A lot of people struggle with their health, and it’s not that they don’t think about it or even try. The problem I see most commonly is lack of consistency, trying different diets or supplements, but not sticking to a plan.
With so much information available on natural health – food and nutrition blogs, supplements and superfoods, multilevel marketing companies touting their products – health seekers are jumping from one thing to the next often falling back into old bad habits in between. If someone mentions they’re ‘going on a detox’ I have to try really hard to not roll my eyes in exasperation.
Having a simple plan of practices to put into place, and keeping an eye on those things can mean you won’t have to go to any drastic measures to get healthy. Tracking your habits makes it obvious when you’re falling off the wagon, so you can simply apply a little discipline and effort to get back onto it again. Even though I would say I’m very health conscious, and live a healthy lifestyle, there are still habits I need to work on constantly to stay healthy. One example is sleep – I feel a whole lot better if I get 7.5 – 8 hours sleep per night, especially when I’m physically active. If I let down my guard, I can easily slip into going to bed late, then I don’t want to get up and go to the gym, I feel tired all day, which makes me eat badly (it’s never terribly bad), and it’s all downhill from there. So ensuring I get to bed early is a very important habit for me to keep an eye on.
When clients come to me with seemingly difficult health problems, two of the things I’m looking for are obvious nutrient imbalances – what do they need to eat more or less of, and health practices – what are they doing or not doing that’s affecting their health. Putting simple practices into place regularly may not make an obvious difference immediately, but with consistent daily input the results become obvious over time. But how do you know if it’s working? By tracking what you’re doing (or not doing), and noting how you feel.
How do you know what to track?
- First of all, keep it simple. Don’t set your standards so high that they’re impossible to achieve, but do set them a little higher than what you’re currently doing. You want to stretch yourself a little if you want to improve.
- Don’t track too many things. If you like ticking off lists and get a sense of satisfaction from completing tasks, then you’ll love this system, but don’t let it take over your life! Choose to track what’s most important. Choose a few habits to focus on first, and add in others over time.
- If you’re consistently not doing something on your list, that’s ok! If you know it’s something important to you, keeping it on your list will remind you every day that you should be doing it, and eventually you will start doing it. Believe me.
If you’d like some help putting a plan into place for your health, and learn a simple and effective tracking system, I can help you. You can choose to have a one-on-one coaching session, or attend a workshop (click here for dates). Having some effective tools for conquering your health will help you fit ‘being healthy’ into your life!