How many of you have lost weight for a special event like a wedding, high school reunion or holiday party? You weren’t happy with your appearance, but the invitation gave you the extra motivation to do something about it. What did you do? Perhaps you started an intense boot camp type of exercise program or signed up for a 21-day juice cleanse diet. I bet you lost weight and looked amazing in the dress you bought for the occasion. What happened 6 months after the event? Most people eventually gain back more weight than they lost once they resume their regular pattern of eating. If this sounds like you, consider what it does to your body to be on a repeated cycle of weight loss and weight gain. Wouldn’t it be healthier to find a balanced way of living that allows you to maintain a consistent level of overall health and well-being?
As women of color, many of us have a family history of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and other chronic conditions that can be prevented as well as managed with a healthy diet and lifestyle modifications. For example, diabetes can be prevented by eating a healthy diet loaded with fruits and vegetables, becoming more physically active and losing a few extra pounds. But being healthy is about so much more than just food and physical activity. How much stress do you have in your life? Are you getting good quality sleep every night? Do you have self-care practices built into your daily life? Rather than being overly focused on fitting into a certain dress size, it’s time to take small action steps that allow you to be healthy in mind, body and spirit. What specific action steps will you take? Try these 12 steps for living a healthier lifestyle and let me know how they work for you.
12 STEPS TO A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE
- Drink more water
- Prioritize rest and sleep
- Increase leafy green vegetables
- Eat home cooked food
- Set daily morning and bedtime rituals
- Eat fewer processed foods
- Enjoy regular physical activity
- Take 3 deep breaths a few times a day
- Do activities that nourish your spirit
- Balance caring for others with self-care
- Surround yourself with healthy relationships
- Find community and get support
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I specialize in helping women, caregivers and introverts make lifestyle changes that honor their culture and achieve balance one step at a time. Schedule a complimentary consultation or pass this offer on to someone you care about!