What Does Healthy Look Like?

Summer-SeasonTwice a year, you can count on people focusing on their health and physical appearance more than usual. The first is just after the new year when health resolutions are abundant. The second is just before the summer. I suppose it’s the thought of having to put on a swimsuit, or the possibility of being more active during long summer days. Either way, if it brings you to the possibility of improving your health, I’m glad for it. However, the truth is that our health is about the little things we do every day. It’s about the simple choices we make to eat as healthy as possible and to move as much as we can. I prefer to focus on healthy habits (see what I did there) that we can add to each day that will improve our well being. Focusing on what we can eat, instead of what we can’t.

So, what does healthy look like to you? If you spend some time answering this question, it will help you focus on the habits that will make the biggest difference in your daily life.

Healthy Habits with Kari is not about gimmicks or products to buy. Instead, I prefer to focus on eating real food and adding healthy exercise, to make the biggest impact.

Feature7dayHere’s a few healthy habits to help you get ready for the summer. I also hope you’ll join our 7 Day Healthy Habits Challenge. It’s completely FREE. You only need to sign up and read your email. You’ll receive 7 email health strategies, plus get access to our Facebook support group where we share great ideas, recipes and more. And, if you’re on Oahu, you can join us on a group hike at the end of the 7 days. Invite your friends and family. The more the merrier!

Healthy habits you can start today!

  1. Drink more water. Most of us don’t drink enough water every day. Water is essential for our bodies to function, so drink up.
  2. Crowd out the bad. Instead of focusing on what you can’t eat, focus on what you can. Try to fill half of your plate with vegetables. Focus on brightly colored fruits and vegetables with every meal.
  3. Pick exercises you enjoy. When you enjoy the activity, you’ll naturally want to do them. Have a friend or family member join you on your daily exercise. It will help keep you accountable and help the time to go by faster.
  4. Cut down on processed food. Processed foods are not good because most of the nutritional value is lost in the making of these foods. Also, the added preservatives are bad for our health.  Many processed foods contain a high amount of salt content, which leads to higher blood pressure and heart disease.
  5. Go organic. Organic foods are foods produced without pesticides and chemical fertilizers. They also don’t contain genetically modified organisms, and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives. The less toxins you take in, the better for your body.