The first step in this journey is to make sure you are taking care of yourself. We may sometimes neglect our own health while focusing on everyone or everything else. If you don’t have the energy to work or exercise or enjoy your hobbies, going the extra mile might seem superfluous. Our health can affect our mood and in turn, have us questioning the proximity of the finish line. That’s why it’s imperative to take off your red cape once in a while and check in with yourself.
- How am I feeling today/this week/this month?
- Am I getting enough sleep?
- Am I eating enough?
- Am I eating mostly foods and snacks that fuel my body or ones that make me feel sluggish?
- How much water have I drank today/in the past week?
- Have I done something this week that I enjoy?
- Have I exercised this week?
Once you start noticing your daily habits, you can evaluate which to keep and which to swap for better ones. Getting healthy takes an ounce of inspiration (meaning a Red Bull, obviously) + work (exercise), day in and day out. Once you make the commitment, you will start to notice your increased amount of energy and even some physical changes.
Here are some simple changes you can make in your daily routine to get healthier and or increase your energy:
- Drink more water. At least 50 ounces of water daily. Buy one of those 50.7 oz. bottles from the store and refill it every morning. Your body weight divided by 2 equals the ounces of water you should drink per day.
- Limit artificial and processed sugars. If you eat them daily, start by cutting them out once a week then gradually increase the days without them and replace them with healthier snacks.
- Eat more throughout the day. So you try your best to switch junk food for healthier choices but you’re not seeing results. Chances are you aren’t eating enough. Eat more protein. Fill those gaps between breakfast – lunch and lunch – dinner with healthy snacks.
- Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. I love kale, romaine lettuce, spinach, sweet potato/yam, snap peas, carrots, edamame, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, banana and grapefruit.
- Drink green tea. Benefits here: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea
- Cut out sugary drinks. You’d be surprised how many calories and sugar soda and juice contain. I haven’t drank soda in 3 years and drink water with all my meals. It saves calories and money $$.
- Implement apple cider vinegar into your day. Bragg Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar. Take 1-2 tsp in 8 oz. of water three times a day (morning, mid-afternoon and evening.) Learn more about ACV here https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-proven-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar
- Caffeine. ‘Nuff said.
- Eat home-cooked meals. Many restaurant/fast-food meals are jam packed with calories. The only way to really keep track of your nutrition is by creating delicious meals with ingredients you trust.
- Don’t forget to treat yourself. Getting healthy also means having a healthy mind. Don’t break your head over not being able to have that slice of pizza or donut. Have your occasional indulgences then get right back on track.
- Eat blueberries! They’re so good for your brain! Learn more here: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-benefits-of-blueberries
- Do something you enjoy throughout the week. Paint, draw, play an instrument, sing, dance, watch your favorite show, write, go see a movie, play with your pet, hang with family and friends, read, eat a new food, try a new recipe, try a DIY project, go to the beach, swim, go for a hike, take a walk, exercise, take a Brazilian jiu-jitsu class, learn something new.) Healthy mind = Happier you.
These are just some of my favorite ways to be healthy and gain energy. I invite you to document your journey in some way—a notebook, a blog, social media, My Fitness Pal app etc. Documentation will hold you accountable and help you track your progress.
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