Do you feel sluggish? Fatigued? Headache-y? Do you or a family member seem to get sick all of the time?
One thing that has been valuable to us is the realization that you don’t necessarily need to try to change everything about your diet or your lifestyle all at once.
We’ve been on our health journey for close to two years now, and our impetus for change was our kids. We were having major behavioral issues, and my son constantly was sick with what we thought were seasonal allergies.
Our “one simple change” was to start reading food labels and cut out anything that had food dyes, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and high fructose corn syrup. I also made sure to choose foods that had less tha 7 grams per serving of sugar (look at the back of a yogurt container or a box if granola bars!!).
This didn’t feel like a huge change for us, and aside from it taking us longer at the grocery store, it wasn’t a huge inconvenience, either.
I think the two main ingredients for your One Simple Change is:
- It needs to be important to you.
- It needs to be sustainable.
Can some people do a complete lifestyle overhaul and sustain it? Sure. But most of us need to make one or two small-ish changes at a time to develop the habit and start noticing some changes.
Once we started reading food labels and being mindful of the ingredients we were putting into our bodies, we noticed a dramatic decrease in the out-of-control behaviors of our kiddos! (And if they do eat foods that are high in sugars or has other additives, we definitely notice it based on their reaction!).
Gradually, we have found the small changes that have made a huge impact on our overall health.
As a mom of VERY picky eaters, I still suffered from a lot of mom guilt for not being able to get my kids to eat very many fruits or veggies. I was so thankful when a friend of mine introduced me to a high quality whole food product that gets a consistent amount of fruits and veggies into our bodies every day. We have fewer sick days, and their taste buds are slowly changing! ( you know it’s a parenting win when your picky eater starts requesting veggies!).
So what kind of simple change can you choose to make?
- drink more water (ideally we want to drink half our body weight in ounces or enough that our urine is clear).
- start some kind of exercise a few times a week.
- commit to going to bed an hour earlier.
- cut out processed foods.
I just watched this great TEDx talk that validated all of the things that we have been doing: