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21 Easy Healthy Living Tips

by Vidya Sury July 2, 2014 21 comments
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If there is one word that immensely appeals to me especially in the area of developing healthy habits or healthy living tips, that word is “EASY”.  I do not want to jump hoops and climb mountains to improve my lifestyle – unless there is the view of a placid lake from the top from the vantage point in my log cabin and a big mug of hot strong coffee within easy reach.

I am living with type 2 diabetes for some months now and I can tell you that the transition to a different lifestyle wasn’t easy. It wasn’t as though I lived an “un” healthy lifestyle; it is just that I had to make some major tweaks to what I ate and what I did and this involved a transformation and these 21 healthy living tips helped.

What I found is this:

  • it is not difficult
  • it is not expensive
  • it is doable
  • it is a win-win in the long run
  • it feels good

Now, that’s pretty good motivation to make the effort, right? So here are…

21 easy healthy living tips

If you don’t practice one already, that is. Most of us will probably fall somewhere in the spectrum and score at least some out of the 21. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it can get one off to a pretty good start.

  1. Drink lots of water. I can never overemphasize this! Staying hydrated solves and prevents many healthy issues Add green tea to your beverages.
  2. Make sure you enjoy a big breakfast, a decent lunch and a small dinner. You know what they say – breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.
  3. Include fruits and vegetables and other natural ingredients in your diet. Mother Nature is at your service.
  4. Exercise regularly. Walk. Swim. Bike. Jog. Maintaining a healthy weight is important to keep off health complications. Burnout is not fun and neither is stress. If you think you don’t have the time, consider this:easy healthy lifestyle tips
  5. Read. Lose yourself in a book.
  6. Go to bed earlier. You need enough sleep to function efficiently. Did you know inadequate sleep can lead to weight gain? Isn’t it nice to sleep it off instead?
  7. Give your Inner Critic a kick up its butt. Stop thinking negative thoughts – about yourself or others. Your energy is better spent on productive things or things that make you happy.
  8. Move on from the past. Let go. If you want therapy, try diary-writing and pour your heart out, or write a book about what hurts. It doesn’t matter if you publish it or not. If you do decide to, great!
  9. Enjoy the little things in life. I mean, every little thing. And appreciate the presence of the things you take for granted.
  10. Stop judging or comparing yourself to others.
  11. Start meditating or try yoga. You have to quiet that mind.
  12. Minimize on processed food. And hey, save money in the process!
  13. Pay attention to your oral hygiene. Your oral health influences your overall health, you know.
  14. Copy your cat. Or your neighbor’s. Ever notice how cats purr and stretch? Don’t forget to stretch daily. It is good for your back, your digestion and your blood circulation. Flexibility of body is just as important as flexibility of the mind.
  15. Listen to music. Experience the peace.
  16. Clear that clutter and keep your space organized. Spring cleaning can be fun, you know. Plus you burn those pesky calories and get a free workout.
  17. Give away /sell what you don’t need.
  18. Wear clothes that make you happy.
  19. Go out more. Spend more time face to face with people than with technology.
  20. Avoid procrastination. Don’t put things off. That includes saying your “I love yous”. You never know what tomorrow holds.
  21. Remember that all your effort now will pay off, eventually, some way or other. Life balances out.

Bonus tip: Practice gratitude. Everything looks better when you do.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”- Melodie Beattie

What’s your score? How many of these 21 healthy living tips do you follow?

Which of these do you intend to start doing now?


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Obsessivemom July 2, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Love that list Vidya. Need to include meditation. That’s the most important thing I’m missing out in life. Maybe one day…..

Tarang Sinha July 2, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Wonderful and very useful post! Enjoyed 14th point…:)

Umang July 2, 2014 at 10:23 pm

There are some points that I follow and some that don’t at all. Nice post, worked like a reminder for me to follow the points mentioned, and make life easier to live. 🙂

Sebastian Aiden Daniels July 3, 2014 at 12:09 am

I have 15 of them that I do on the regular. That comic made me laugh out loud. Thanks for sharing that.

All I drink is water and juice once in a while. I get OCD about water if my urine starts to get yellow. I always try to keep it clear haha.

The hardest one for me is the second one. I tend to do the opposite but I am trying to change it.
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Laurel Regan July 3, 2014 at 3:19 am

Brilliant! There are sadly far too many things on that list that I neglect and need to shape up. Thanks for the inspiration!
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Debbie July 3, 2014 at 9:19 am

Excellent tips Vidya and thanks for the reminders. Still working on the getting enough exercise part, as well as the sleeping (insomniac) and procrastination issues. 🙂
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Corinne Rodrigues July 3, 2014 at 11:41 am

Love the list. But then you always excel at this!
The stretching is something I must do more of!
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Tina July 3, 2014 at 12:38 pm

I quite like the list Vidya. But that one point – spend time face to face and less on technology – is like a mammoth task [specially not spending time on technology!!!]
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Suzy July 3, 2014 at 3:57 pm

An excellent list. Gonna be a cat from tomorrow. thanks for sharing Vidya.
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Sundari Venkatraman July 3, 2014 at 4:20 pm

That’s simply awesome Vidya. I follow all the tips you have mentioned, except for going out and socialising more. Thanks for the tips. Will definitely share this post 😀
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Melissa July 3, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Great Post Vidya,

So packed full of great solid advice and steps to get there! I will share this in my groups. Love this 🙂
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Inderpreet Kaur Uppal July 3, 2014 at 11:01 pm

I have to do 11 and 12 and of course exercise regularly. Great post.
I think you are gonna know all my secrets soon 😉
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Sulekha July 3, 2014 at 11:01 pm

A wonderful list, Vidya. I love the idea of wearing clothes that make me happy and giving away what I no longer need.

Adam July 4, 2014 at 5:44 pm

These are excellent tips for staying healthy. Everyone should follow these tips as we all know prevention is better than cure.

frannystevenson July 4, 2014 at 7:49 pm

I think I’m going to print them and put them on the wall. It’s all true. Something you know but for some reason the busy life makes us forget!
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Vidya Sury July 5, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Welcome, Franny! And thanks so much for your comment! The simplest things are the easiest to forget!

Sunila Vig July 4, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Great List Vidya 🙂 I follow all of them except 8 and 16 which need extra effort from me and they,re related aren’t they, Letting go of the past letting go of clutter, ‘letting go’- the pebble in my shoe 🙂
Recently I’ve begun to sleep late so that needs to be remedied too n Social media -that mammoth double edged sword needs watching too 🙂

Monica Deshpande July 5, 2014 at 3:09 pm

A brilliant list, Vidya. I need to focus my energies on 6 and 14. 🙂
I’ve started working on a ‘Stop doing, Start doing and Continue doing’ list to help.
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Vidya Sury July 5, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Very well said, Monica! I love that.‘Stop doing, Start doing and Continue doing’ list.

Thank you!

Proactive Indian July 6, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Great list! I’m quite happy with my 15/21 score, but will work on the remaining 6!
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Sreeja Praveen July 8, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Many things which I do consciously, many which I do by habit and many that I don’t do. Need to re-organise 🙂 Such a wonderful list, this is.
I looovee stretching. I do it on my office seat, too 😛 And the one sitting opposite to me asks, are you a cat or what 😀
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