What is Healthy Living?

This is my first video titled ‘What is Healthy Living?’  Does everyone hate watching themselves on video?  I could critique the coloring, lighting, and angle all day, BUT I believe in these 10 steps to healthy living SO I’m being brave and sharing.

Also, don’t miss the bloopers at the end.

Healthy living is NOT dieting.  Healthy living is a permanent change for the rest of your life.  It’s enjoyable, satisfying, and rewarding.  Here are my 10 steps to living healthy:


    • 1)      Stop dieting.  I detest the word ‘diet’ hence why my site is called No Diets Allowed. Dieting is a quick fix to a permanent and much bigger problem.  Only healthy living will provide true weight loss and results.


    • 2)      What’s your motivation? You must have a strong motivation for getting healthy.  Why do you want to get healthier?  Dig deep and figure out what’s truly motivating you.


    • 3)      Make a decision and commitment to change.  It’s not temporary.  It’s a permanent change and you’re not looking back.


    • 4)      Leave excuses behind.  If you really want to accomplish something you’ll do it.  If not, you’ll find an excuse.  One excuse that drives me crazy is ‘I don’t have time’!  Do you eat and drink during the day?  Then CHOOSE to eat fresh fruits and drink water.  Do you get enough sleep?  Then CHOOSE to go to bed earlier.  It’s a choice and we all have the ability to choose health.


    • 5)      Only drink water.  Your body needs and craves water.  Zero calorie and ‘diet’ drinks have artificial sweeteners that act just as bad as or worse than sugar.


    • 6)      Each fresh fruits and vegetables with each meal.  Incorporate them into your cooking, baking, smoothies, or just eat them raw.


    • 7)      Eat foods as close to their natural state.  READ THE INGREDIENTS of all prepackaged foods.  I can’t emphasize that enough!  If you don’t know what the ingredient is, it’s a good chance neither does your stomach.


    • 8)      Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.  There are lots of negative and ugly side effects from neglecting those zzz’s.


    • 9)      Get at least 30 minutes of purposeful exercise 5 to 6 times a week.  Working in the garden and chasing kids doesn’t count as ‘purposeful.’


    • 10)    Eliminate any substance with the potential of addiction such as alcohol, tobacco, recreational or prescription drug abuse, coffee, or caffeinated tea.





What is healthy living to you?  What steps would you add to these 10 steps to healthy living?

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  1. This is something I really needed to read. Thanks Kami! I would add that it is okay to begin with just one change. Choose a change that is manageable and in which you feel you will find success. Once that change becomes or is on it’s way to becoming a habit, then choose the area on which you would like to work next. For those of us who really need to make these changes, we’ve probably spent a lifetime developing habits that we’d like to change. Attempting to change everything at once, unless you’re a super hero, my set you up for failure. If you’re going to set goals, set yourself up for success. Just my thoughts . . .

    1. Love your thoughts, Deb! It is a step by step journey where we all can be successful! Keep up your hard work and take it one day at a time. There are small choices every day we can make to be just a little healthier. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Summer! I definitely need more practice in front of the camera… just means I’ll have to do more video posts!

  2. This is a fabulous post! I’ve been on a “fitness journey” for a couple of years now, and more seriously since the beginning of the year. I’m slowly transitioning my cooking blog to healthy recipes as opposed to just any and everything. I also have a blog here: https://icommitforlife.blogspot.com/ that I’d love for you to check out 🙂 You’ve got excellent points – I’m going to definitely pin this post!

    1. Yvonne, thank you for your comment! I’m definitely going to check out your site and recipes. It’s like a puzzle for me figuring out how to make my favorite recipes healthy or healthier! Thank you again for sharing.

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