Author at the Portland, Maine Farmer’s Market

How to Start Your Health Journey

Logan Hailey
11 min readDec 11, 2021


It’s easy to look at health gurus and fitness influencers and think “they must’ve always been healthy”, but the truth is that everyone started their health journey in a similar place.

If you live in a modern post-industrial society, you probably grew up around the same horrible eating habits, diet culture, and fast-food mania as the rest of us. Every healthy person you know had to put in the effort to change their habits and routines amidst a culture that very obviously isn’t rooted in wholesome living.

Being healthy takes an investment of time, energy, and money, but damn does it pay off when you start to feel the best you’ve ever felt!

Author at a gym in Atlanta, Georgia

You don’t need extravagant New Year’s Resolutions, bullshit diets, or restrictive juice “cleanses”, you need simple healthy habits that you can stick to in the long run and actually enjoy a balanced, health-minded life.

But in this world bombarded by greenwashing and contradictory health info, it’s hard to know where to even begin.

If you want the quick no-BS answers to getting started, here they are. I’ll dig into the rest below.

  1. Take it One Meal At a Time (Add More Produce + Learn to Cook Simply)
  2. Set Small Incremental Goals
  3. Make Simple Swaps & Substitutes
  4. Stop Trying to “Reset” (Create Sustainable Habits that Stick)
  5. Focus on Ingredients, Not Calories
  6. Look Forward to Exercise (Really!)
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What Does Health Actually Mean?

Personally, I never intended to jump on the holistic health bandwagon. Really, I just started learning about food when I was healing from an eating disorder and decided to go vegan in high school.

There are lots of reasons why I later discovered that veganism wasn’t for me (and why I now believe it isn’t the ultra-healthy eco-friendly…



Logan Hailey

Vivacious nomad writer with a wild spark. Helping you optimize your wellness + mindset for the most joyful, natural, and healthy life possible.