Good health is so important! If you were born with a healthy, self-sufficient body, you are an incredibly blessed individual. If you are filling your body with junk food, sugar, alcohol, smoke, grease, and other unhealthy choices, you are slowly destroying your body’s ability to fight sickness and disease. Why are you making the choices that will one day limit your ability to enjoy life? Perhaps you weren’t taught how to live a healthy lifestyle. Perhaps you can’t beat your sugar and fast-food addiction.
I get it! Making a 100% health-focused lifestyle change is almost impossible. But you can take the first steps towards living a cleaner and healthier life. I promise you, your body will thank you!
1.) Always Carry A Water Bottle
Start chugging some H2O! This was the 1st healthy habit that I created in my life! Now I can’t go anywhere without a bottle of water. When you are going shopping, taking a road trip, or headed to work, always have a bottle of water with you! This will discourage you from buying other unhealthy, sugary beverages when you are thirsty. Try adding some lemon to your water occasionally. Lemon is rich in Vitamin C and has a slew of other immunity-boosting benefits.
Did you know that you should be drinking an 8-oz glass of water at least eight times a day (2 liters)? Water helps to boost your metabolism (lose weight) and cleanses your body of unwanted toxins.
Take this 2-week challenge! Drink a minimum of 2 liters of water a day. I guarantee you 100% that your body will respond positively. You may take more trips to the bathroom, but it will be worth it!
2.) Start Taking Some Health Supplements
Don’t check out on this step! This is super easy and uncomplicated! Because of preservatives, pesticides, and unbalanced diets, our bodies often lack the nutrients that they need. Everyone should be taking a basic multivitamin and mineral supplement – at the least. YOU DON’T NEED TO GO CRAZY ON THE HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS! Go to the Vitamin Shoppe or your local natural foods store and ask for a great multivitamin. If you have any health problems, ask them if there is any supplement that may help your condition – swollen joints, muscle cramps, digestion problems, low immune system, etc. Over time, you will become more familiar with your body and what works for you.
Every day, I take Vitamin C (immune system), Magnesium (muscle and bone strength), Acidophilus (gut health), Vitamin D (bone and teeth strength) Marshmallow Root (digestion support), Probiotics (gut health), and Fish Oil (heart health). Over time, I have noticed which supplements have the greatest effect on my health and religiously take them. (Note: The opinions expressed above are based on my own knowledge and experience throughout my own health journey. I am not a doctor or a health professional, so please consult a professional if you have any questions or health concerns.)
3.) Start Eating Breakfast
Stop skipping breakfast – and no, a cup of coffee doesn’t cut it! When you wake up in the morning, your body needs food to fuel its energy throughout the day. Eating a nutritional breakfast kick-starts your metabolism and gives you the adequate energy to be mentally aware and physically strong. A bowl of cereal, eggs, oatmeal, a piece of toast, or a wholegrain waffle are some quick and easy breakfast ideas. Tip: Stay away from sugary cereal or microwaveable breakfast bowls. They can do more harm than good.
4.) Start A Sleep Routine
Do you go to bed “when you feel like it?” If you have an uneven sleep pattern, you are doing your body a disservice. Our bodies THRIVE on patterns and consistency. Lack of sleep causes chronic fatigue, headaches, weight gain, confusion, heart problems, and depression. Change up your evening schedule and make it a priority to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Anything less should be considered a short-term necessity.
Take this 2-week challenge! Go to bed at the same time every night and try to get 8 hours of sleep. See how your body responds to the extra rest and consistent sleep schedule. I guarantee that you will feel more rested!
5.) Cut Back on Sugary Drinks
I’m not going to say “STOP drinking all sugary drinks” because I’m sure you won’t listen to me. A delicious, liquid indulgence is necessary for me too – occasionally. But having a sugar-loaded beverage in the morning, a soda for lunch, and an alcoholic beverage for dinner is going to show up on your waistline and take a toll on your health. In the short-term, you may notice that you often catch the flus and colds going around. However, over time, this sugary habit can lead to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Start to cut back on this bad habit! Carry water with you, so you won’t have an excuse to purchase an unhealthy beverage.
6.) Eat More Vegetables
Nope! French fries and potato chips do not count! Vegetables are a vital part of maintaining your health. Without vegetables, you are at high risk for cancer, heart disease, stroke, and type-2 diabetes. Each day, try to incorporate some veggies into your diet (even if you don’t like them). Adding carrots, corn, celery, cucumber, potatoes, or green beans to your meal can create a nutritional and colorful dinner plate.
7.) Make Some Time For Yourself
Stress is a part of life that can seriously affect your health. Taking care of yourself and paying attention to your needs is an important part of maintaining your physical and emotional well-being. Schedule some time to do something that makes you happy, relaxed, and fulfilled. Whether it is a date night, warm bath, trip to the spa, or a walk around the block, find some simple ways to effectively relieve your stress levels.
8.) Switch To 1% Milk or Almond Milk
If you are drinking Whole Milk, switch to 1% low fat milk or almond milk. A cup of whole milk has about 150 calories and 8 grams of fat, while one cup of non-fat milk has about 80 calories and 0 grams of fat. I used to opt for 1% milk because of its additional nutrients and better taste than skim milk. But after a visit to the nutritionist, I realized that my stomach issues were caused by a slight allergy to milk. I now drink almond milk, the best milk replacement out there! Less fat content and I can still enjoy a delicious bowl of cereal!
9.) Start Walking
After your evening meal, don’t sit down in front of the TV right away! Go for a 15-30 minute walk instead. If you are looking for easy weight loss tips, walking is a moderate form of exercise, burning a few calories and preventing muscle loss. A simple walk gets your blood moving and releases endorphins – a “feel good” chemical that can improve your mood and relieve stress. If a simple 15-30 minute walk can improve your life, why not give it a try!
10.) Start Going To The Doctor
If you haven’t been to the doctor in ages, you should schedule an appointment for a physical. Although most doctors don’t encourage an annual physical if you are under the age of 65 or don’t have any health condition, it is always wise to keep your medical file updated. If you have any health concerns, schedule an appointment with a health professional. Several years ago, I found a new mole growing on my back. After having it examined, my doctor discovered that it was cancerous! If I had not scheduled that appointment, it would have become a serious health hazard. Always ere on the side of caution when it comes to your health. Many people have waited too long and suffered life-threatening consequences.
11.) Start Wearing Sunscreen
Why are you not wearing a sun protectant? It is very affordable and keeps you from getting burnt! When you are in the sun, apply some SPF 30+ sunscreen. (I apply SPF 80 to my face. The face is the first place to show signs of aging.) Each day, apply moisturizer or foundation with and SPF as well. My father just had to have a chunk of his nose removed because he never wore sunscreen and skin cancer had formed on his face. Every six months, he goes for an appointment and has some more skin cancer taken off of his face. He now wears sunscreen religiously! Take action now to prevent more damage to your skin.
Good health is something we all want! But there are many unhealthy people who don’t know that making just a few easy changes to their lifestyle can change their health forever. Make an effort to implement these changes into your life – one at a time. Your body will thank you!
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