If you’re struggling with weight gain, chronic pain, digestive issues, or anxiety, your daily habits may be to blame — including the food you’re eating, how often you’re exercising, and the total hours of sleep you’re getting each night. And while you won’t break poor habits overnight, the key is to replace them with new habits that will support your journey to better health and happiness. Check out these tips from US Wellness Meats to learn how to improve your daily habits for a happier, healthier, and more satisfying life.
Make a Plan
As you work to develop better daily habits, the first thing you should do is write a realistic wellness plan that details every step you’ll need to complete along the way. And depending on the types of diet and lifestyle changes you’d like to make for improved health and happiness, your plan may include:
- The specific types of foods or ingredients you’d like to eliminate from your diet, as well as the ones you’d like to consume more of.
- Where and how often you’ll shop for the groceries you need.
- How many days a week you’ll exercise, as well as when, where, and for how long.
- The total hours of sleep you’ll aim for each night, as well as the things you’ll need to do to improve your sleep quality.
- How many glasses of water you’ll be drinking each day.
After writing your plan, keep it handy so you’ll be reminded often of the changes you’d like to make and how you’ll go about tackling them. Additionally, sharing the plan with a household member or friend could motivate you to stick to your wellness goals.
Tackle One Habit at a Time
Once you’ve written your health and wellness plan, it’s important to choose just one item to tackle over the next 30 days. If you try to change every bad habit at once, you may feel overwhelmed and give up before getting very far.
If your goal is to exercise for at least 150 minutes weekly, for instance, you might start with a few short spurts of walking, running, or cycling each week until you’re ready to work out for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. If one of your goals is to sleep better at night, you might start by making a few changes to your sleep hygiene — like turning off the television by a certain time and getting into bed an hour earlier than usual.
Whatever your goals may be, mobile apps like Streaks, Habitshare, and Tally can be helpful as you work toward breaking bad habits and building healthier ones.
Try a Paleo or Whole30 Diet
If one of your goals is to eat healthier foods, it can be helpful to choose a specific diet to follow — especially if you’re hoping to improve your overall health and wellness, rather than simply lose weight. The paleo and Whole30 diets are two excellent options to consider, as they recommend:
- Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- High-protein foods, including meat, fish, eggs, and poultry products.
- Plant oils such as coconut and extra virgin olive oil.
- Limited amounts of legumes, grains, dairy, artificial sweeteners, and processed foods.
Furthermore, those on the paleo diet consume meat products from pasture-raised and grass-fed animals — and organic foods are encouraged. All US Wellness Meats are grass-fed, pasture-raised, and can be shipped directly to your front door, making it easier than ever to follow a healthy high-protein diet.
Enlist the Help of a Wellness Pro
If you could benefit from some professional guidance while changing your diet, planning nutritious meals, adopting a workout routine, and replacing poor habits with healthy ones, an online job board such as Upwork is a great place to go. Whatever your needs may be, you can use Upwork to enlist the help of a freelance dietician, yoga instructor, online fitness trainer, recipe developer, or other types of health and wellness professionals.
Even with the help of a pro, you probably won’t break your bad habits overnight. However, you’ll be on your way to living a happier, healthier life — and that’s what matters most.
Are you adopting a paleo, Whole30, or another high-protein diet? Are you looking for sustainable, grass-fed, and pasture-raised meats? Visit grasslandbeef.com to shop all U.S. Wellness Meats, including beef, pork, seafood, poultry, and lamb products.
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Article By: Lisa Walker
Lisa Walker is a proud stay-at-home mom. When she’s not spending time with her boys or on a new home improvement project, she and her husband, Jake, enjoy trail hiking and beach-coming.