Establishing a healthy lifestyle can seem like a tough road. When we get stuck in our ways, breaking a routine can feel like the hardest thing ever. But it’s not!
With these simple steps you can involve everyone in your home to join you on your journey.
Having support when you venture into a new stage of your life is always awesome and can have a huge impact on the longevity of your goals.
Some things will apply to you, such as having a partner or children but other things may not. I believe that you can still gain some benefit from these tips no matter your situation in life.
1.) MAKE A PLAN
First things first, you need to sit down and make a plan about what you’re trying to do. Knowing where you are and where you’re trying to go is crucial to the process.
Here are some ideas for going about planning:
- Take a moment to sit alone and reflect
Think about what you want to do and do it.
- Create a vision board for fun
You can ravage some old magazines and prints laying around, purchase magazines just for this purpose, or even print some images from your computer.
Grab a poster board and some glue. Start cutting and pasting your vision into a reality.
- Decide what being healthy means to you and the best route to take
Think about things such as fitness. Will you incorporate work outs, and if so, what kind?
Will you change your eating habits? If so, to what? Are you cutting things out of your diet or adding more of something that was missing?
Examples might be eliminating sodas and increasing water intake.
- Plan and list some staple foods to keep in the freezer and snacks to always have on hand
For example, in my house we have a fruit bowl. The kids know that any time of the day when they’re hungry they can grab whatever’s there and keep moving.
You may choose to always have some almonds for snacks or lean meat in the freezer so that you can always be prepared for a healthy dinner.
2.) GET ORGANIZED
We do make plans in life but sometimes life happens and plans fall through. However, having some organization can increase your likelihood of having successful plans.
- Establish Meal Times
This doesn’t have to be written in stone. Loosely create a plan for approximately when breakfast will take place, as well as lunch and dinner. Also plan for your snacks.
An example might look like this:
Breakfast: 8:00am Snack: 10:30am Lunch: 12:30pm Snack: 3:00pm Dinner: 6:00pm
- Establish Meal Planning Days or Even Meal Prep Days
Once you’ve established your meal times, establish a day to sit down and plan your meals ahead.
Some people choose to do this the night before, some choose weekly and some choose monthly. Whatever your preference, pick a day, sit down and go for it.
There are all types of planners online that you can download and print, you can use free apps on your phone or just a good old pen and pad. Record your ideas for what meals you will have and what ingredients you need to have.
If you choose the weekly route, you can create your plan and then go grocery shopping for that weeks’ worth of ingredients.
You can also choose to have a meal prep day where you actually cook some of those foods all in one day and freeze them until you’re ready for them.
Be sure to educate yourself on how long certain things can be refrigerated so that you can move them from the freezer to the fridge accordingly.
- Establish Sleep Routines
Again, loosely decide what a good bedtime is for you, and everyone in your home.
If you have small children, this might mean coming up with a solid nap time to aim for.
For school aged children and yourself, create a time for bed that will allow you the maximum amount of sleep according to what time you need to wake up in the morning.
Sleep is vital to good health and should be incorporated into your routine.
3.) GET YOUR PARTNER ON-BOARD
If you’re married, speak to your spouse about what you’re trying to do and educate them on the benefits of the whole family being involved.
Then they know what you’re trying to do and can be a great support system for you.
If they choose not to get on-board, at the very least they have an idea about some changes that may begin to happen in the home.
4.) SET THE SCENE
Initially you may need to purge some things from your home. If you were a heavy snacker, you might still have some unhealthy things lying around.
Now generally speaking, I’m not one to waste food. But, if you’re going to take this change seriously, you have to clean house.
Having those things around will only give you an excuse to put off starting your transition or throw off your progress when you eat them.
Maybe you can think of a creative way to get rid of the junk without being wasteful. If so, go for it.
Once you’ve gotten rid of the bad choices, replace them with better choices. Again, have some healthy go-to snacks and staples for any day.
You may find that your favorite foods have some organic counter-parts with healthier ingredients.
Don’t be afraid to experiment and try some new things. You’re setting the scene for a healthier lifestyle so you have to find what will work for the long term.
It may take a lot of testing, trial and error but it’ll be well worth it in the end.
5.) INVOLVE YOUR CHILDREN
- Discuss the importance of being healthy with your kids
Explain to them what it means to your family and how that fits into your home. Prepare them for any changes as well.
- Create Shopping Lists Together
Your children, depending on their age, may be able to sit down with you on meal planning days and add their input on meal and snack options.
They can also help you do the shopping when you head to the store.
This will help them to learn the importance of organization and planning, also sticking to a budget.
- Fix Healthy Meals and Snacks Together
Again, depending on age, you can let your kids help you out in the kitchen. There are a number of safe things they can do.
They can gather tools like measuring cups, bowls, mixing tools or ingredients. They can pour in certain ingredients or help set the table. Get creative!
- Workout Together
One thing my girls love is working out with me! If your children are old enough, have them get up and join you in your fitness efforts.
If you’re going for a walk, take them with you. If you’re going to watch a workout video, have them beside you.
If you’re doing random activities like basketball, tennis or some other sport, then teach them and then allow them to play the game with you.
There you have it. If you’re ready to jump on this new life of healthy habits, there’s nothing left to do except get started.
If I’ve missed anything, please share tips that have worked for you below. Until next time, I’m wishing you all the success in your journey.
Best to you, Shante ♥