Do you use the New Year as an annual health seminar with yourself? In the past, I would host my own personal white board session, brainstorming all the ways I wanted to better myself in the coming year. These included exercising daily, losing weight, dining out less, reading more high-brow literature, analyzing business trade publications weekly and drinking less soda. I loved the idea of a new and improved me, but seldom made it past week two. According to Forbes, Only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions. I clearly was in the 92%. So now, after a year of living clean, embracing a plant-based diet, yoga, powerwalking and using green products, I’ve comprised a list of 15 simple wellness tips. Hopefully, these will make it easy for you to pick an easily-attainable goal so you can take small steps toward better health and overall wellness.
1. Add more fruits and vegetables at each meal
Many scholarly and anecdotal studies highly promote plant-based eating. Consuming a variety of colored fruits and vegetables have shown to promote longevity, disease prevention and overall wellness.
2. Add one new healthy food each week
Better yet, make it a family affair. Start with the alphabet: week one, A is for asparagus. Eat them raw, sautéed, baked, grilled. Week two, B is for brussel sprouts. Eat them sautéed, baked with balsamic glaze or peeled into brussel sprout hash. Check out #ONENEWFOOD for photos and ideas. Here are the small substitutions I made when I started on my journey eating clean.
3. Drink half your body weight in water
When the body is dehydrated, it doesn’t run efficiently. Drinking water has plenty of benefits including increasing energy, flushing out toxins, improving skin complexion and boosting immunity, to name a few. If you don’t like plain water, try infusing it or drinking a non-GMO tea.
4. Start your morning with a hydrating warm drink
I choose warm water and lemon because I like the taste and the lemon alkalizes my system. I’ve also seen some morning apple cider vinegar drinks that serve a similar purpose. Drink these before your coffee and breakfast for instant energy, likely from the rehydration process.
5. Experiment with spices
There are many health benefits in using spices such as cinnamon, turmeric and garlic while cooking. Studies show that antioxidants in many of these have been linked to lower inflammation, which is often linked to toxic diseases.
6. Add beans to everything
They are high in fiber and provide protein, too. I add white beans to make soups creamier and smoothies more bulky. My favorite bean recipe is a Chickpea Miso soup. I also love lentil salads and including beans with my favorite pasta or zoodles dishes.
7. Examine your beauty regimen and substitute new, green products when you run out of your old ones
Check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database to learn more about toxic chemicals in skin care products. Or join a subscription service, like Goodbeing, to sample green products.
8. Use wholesome and natural items for beauty products
The key is to find products with few non-toxic ingredients. For example, using cold-pressed organic virgin coconut oil can be a solid replacement for moisturizer. Scouring Pinterest or Instagram for DIY soap scrub recipes is also an easy way to improve your beauty regimen while on a budget.
9. Use wholesome and natural items for household cleansers
Substitute vinegar and water to clean countertops and baking soda to cut grease rather than strong, toxic cleaners. Or look for cleansers filled with more natural ingredients.
10. Use lemons as a sponge
I take the lemons from my morning drink and throw them in the sink. It smells nice and is easy on my hands when scrubbing.
11. Meditate for 10 minutes early morning
Check out iTunes for guided imagery or other meditation resources. The Headspace app is also well liked.
12. Listen to Deepak Chopra
If you can’t see yourself meditating, listen to the Deepak Chopra Pandora station while walking outdoors. It’s calming and a great de-stressor.
13. Be active daily
Aim for 30 minutes of activity daily. Break it up throughout the day: 10 minutes before work, 10 minutes afterwards and 10 minutes home with the kids. Many studies show that walking daily promotes disease prevention.
14. Find a workout buddy and set goals together to make fitness fun. Power walks or drives to classes can be social and provide support so that you stick to your goals. If your best friends live far away, make phone dates to walk together.
15. Aim for new measurable goals monthly
Think short-term; create a new goal every month. Think Drink homemade juices or smoothies five days a week or don’t eat packaged snacks for a month. It doesn’t seem like such a life overhaul if you add or eliminate a certain food for just 30 days. Plus, if you get in the rhythm of it, you might continue. Or if not, you know you will start a new goal the next month.
What goal do you like best? Do you think they are attainable for one month? This post was written for 2015 resolutions and I’m proud to say that I typically accomplish 12/15 most days. What are your favorite health tips?
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