10 Things Healthy People Do Differently

by Natalie on April 24, 2014

Do you have a friend that seems like she’s got all when it comes to her health? She hardly misses a workout, packs a giant kale salad for lunch, and has no problem avoiding cake.

It can be sort of annoying, especially when you feel like you have a long way to go in that department. It may also feel like she was given 28 hours in the day instead of your 24.

So what gives? How is your friend able to maintain such a healthy lifestyle in our crazy, fast-paced world?

It all comes down to habits. Nobody comes out of the womb eating kale salads and doing downward facing dogs. These sort of habits are learned and practiced daily.

ANYONE can reach greater levels of health if they so desire.

I have some insight for you today on how to make this happen. Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be a glorified post of how healthy I am and all the things I do.

Rather I’m going to provide you with some observations I’ve noticed among several healthy people that I know.

As a dietitian, I’ve worked alongside many healthy people (other RD’s, Acupuncturists, Massage therapists, etc..), and I’ve come to realize that they have many habits in common. Here’s what I’ve picked up on:

10 Things Healthy People Do Differently

1. They take supplements daily.

Whether it be vitamins, minerals, herbs, probiotics, or fish oil, the healthy people I know take some sort of daily supplement. Is the secret to their health in the supplement? It’s hard to tell. Research on vitamin supplements has always been difficult because people who take them generally have other healthy habits. So we don’t know if it’s actually the vitamins making the difference or the other habits they have such as daily exercise or all the veggies they eat. I personally think vitamin and mineral supplements are a good thing, BUT can become harmful real fast if overdone. A basic multivitamin is a safe place to start. If you think you should be taking anything else, you must do your research, or better yet, meet with a qualified nutritionist or dietitian to help you.

2. Consistent workouts are built into their day.

The people I’ve met that are most successful at maintaining their trim body have regular workouts built into their daily routine. They go to the gym at the same time, on the same days of the week. I used to be a lot better at this before I had my daughter! I’m currently working on a more consistent workout routine.

3. Apply the 80/20 rule to their eating habits.

This means they are eating a healthy, well-balanced diet 80% of the time. Healthy people indulge too! They just know how to get right back on the wagon. Healthy people also try to find better alternatives for their indulgences, think: chocolate covered strawberries vs. McDonalds McFlurry. I try to be very strict about my diet during the week and let loose a little bit on the weekends. I don’t go crazy, but I also don’t worry if I eat something off my norm.

4. Cook most of their own meals.

I have yet to meet a healthy person that doesn’t like some aspect of cooking.  I think it has to do with the fact that once you decide to be healthy you realize that it’s difficult to do so by eating out all the time. Right now I’m at a busy point in my life, so I don’t enjoy cooking as much as I once did, but I still do it because I know it’s best for me and my family.

5. Plan their meals in advance.

The majority of the time, healthy people don’t eat on a whim. They have meals planned for certain days of the week. This can be as easy or complicated as you make it. I like easy so I usually just sit down at some point on the weekend and write down dinner ideas for each day of the week. I keep our dinners pretty simple at home so it makes the whole process even easier. You don’t need to be elaborate to be healthy. Most other healthy people I know make simple, nutritious meals during the week and save the complicated stuff for the weekends. Try not to get sucked in by all the fancy recipes on Pinterest 🙂

6. They visit the grocery store at least 1 x per week.

The healthy people I know keep their fridge stocked with fresh food. I usually go once or twice per week. Once is ideal for me, but I find that I run out of fresh food before the end of the week and usually need one more quick trip.

7. Read food labels.

Health conscious folk check food labels religiously, but not obsessively. They want to know what they are putting in their bodies and usually only allow the most high quality stuff. I only look at a few things on the label – the ingredients list and the amount of sugar per serving. I try to find food products that are as ‘pure’ as possible without or very low amounts of added sugar. By pure, I mean that I can read and understand all ingredients present on the label.

8. Educate themselves on the topic of health by reading books, magazines, etc…

This doesn’t just apply to my dietitian colleagues, who must keep up on nutrition information for their jobs. Other healthy people I know (clients, friends, family), regularly learn about health and nutrition. A fun way to learn a little bit about health is to spend some time scanning the web for healthy recipes. Within those recipes (especially on blogs), there is usually some info about nutrition. You get to find great recipes and learn a little in the process.

9. Prioritize self-care.

In other words, they take good care of themselves with regular visits to health practitioners when needed. I have also known a few people who build regular visits to massage therapists and acupuncturists into their schedule. I think this is wonderful idea, especially if your life is stressful. This is an area I’m constantly working on.

10. They eat to live – not live to eat.

By this, I mean that healthy people understand they must eat for health most of the time (remember 80/20 rule though). I really try to follow this rule. I would personally love to eat a decadent dessert every night after dinner, but I don’t because I know it’s not going to get me the results that I want. The great thing I’ve discovered after practicing nutrition all these years is that healthy eating can taste wonderful!

Soooooo…… What do you think?! Which of these habits do you need more of in your life? I would LOVE to hear! Leave a comment below.

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