This Year’s Simple Healthy Living Plan: It’s The Same As Last Year’s Plan

Do you want to live a more healthy lifestyle? Have you tried to lose weight only to find yourself getting frustrated? Do you get confused by all the fad diets. Do you wonder what kind of exercise program is best for you? Today, I’d like to help clear a few things up about simple healthy living.

grapes-690230_1280 Simple healthy living plan: photo of someone holding grapes.

Last summer, I read a great article by Leo Babauta, called The Simple Health Plan. It’s actually quite humorous. I recommend you read it! He basically breaks his simple health plan into two main points:

1. Eat a crapton of vegetables.
2. Do something active and fun every day.

It’s hard to expand on that, so I’m not going to try. I’ll simply agree that a simple healthy living plan does not have to be complicated. Eating right and generally staying active goes a long way. I think your spiritual health is important, too.

Stick To A Simple Healthy Diet

I’ve discussed healthy living, diet, and staying active in previous posts. Sometimes, I think people try too hard to find a simple healthy living plan. People go to extremes. They become vegans, cut out all carbs, go on juice diets, and eat nothing but protein in an attempt to lose weight and get more healthy. My mom and stepdad once went on a diet that consisted only of black beans. It doesn’t have to be so complicated. You can get started today at simple healthy living today. Check out these two posts:

And yes, like Leo at Zen Habits, I also recommend eating a crapton of vegetables. But you can still eat a variety of other foods, even pizza and ice cream on occasion. The key is to know your limitations and stick to healthy eating the majority of the time. 

Stay Active On A Regular Basis

You don’t have to become a marathon runner or climb Mt. Everest. You don’t need to spend 20 hours a week in the gym. Simply stay active 30-60 minutes a day. Try to increase your heart rate to 110 or 120 beats per minute once or twice a week. That’s all you need to do to get exercise as part of your simple healthy living plan. I’ve posted about this in the past, too. I’m especially an advocate for walking. Walking is easy and takes no special equipment. Check out these posts:

Include A Spiritual Plan

Relaxation is actually good for you. If you’re always running, you’re stressing yourself out more than you should be. Find time to relax, breathe, and pray if you like. Here are some links to help you get started:

I hope you’ve found this simple healthy living plan something you can use. I encourage you to get started today. Eat the right foods, exercise regularly, and take some downtime for yourself. You’ll discover you’ll feel better, and if you stick with it, you might lose those extra pounds you’ve been wanting to shed.

I’ve also written some books that might help you further along on your journey. They’re free!

  1. The Happiness Of Simple: Making Connections Between Happiness, Simplicity, And Productivity
  2. Get Back To Where You Are: A Guide To Finding Yourself In The Present Moment

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4 Comments

  1. I feel my house causes me stress. We recently moved back to the state we lived in after living in a different state due to a job promotion. When we moved back it was a rushed move. We shopped for a house but I didn’t really want a house. I wanted to spend the money we had on a camper and live at the campground and at least take some time to think about what we were going to do and maybe give camper living a try. I felt I was being ungrateful as God blessed us with this house. Over a year later I still feel the same way. The house is a clutter trap and it needs a lot of work. I did not want to sink money into a house and we are having to do that. The projects are endless and expensive and TIME CONSUMING. I want to spend my time enjoying life. We actually purchased a 1984 motorhome last year. I would like to try living in it. It would be so easy to maintain and no room for clutter. Maybe if I just got the projects done and decluttered I would feel better about the house. I do have a husband and son to think of. (Son is at college but does come home some) But it all just overwhelms me……..

    1. I understand. I own a house and it was just damaged in a wind storm. My insurance is covering the repair minus the deductible, so it’s a blessing in the long run. The house is a bit larger than I want but the smaller houses in my town are not in desirable locations. I have a 10-year-old daughter and want her to have a somewhat normal childhood, so we’ll likely stay here for awhile. But someday I want to pare down. I’ve often thought about camper living again. I did it for many years when I was in my 20s. Thanks for commenting Daphne.

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