Top 6 Healthy Living Habits
I’ve always been passionate about health, fitness & nutrition, but I’ll be the first to say that my passion wasn’t always healthy. I have to be honest and share that my journey to wellness has swayed out of balance from time to time and has been more of a mental game than anything else. I thought I was healthy before. I exercised daily, I drank my green juice & I had a healthy set of habits in place but my mental and gut health were out of alignment so I had to take a step back, switch gears and refocus. What I’ve learned in the last 8 months with a few tweaks here and there is that being healthy is so much less complicated than we make it out to be. It really is a lifestyle. Plain and simple. Here are my Top 6 Healthy Habits to keep you feeling energized, healthy and strong every day!
Plan: ‘Fail to Plan. Plan to Fail’. I remember hearing this from a trainer on a lifestyle show a few years ago and it really stuck with me. The best way to keep on track (not to mention from grabbing easy junk) is to cut up all my veggies and store them in grab & go bags so that I always have them in a pinch when I need a quick nosh or I’m out and about all day. Add to that I like to avoid going to the grocery store on an empty stomach! This one is a no brainner. When I shop hungry I end up spending way more than I intended & suddenly my cart is full of all the snacks I don’t want to have in my apartment. Make a list & bring your veggie bag in case those hunger pangs hit. Plan for your health. Plan for your feel good success!
Hydrate: It’s super easy to confuse hunger with dehydration. Typically we should be drinking half our body weight in ounces every day. Staying hydrated will keep you full, keep your mind sharp and focused, help clear skin, assist the body with detoxification, encourage weight loss and prevent headaches. (Oh is that all?!) I keep a large water bottle with me at all times and sip sip sip all day. I also like to start my day with hot lemon water. It helps keep the stomach alkaline and hydrates my body and flushes toxins first thing.
Take a Probiotic: This was a crazy game changer for me and I swear the magic ingredient in the recent improvements in my health, energy and muscle tone. I love Arbonne Essentials Digestive Plus. It’s a powder stick with 3 billion CFU of probiotics (the average in competitor brands is 90 000-120 000) that help support intestinal health, and favourable gut flora with enzymes that act as a digestive aid to help digest proteins. Health really does start in the gut! Show it some love.
Go to Sleep: OK you guys, this is so HUUUUGGEEE!!! I love a good Netflix binge and I often get inspired with ideas late at night but logging those ZZZzzzsss is crucial! I remember when I was working at 5 AM for my exciting morning show job and dancing as a cheerleader with the CFL I was only getting about 4 hours a night and to say the least I was burning the candle from both ends. Not only were my moods insufferable but I was not feeling good about myself and it wasn’t until I started getting more sleep again that I realized how important it really is. Everyone is different of course but we all should be aiming for 7-8 hours. Sleep reduces stress, reduces inflammation, helps with weight loss, improves memory and reduces the risk of depression.
Move: Motion creates emotion and sweating a little bit every day not only flushes toxins from your body, it can help clear skin, boost your mood, improve libido (hello), Increase energy, improve heart health, improve your sleep and help control weight. I like to get my workout in first thing in the morning. It’s my 45 - 60 mins just for me, my mind and my body. A chance for me to connect to my strength and puts me in a great mood because before I head out and tackle the day I’ve already accomplished something fulfilling and healthy just for me.
Meditate: In the risk of getting all woo woo on you meditation is just one of those uber important self-care things that goes way deeper than reducing stressing. It doesn’t have to be an hour long levitation kind of event just something as simple as a few quiet deep breaths before you open your eyes or as you lay your head on the pillow at bedtime. If you can dedicate 15, 10 or even 5 minutes of stillness a day I say: ‘all the power to you’! Apps are great meditation tools. I’m obsessed with Oprah and Deepak’s 21 Day Meditation Experience. Don’t forget: ‘meditation can be work but gardening can be so beautiful’. If sitting feels like too much and you have a hobby that you love like painting, knitting or even cooking, these can act as a meditation. We get lost in the movement and it pulls us to the present moment. The mind is free. THAT is meditation.