Making Health Simple

by tinareale on February 8, 2013

Hey, hey friends! Happy Friday! Seemed to take forever this week, huh? It’s always that way for me the week after any time away. I have such a hard time getting back into the swing of things. Luckily the adjustment didn’t feel as challenging as normal this time around, though. I think that whole “make life simple” thing I’m focusing on has really been working well for me.

 

Simplicity. Not really a novel concept because, well, simple should be simple. Yet we still struggle with it and try to complicate so many things. Why do we do this?! I over-extended and over-complicated my life so much that I nearly buried myself back in depression. Not. Healthy. At. All.

Obviously these sort of thoughts have crashed around in my head for awhile now.  I keep searching for ways to giving myself the energy to really live life to the full and relish the important things. I want to make things easier on myself. With my time. With my schedule. Even with my health.

That got me thinking…what ways can I make health simple? Turns out…it’s not that hard. Winking smile 

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Eat foods from nature. May be a “duh” for some, but I have to put that one at the top here. The more simple the food, the better it is for you. I used to analyze macronutrient ratios, calorie content, and a slew of other facts before choosing a food. I won’t lie – sometimes that led to choosing a packaged protein bar back in the day. No. No need for that. Simple, whole, REAL foods.

Go basics with fitness. The classic moves have been around for the long haul for a reason. I love me some variety, as witnessed in my Best Body Bootcamp program, but the basics WORK. Squats, push-ups, pull-ups, rows, presses, lunges, planks. Do them. Check out my Basics 101 workout for some ideas.

basics 101 workout

And don’t forget or negate the power of a good walk for some simple activity either!

Drink water. It’s good for you. Your body uses it for a slew of different processes and functions. The most basic need. It’s simple and necessary. Drink up!

Make health tasks, like taking your vitamins, enjoyable.

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You know how I love me some of my new Vitamelts for this purpose. I can pop them whenever throughout the day since I don’t have to choke them down with water. They taste good, using natural flavors and colors I can feel good about, so I’m more likely to take them. And they cover a wide variety of supplemental needs. Evidence:

  • B vitamins for energy
  • Vitamin D for bone health
  • Zinc or Vitamin C for immunity

I don’t think you can get any more simple than opening a small pack you have already stashed away in your purse/drawer/cabinet, savoring the burst of flavor as it melts in your mouth in a couple of seconds, and then moving on with your day. Easy peasy. Simple health. Love. Them!

Get some good sleep. Oh, sleep, how I love you! By making life less stressful, I feel as though I have slept so much more soundly. Then, the more I sleep and feel well-rested, the more zest I have for life each day. I go to bed at night with a smile and a full heart knowing I gave life my all with joy each day. Winning.

I gotta say, if you have trouble falling asleep, grab yourself some Vitamelts Relax or Sleep to help out. Knocks me out every time I need some assistance before snuggling into my Technogel pillow (still the BEST pillow ever!).

Think happy thoughts. Yes, that is part of health. Mental health is health. Taking care of our minds, including our emotional and, in my opinion, spiritual, health impacts more than anything else. When you can put yourself in a good place mentally, you can consider other important needs of your body. You can’t care for your body if you don’t love yourself. Just my two cents. Get positive daily – start with just one positive thought or visualization and let it grow from there.

Find time for yourself every day. I know this can be HARD! Turning yourself into a stressed out mess because you never allow yourself time to refill your needs, though? Not going to get you anywhere in the health department. Just like your body needs fuel in food, your spirit needs fuel in things you do just for you. Find what fulfills you and give yourself at least 10 minutes in some fashion every day.

Smile. Laugh. Hug. Love! What is health if you can’t share it with others? We add to each other’s health and wellness. Let people add to yours and feel the benefits of adding to others. Life is meant to be lived in relationship. If we’re created to be relational, I can’t help but believe our health suffers without positive interaction with others. A smile, a laugh, a good talk, a hug, an act of kindness…they all go a long way to add to health. Simple. No need for huge gestures…just simple, basic, positive interaction.

There you have it. Health comes in the simplest of things. Live well.

Your Turn – What simple things do you believe contribute to your health? Any tips on making healthy living more simple and less complicated?

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nature Made via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nature Made.

{ 28 comments }

1 [email protected] knackfornutrition February 8, 2013 at 7:18 am

I love this post. The one thing I try to do is make sure that I make a little time for myself in the morning before work. I find that just having a minute to drink some coffee or read a few blogs keeps me more focused throughout the day because I’ve taken care of myself first.

2 Caroline February 8, 2013 at 7:19 am

Yes yes yes! I agree with everything that you wrote! I try to cut up all my veggies on the weekend! It makes less dirty dishes, and I end up snacking on veggies and putting more in my meals throughout the week because it’s so convenient!

3 Coco February 8, 2013 at 7:28 am

I agree that simple is all it takes, but sometimes simple seems so … hard! I love the VitaminC Vitamelts we got at Fitbloggin. I hate swallowing vitamins and these are great. I didn’t realize they made others!

4 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile February 8, 2013 at 7:39 am

Love this post! So true. Such simple things can make a big difference :D

5 Linz @ Itz Linz February 8, 2013 at 7:51 am

Simple things that contribute to health: sleep & don’t stress!!!!

6 Tara February 8, 2013 at 7:52 am

Tina thanks for the awesome advice! I was feeling so stressed out these past couple of weeks and really needed to take a look at some of these tips. Not all stress is gone that easily, but I am working on it!

7 lindsay February 8, 2013 at 7:58 am

yes yes yes to all these. will you remind me daily? and I need to try those sleep melts asap!

8 Lee February 8, 2013 at 8:22 am

I struggle with the eating foods from nature thing too. I know that I should really focus on that, but sometimes it’s just easier and quicker to eat the Lean Cuisine, you know?

9 Amanda @ Run Principessa February 8, 2013 at 8:35 am

I got some of the sleep Vitamelts at Fitbloggin and I haven’t tried them yet! I’m hoping they’ll make everything more restful because I’ve been having some problems with that. I hope you have a wonderful Friday!

10 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 8, 2013 at 8:41 am

Such a great reminder – healthy living is attainable! We don’t have to make it so complicated or difficult. Health is within everyone’s reach – take care of yourself. :)

11 Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail) February 8, 2013 at 8:46 am

Simple. True. Perfect.

12 Maureen February 8, 2013 at 10:24 am

These are great tips! Right now I am focusing on getting as much sleep as I can!

13 Tamara February 8, 2013 at 10:47 am

Tina, you’ve stumbled upon a fundamental truth! Yes, I do believe that we all tend to make things more complicated that necessary. When it comes down to it, life is pretty simple! I find that stopping and re-connecting with my kids really helps to simplify things.
Have a great weekend my friend!

14 jobo February 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Happiness is a huge one that people tend to forget, I think. Be happy with yourself, your abilities, your progress. Be kind to yourself! It is healthy! Great post Tina!

15 Jenny February 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Is that a Beth Moore study I see? Looks like the one my mom and I did last year!

16 Noelle McKenzie February 8, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I’m happy to say I’ve almost mastered all of these! Still working on taking in more water each day. It’s so hard when I hardly ever feel thirsty! I’ve been getting better at getting into bed earlier. I’ve decided I’m not productive and not pleasant to be around when I haven’t had my rest. Right now my biggest issue is finding personal time each day. For starters I’m working on getting in a personal day once a week! Great post!

17 [email protected] Palate February 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Making time for yourself really is key! That and plenty of sleep!

18 [email protected] February 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I love this post! Because it is simple! I especially like that you included thinking positive thoughts because that has been a huge part of my new years resolutions in improving my overall health. When I get inside my own head and think negatively it makes me stressed, but lately I’ve been catching myself and jolting myself back to positive thinking. I would also include stretching (as part of the fitness I guess) because it makes your body feel so much better and really helps you relax and center yourself.

19 Jennifer Dunham February 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I needed to hear this today Tina! The scale isn’t reflecting hard work and diligence, but maybe I just need to simplify it all a bit. Thank you for being so insightful.

20 Maggie February 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Beautiful post! Thanks you.

21 STUFT Mama February 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Gosh darn it I love this. Sounds so “simple”, but it’s so hard. :)

22 Jentry Nielsen February 8, 2013 at 5:06 pm

I love that taking time for yourself! I think our busy lives that is the one key thing many of us always forget to do, or at least but at the bottom of the list and never end up getting to it! Yet I agree it is vital for our health, physically and mentally! I know I always have a problem with this time to time, until I get to the point I wanna pull my hair out and finally decide to take a me day! ha Always brings ya back to earth though! Great post!!!

23 Bek @ Crave February 8, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Such a good post and a reminder to all of us, who often complicate the simple things in life.

24 Shady February 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I’m wondering how you can advocate for eating foods from nature and encourage your readers to make use of vitamins in the same post. Call me crazy but isn’t that counter intuitive? I was disappointed when my previous request about the research Nature Made is using to ‘prove’ the scientific validity was ignored. And now this? I understand that this is your full-time job and the way you contribute financially to your family but you’re losing your integrity in the name of money.

25 tinareale February 9, 2013 at 6:49 pm

First of all, I’m sorry that I didn’t respond to your original question. I honestly intended to and thought I had. Things have been very crazy around here and I felt pulled in a million directions which is why I have been making the effort to scale things back recently – so I can give proper attention to all things. I do apologize for that oversight.

For the original question, I know Nature Made does testing all through 3rd party sources and is also tested by the US Pharmacopeia. They have information about all their testing and some research studies using Nature Made on their site. I have some links below. I’m also certain that if you reached out with questions they would be happy to offer information you’re looking for in more detail.

http://www.naturemade.com/about-nature-made/science-based/studies-using-nature-made
http://www.naturemade.com/about-nature-made/science-based/scientific-advisory-board
http://www.naturemade.com/about-nature-made/quality
http://www.naturemade.com/about-nature-made/transparency

For the things you addressed in regards to this post. I will always stand by eating whole, real foods first and foremost. 80% of my diet revolves around such things. With that said, I also think vitamins serve to *supplement* a healthy, balanced diet. I never said that they take the place of healthy eating and would hate if it ever came across that way. I do think the two can work together, though, and respect Nature Made.

I also respect your opinion about the things I do on my blog. However, I must say that I am extremely selective in the sponsored work and campaigns with which I participate. I only work with brands/companies I naturally would use or do topics with sponsored posts related to things with which I would normally blog. Yes, I do take these opportunities to help financially with my family but I always consider carefully each decision to be in keeping with who I am, this blog, and my beliefs. I turn down numerous offers for things that don’t fit those criteria and money never comes first for me. I know I can’t convince you or anyone of that fact, but it is the truth and I will continue with things I consider fitting for myself, my blog, and my readers.

Thanks for your comment. I appreciate all feedback, especially you noting that I hadn’t responded to your previous question as that was very poor management on my part and something I would want to know. I wish you all the best and let me know of any further questions.

26 Shady February 9, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Tina,
Thank you for taking the time to respond. I will definitely take a look at the resources provided.

I also wanted to apologize. I re-read my comment and realized that it was judgey, confrontational and disrespectful. I didn’t intend for it to come out that way. How you use this blog to benefit you or your family is really none of my business. I’m sorry.

27 tinareale February 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

No offense taken. Have a great week!

28 Heather February 9, 2013 at 8:52 pm

think happy thoughts like Peter Pan. :) Love it. Praying for you!

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