How’s it going this week? Are you finding some places where you can create healthy substitutions? One of my favorite parts about this is once you start making these switches, you generally don’t even miss their less healthy counter parts. You end up realizing you genuinely enjoy these healthy choices! This is a beautiful thing because all of a sudden you are not just “getting through a diet”; you are simply living your life.
In addition to my suggestions from the beginning of this week, I want to add a couple more healthy substitutions. We will talk more about these in the near future as well.
1. Sitting in a chair to rest (watching tv, etc) vs Squatting
*I am excited to expand on this topic soon. But for the short version…we are not made to sit for hours daily. A couple hundred years ago, chairs were not as common as they are today so it would have been normal to see someone squatting down to rest or eat a meal. Yes, squatting is meant to be a resting position! Sadly, today most people cannot even squat all the day down without pain. I will give you a progression for this soon. Keep an eye out.
2. Sitting on the couch vs Sitting on the floor and moving
*There is a phrase that I love called “athletic fidgeting”. This basically refers to being in a constant state of movement even when resting/relaxing. Sitting on the floor facilitates this much more than sitting on a couch. I will send a video of this soon but for an immediate example just watch a young child playing on the floor. They are constantly fidgeting athletically 🙂
3. Dwelling on flaws vs Focusing on strengths (in yourself and others)
*I was so blessed this week when someone responded saying they were applying these healthy substitutions to as many areas of life as they could. They mentioned a family member that was irritating them. Their automatic tendency when thinking about that person was, “I love them but….[insert FLAW]”. So they substituted that thought with an upgraded thought: “I love them and their amazing…[insert STRENGTH]!” Now that is a great substitution!
Have an amazing week and feel free to let me know what you are learning.
Always learning and growing,