I have declared 2017 the Year Of Joyfulness. Each month, I am incorporating a new habit into my life with the goal of living a more joyful life. Last month, I commited to waking up earlier. You can read more about that here.
a few months ago I hit the big 3-0, and it was not a milestone I was glad to reach. Although I had heard many horror stories from my friends, who had already reached 30, about inevitable weight gain and the inability to lose it, I mostly just brushed it off. I really didn’t think it would happen to me. I maintain a fairly healthy diet and lifestyle, so I wasn’t too concerned. Let me tell you, friends, I am almost 6 months in and I am starting to see some extra padding.
Sure, I occasionally indulge in ice cream and enjoy Sunday morning breakfasts out with my family. I didn’t think that these things I had been doing all along would be my downfall. The last few months, I admit I have been indulging a little too much and I am seeing the effects. Time to make some changes.
This month, I have resolved to eat more healthfully. When we eat nourishing food that fuels our bodies, we feel better. Eating junk may make you feel good in the short term, but after a while, not only will you feel guilty, but you can also suffer energy crashes, headaches, digestion issues and many other physical effects. Eating poorly does not lead to happiness.
I really want to be sure I am putting good things in my body and maximizing my happiness. Below, I have outlined the changes I will be making. I hope this helps you make some positive changes in your life as well.
Eat More Veggies
I already eat lots of fruit, otherwise, this heading would say eat more fruits and veggies. I eat somewhere between 3-5 pieces of whole fruit a day. If you do not get at least that much fruit I would try and eat more. Veggies on the other hand I do not get enough of. I eat a serving of veggies with my dinner every night and that is mostly it. Vegetables are an extremely important part of a healthy diet. I believe if I start including more good things (like veggies) in my diet, it will leave less room for the junk. I plan on eating a giant salad every day for lunch to get more veggies in my diet with an apple cider vinegar and olive oil dressing. If you plan on eating salads, please be sure that the dressing you choose does not have vegetable oils in it. Vegetable oil is one of the worst “foods” you can put in your body, so try to avoid it at all costs.
Avoid Refined Flour And Sugar
Refined sugar and flour spike your blood sugar and give you a burst of energy for a short time, but the crash will leave you feeling tired and cranky. I have been making (and eating) a lot of homemade white bread lately and I will now be switching to whole wheat. I will also be giving up my beloved ice cream (AHH!! just writing that gave me a mini panic attack!). It won’t be easy, but my body needs a reset and I want to try and squash my cravings. The only way to do that is to go without for a while.
No Processed Foods
Processed foods are laden with sketchy ingredients, things that we should not be putting in our bodies. I mostly stay away from processed foods anyway, but I will be completely eliminating them this month and eating only whole foods.
Eating Regularly Throughout The Day
This is something that I have struggled with. Raising a family is a lot of work and there have been times I have forgotten to eat, which led to me feeling shaky and grumpy. It also slows down your metabolism because your body goes into starvation mode and holds onto every last calorie. This is a built in survival mechanism we all have. When I make sure I eat throughout the day, I am a much happier mama.
Eating healthier is a huge way to boost happiness. When we put good in, we get good out, so be sure to be putting the best, most nutritious foods into your body. Eating this way will lead to you feeling better physically, and when you feel better physically, your mood will improve, leading to a happier version of you!