Life can get crazy—busy work weeks, social weekends, long to-do lists, kids’ sporting events, travel, family obligations, etc., etc. In a perfect world, you have ample time for R & R, meal prepping, cooking, sitting down to enjoy meals and daily workouts. Yet in reality, for many people, self-care is one of the first things to go out the window with a packed schedule.
- No matter how busy you are, establishing healthy habits and a commitment to self-care is crucial for staying balanced, energized and focused.
- Top daily habits of wellness practitioners include: eating real food, drinking at least two to three liters of water, incorporating more movement, scheduling in “me” time and practicing moderation.
- For more on what you can do to optimize your health, register for our N.E.W S.T.A.R.T Lunch & Learn where we cover the vital, eight KEY steps for a vibrant, healthy life!
Establishing healthy habits is crucial for staying balanced, energized and focused. If you are not already living a healthy lifestyle, you may be wondering where to start to get on track. According to wellness practitioners, these are the top tips for staying healthy on an everyday basis:
1. Eat Real Food
Even if you are not soaking, sprouting, buying 100% organic or chopping all of your own veggies, at least make it a point to eat REAL FOOD. This includes fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, fish, eggs, avocado, olives, olive oil and coconut oil (among others). Notice how chips, crackers, protein bars and frozen pizza did not show up on that list? That is because these highly-processed items are essentially dead food—void of nourishing, energizing nutrients.
Getting in fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables every day is essential. The vitamins, minerals and antioxidants provided by these foods is irreplaceable by any supplement or premade, prepackaged goods. A large salad at either lunch or dinner can easily help you meet the recommended (at least) three to five servings of vegetables each day. Snack on an apple and raw nuts and seeds, pick up a Nourished homemade cleanse soup or stop by your local juice shop for a green juice or smoothie—all alkalizing, energizing and packed with nutrients. Healthy in a hurry at its finest!
2. Drink Water
The human body is up to 75% water and we lose two to three liters every day. We must replace this loss, as adequate hydration is essential for toxin elimination (bowels, sweat, urine, etc.), nutrient absorption, craving and hunger control (water is an appetite suppressant), energy, metabolism, mood, brain power, digestion, temperature regulation, youthful skin and heart health.
Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces per day and do not wait until you are parched to hydrate. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! We recommend using filtered water as much as possible to lower your intake of toxic, thyroid-disruptive chemicals. Even better, add a pinch of Himalayan or Celtic sea salt to the water—this DIY mineral water has many benefits including improved nutrient absorption and toxin elimination.
3. Move More
Bring more movement to your daily life and not just in the form of rigorous exercise. Take walks at lunch, play outside with the kids, clean the house, opt for the stairs versus taking the escalator/elevator—all of these counts!
Getting outside for exercise is an added bonus, as sunshine is THE best source of mood-lifting, immune-boosting vitamin D. Furthermore, exposing your eyes to sunlight in the beginning of the day helps regulate the circadian rhythm, which will energize you during the day and promote better sleep at night.
4. Make “Me Time”
This is typically the first rule to be neglected, but arguably one of the most important! Taking time for yourself, especially time to rest, is essential for recharging your batteries. It allows you to show up as a better friend/family member, more productive worker and more positive person overall.
What you do in this “me” time is 100% based on what makes you feel good. For some it can mean a massage, mani/pedi or facial, while others prefer a hot yoga class, walk outside, meditation, reading a book or taking a bath. Find what brings you peace and try to incorporate a little of that into even the busiest of days.
5. Practice Moderation
Life is about balance and we recommend striving for 80/20—80% healthy and 20% indulgence. Whether it be a glass of wine with dinner, pizza on the weekend or catching up with a friend instead of working out, these small, infrequent blips will make it more likely that the aforementioned healthy habits stick long-term. When you give yourself permission to deviate, you lower stress. Believe it or not, as time goes on, you will start to crave the return to a healthy lifestyle.
Being healthy is not always easy or convenient, but at the end of the day, the healthier your choices, the better you will feel and show up in this world. Start somewhere, anywhere, and build up from there—gradually working your way up to a place where you feel good. Change does not happen overnight, but small steps in the right direction lead to big and LASTING results!