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How to Create the Healthy Life You Want—And Still Have the Time & Energy Left to Actually Enjoy It

How to Create the Healthy Life You Want—And Still Have the Time & Energy Left to Actually Enjoy It

You want to eat better, move more, make time to recharge, and live an all-around healthier lifestyle … But some days, our crazy long to-do lists make this feel absolutely impossible.

The result? Wellness becomes a chore. When this happens, we either cave in and disregard our healthy choices—or we force ourselves to keep up our good habits, but we resent them a little bit.

Have you ever felt like that?

As a Nutrition Evangelist, it would be easy for me to sit here and say, “Just make better choices! Just get off the sidelines of your life, eat healthier, and go live a life you love!” But without explaining HOW to actually do that in a practical, sustainable way, that advice falls flat.

So today, I’m going to share just a few really simple tips that I hope will help you go from wishing you could live a healthy life you love, to taking actionable daily steps to finally make it happen. Because little changes can make a huge difference!

A Few Easy, Healthy Fixes That Have Made a Huge Difference For Me

  1. Cook Once, Eat Many Times.

Health and wellness are my passion. Cooking? Not so much. If you’re anything like me, you want to eat delicious, healthy food, but you don’t want to spend a ton of time and energy in the kitchen every evening. The trick here is to make simple, large meals that you can eat for several days at a time.
Personally, my Instapot was the best gift I never wanted—it helps me make large, hands-free batches of food that I can use for 3-4 days worth of meals, easily. Roasting a chicken is also a great way to feed my family for several days. Get creative or check out Google for tons of quick, large-batch recipe ideas.

 

  1. Eating Al Fresco

Sometimes, my clients tell me that they have a hard time finding time to eat well AND move AND recharge every single day. But who ever said your healthy activities couldn’t do double duty? For me, eating and recharging go hand in hand. I love to eat outside because I get to fuel my body with whatever yummy, healthy meal I’m having, while getting some fresh air and a change in scenery.
This may not be for everyone, but even if eating outside isn’t your thing, you can find enjoyable ways to group your Triangle of Health activities together.         

 

  1. Walk this Way

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but that’s because it works! An easy way to get more movement on days where you feel like you don’t have time for a full workout is to simply incorporate more walking into your regular tasks. Park a little further away from wherever you’re going. Take the stairs when you can. Put a little sprig in your step and walk a little faster between activities to get your heartrate up. It’s a small thing, but it will burn your calories, strengthen your muscles, and maybe even perk up your mood.

 

If you enjoyed these tips—or if you have some tips of your own to share!—I would love to see you in my program,  Reclaim Your Life, One Bite At a TimeⓇ. It’s for women just like you, who want to get off the sidelines and get back to living a life they love. Check it out right here.

 

 
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