Weâ€™ve all heard about the obesity and health related problems in the news, and how it is important to make lifestyle changes for healthier living. I know that I think about it all the time. What woman doesnâ€™t think about dieting? The trick is to do more than just diet, but making changes to your entire life so you can live better, longer and healthier.
One of my biggest problems was fast foods. I am always running around. Between driving kids everywhere, running errands, shopping for the house or just doing research for my writing, I seem to always be in the car. When itâ€™s time to eat, I used to just run through a drive-through. Big mistake.
Now, instead of driving myself into a calorie overload, I make lots of meals ahead of time and put them in individual containers so whenever I need a quick meal I can just take it out of the freezer, microwave it for a few minutes and eat healthier.
That works for family dinners too. I donâ€™t always have the time to cook, so I make meals ahead of time and then just take them out when I donâ€™t have time to make something from scratch.
Stress is tough on the body. It keeps you from losing weight and contributes and even causes a lot of very serious diseases. Instead of stressing out over getting the right gift for a friend, consider sending Â flower clubs of the month. Whatever youâ€™re worrying about, try to find a simple solution. If you canâ€™tâ€”stop worrying. Worrying wonâ€™t change the problem, it will only hurt you.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Like most momâ€™s, I tend to toss and turn at night and canâ€™t stop my mind from thinking about all the things I need to do the next day. I lose a lot of sleep that way, and everyone needs to get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Iâ€™ve learned to take a warm bath before bed, and make sure the lights are off so I can turn off my mind easier.
Buy Healthy Snacks
I used to think I was depriving the rest of the family if I bought healthy snacks and stopped buying chips, ice cream and other fattening foods. Really, however, when I thought about it, I wasnâ€™t depriving them, I was helping them too. It didnâ€™t take nearly as long as I thought it would for even the youngest in the house to begin enjoying fruits and vegetables instead of cookies and ice cream.
Beating the Excuses
Before I could even get started making changes to my lifestyle I had to beat all of my common excuses. These included:
- I donâ€™t have the time
- I donâ€™t have the money
- I donâ€™t want to deprive my family
Youâ€™ll notice my excuses all started with the words â€œI donâ€™t.â€ The â€œI donâ€™tsâ€ are powerful, and will keep you from doing many things that will actually make your life better.
When I used to say â€œI donâ€™t have the time to buy gifts for my friendsâ€ I realized that I was missing out on the great experience of giving to others. I found a way to buy great gifts by sending monthly gift club memberships and that cut a lot of stress out of my life, and eliminated the â€œI donâ€™ts.â€
Living healthier doesnâ€™t have to take a lot of time or mean giving up a lot of enjoyment. What it will do is eliminate a lot of the health problems that come from our modern, rushed lives. Some of the health problems you can prevent and help your family avoid by choosing a healthier lifestyle are:
- Less chance of heart disease and obesity related diabetes
- Better joint movement and range of motion
- Improved moods
- Better flexibility
If you really think about it, almost any â€œI donâ€™tâ€ is unreasonable. What you really donâ€™t have is the time to avoid getting healthier, and helping your family live healthier too.Â All it takes is a little mental toughness… Do you have what it takes?
[box type=”info”]About the Author: Busy moms always need ways to stay healthy, and improve their familyâ€™s health. Melissa Cameron is the busy mother of two, and she and her husband live in Austin, Texas next door to her parents. She divides her time between running errands and taking care of her family and her professional life as a freelance writer working from home. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her own family life and research into frugal living, local history and parenting with her readers all over the world.[/box]