How To Be Healthier: Purpose And Prep For Healthier Wife Challenge

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I’m gearing up for the Healthier Wife Challenge – trying to make sure I have what I need.  I learned how to be healthier but this past summer I got a Lil sidetracked.  You too?!  I know what to do but when I’m not intentional and putting in a tiny bit of prep, it ain’t happening ’round here.  Anyone?  Anyone? If you also feel frustrated in your desire to be a healthier, tune in sister, you’ve got a front row seat!

How to Be Healthier

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How to Be Healthier Hacks

Many of you watched my hubby and I go through this challenge a couple years ago that kick-started us to have unbelievable health benefits including the loss of about eighty pounds or so.  It all started with the ten-day challenge, followed by a more relaxed fourteen days that truly taught us how to be healthier.  If you haven’t read the intro about this Healthier Wife Challenge, read this first.

Here’s the big picture for the 10 Day Challenge:


I will be eating breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, and dinner.  My meals will be made up of lean protein, good carbs, fresh fruit and veggies, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats.  What I will be avoiding (it’s just 10 days!) is soda (including diet), creamy sauces, high-calorie salad dressings, added sugars, candy, fried foods, processed foods, white flour, and partially hydrogenated oils.

This food plan isn’t rocket science.  We already know what we need and what we need to avoid.  I love that this is not some hokey, off-the-wall diet.  It’s just common sense, really.

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I’ve found that how to be healthier and beat those cravings (of the junk we been consuming) is a concentrated plan of taking high-quality probiotics, B Vitamins, fiber, and Omega 3s at specific times.  These are elements that women need anyway, AND they help to fill in the gaps and cravings as we push away from the bad stuff that is so addicting.  Amen?


I learned from a wise health coach friend to fill a water jug (gallon milk jug) or some other container with my daily water goal every morning.  By drinking from this jug, not only is it a visual reminder, it becomes somewhat of a game to get it done before bedtime.  Remember to not drink too close to bedtime if you want good sleep time.

Meal Prep

Anyone that has a handle on healthy eating will tell you that you have to plan ahead just a tiny bit.  This is so hard for busy wives.  I hear ya!  I would always hear the words “meal prep” and I’d run the other way.  Going through this challenge the first time changed my thinking because it’s so simple.  Start out just planning for a couple days ahead.  Think through and purchase what you’ll eat tomorrow and the next day and stop!  Cooking enough for each dinner to be the next day’s lunch is a deal breaker for me.  Try it!  That hack alone will change your life.  😉

I’m pumped up about getting the pep in my step back, having incredible energy.  I’m ready to be Leaner. Stronger. Better.  You ready?

Are you ready to learn how to get healthier with me?

How to Be Healthier

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  1. September 19, 2016 / 7:26 am

    Wow. This is a fresh approach to prioritizing health and wellbeing. Amidst of our ever-so-busy lifestyle, heath is often put on the back burner. This is a much needed challenge. I’m in!

  2. September 19, 2016 / 10:05 am

    Thanks for the tips! My husband is in amazing shape, I need to play catch up!

  3. September 19, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    Good for you for putting yourself first and making a healthier you a top priority Looking forward to updates

  4. September 19, 2016 / 1:07 pm

    Our health usually does take a back seat when it comes to our daily busy lives. Meal prep is one I know I should do to make eating healthier manageable, but I don’t stick with it. These are all great points, thanks for sharing it,

  5. September 19, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    Healthy lifestyle is the only lifestyle. Clean eating, exercise, and sleep — those are my daily gifts to myself. Momma’s gotta take care of herself to be able to take care of her family!

  6. September 19, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    you are right food planning isn’t rocket science it actually makes our life so much easier. I make dinner and send my husband to work with leftovers. It’s healthier and saves a ton of money.

  7. September 19, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    We are re-starting the 21 day fix tonight and meal prep along with exercise is so very important!
    I so often think of what I am depriving myself and then when I start cleaning eating I realize that all the extra sugar isn’t even missed!
    Good luck on your next 10 day!

  8. September 19, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    Prepping meals ahead of time is a must. This saves so much grief throughout the week!

  9. September 19, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    I just subscribed! I’m excited to join you on this challenge. I’ve done something similar earlier this year but this plan is more straightforward. I love it. Thanks for sharing!

  10. September 19, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    These are great tips! I have been wanting to focus on getting healthier too!

  11. September 19, 2016 / 6:06 pm

    I really need this in my life.. SMH I’m trying to eat better each week.. and my intentions are good but by the weekend I run out of steam. I’ll try smaller chucks of prep to help me through the week.. maybe that will get me in a good routine. Thanks for sharing these tips and tricks.

  12. September 20, 2016 / 12:43 am

    I love hearing about how people are changing their lifestyle and honoring the temple God gave them. This made my heart sing!

  13. September 20, 2016 / 6:37 am

    We live a healthy lifestyle. Both my partner and I had weight issues, got really unhealthy etc when we were younger. Now, everything is planned out, we eat high protein, slow carb, lots of vegies etc. We are so much healthier and happier for it.

  14. September 20, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    I struggle with the planning and follow through. I know what I should do, but getting around to doing it? Not so good at it. Though I know that if I do, I won’t feel so overwhelmed. Hmm. Seems like an easy choice, so why isn’t it? ;P

  15. September 20, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    due to where I live, I’ve started ordering in a variety of organic fruits and veggies to help improve my health. I’m visiting from the Monday Linky Party.

  16. September 20, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    Yes to all of this! I am ALL about GETTING healthy 🙂

  17. September 21, 2016 / 11:05 am

    Great post! I would say I’m fairly healthy, but I want to be thinner. Haha!

  18. September 21, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    Meal prep…this is the one that’s getting me lately! It’s so easy to get our of the habit but costly in so many ways.

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