Here are a few easy changes you can make to your lifestyle which hopefully will point you down the road of feeling healthy.
- Eat more fresh fruits. And vegetables. Make it a game. Try to eat 5 servings of each fresh vegetables and fresh fruit a day. Fruits and vegetables are PACKED with phytonutrients, fiber and WATER. You will find that you won’t have to consume as much water if you load up on these. Think about it, we eat so much “dry” food (such as crackers, pasta, cereal, sandwiches) only to have to replenish our systems with water. Why not just get most of your hydration in one nutritional shot? Who says a cup of June strawberries can’t make a perfect dessert?
- Have a Vegan day or two a week. By doing so you will celebrate the summer bounty of fruits and vegetables (especially what is grown locally) and reduce the carbon footprint associated with the growing production of animal husbandry.
- Stay away from the “white”. White carbohydrates, that is. Vow not to eat any white flour, white sugar, white rice or white pasta for the week.
- If you are a soda drinker, switch to flavored seltzer water (0 calories and natural)
- Eat your main meals at breakfast and lunch. Have a light dinner of salad with a four ounce piece of protein such as grilled fish, free range chicken, tofu or a cup of beans.
- Limit your alcohol intake–a glass of wine a few nights a week is fine but the beer and the hard stuff (particularly with the sugary mixers) pack a wallop of calories, dehydrates you and can render you unproductive the next day.
- Make sure you aren’t drinking an excessive amount of calories in your morning coffee–keep it simple. You can quickly undo a half hour of exercise with an overly sweetened, whipped cream-laden coffee drink. Switch to tea (black tea has half the caffeine of coffee; green a quarter of the amount); herbal tea or tisane-none) for the rest of the day.
- Take an hour at the end of your week to make a list of meals and foods you would like to eat the following week. Shop accordingly. You will find that if you stay organized with list and a plan, you will spend less and eat the foods which you intended to eat.
- Have a refrigerator and kitchen “cleanse” Throw away any processed food (think “anything with ingredients you can’t pronounce”), any condiments you haven’t used in two years (or less if they look gross). Reorganized your cupboards and refrigerators and make a list of anything that you need to use up. Make it a game and try to maintain a kitchen “inventory” mostly of items you use on a regular basis. That jar of ground cloves that you’ve had for 15 years??? Throw it out! Those packets of Hot Cocoa mix with 13 ingredients (half of which you can’t even pronounce–what is “Carboxmethylcellulose”, anyway?) including partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and artificial flavors–PITCH THEM! A clean, organized kitchen is a happy kitchen 🙂
- If you have the time in the morning, exercise. Exercise is something that is easy to put off and eventually run out of time to do; so by scheduling it in the morning you most likely will get it done. It also clears your head and can really set a positive tone for the day.
Have a wonderful day!