Easy Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Would you like to achieve better health through normal eating?  I’m sure you would… that is, if you knew exactly what “normal eating” was!  This blog is about making easy healthy lifestyle changes, one step (or change) at a time. So many times we try to change everything in one go, and then we fail.  We wonder why?  Is it because I’m not good enough?  The questions start coming… ugh!

How about we tackle one thing at a time and when that is set in place and becomes part of us, we tackle another.  Would that be easier? Don’t you think that makes a lot more sense in the long run?

First let me tell you what my blog is not:  It is NOT about how to get slim… or get healthy… or get anything quickly!

Now let me tell you what my blog is:  It’s about improving your diet (that’s what you eat every day) and seeing your immune system greatly improved; greater energy; generally healthier and the weight falling off on its own accord.

I share with you what I have done on my journey towards having a top immune system, normal weight and my desire to be bouncing with health.

Actually, I decided quite some time ago that I would not focus on losing weight, but on building superior health.  At the end of the day, that is what I want the most.  The benefit of thinking and focusing in this new direction, is that I don’t have to give any of my thought-time into losing weight.  It happens naturally.

So where could I begin?  I decided to look first at what I was drinking in a day, or should I say, wasn’t drinking in a day!  But you know what, I needed help to do this in that I needed to have something to keep me on track.  That’s where my little My Weekly Healthy Meal Plans came about.  They are just my personal references to help me do what is good for me to do.

Healthy Lifestyle ChangesVariety… is that the spice of life?  Everywhere I look I see variety.  When God was creating the world He came up with an enormous amount of variety.  Just think about the leaves on the trees… are there any two the same?  Not only from tree to tree, but on the same tree.  It’s hard to find two the same… exactly the same.

So on my quest for superior health, I knew variety was going to play a large part.  My body needs lots of different foods and drinks every day and I don’t mean the same ones each and every day… that would be boring.  No, there is SO MUCH for us to choose from so no two days need ever be the same. I’m going to share about the foods I’ve added to my life as I have learned more about what my body actually needs.

I invite you to come with me and to share snippets of your personal journey.  Let us all learn together.  Leave me a comment.  Start a discussion. Let’s breathe life into this humble blog. 🙂 I will start it off…

As I concentrate more on building my health and less on how much I weigh, the better I’m feeling about everything.  It’s given me freedom! You see, I know that my weight will normalize itself, and I’m excited about that.  For me it’s been easy to make healthy lifestyle changes when all I’m doing is adding in extra yummy things which naturally means I’m losing the desire for foods I’d better not eat.

I see it everywhere – wherever I look I see diets telling us all the things we can no longer eat.  I mean, it’s enough to make you want to give up long before you start!  If there is anything I’d like to get through to you it’s the fact that we need to make it fun.

I’m working on the concept of listening to my body. That means I’m working out step by step what goes well with me and what doesn’t.  And… if it doesn’t go good, why?

This is a work in progress, but here are some of the changes I’ve made so far:

1.  I’m trialling replacing all grains… well almost.  I mean, it’s better that I find out exactly what is happening in my body. Giving up grains was hard for me until I found out that there are all sorts of alternatives I can have which are really nice.  I’m not eating any conventional bread at the moment, but I can still have bread.  The difference is the ingredients in the bread.  Read more about this here:  Will I lose weight if I stop eating bread?

2. I don’t ever use white sugar… never, but I do use some nice alternatives.  But having said this, I don’t have to go without.  See what I mean?  It’s what you add into your diet, not what you have to take away!  After much research and study, these are the sweeteners I now choose:  Are there healthy alternatives to refined suger?

3. Something else I decided to add to the mix was the addition of 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil daily. I mean, what the heck!?  It’s healthy  and makes for an easy lifestyle change  Eat good fats and grow slim? Is this possible?

Have you got any thoughts concerning the 3 I’ve mentioned above?  Great, then share with us through the Comments below.

Better Health, Normal Eating, Normal Weight – what is your philosophy?


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Although you can comment anywhere on this website, I’m setting aside this page for you to discuss any subject you’d like. This blog is quite new, but my vision is for us to share together what we have found works for us, and what may help others on their personal journeys to better health and normal eating, normal weight, whether it be increasing or decreasing.

I have found that what’s been working for me is to make one change at a time, and get that “locked down” then begin another. In general I find it’s what I add to my daily diet, rather than what I take away.  As I add more good things the bad things are automatically dispensed with. Rather cool actually.  What about you?  Would you share your personal experiences… your successes and your not so good times.  Be real and that way we can all learn!

OK, as you look through these pages I hope you pick up the benefits of making easy healthy lifestyle changes, one at a time.  I believe there is a natural answer for every condition, although the medical profession would like us to think otherwise.  How wonderful to receive better health through normal eating.  Of-course, if a food is lacking in vitamins or minerals, or we just can’t tolerate that particular food, we’d best take a supplement.  Check here for wonderful and exciting new discoveries that have given us the most dynamic supplements, together with anti-aging and longevity products, personal care and cosmetics… all free of harmful ingredients.

Warm regards,

Marilyn Williams shares her experience




Marilyn Williams


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  1. freddy minstral

    There is certainly a lot to find out about this subject. I really like all the points you ave made.

    • Yes there is a lot to learn, but the learning process is so fascinating and the end results are wonderful… if we apply what we learn. Thanks for commenting. Marilyn

  2. Wow, great post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

  3. you teach me much on how to live a healthy life. Ive bookmarked and continue to read often.

  4. Just wanted to mention I find your website really helpful. Please keep on giving us this great information. 🙂

  5. I have been following this kind of lifestyle for 12 months now and can say that I believe it’s the only way to go. I’m more or less eating raw about 80% of the time.

    • Well done Mafie! Eating 80% raw is more than I do. I am trying to increase but I’m not up to that stage. I find it the hardest to do during the cold winter months, but am not too bad most of the rest of the year. Thank you for sharing.

  6. I fall down on variety. I always eat the same things. It’s easier shopping that way.

    • Hi Nelly! Oh I know what you’re saying! We always want to follow the easy way don’t we? Shopping for the same old things is definitely easier, but not easier on your health. A better way is to at least choose a few different things, for example… how about working on your fruit? Each week try something new. Maybe do it gradually and eventually you’ll have a whole repertoire of shopping items that are new to you and provide that much needed vitamins and minerals in your diet. Marilyn

  7. You post ignited something in me when you said about eating normal. I’ve realised that I don’t know what normal is. I just eat the same way as I’ve always eaten. I think I need to learn.

    • Hi Brenda! Oh I’m so glad you felt “ignited”!!! That’s great. Yes, we all need to learn as it’s true, we all follow the same old, same old. It’s a pattern. We do need to look carefully at what we eat and consider if it’s building health or pulling it down. If we can get used to that type of thinking we will be a long way in front. Keep reading the posts and pages in my blog and it will help you make wiser decisions. Let me know how you go. Marilyn

  8. Will it really work to concentrate more on building my health than worrying about losing weight? I need a lot of help in this area… can you help me?

    • I believe so Tina! I believe I can help you through the pages of my blog. If you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m always happy to answer. I love to know how people are getting along. Usually when you eat the foods that build health they don’t add weight… so gradually your weight will reduce. But it does take be very conscious of what you put in your mouth. Let me know. Marilyn

  9. I like reading your site because I feel like I’m getting to know you! I like the personal things you add and the walks you go on etc. Thanks for such a friendly pleasant site.

  10. I appreciate your site. Helps keep me on track. Just wanted to say thanks.

  11. I think I’ll concentrate more on what I drink – just like you did. If I can get that part right I’ll feel like I’m on the right track.

    • That’s great Lauren! It’s terrific that you have something to focus on. Let me know how you get on as I’d love to know… and to encourage you also if needs be. Marilyn

  12. Thank you ever so for you blog. Want more.

  13. Marilyn I like how you state what your blog is not… and what it is! I think that puts the record straight right at the outset. Well done. Makes me want to read what you’ve written.

    • Oh… I’m happy you see it that way Julie! I generally like to try and tell things as they are… that’s just me. 🙂 I hope you do keep on coming back to read more as I continually update with more exciting stuff.

  14. I have been reading out some of your stories and i must say clever stuff. I will make sure to bookmark your site.

  15. I’m amazed at how we can actually change so much when we break it down into one step at a time. I can take hold of something like that and feel this website will be of enormous help for me.

  16. Happy to add my few cents worth to your blog Marilyn. I love the fact that you brought out saying you believe their is a natural answer to every condition. I read once where they said that all you need to do is look around where you live and you will find herbs that will treat your condition. Do you believe that?

    • Thanks Barb! Well I don’t really know if it’s true or not, but it wouldn’t surprise me actually, if it were. I also believe that most everything you need will be contained within your very own pantry… well, most pantries anyway. It’s so often the simple things… like bi-carb soda… or epsom salts… or salt… or vinegar. The list goes on and on!

  17. Don’t you know you cannot receive all the vitamins and minerals from a ground that has been depleted over the years? I think supplementation is vital for a healthy diet.

    • Yes I agree with you in general. If you are purchasing from the supermarkets etc, that would be the case. If you are growing your own and you know what you’ve added to the ground, then it certainly wouldn’t be the case. Often a little supplication can help a lot. Thanks for sharing.

  18. As you can see from my name I believe in organic and only grow organic in my garden. I do think the vegetables I grow are far superior to most of what you can buy. You don’t talk much about growing your own – do you?

    • I try to! I live in Tasmania on some property where we rely on the rain in the summer for water. We hardly get a drop! My lovely organic garden failed miserably this year owing to lack of water… I was most disappointed. We do have a dam but the water is getting very low and the pump is not working properly. During the rest of the year, water is not a problem so I do grow a lot of my own stuff.

  19. Hi Marilyn like your blog. very interessting article.thanks

  20. Happy to add my comment Marilyn! I’ve been going through your blog and find it quite inspirational. Please keep these posts coming as we can learn a lot from what you say.

  21. Oh I love the charts on the go as they help me a lot. have you any more?

  22. I’ve been trying to listen to what my body has been telling me for some time now. Just thought I’d let your readers know it works.

  23. I think I’ll start with my drinks too. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Yes I do! Concentrate on adding good healthy drinks into your day and gradually cut out the ones that are not so healthy. Work on it though as it’s so easy to fall back into old habits. You can let me know here how it’s going for you

  24. i spent some time reading thru your pages and am moved by what i see. just thought i would say

  25. That really sparked my imagination when you said you are no longer focusing on losing weight but rather on improving your health. I loved that. I will think along these lines from now on. Sometimes it’s just the little things people say, don’t you think?

    • I’m thrilled that something I said “sparked your imagination”! I guess I couldn’t ask for more than that. Thank you for taking the time to come on by and share that with me. 🙂 Yes, I do agree that often it is just something small that does it for us.

  26. I’m not sure where to begin… can you lead me?

    • I can try. I started with my drinks. Keep going with them until you are satisfied you have them down pat. It’s a good training ground. Take a good look at what you drink during the day now, even write it down. Then look for the ways you can improve on what you do. Let’s say you drink 4 coffee’s and in them you’re adding 2 sugars. Begin by cutting down the sugar gradually – take a week if necessary. Then work on replacing with another healthy type drink. Especially if you use milk in your coffee it would be good to cut some out. But… rather than concentrating on what you are cutting out, try to concentrate more on what you are adding into your daily drinking habits. I find that’s the very best way. All the best… don’t forget to let me know how you are getting on.

  27. What you are saying makes sense to me. I’ve been overweight for at least 10 years now and tried every diet in the book. I like what you said about taking your concentration off losing weight and working on building your health. I can see if you do it right it would really help. Looking forward to hearing more from you. Pete

    • Yes, it’s a great place to start off and you don’t have to think about all the things you’ve got to go without, rather all the nice things you’re going to add in. As you gradually replace the old for new, and you’re losing weight, you won’t miss them at all.

  28. Normal Eating! I love that. Do you really think it’s possible? D

  29. Love the layout of your blog and find the content to be so interesting. I’ll keep reading for sure.

  30. I love your comments about variety being the spice of life. Our wonderful God has created so much variety for us – we can see it everywhere. Praise His wonderful name.
    Thanks for this post I can relate to you and what you are saying.

  31. I agree with you. What you write makes sense to me. Concentrate on healthy foods rather than what you can or can’t eat to lose weight. I really appreciate this site. Cool.

  32. Before working with Marilyn I had very little understanding about what affects food has on your body. With Marilyn’s guidance and support, I have finally made the decision to change the way I look at food.

    • That’s great Cande! This is the type of comment I love to hear. I wish you well on your journey and hope you’ll come by and share how it’s going with you.

  33. “Now let me tell you what my blog is: It’s about improving your diet (that’s what you eat every day) and seeing your immune system greatly improved; greater energy; generally healthier and the weight falling off on its own accord.”

    This is my dream. Please don’t stop sharing with us these little changes we can do to bring about the above. I will look forward to reading more.

  34. thanks for contributing one of a kind helpful tips. I will take notice.

  35. Thank you so much for this blog.

  36. Keep up this good work Marilyn. We need sites that tell us how it really is on the Internet and yours fits into that category. Just thought I would send some encouragement.

  37. Normal eating! You mean I can get added health through normal eating? That’s a nice thought. I like that take on improving my diet. Thanks

    • Poobear that’s what I mean… take it one step at a time. Don’t take on too much at once because you are bound to fail and we don’t want that. Just make an improvement in one area, get that established and then tackle the next. Maybe write it down to help keep you on track. Thanks for sharing.

  38. A big thank you for your blog article.Thanks Again. Awesome.

  39. I simply want to tell you that I am just new to weblog and honestly enjoyed this web page. Likely I’m want to bookmark your blog . You surely come with impressive writings. Thanks a bunch for sharing your blog site.

    • Haha Pete I’m happy to share. Begin to make those changes, one at a time, and I believe you will begin to notice a difference which will encourage you to make more changes. It’s not about going without, just making better choices.

  40. I think this post is genius! No, I mean it… rather than taking on a whole diet at once, why not concentrate on one aspect of it at a time – and in doing so get that one thing established.

    I’ve tried too many times and I always fail. 🙁

    This post and this website really does encourage me to start again (I really do need to) but I’ll have to stick fairly close to get the help I need. Is that ok?

    • Oh that’s great Bob! I’m so happy you feel encouraged again. By all means stick close by because if there’s anything I can help you with I will. I’m still learning… still on my journey, but happy to share what I’ve learned. You too can share your journey to help me and other readers. Thanks again Bob.

  41. Hi there, found your blog through Google, and it’s really informative. I like how you say you don’t focus on losing weight but on what makes you healthy. that meant something to me. Thanks for sharing your info. Bookmarking you now as I need information like this.

    • Hi Janice, I’m so glad you found me and that you find the information helpful. I guess it’s just an adjustment we all need to make and that’s shifting our focus to where it needs to be. I’m quite sure as you read the posts contained here you will find a lot of help. I’d love it if you would come back and share how you are going. 🙂

  42. Hey Marilyn I really like your approach of adding good things and the bad will fall out. What a great perspective! I believe that is the way to approach our emotional and spiritual lives as well! I do have a question about the olive oil. You said that you add one table spoon a day. I cook with avocado oil or olive oil almost everyday would this Table Spoon be on top of what I already use or should I limit even my cooking oil to one table spoon a day? Thanks for the help!

    • Oh great to see you again! I think you are quite right about that (emotional and spiritual) because as we put our minds more on something positive and good, the less it spends worrying about some negative and potentially bad. According to my experience I’d really have to say I agree.

      The first thing I’d like to say regarding the use of oils is that cooking with olive is not the best thing you could do. I know we have been taught for years the cooking with olive oil is the way to go, but these days it’s believed to be a bad move. Olive doesn’t have a very high smoke point and can only safely be used for very low heating of foods. It’s best to use it only on salads and the likes.

      Avocado on the other hand is safe to cook with but you really need to sus out a very good brand, as not all avocado oils are the same nutritionally. At this stage I haven’t really sourced a very good avo oil here in Australia and am still working on that.

      But of-course, coconut oil is very safe to cook with and contains immense healthy benefits. That’s the one I use for cooking.

      If you make a salad for the family and tip olive oil over it then obviously you would not be receiving your full quota of oil. I guess it’s best to judge it and try to make it up another way. The way I do it is make the salad and serve it out, then I add a tablespoon of olive to my lot. Then I know I’m getting my full quota.

      Whether you can use too much is debatable but highly heated olive oil would not count.

      Does that help… have I answered it? Let me know. 🙂

  43. I found a lot of useful articles. I have a poor diet. I didn’t grow up eating junk food but now it’s all I crave…sweets! I’ll go to a fancy steakhouse and order chocolate cake as an appetizer! I KNOW! Thanks for all the information and I will return as I see so much help for myself! Thanks for creating this website and good luck!

    • I’m so happy you found it helpful Deidre! It’s so easy to let things slide and end up on the wrong side of health. You can stop that craving for sweet things though. First of all you have to make sure you are in the right head-space and then cut out the sweets. You can go cold-turkey but you will have to be very determined. The best way is to eat alternatives that are building your health rather than destroying it. You could be very interested in this: Healthy Candy

  44. I’d like to add my thoughts here – I agree with you that taking it one step at a time would make the whole process a lot easier. thank you for stepping it out for us. lol

  45. Hi to all, the contents existing at this web site are genuinely awesome for people knowledge, well, keep up the nice work fellows.

  46. Great information on the healthy choices. I like this site very much and will spread the word!


  47. I believe that if you change your lifestyle it should be for better health and it should be easy! You will be helping me out with all your research for your content. I am also interested in removing bad salt from my diet. I heard that pink Himilayan salt is the best. Do you know why?

    Thanks for this site. I will be back!

  48. This is great in my opinion, I’m sure. Thank you. Bookmarked you.

  49. Hey, I’m really enjoying this website. Great work! Just thought I’d let you know..

  50. Hi Marilyn, Wow I love your websites! You’ve created a fabulous tour for the visitor and most excellent information for return visits! Joanna xx

  51. Hi Marwil. I really enjoyed your website. It has a very professional touch. I really like the Bugs For Guts Post/Page!! All info is very interesting and helpful.

    • Haha… well it’s true, we really do need these little critters in our “gut”. We’ve got to look after them too – I don’t believe many people would be conscious of the fact that we have to feed them the type of food they like.

  52. Great work! This is the type of information that are meant to be shared across the web. Thanks =)|

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