My first piece of advice is this: Gain knowledge. This is powerful!! If you don't really know why you are doing something, you will likely not have the conviction to stick it through. When I say gain knowledge, I mean really gain knowledge. Don't just do something because you have heard it is healthy. Find out why it is healthy. How does it help you? What benefits can you expect? For example, everyone knows organic is better. But, why? How does conventional produce affect your health differently than organic produce? What is the difference between the two? After discovering how superior organic produce is to conventional and the health risks associated with conventional, it will be harder for you to buy conventional produce.
Second piece of advice: Don't bite off more than you can chew. There is no way you can learn everything about everything at once! Pick one thing you want to learn more about and focus on that. Research it. If you focus on one thing it really takes less time than you would think to begin acquiring a good foundation to begin living healthier. With the amazing amount of information available within seconds via the internet, you can learn something new everyday!
Third piece of advice: Be forgiving of yourself. Nobody is perfect. I am striving to no longer eat preservatives, dyes, artificial ingredients, canned food (store-bought), and refined sugars. But I still slip up! I am, however, learning and overall getting better and healthier. I have 30 years of bad habits to undo and 30 years of conditioning by the food industry to undo. That is no small task!
Living healthy in this society is an uphill battle and the absolute hardest part is getting started. It is possible though! Don't be afraid and intimidated. Your first homework assignment: Follow this blog! I promise to give you good information that will help you begin to understand how to live a healthy lifestyle. And when I post about something you want to know more about, research it! I also welcome others to challenge the information I post. It will help me to learn more too!