I saw this list of 48 words posted by a Canadian doctor and I was inspired.
Here is the original article How to Be Healthy in 48 Words and the 48 words:
Don’t smoke (2).
Get vaccinated (4).
Avoid trans fats (7).
Replace saturated fats with unsaturated if you can (15).
Cook from whole ingredients — and minimize restaurant meals (23).
Minimize ultra-processed foods (26).
Cultivate relationships (28).
Nurture sleep (30).
Drink alcohol at most moderately (35).
Exercise as often as you can enjoy (42).
Drink only the calories you love (48).
I repost it because I love the clarity of the list. There is no haggling over supplements, gluten, or a particular diet (for example).
His list starts with a simple truth Don’t Smoke. I have been hearing that one since I was a little girl (and my parents smoked). My aunt, who died of cancer at the early age of 63, regretted every cigarette.
I hope you can look at this list and it will make you feel good about what you are accomplishing toward your healthy goals.
For example, I don’t smoke so I can check off the first one and I always get vaccinated for the flu, etc.
The ones about food - no trans fats, replacing saturating fats, whole food ingredients, and avoiding processed foods and restaurants - these are Snack Girl.
I am here advocating for these obvious and important healthy food choices every day.
You can do it.
I’m not going to say is is easy because it isn’t. We have so much food around us - literally everywhere we go - that is unhealthy.
I spent one day doing my chores focussed on the amount of junk food that I was offered in locations that didn’t used to have food!
Marshalls? Old Navy? Dick’s Sporting Goods? what are these stores doing with candy at their checkouts?
How about the gas station that was showing me a video of pizza that I could buy - 2 slices for $3 - in the convenience store?
I’m just trying to buy a pair of running shoes and some gas for my car. I don’t want or need pizza or a Snickers bar but I happen to like both of those things. I need to make a conscious effort to avoid these foods or I might buy them and eat them without thinking.
It takes work. Will power, time at the grocery store, time in the kitchen BUT it is worth it because you will feel so much better. I can predict that if you followed the above 48 words - you could become a new person.
I would love to know what you would add to the list. What has worked for you on your healthy journey?