It can be overwhelming to think about healthy living sometimes. There are “experts” everywhere proclaiming to know what is “best” and what we need to do to be healthy. Everything we need to do. The problem is that sometimes it all gets to be too much and it’s simpler to tune it out and do nothing.
Most of us need to make changes so we can be healthier, but it’s getting from “here” to our goal that’s the tough part.
Maybe you want to lose weight. Maybe your kids have allergies or health issues. Or you’re tired of being sick and tired and you want to do something to get better. But there are so many choices, so many things you could change, where do you even start with healthy living?
It’s not often that you’re told to make small realistic changes. Instead, if you search for any sort of healthy lifestyle, you’ll hear that you must avoid antibiotics at all costs, eat non-GMO, organic food, use all natural remedies, exercise everyday, and forget about eating gluten!
And while all those things might be great, doing every single one is probably not going to happen for most of us. At least certainly not overnight!
I get it.
For years, I desperately wanted to get healthier as I struggled with depression, anxiety, low energy levels and fatigue that got worse and worse. I needed to make changes but when I tried to find things that would help, I’d become even more overwhelmed and discouraged because I felt like I had to do it all in order to be healthy.
Healthy living is just like anything in life. We can’t do it all.
Yes, in a perfect world, we’d all eat organic, locally-grown food without excessive sugar. We’d all have self-control and exercise every single day.
But we don’t live in a perfect world and the simple reality is that most of us can’t afford a 100% organic, non GMO diet. We don’t know or even want to research a “natural remedy” for every ailment. And we don’t have time to grow our own food and make everything from scratch.
So we do what we can and stop feeling guilty about the rest.
A gluten-free diet may not be possible for your family right now, but you can get rid of soda.
Replace one or two things in your cupboard with healthier options, instead of overhauling your entire pantry.
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When you let go of trying to do everything, then you can do something. And something is much better than nothing.
It wasn’t until I stopped trying to do it all and started making simple baby step changes, that I finally started to make progress.
Now, my family eats a gluten-free, dairy-free, corn-free diet and I’m on the Paleo diet myself, but we don’t eat all organic – we simply can’t afford it. And that’s okay.
And by the way, it took many, many baby steps to get to the point where I could handle this kind of restricted diet!
Don’t get overwhelmed with all the healthy living choices out there. Keep it realistic for you and your family and you will succeed. If you need to make changes, start with little things that won’t make you go crazy.