Healthy habits (and some cheat days).

​​​​​​​Phaytea’s Pulse is participating in the #AtoZChallenge for 2017. The Theme is ‘Awakening of Self’ and ‘Healthy habits (and some cheat days)’ is our entry for letter H. The theme focuses on character traits that will gear us towards Meaningful Living and will run for 26 days in April except sundays. Please stop by the blog everyday for subsequent posts as we read the 26 letters of the alphabet together. Enjoy!!☺☺

Do you have healthy habits?

When i was a lot younger, thanks to mum i usually get regular health checks in the hospital before I head to boarding school for a new term or to the university for a new session. I get dewormed and take all those other health precautions to avoid being prone to illness while I am away from home.

Now that I am busy ‘being an adult’, i have had too many cheat days (read that as months or even years). Less doctor appointments, less exercise and so on. I saw my mum over the weekend and as expected she made sure she reminded me to go get dewormed and do a routine check.
I know scheduling appointments with a doctor and meeting up can be a lot of work especially when you have a very busy schedule. 

However, one thing we can do for ourselves is to maintain healthy habits. We should get involved in preventive activities that will help curb the possible occurrence of a major illness.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – Benjamin Franklin

Our body is like a car and requires maintenance (either high or low level) to ensure it continues to serve us well. It is impossible to keep using your car without doing daily checks. In the same way, we should not leave our body unattended until we breakdown.

Developing healthy habits is important for the present and especially in the long run. You know those abs/six packs and body goals you admire from a distance, it involved a lot of discipline and retaining healthy habits.

Healthy habits

To go about achieving our goals, our body must be able to agree with our plans. Time and opportunities can be lost as a result of being ill no matter how meagre. 

Here are some healthy habits we can inculcate into our lifestyle. I do not practise all but I know i should and I try to:

  1. Go to bed early (my favourite spanish telenovelas will not let me)
  2. Eat light before bed. (Note to self- try not to ‘nibble’ again after dinner.
  3. Breakfast is important.
  4. Eat vegetables (Le hubby will give me a ‘side eye’ if he sees this. I can’t have them without dressings..the very unhealthy ones).
  5. Avoid processed food. 
  6. Read about cooking oil (Hi hubby😉)
  7. Eat fruits and nuts (Gradually working on my office snacks).
  8. Read about having a balanced diet.
  9. Practise portion control.
  10. Avoid too much sugar anything that contains it (Sigh, doing away with cupcake(s) is so difficult).
  11. Avoid fizzy drinks
  12. Drink water (and warm water too with lemon)
  13. Drink Green tea ( I miss some days)
  14. Exercise (Another side eye from le hubby, I need motivation ….and yoga can suffice plus it is a lot of fun too..thanks to you tube videos).
  15. Wash your hands frequently especially before meal.
  16. Practise good hygiene.
  17. Take walks if you can (Hi hubby…..I hate long walks though).
  18. Rest when you feel the need to. Avoid pushing yourself too hard.
  19. Stay away from habits that will be detrimental to your body in the long run. (If an advert gives you a fore warning, why use it?)
  20. Practise self love, be happy and stay away from negativity.

There are lots of healthy habits that does not involve food intake. It can be having a good mindset, being optimistic and basically any habit that tilts you towards achieving your goals. Feel free to add some in the comment section.

We all desire good health because it helps us live a meaningful life. Paying attention to our habits mean we value our well being.

“Take care of your body, it is the only place you have to live in” – Jim Rohn

Maintaining good health habits will not be easy but thinking about the benefits can motivate us to have a healthy lifestyle. Healthy habits will mean:

  • Less emergency hospital visits.
  • You can save cost on hospital bills.
  • You have a longer and happier life
  • Better body posture and improved self esteem
  • Healthier food choices prevents different kinds of illness in the long run and helps fight diseases.

If you do not already have healthy habits as part of your daily routine, it is not late to start. 

Just like the way we set goals, start small then gradually instill these practices into your lifestyle. 

Feel free to enjoy a slice of pizza (or more) but remember to exercise later.

All the best practising healthy habits while living a meaningful life!!

If you enjoyed reading this post, please share your thoughts on healthy habits.

What healthy habits do you currently practice?

What conscious effort have you put into living a healthy life?

I will love to read from you.

Love, Peace and Cupcakes

Phaytea😘😘😘

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45 Comments Add yours

  1. Shirley Corder says:

    My healthy practice is to drink a glass of freshly squeezed (i.e. extracted) fruit and veggie juice every morning before breakfast. This started as a result of advice from a dietician when I came to the end of cancer treatment (nearly 20 years ago) and I’ve hardly missed a day since. (BIG thanks for dedicated hubby!)

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    1. Hi hi….That’s a beautiful testimony….hugsssss ☺☺

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  2. Great post. I am supportive of anything that encourages a healthy lifestyle. I am currently ditching unhealthy sugars and poor carbs and can already see the benefits!

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    1. Great..That’s good to know…I am trying too ☺..

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  3. Helen says:

    Looking after yourself is so important. In the UK the NHS is in crisis and what bugs me is that a large portion of our health problems are preventable with a healthy lifestyle.

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    1. Hi Helen…you couldn’t have said it any better…Thank you for sharing your thoughts ☺

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  4. Ravi says:

    A lot of good things mentioned here for a healthy routine..sounds good

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    1. Thanks for reading Ravi ☺

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  5. blossawe says:

    Very informative. Love the Franklin quote 🙂

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    1. Hi hi….Thank you….it’s so explanatory☺☺

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  6. Healthy habits- a lovely topic! It’s so vital and necessary for one’s wellbeing; physically, mentally, in all ways. I love staying healthy; it prevents unnecessary spending and visit to the clinic. I’m a work in progress with these ways you’ve listed…thanks, this post reminds me I need to double my efforts to stay healthy

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    1. Hi Victoria, I guess we all are ‘a work in progress’…let’s keep trying…Thanks for sharing your thoughts☺☺

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      1. Yes, Phaytea…..we should never give up

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  7. That it so true! I especially love the quotes you chose and Ben Franklin was definitely on to something – prevention is way more practical that cure. So many ailments people have can be prevented by the habits we set – the healthy habits! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this great post! 🙂

    – MG https://malissagreenwood.com/

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    1. Hi hi….I agree with your thoughts Malissa…Thanks for reading☺

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  8. I am trying so hard to ditch ginger soda and do green smoothies. Also drink more water and sleep early.

    http://lifestyle360.co.ke/

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    1. Hi hi…as long as you are interested, you will pull through…Thanks for contributing

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      1. It’s been 5 days of no ginger soda!

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      2. Whoop whoop…..💪💪💪

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  9. Michelle says:

    This is a great reminder. We get so busy we forget to take good care of ourselves

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    1. True Michelle…True☺

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  10. i am all about balance, i like a cupcake in each hand! haha but seriously growing up my mum was super cautious of what we ate and when I finally got out the house, i went a bit crazy with the junk food. Now that I run/walk every day I think it is ok to have a cheat meal or five 🙂

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    1. Lol…I love Cupcakes too….it’s ok to have a cheat day…but we must get back in line almost immediately☺☺

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  11. Vijee Djega says:

    I try to exercise at least 3 times a week. So many weeks I cannot get to the magical 3 times, but I forgive myself and try again the next week. Am better with the food department. Usually eat lots of veggies and fruits and nuts too most days. I eat very little meat as I think am slowly becoming a vegetarian due to choice and also the aversion to modern food manufacturing ways associated with animal slaughter and what not. I still cook meat for the kids and hubby though – they are all carnivores :D…where i can be better is in trying to be more patience and have less reactionary speech everyday. Still working on it. A study in progress 😀

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    1. Lol….we will keep trying vijee….welldone ☺☺

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  12. leannelc says:

    There’s so many little things we can do to stay healthy aren’t there Phaytea – it’s just remembering to be good to our bodies and not fall into the trap of all those delicious junk food items calling to us from the pantry. Leanne | cresting the hill

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    1. I agree…but those tempting junk food though…….sigh….we will keep trying to be good to our body ☺☺

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  13. shahins.info says:

    You compile whole things of life in a single post. Wholeheartedly, I appreciate your thoughts for a healthy life. Certainly, readers get benefited here

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    1. Thanks for reading Shahins…I’m glad it’s helpful…☺

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  14. Jasmin N says:

    To be honest, my life is a one big cheat day haha 😀 Now we’ve trying to eat healthier but having a baby, last six weeks we’ve lived with trash food. Such a shame.

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    1. Awww…Congratulations Jasmin….just take your time…☺☺

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  15. Good tips! I’m trying to work out more and eat healthier in general. During the last couple of months, I’ve started cook a lot more to make sure I eat healthier. 🙂

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    1. Hi hi…that’s good to know…trying to workout more too…Thank you for sharing your thoughts ☺☺

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  16. Emma Connor says:

    Some great tips, I’ve been trying to walk more day to day to help improve my health. So instead of walking to my closest train station I walk to the next stop – keeps me active and helps save a few pennies!

    http://www.emma-jayne.co.uk

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    1. That’s a nice idea Emma….welldone☺☺

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  17. I think my healthiest healthy habits is to sit down for breafkast for at least 30 minutes and riding my bike to work. But I haven’t been really healthy lately… too many temptations around. xx Corinne

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    1. I know right…too many temptations..I think riding your bike is some form of exercise too…Thank you for reading Corinne ☺☺

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  18. Hot water with lemon is my start to every day – however, it’s always followed a by a cup of coffee which is not exactly ideal but I can’t live without a good cup of coffee.

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    1. We all have that one thing that spoils our healthy routines…..Thanks for reading kazi

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  19. filliabarden says:

    My skin face is not in healthy condition. I started to realize it when I start vlogging. And I got ill very easy. Oh, how I should watch my health more!!

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    1. Yes we all should…Thank you for reading Filliabarden ☺

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  20. Anastasia Nicole says:

    I am a huge fan of meal planning and drinking water to stay healthy. When you plan your meals you have so much more control of what goes into my body–no processed foods, lots of protein, and fruits and veggies.
    BTW love your tips

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    1. That’s great Nicole…you seem to be sorted..welldone…and thanks for the contribution☺☺

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  21. pacificbella says:

    I dont have healthy habits/ i dont even drink a lot of water and eat veggies too. hahaha! im going to consider changing this lifestyle tho! thanks for this!

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    1. ha ha….that used to be me…so i can relate…..still trying to keep up with the healthy habits though…Thank you for sharing your thoughts Pacificbella

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