesn’t matter as much as how you do it. Focus on changing just one habit until it becomes part of your routine, and then add the next.
Remember to keep it simple, stick with it, and as always let me know how it goes!
P.S. If you’d like some help and structure, to figure out which of these healthy habits are going to be most beneficial for you, check out Slim Down With Self Love Bootcamp — a practical, purposeful, fad-free, seven-week online program that puts YOU back in the driver’s seat of your own health and happiness.