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How to Start Being Healthy: One Simple Way to Start Now

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I know this is random, but have you been wanting to become more healthy?

Who doesn’t, right? But if you’re not happy with your energy level, weight and eating habits then continue reading.

I know it’s a little unusual because I’m talking about health and not tiny houses.

But this is something I’m also passionate about and wanted to share with you if it’s helpful to you.

If not, please ignore the rest of this post and jump here for more tiny houses. But if it is, I think you’ll find a lot of value here.


But if you have been thinking about developing some more healthy habits I’m all about making this simple and easy for you.

I’ve also personally tested several ways to start exercising and eating better and I’ve found a strategy I’m sharing with you here that will get you to keep doing it consistently over time easily and without pain.

And I guarantee you that if you follow the easy steps I outline here it will be easy for you too no matter where you’re at now. I promise. But you do have to be willing to start. I can guide you, but only you can do it.

How to Gain more Health & Wellness in Just 3 Days: One Simple Way

So let’s get started. Here’s what I’m going to have you do if you’re willing to:

  1. Get you started with a super easy workout to start withbigstock-Close-up-motion-shot-of-person-27170942
  2. Keep your eating habits the same but increasing just two things
  3. Have you do this daily for just three days

Sounds pretty easy right? It is.

Why am I doing this?

Because I want to!

And I’m passionate about sharing this because I believe it can make a positive impact in lots of people’s lives (including yours). It has for me. So I just want to share. And by the way, if you’re going to do this, let’s just keep it between you and me for now.

I’ve found that it’s easy for friends and family to discourage us in weird little discrete ways. So let’s keep these new healthy habits and exercise routines between you and me. Wait until your friends and family see the results, then talk about it.


1. Choose one of the following exercises for the next three days:

  1. Walking
  2. Slow jogging
  3. Jumping jacks or rebounding

So go ahead and pick one right now. Got it?

Please don’t feel silly for choosing walking.

Did you know that when you walk you are using more than 200 of your muscles?

And I think it’s one of the greatest ways to start becoming active pretty much painlessly.

And trust me this is one of the keys to succeeding with this.

Walking adds happiness and years to your life. Every time you exercise your blood circulates and your body is filled with healthy, fresh oxygen.


Your goal for the first three days is to walk, slow jog, or rebound for a total of just 10 minutes unless you already do more than that.

You can do 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the evening or anytime throughout your day.

I’m serious. That’s it.

2. Eating & Nutritional Improvements

To help improve your health and wellness I’m going to ask you to leave your current diet alone for right now.

And now that’s not what you’re expecting but just trust me on this alone for now. Continue eating as you normally or currently do.

I’m just going to ask you to add two things to it for now if you’d be willing to:

  1. Drink more water throughout the day
  2. Be willing to go to the bathroom to pee three times as much as usual

That’s ALL I want you to change in your life for right now.


So go get it!

Go drink a glass of water right now.

Then go take a 5 to 10 minute walk.

And get ready to start peeing out toxins!


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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Daniel S
    August 21, 2013, 8:54 am

    Hey Alex,
    Have you seen the movie Forks Over Knives? I bet it would interest you. It is available on Hulu.com (http://www.hulu.com/forks-over-knives, free of charge last time I looked), Netflix, iTunes, DVD, etc. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in eating awesome food while avoiding preventable diseases, all backed up by massive amounts of science and real-life results of leading doctors. I don’t know about everyone else, but I find the photo at the beginning of the article of the sad, overweight guy with a boring salad in front of him to be a sad misunderstanding of people who haven’t learned how to eat great tasting food that reinforces health rather than deteriorates it.

    • Alex
      August 21, 2013, 9:35 am

      Hey Daniel, I watched that a while back and really liked it. Thanks for recommending it. I think it’s a great documentary. We should all be more aware of how all of that works. And on the photo, I agree…didnt like it either so I changed it.

  • alice h
    August 21, 2013, 12:43 pm

    Just discovered carrot dogs. Check it out. http://healthyslowcooking.com/2012/04/05/diy-all-natural-vegan-carrot-dogs/ and a host of other sites. I’m a meat eater but picky about it and these won’t fool anybody but they are good on their own merits. If you’re trying to eat better and you love hot dogs give them a try. The slight vinegary taste they may take on is subsumed by the relish.

    • Alex
      August 21, 2013, 6:45 pm

      Thanks Alice! Nice suggestion.

  • MotherLodeBeth
    August 21, 2013, 7:41 pm

    Fact is I have yet to see someone take up a tiny house lifestyle who has not changed eating habits, as well as gotten into walking more, riding a bike and other physical activities.

    First off. A tiny kitchen and a small refrigerator naturally encourages one to buy nutrient rich foods to eat. You drink more water and perhaps tea, coffee, but there is no space to have big jugs or 12 packs of soda. The refrigerator has fresh fruits and vegetables, and perhaps a wee bit of meat. But by and large one may become less of a meat eater because you simply do not have the room to keep meat.

    You sleep better, because the bed area is not a multi function room like in a conventional home. Even your bathroom habits get healthier because you are eating healthier. At least in our tiny home (smiling).

    You have less stress because you have less useless stuff around. What you have you use. Less stuff means less stuff to take care of. And by and large you should have less stress because you should have less debt and should have smaller energy bills.

    Just a few of the been there done that lessons I have learned from having a tiny house lifestyle.

    • Alex
      August 22, 2013, 9:29 am

      Thanks for sharing. Great tips! Would love to get to see your tiny house sometime if you have any photos you can share.

  • Sarah
    August 21, 2013, 9:35 pm

    Hi! I love your posts and this one really hits home for me! I don’t think people realize how much of a difference the tiniest changes can make! Once you make one little change, it becomes a habit. Then you make one more little change for the good and one more and one more…. I think people get overwhelmed with everything they are suppose to be doing, that they give up and stop trying. Thank-you for this post and all of your articles (oh, and someday I’ll have a tiny house in the woods!)

    • Alex
      August 22, 2013, 9:31 am

      Thanks Sarah! I totally agree. Small incrimental changes are way more encouraging than trying to do it all at once.

      Another thing that leads to failure is just simply overdoing it at the beginning. Lots of people don’t workout for weeks, months and even years…

      Then they run a mile or go to the gym for 45 minutes. Then their muscles are sore for an entire week and they think exercise=too much pain 🙁

      So gotta take it easy at first.

  • jerryd
    August 21, 2013, 9:58 pm

    BTDT, lost 50 lbs!!

    Though almost no exercise as I have to save that forgetting things done and it hurts too much. But soon I’ll be on the water for long distance swimming.

    Mostly I just ate right which was my only choice. But by making 30 different meals in the 250-700 calorie range but still with a lot of volume, I wasn’t hungry.

    I still ate plenty of dead cow, pig, dinosaur just the most lean versions and learned to make some mean salads with many of my meals a good sandwich and a salad of grapes, olives, broccoli, maters, spinach with out in season fruits, veggies.

    My breakfast is how I really did it, with Chocolate!! I made old fashion oatmeal with 50% of the water and cocoa syrup, nuked it for 2 minutes or until 30% of the top has turned brown, let cool, firm a few minutes, them mix in 3/4ounce of dark chocolate chips, let cool until eatable temp, enjoy a healthy 300cal hot fudge breakfast that’s great for you.

    What a way to start the day!! Add a banana for another 100cal and for 400cal I’m full until after lunch. I use a tuna can to measure the oatmeal and water with slightly more oatmeal. It’ll take some experimenting to get it just how you like but well worth it. I make it as a snack too.

    You can add nuts, raisins, etc and cool it and tastes like Rocky Road.

    I’m experimenting to make it into a cookie/bar to take with me or if I can’t cook at the time.

    Dam that made me hungry.

    • Alex
      August 22, 2013, 9:33 am

      Hahaha “Dam that made me hungry.”

      Thanks for sharing Jerry!

      And way to go on the weight loss. Impressive!

      • jerryd
        August 22, 2013, 2:02 pm

        It took 6 months but I had incentive.

        I was just put on Metformin, a nasty beginners diabetic drug and heart problems but the side effects were so bad, like drinking 20 cups of coffee, I decided there was another way, shrank my stomach and limited and measured my serving size.

        For me to lose weight I had to eat just 1400 calories/day but by selecting great tasting and high volume, low cal foods it’s not hard as you can have a very filling, lasting meal in 400cals.

        But you need to give up most fast and processed foods because they have too many calories with little other value.

        But if you do you can eat really well and still lose weight at a fairly lower cost.

        A large problem is any drinks with calories just means you have to eat less food, thus be hungry. I pick the food instead.

        You have to make choices. But they don’t have to hurt or make you hungry or cost more. In fact I’m less hungry than any time in my life.

        If you want to lose weight, look at your eating and cut out the things with the most calories/fats and replace them with more raw plants, fruits and lean proteins and much less processed grains.

        Then eat the same cal every day for a week and see how you do. If losing 1-2 lbs keep that up. If not losing cut a higher cal out and put a lower cal in until your losing point is reached.

        And remember 3,000cals=1lb. So cutting 300cal/day if a pound less/wk, a good rate of loss that is long term doable.

        Living in a TH helps as one is likely more active since one has more free time, money than wasting it on unneeded house space .

        In fact a major reason moving onto my 34′ trimaran TH is so I’ll get more exercise even without trying.

  • Caroline Lindholm
    August 22, 2013, 1:10 am

    Some great advice! Often times people think they have to make big changes to see big results, but the reality is smaller steps get us to our goals. Think of the Tortoise and the Hare! That rabbit took a nap not only because he was over-confident, but because he tired himself out (or so I believe). It’s easy to get discouraged when you over-commit.

    • Alex
      August 22, 2013, 9:33 am

      Well said Caroline. Thanks!

  • Bianca
    August 22, 2013, 10:30 pm

    thanks for this post, I am starting this plan right now.

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