10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living: What Does “Healthy Living” Actually Mean?

By Polly Conner

This collection of "10 small steps toward healthy living" is actually doable for your family! Just pick ONE to start your family on their way to a more natural, holistically healthy lifestyle. In the past 10 years, my definition of “healthy” has dramatically changed.

22 year old Polly would have described healthy living simply as limiting your calories and eating low-fat foods. Like most women, I was uninformed and misled on what would help me be “healthy.” (Here is more of my story if you’re interested.)

Fast forward 10 years, and my lifestyle is almost unrecognizable to that naive 22 year old.

What I didn’t know at the time, was that healthy living is not just about eating more vegetables and less sugar. Yes, food matters but healthy living is a lifestyle of choices far beyond the things you eat. Beginning to cook with real food (foods that are unprocessed and as close to their whole form as possible) was just the doorway to opening my eyes to the impact that my environment was having on my overall health. The food, the products, the cleaning supplies, even the dishes I was using all mattered. And I had no clue. 10 small steps towards healthy living. A collection of steps you can actually take to live a more natural lifestyle.

While I still consume my fair share of gummy bears, remain loyal to my store-bought deodorant and won’t give up my fall candle, I have taken small steps in lots of areas in my life to move towards a more natural lifestyle.

I don’t expect myself, Rachel or anyone else to do this perfectly. It’s nearly impossible. However, I do think it is worth evaluating your lifestyle and challenging yourself to take just one small step in an area that is important to you.

Rachel and I both know firsthand that a lifestyle change begins with small steps that you can actually do. In an effort to give you some practical tracks to run on, we are launching a series called: 10 Small Steps to Healthy Living.

This collection of "10 small steps toward healthy living" is actually doable for your family! Just pick ONE to start your family on their way to a more natural, holistically healthy lifestyle. In this series, we have cast the net wide and made an attempt to reach a variety of areas in your life that if slightly altered, will result in a healthier lifestyle. We encourage you to just pick ONE change to make in your life right now. Small steps add up over time…as we know!

NEXT UP: Small Step #1: Go One Day Without Processed Foods

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6 replies
  1. Dan Beasley says:

    Good for you guys! I agree it’s all about small steps. For me, focusing on sugar intake and incrementally lessening the amount I eat and the amounts I feed my kids is the biggest point of leverage in living a healthier life. Sugar (refined) is seriously the #1 factor that if limited will improve health the most, for most people.

  2. Michele says:

    Thank you so much for the 10 small steps toward healthy living. I have Crohn’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, Migraines, and I was just diagnosed with adult onset autoimmune induced diabetes type 1 1/2. I am so overwhelmed with all of the changes that I am going through and I think your 10 steps will help me remember I can’t change everything overnight. Change takes time.

    • Polly says:

      Wow, Michele- that is A LOT. So sorry. Yes, it can be SO overwhelming and seemingly impossible if you try to do everything at once. Take small steps and hopefully you will see some improvement in your health. (Crossing my fingers for you!)

    • Rachel says:

      Michele, my son was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at age 18 months. I remember how entirely devastating and overwhelming just that one diagnosis for our family was, so I can’t even imagine the stress you are facing right now. We have made and continue to make small steps toward better health over time. It’s been years of switching our diet and products, etc. You can do this!

  3. Hickory Nut says:

    Thank you for doing this. I also find myself thinking lower fat, more chemicals is better for my waistline. I’m finally realizing this isn’t the case, and i’m really trying to provide better choices for my children. I’m really looking forward to this series.

    • Rachel says:

      Great! I feel like the American mentality that focuses so much on our weight and dieting is really damaging and ineffective. I hope we can inspire people to think more holistically about taking care of themselves and their families. And, it’s amazing to me how when we focus on the big picture of health that peripheral things like our weight, our digestion, our energy levels, headaches etc often seem to resolve naturally without the obsessiveness or medications. I had to learn that the hard way.