Life is busy. (Is it just me, or does all of today’s technology just seem to make life even busier?)
How many times have you found yourself thinking:
- I’m in a rush! I need supper fast. There’s no way I can make a healthy meal tonight.
- My house is a wreck! I have one hour I can devote to cleaning. There’s no chance I can attempt a safer cleaning routine today.
- I have a million things on my to-do list! I just don’t have time to research a healthier alternative.
I’ve been there. I’ve thought those thoughts.
- I’ve given in to $5 pizzas from a drive-thru, just so my family could have a quick, hot meal.
- I’ve grabbed the toxic cleaners, because I didn’t have time to make a healthier option.
- I’ve bought unhealthy products, fully knowing they’re unhealthy – because I didn’t have time to check what toothpaste/dish soap/hand soap/mascara/sunscreen was a safer choice.
Is it impossible to make healthy choices in today’s busy world?
No. It’s not impossible. It may take a little resolve and creativity, but it’s entirely possible.
So how can you do it?
First, decide you want to.
Making a choice to live healthier can sometimes be a huge part of the battle. If you know you want to, and if you know you’re trying to, you’ll naturally look for healthier options.
It reminds me a lot of buying a car. For the most part, I don’t pay attention to other vehicles when I’m on the road. But every few years, when my family purchases a different vehicle, then suddenly I see our new car all.the.time.
The same is true for healthy living. Once you decide you want to make changes in a specific area, you’ll start noticing it online, when you’re in the grocery store checkout aisle, when you’re watching TV, or listening to the radio. All of those subtle – and not-so-subtle – reminders will help keep you on track.
Next, find one small change to make.
Make sure it’s small so it won’t take a lot of time. It doesn’t even have to turn into a habit – just do a little something extra.
Double your recipe for healthy soup, and then freeze the extras in smaller glass jars (reuse them from pickles, jelly, pizza sauce, etc.) so the next time you’re strapped for time, you can pull it out of your freezer and warm it up. Or simply freeze or vacuum seal your leftovers – whether it’s homemade pancakes, a couple cups of leftover rice, or cooked ground beef. This simple step can save a LOT of time when it’s dinnertime and you’re scrambling for something to eat.
If you know you need to buy personal care products, research just one. (I like to do this on Skin Deep.) Write down the healthiest choices in your price range, and go shopping. Find one that fits in your budget and memorize the kind. There may be plenty of semi-safe toothpastes at my local store, but I know that the regular variety of Colgate is acceptable (to my standards) – so I buy it every time I go shopping. The same goes for hair gel and deodorant and dish soap.
Set aside a little bit of time one day a month to try healthy option. Maybe you want to create your own cleaners. Or make your own yogurt. Or get started recycling. Or finding a new thrift store. Keep track of your ideas, and then when you have your little chunk of time that you’ve scheduled, you can try just one thing on your dream list. By doing this, you won’t need to make time every day for something new and healthy, but you’ll know that you’re setting aside time to at least try something.
Make the call. Or visit the website. So many times I know what I need to do. Maybe I need to schedule a dentist appointment. Or check out a website my friend recommended. Or look into a product that will save me time (like Norwex! I love it, because it’s safe and saves me oh so much time.) I put off doing these little things just to procrastinate. But if I make myself do one of these tasks, I’ll often find it takes about 5 minutes yet makes me feel like I’ve accomplished so much.
Need some more inspiration?
If you’re looking for other ways to make the most of your time, you’ll love the ideas in:
- 10 Easy Things You Can Do to Improve Your Health Today on Equipping Godly Women.
- 10 Simple Ways to Eat Healthier This Year on Reveal Natural Health.
- 52 Baby Steps for a Healthier New Year on Don’t Waste the Crumbs.
- Simplify Life, Save Time: 5 Amazing Benefits of Going Green on Intoxicated On Life.
- The Busy Girl’s Guide to Staying Healthy on Richly Rooted.
How do you find time to make healthy choices?
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