Replace Health Cares with Healthy Habits (from BlogHer)
Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA
Are you striving to improve some of your habits? Aren’t we all?! If you had the opportunity to easily and immediately change a few habits to improve your health and happiness would you be interested? Then stick with me sistuhs (and a few brothahs!)
I just returned from the BlogHer 2013 Conference in Chicago, where I was part of a panel entitled “Healthy Habits That Will Change Your Life.” The other experts included Dr. Travis Stork, ER physician and host of “The Doctors,” professional organization guru and author, Andrew Mellen, weight loss inspiration and certified fitness trainer, Erika Nicole Kendall, and real food champion, Lisa Leake.
While this diverse panel had many great suggestions, their takeaway points (and mine, I humbly add in a totally not humble kind of way) are gems. Let us know whether you adopt some of these habits as they are designed to be Super Simple. Yes, we are leading off with words that start with S.
4 S Words to Better Health Habits
We’ll start with Dr. Travis, as he is the celeb of our bunch, and cute to boot! You get mnemonic advice from him. To start today with simple solutions, remember 4 S’s
- Stand More, Sit Less
- Watch Sugar Intake
- Look to Reduce Stress
- Sleep Sufficiently
The medical professional in him added that by developing these S word habits, you will get Sick less often and handle illness better. If you are paying attention you will note Dr. Travis gave you a bonus S in that first tip. So Dr. Travis Stork can’t count, but he sure can save lives and help you live better! Our panel existed courtesy of Dr. Travis and his affiliation with Simple Saline which sponsored him. More key S words!
The FIT Principle
Next up, you get my quick and memorable fitness tips. When you are looking to improve your movement habits, keep in mind the FIT principle:
- F = Frequency. How often are you working out?
- I = Intensity. How hard are you willing to exercise?
- T = Time. How long will your movement sessions last or total up to?
Change only ONE of these elements at a time, about every two weeks. When we are gung ho to improve our exercise habits, we try to conquer prior poor habits too fast. As you make more movement part of your new, improved, more refreshing life go with what you can sustain over time. Going harder and longer and more often all at once is a statistical road to failure. Up the ante one letter at a time – more F or I or T. No “ands.” No “buts.”
For food advice, mom and “real food” go-to gal, Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food distilled her wealth of experience into 3 key points:
- Read ingredient labels. Don’t get caught up in calorie counting, total fat, percentage of carbohydrates. Just read the labels and look for real foods.
- Buy nothing that has more than 5 ingredients.
- Don’t buy food that has ingredients you would not have at home such as all those chemicals no one can pronounce or spell.
Lisa’s basic premise is that if she can change her eating habits and those of her family, anyone can. She admits to starting with zero idea of nutrition and few cooking skills. She was a mom with a desire to raise healthy children and a commitment to start somewhere. Lisa gave herself and her family 100 days’ to see whether new habits would stick and found herself on a lifelong journey to better eating.
The Triumvirate of Organizational Triumph
Many of us have experienced that an organized environment usually means a free, clear, and organized mind. When we clear physical clutter, we make room for our minds and bodies to operate. Author of the best selling book, Unstuff Your Life, Andrew Mellen suggests three strategies to shift to healthier habits:
- Have only one home for everything.
- Put like with like.
- Promise yourself that if something comes in then something goes out.
“Simple to remember,” claims Andrew. No putting keys either on the dresser or in the purse or by the refrigerator. Once in the door, your keys go always in the same spot and only that spot. One home for each item, not a vacation back up villa.
Trying to decide whether important papers go in the office file except that one set of super important papers, which you are thinking of stashing somewhere special because they are super special papers? No, no, no my pretties. If it looks like the other stuff, acts like the other stuff, and smells like the other stuff, it all goes together in those files. Like with like.
Out shopping and hearing a tchotchke calling your name and credit card number? Then be ready to give up something first, because if you bring something new into the house, something else has to get the heave ho. Such an approach will help keep clutter and stuff down.
Moderation from our Moderator
Our super savvy moderator, Erika Nicole Kendall stuck to her moderator role — to deftly herd the rest of us while underplaying her input. So she did not offer takeaway tips, but took audience questions to wrap up our time. Her blog, the Black Girls Guide to Weight Loss, about losing 170 pounds and becoming a fitness professional is worth following however.
To understand better the reasons Sleep, Stress, and Sugar are such culprits, read 3 Stealth Saboteurs of Your Weight Loss. That Dr. Travis is such a Fun and Fit twin wanna be with his advice.
If you are super motivated to make changes for the better with your daily habits, then read the transcript of our entire session. Some of the transcription has odd words here and there, but you will get the full gist and benefit of our collective wisdom if you follow the link. Attendees paid almost $400 to get such scoop live, so take advantage of the free education while you can!
Which habit are you improving to chase your health cares away and live better another day?
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