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Healthy Lifestyle Habits for a Happy Life

Discover how to create healthy lifestyle habits for LIFE, with my easy, 8-step process. You’ll learn how to ditch diets and deprivation forever, and start living your healthiest, happiest life today!

How to Create Habits for a Healthy, Happy Life | Get tips & tools, and join my Healthy Habit Community on Facebook for Support, Motivation, and Inspiration! | EA Stewart, Spicy RD Nutrition

This healthy lifestyle habits post was developed in response to two of the top requests I’ve gotten from you:

  1. To learn how to create habits to reach your health goals, and…
  2. To discover how to achieve {and maintain}, a healthy weight that’s sustainable for the long term.

HOW TO CREATE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE HABITS IN 8 EASY STEPS

ONE | Identify your “Big Why”

WHY do you want to accomplish X, Y, Z??? This is a crucial first step towards ensuring you’re likely to follow through with your healthy lifestyle habits and goals. For example, my “big why” is to live a vibrant, healthy life into old age.

TWO | Write down your health goals-short-term, long-term, or both.  

These goals should be realistic and doable.

Tip! If one of your goals is “to reach a healthy weight”, I challenge you to pick at least 1 additional goal that isn’t weight related, such as “to have more energy” or “to feel happier”. These are often the changes you’ll notice first, which will help motivate you to keep up your new habits.

THREE | Determine your current level of motivation on a scale of 1-10.

This is SO important, and something I ask all of my clients before they make any diet or health changes. Sometimes you’re NOT ready to change your habits, and that’s A-OK.

FOUR | List ALL obstacles {real or perceived} keeping you from reaching your goals. 

Just a few examples that come up with my clients are: “I travel too much”, “I don’t know what’s healthy to eat”, “I have no time to exercise”, “I don’t know how to cook”, “I don’t enjoy cooking”, I don’t know what diet is right for me, plus SO many more. Write them ALL down and identify what obstacles you want to work on right away.

FIVE | Choose up to 5 healthy lifestyle habits to work on AND put a * by your top 2.

From my experience, focusing on just a couple of healthy lifestyle habits at a time, is much for doable for most of my clients. While you may identify several habits to work on, sticking with 1-2 at a time is much easier. This is especially true when life gets extra busy-for many of us, most of the time!

SIX | Write down HOW you will monitor your habits & track your progress.

This could be a healthy lifestyle habits tracker form, an old fashioned journal, or one of the many smart phone apps available. There’s no right or wrong choice-just experiment with different tracking tools, and find something that works for you. See the link to my recommended resources in the next section below.

SEVEN | Identify any resources/education/support you need to reach your goals.

Examples include working with a dietitian or nutrition coach (I’d love to work with you!), reading a self-help book, downloading an app, taking a class, using a meal plan, and so many more.

EIGHT | Choose your support system.

This can be someone in your family, a friend, your dietitian or nutrition coach, your physician , trainer, or therapist, an on-line forum, or your smart phone app. I’d LOVE for you to join my on-line Facebook group Five in 45 + More Healthy Habits for a Happy Life and follow me on Instagram so we can all support each other!

Tips for Creating Healthy Lifestyle Habits

Start small. You can work on up to 5 healthy lifestyle habits at a time, if you like, but keep your focus on 1 or 2 of them. Once these initial habits start to become routine, you can focus on adding new ones later on.

Start whenever you are ready. There is no need to wait until Monday, or for the “perfect time” as often there is NO perfect time to start. BUT, it’s also important for you to do your “homework” ahead of time, and determine if you’re ready to make changes.

Allow a minimum of 30 days to change a habit, or create a new one. Often times habit change may take up to 60-90 days, or even longer. That’s ok. Stay positive and think long-term success!

Try something new. On the flip side, if you get bored with doing the same thing each day, why not try a new healthy lifestyle habit each day for a month? Let’s say you want to “eat better” (a little broad I know). You can try doing something new each day like eating veggies for breakfast, meal planning, sticking to 3 meals/day, etc.

If at first you don’t succeed, try {and try} {and try again}! I think I’m on my 5th or so go around with getting in to a strength training habit. For some reason, this has been a hard habit for me to stick with. But, as I get older, I’m realizing how important it is to maintain muscle mass, so I keep forging ahead!

Re-frame your mind set, and tell-yourself that hard work is required. Habits aren’t easily changed {at first}, but once you securely adapt your new habits, they will be MUCH easier to maintain~I promise!

Think outside the box and redefine what you “can” and “can not” do. Before I started following a gluten-free diet, I thought the only way I could cook, was to follow a recipe. But, once I stopped eating gluten, I was forced to get creative in the kitchen & create my own recipes. Bottom line: No matter what your age, you can always learn, and master new things.

Never stop learning & challenging yourself!

Now, for the fun part, I’d LOVE for you to join my Facebook Group: Five in 45 + More Healthy Habits for a Healthy Life! Here’s a little bit on what it’s all about…

How to Create Habits for a Healthy, Happy Life | Get tips & tools, and join my Healthy Habit Community on Facebook for Support, Motivation, and Inspiration! | EA Stewart, Spicy RD Nutrition

Five in 45 + More Healthy Habits for a Happy Life is a community to motivate, inspire, & support all of us to move for 5 minutes every 45 minutes, plus more healthy habits for a happy life!

WHAT YOU WILL FIND HERE…

Motivation, Support, Accountability, Tips, & Tools for creating SUSTAINABLE, LIFE LONG healthy lifestyle habits to help you reach your health goals.

You’ll also get free access to a healthy lifestyle habits worksheet, checklist, and more of my favorite resources for creating healthy habits for LIFE!

THIS GROUP IS FOR YOU IF…

  • You’re tired of yo-yo dieting & restrictive diets that {frankly my dear} just don’t work.
  • You’re generally healthy, but want more zest, energy, & *sparkle* in your life.
  • You’re craving a good night’s sleep. {Me too!} & want to dial down the stress in your life, without reaching for that next glass of wine.
  • You want to find a exercise program you enjoy and can {finally} stick with.
  • You want to feel fabulous and THRIVE, no matter what your age!

Join now! Click on the link below and it will take you right to the sign up page. I can’t wait for us to support each other on out healthy habit journey!

P.S. Here’s a peek at a video I shared with my Healthy Habits for a Happy Life Group. Enjoy!

QUESTIONS!

  • What are your biggest challenges keeping up with your healthy habits and reaching your health goals?
  • Do you have any healthy lifestyle habits you are woking on changing, or adding, right now?
  • What are your favorite tips to share for creating new habits?

If you enjoyed this post & recipe I’d love for you to share it! Thanks so much for your support in helping me spread the word that healthy IS delicious!

14 thoughts on “Healthy Lifestyle Habits for a Happy Life”

  1. These are really awesome tips, I made sure to share this on Twitter. I think setting goals, and starting small are key. Personally, setting achievable goals early on has helped me feel like I have accomplished something, and is motivation to stick with it. I think too lofty aspirations right from the get go can lead to frustration when you don’t reach right them right away.

    1. Thanks so much Tommy for sharing the post on Twitter, and also, for sharing your experience with goal setting-this is so helpful to others! I’m so glad to hear that “starting small” with goals has helped you, and I 100% agree that having “too lofty aspirations” can be frustrating when you don’t achieve all your goals. I wish you lots of success, and small victories 🙂 Cheers!

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