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!  I want to share with you 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!

If we are looking to be healthier, or maybe to lose weight, how about we tackle one area at a time.  When that area is set in place and becomes part of us, we tackle another.  Would that be easier? Don’t you think it makes a lot more sense in the long run?

Mouthful Matters is 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.  Every mouthful counts!

Here 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.

I needed to lose a little weight (too much sitting in front of a computer caught up with me) so I had to make a decision.   To that end I decided that I wouldn’t focus on losing weight, but on building superior health.  At the end of the day, that is what I wanted 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 would I begin my easy healthy lifestyle changes?

There had to be a starting place because remember I wasn’t going to do it all at once… so I decided to look first at what I was drinking in a day, or should I say, wasn’t drinking in a day!  The amount of water I was drinking and… what other yummy drinks could I add per day that would achieve my goal and stop me from desiring unhealthy, nutrient deficient drink.

Variety… is that the spice of life?  Everywhere I look I see variety.  When God was creating the world variety seemed to be at the forefront of his mind!  For example… 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.

As I concentrated more on building my health through easy healthy lifestyle changes, and less on the amount I weighed, the better I felt about everything.  It gave me freedom!  You see, I knew that my weight would normalize itself and was excited about that.  For me it was not hard to make easy healthy lifestyle changes when all I was doing was adding in extra yummy foods and drinks!  And do you know what?  It meant I lost the desire for nutrient-deficient foods that didn’t do me good.

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.


Wherever you are in the world you can take part in my ‘Common Sense Weight Management’ & ‘Wellness Solutions’ Courses”.   The information has been broken down into smaller pieces so you can work through it one at a time, at your own pace. 

It needs to be fun!

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.

Warm regards,

Marilyn Williams of Mouthful Matters

Marilyn Williams
Certified Nutrition & Weight Management Consultant


114 Thoughts to “Easy Healthy Lifestyle Changes”

  1. Marie Tallarico

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

    1. Thanks Marie… I appreciate that!

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

  3. 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

    1. Thank you Joanna, that’s really helpful information for me. I’m glad you’re enjoying and hope you will return often.

  4. warren

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

    1. That’s cool Warren… hope to see you around some other time..

  5. Mandy

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

    1. Thanks Mandy… happy you have bookmarked me and I hope you’ll learn a lot from these pages

  6. Lin

    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!

    1. Hi Lin… I must apologise that I’ve been so long-winded about replying to you but after reading your comment I just had to make a post on the very subject you asked. So here it is: http://workwithmarilyn.com/himalayan-salt-health-benefits. I hope that answers your questions well.

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


    1. Thanks John, I’d appreciate that very much. Marilyn

  8. kerry

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

    1. Ha ha thank you Kerry! I’m working on it all the time so hope there will be a lot more you can learn along the way.

  9. sallym

    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

    1. No worries Sally, that’s exactly what I’m trying to do. Thanks for commenting.

  10. 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!

    1. 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

  11. 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!

    1. 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. 🙂

  12. janice

    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.

    1. 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. 🙂

  13. bob

    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?

    1. 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.

  14. petemaccy

    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.

    1. 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.

  15. Kristofer Bebee

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

    1. That’s ok Kristofer… thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I do really appreciate it.

  16. poobear

    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

    1. 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.

  17. Brad

    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.

    1. Well, all encouragement thankfully received! Thank you Brad! Thank you for reading.

  18. juliepopay

    Thank you so much for this blog.

    1. You’re welcome Julie. Appreciate the comment. Thanks

  19. julieireerpopay

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

    1. Haha, not so sure it’s one of a kind, but happy I’ve written something you find helpful. Thank you.

  20. Annie

    “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.

    1. Good, I’m pleased with that… but please don’t hesitate to come and share how it’s going with you!

  21. Cande

    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.

    1. 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.

  22. sallywonder

    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.

    1. Hey that’s great Sally! It encourages me to keep on writing when I read comments like this. Thanks so much.

  23. patsmith

    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.

    1. That’s lovely, I’m happy to hear that Pat.

  24. estellafleet

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

    1. Well thank you! It’s nice that someone takes the time to let me know how my site is going. Much appreciated.

  25. damariusOl

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

    1. I believe so. From my own experience I know it works… concentrate on eating healthy and let the rest take care of itself. One step at a time.

  26. PeterMurphy

    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

    1. 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.

  27. shayapensey

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

    1. 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.

  28. betsyedd

    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?

    1. 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.

  29. carol

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

    1. Carol it makes me really happy to hear that you feel quite moved. I receive much encouragement from that. Thank you!

  30. josy

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

    1. 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

  31. romeo

    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.

    1. That’s fantastic Romeo! I’m happy to hear that. Thanks for taking the time to let my readers know how it’s going for you.

  32. sally

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

    1. Thanks! Not at the moment but you never know what might come. Keep watching.

  33. thinair

    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.

    1. Thank YOU! I’m so happy you find it helpful. You encourage me to keep on going. 🙂

  34. simontownsend

    Hi Marilyn like your blog. very interessting article.thanks

    1. Thanks Simon, so glad you find it interesting. Stick by – more comming!

  35. organiclady

    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?

    1. 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.

  36. internetguru

    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.

    1. 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.

  37. barb

    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?

    1. 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!

  38. cindyparten

    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.

    1. Hi Cindy, I really hope you find real help here. Please let me know how you get along. 🙂

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

    1. Thank you, I appreciate you letting me know! Marilyn

  40. Julie

    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.

    1. 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.

  41. ursula dannsig

    Thank you ever so for you blog. Want more.

    1. Oh! Glad you appreciate it Ursula. Don’t hesitate to let us know the things you are doing also…
      Thank you!

  42. Lauren

    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.

    1. 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

  43. bcarapellioni

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

    1. Oh that’s great news bcarapellioni! Thank you for sharing that with me as it encourages me to keep on going.

  44. Gracy

    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.

    1. Hi Gracy! You make me feel all warm and fuzzy! Thank you for your lovely comments and I will surely endeavour to keep up sharing with you.

  45. Tina Munday

    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?

    1. 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

  46. brendakendall

    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.

    1. 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

  47. nelly

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

    1. 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

  48. MafielSive

    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.

    1. 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.

  49. goldie campbell

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

    1. Thank you Goldie for your comment. I really appreciate it. Let me know more about your journey with your personal health.

  50. Jamie

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

    1. Thank you Jamie… I’m so glad to be of help to you. That is my plan. Keep reading and watching. Marilyn

  51. Bertrude James

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

    1. Thank you Bertrude, I appreciate your comment. Marilyn

  52. freddy minstral

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

    1. 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

  53. Rezin Vof

    Hello. You write good. Keep it up.

    1. Marilyn Williams

      I will try Rezin! I’m glad you find the posts helpful.

  54. rodney

    Hello to you! As always I find your posts easy to read and very informative. Just saying thanks!

    1. Marilyn Williams

      Hi Rodney, thanks for that!

  55. Jenny4218

    I need help with these easy healthy lifestyle changes you mention. I’ll follw them carefully and see if they work

    1. Marilyn Williams

      Hi Jenny, The trick is to not try to do everything at once. Make one change and then once you’ve got used to that, make the next. Try to think of something you can start with… for example… what you drink during the day. That’s a great place to start. Do your best to change one drink after another… hot or cold. Your choice! You might like to let me know how you are going sometime.

  56. nike cortez

    I’d like to get to a place where nutrient-deficient food doesn’t attract me!

    1. Marilyn Williams

      Sure you would Nike! It simply takes practice. You can retrain your taste buds and end up with a repulsion towards food that’s not designed to build you up. I encourage you to try.

  57. jordan 4

    This site is so easy to follow… thanks!

    1. Marilyn Williams

      Ho… that’s good news for me. thank you!

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