We put high demands on ourselves, get caught up on life, forget to prioritize and DO NOT realize the importance of basic fundamentals to a healthy lifestyle. I know it happens to me and some of my friends as well. We’re all human, nobody is perfect but I do believe that if we can circle back to these we won’t feel as bad and enjoy the journey. There is always going to be room for improvement. So let’s work on getting better!
1. Eliminate Processed Foods
There’s no reason why we shouldn’t do our best to avoid additives, preservatives, artificial flavoring and unhealthy fats that just don’t provide our bodies any nutrients. So although, some of these foods may be convenient and tempting they can cause high health risks that are not worth it. They weaken our immune system, create tooth decay, are "hyper rewarding" so we over consume and therefore gain weight, cause inflammation and they're addicting!
Let that red light flash mentally when you’re eyeing packaged meats, chips, donuts and other processed junk! Instead eat real food. Snack on whole fruits, make zoodles, and eat vegetables high in protein like broccoli or spinach. Remember if it's created in a plant don't eat it, if it comes from a plant then eat as much of it!
2. Eat Less Meat or Even Better NO Meat
You can get the same if not more protein from legumes, nuts and vegetables with no harmful side effects. Today we can find more accessible vegetarian/ vegan restaurants and supermarkets so this can be a no brainer for you. We know that eating meat or consuming animal products in general shorten our lifespan by increasing chances of high blood pressure, heart disease, and greatly increase the risks of other health issues. Not to mention, the negative impact it is having on our environment.
If you find yourself in a situation where you can’t avoid eating meat, then use the “Leg Rule”. The less legs the better! Fish and eggs would be at the very top of that list from best to worse. Chicken and turkey below it, beef and lamb after, and pork would be last.
3. Never Miss Breakfast
It is and forever will be the most important meal of the day! So find a few nutritious breakfasts that you enjoy and can rotate to set the right tone for the day. Eating breakfast will give you energy, help you feel more focused throughout the day, boost those mental abilities, and get your metabolism going.
Try preparing your oats the night before or leaving all smoothie or juice ingredients chopped to make your mornings easier.
4. Exercise & Hydrate
This dynamic duo is substantial to an overall healthy life. Exercise is great for your muscles, bones and skin, it protects memory as you practice physical and mental endurance, it prevents diseases, maintains and promotes weight loss, it makes us happier and more relaxed which are all conducive to a prosperous life.
Staying true to hydration does NOT include sweet juices, sodas, tea or coffee. I’m talking about simply drinking AGUA! Drinking water also has similar health benefits to exercising such as boosting energy and the way it’s good for our heart, brain and muscles along with multiplying our skin glow significantly. Plus, it’s a plain and simple way to detox the body.
Try doing a gallon of water a day challenge for 3 weeks to a month (or if you can keep it going) and tell me what you experience! I’ve honestly never heard anybody unsatisfied with the results they notice. AND the best part is its just WATER.
When it comes to talking about wellness as a whole sleep is overlooked at. In actuality, insufficient sleep can cause serious health problems, make you moody and cranky, cause an emotional imbalance, affect your sex life, risk weight gain, it impairs decision making, and causes lack of attention making you forgetful. That’s a lot of negatives, but doesn’t that make sense?
Here’s a few things you can do to ensure you catch enough z’s. Get on a consistent sleep schedule to get 8-10 hours of sleep a night. Shut off all electronic devices 30 minutes before going to bed. If you are getting a ton of alerts, then hit that do not disturb button on your phone (if you can get away with that). Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet.