Bite Into A Healthy Lifestyle II

Mar 31, 2015
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As the month of March is winding down and National Nutrition Month is coming to a close, let us look at ways that we can “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” for months to come. The focus of the month was to consume less calories, make educated food decisions, and make exercise a regular part of your life. Did you make changes towards leading a healthier lifestyle in March?  

Back in college, a professor had us do a 5 minute journaling exercise when pursuing new goals. I found it helpful to write down the things you want to do on paper, then read back through to prioritize. I want to share this exercise with you so you can prioritize your goals to lead a healthier lifestyle.

5 Minute Journal Exercise:

  1. Ask yourself – In what ways would I like to lead a healthier lifestyle? Write as many ideas down as you can think of in 1 minute. Try not to focus on things like weight and appearance. Think about behaviors that require a specific action you can change like drinking more water, getting more quality sleep, spend less time watching TV, or increasing the distance you walk every day.
  2. Read through your list of ideas and circle the responses you feel “should be” a priority. Circle the ideas that are deeply important to you or what others have categorized as a priority for you.
  3. Look at the ideas that you circled. Select the top 1 or 2 you would like to start with. Create a goal for each idea that is specific and measurable.
  4. Choose a friend that you trust. Share the goals that you want to accomplish and encourage them to create a list of ideas as well. You can keep each other accountable and help each other achieve your individual goals.

My goals at the beginning of the month were to drink more water and eat slower. I did OK on drinking more water, but failed miserably at eating slower. I was so busy, I found myself eating “on-the-go” most days. I will continue to work on taking time to sit down and enjoy my food. After completing the journaling exercise above, I have created goals to work on to lead a healthier lifestyle. I want to return to my regular 5-6 day a week exercise program, eating more vegetables, and vary my protein sources.

Remember that health means something different to everyone. You are the only one who truly knows what you need to make you feel healthier. Don’t expect changes overnight. Making a health change, via diet, exercise, or other means, requires a lot of work, but your life is worth it!


Author: Kris Gratias

  • bobl07

    The tips on slowing down and eating slow were very difficult for me to follow since I travel so much. However, I did make a serious effort to eat slower especially with my dinner. This was my goal for this month. Thanks for the tips.