‘Healthyish’ is the kind of lifestyle which cuts you a little slack. It’s not about beating yourself up when you get home from work, and you’re too tired for that home workout you were supposed to do. It’s about having a side of fries with your salad at lunchtime or having a glass of wine on a Friday evening after work.
Being ‘healthyish’ is about being just a little bit better than you were the day before, focusing on what matters to you, not focusing on what you are told should matter.
The ‘healthyish’ lifestyle, is the kind of lifestyle we are happy to get behind. We’re all for living on the healthy side of life, but what would life be without being able to treat yourself once in a while or always denying yourself something which once in a while, won’t do you any harm?
Real people, not who you see in the films, magazines or on social media, live in the real world which accepts to be ‘healthyish’.
With this in mind, and because we love living in the real world, we’re going to look at a few ways in which you can embrace this way of living, and still feel great about yourself.
Usually, the hardest thing about a diet is to eliminate things that you eat or drink which are bad for you. However, the problem with taking things out of your life that you like, the majority of people will miss it and start to crave it. We’re not suggesting that it’s okay to eat a chocolate bar and a bag of crisps every day just because ‘you want too’, that’s still unhealthy. The aim of being ‘healthyish’ is to not be so hard on yourself when you don’t get it quite right.
Enjoy cooking delicious, comforting foods that just happen to be ‘kind of’ good for you too. If you enjoy something indulgent, offset that the next day by having a salad for lunch. It’s ingrained which foods are right for us, and which foods are a no-go. Having a good bill of health does not require your diet to be extreme, you should enjoy everything in moderation, and having a treat once in a while can be something you look forward to without experiencing ‘food guilt’!
If you feel you need to do something to bridge the gap between your nutritional needs and your diet but are unable to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients you need, then the simplest daily hack for this is to take a multivitamin supplement. The capsules will be rich in antioxidants to fight off free radicals and help repair damaged tissue in the skin, and they usually contain a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals needed to help your body look and feel healthy. This way, you are also covering your back if you miss out the necessary nutrients your body requires from food that day.
Always demanding perfection from yourself can, in the long run, be deemed unhealthy and may eventually lead to struggling in more aspects of your life. You need to pay attention to your physical, professional and personal achievements, but don’t try and take them all on in one go.
Adopt an ‘execute today well’ attitude. Don’t bring the emotions of yesterday to a new day, and concentrate on how you can best get through that day. Remember, you have to be happy to achieve a goal to its full potential, so don’t dwell on past mistakes, learn from your errors. Make your next decision something you want, not something you think other people will want you to do. That is the ‘healthyish’ way – it’s 100% your decision.
Pushing ourselves to strive for perfection when exercising could have the same effects as when we eliminate foods and crave them. We want to give up when we don’t achieve our goals after we’ve put in hard work. So, instead of going all guns blazing when exercising to lose weight and signing up for a gym membership just change small things in your life gradually. Any activity is better than none, and start by doing whatever you can.
For example, at some point in your life you have probably been told to take the stairs instead of the lift, but if you live on the 15th floor, this may not always be possible. Instead, take the lift to the 13th floor and walk the rest, or take it to a level one or two higher, then walk down.
Indulge, don’t be greedy. Allowing yourself little pleasures in life is what helps you get through a tough week or a long day. Don’t let anyone tell you that burning a candle and reading a book is a waste of time, or taking a glass of wine to relax in the bath is not good for you (if it’s red wine, think of the antioxidant benefits!). Just make sure you adopt the ‘healthyish’ lifestyle as you go. Burn a candle made of natural plant waxes, instead of those made with paraffin, and enjoy a candle with natural fragrances, instead of synthetic such as Lola’s Apothecary Delicate Romance Candle. While you are in the bath, why not pamper your skin with a quick mid-week face mask. Just remove the chemicals and unnecessary ingredients and opt for a 100% organic and 100% natural option that helps your skin rejuvenate and detoxify, such as the Inlight Superfood Mask.
Start being healthier in a way that suits you. There is no ‘one size fits all’ programme for being happy and healthy, do what’s right for you, and don’t punish yourself for having fun!