1. Drink water! And lots of it.
If you’re not drinking enough water you will not lose weight (if that’s the goal you’re going for)! Proper hydration is essential to eliminating toxins as it supports digestion and is super detoxifying. It’s also incredibly beautifying for your skin, hair, and nails.
Most sources suggest drinking half your body weight in ounces of water. Mayo clinic suggests women drink an average of 9 cups or 72 ounces of water each day. If you exercise, live in a hot climate, have a headache, experience brain fog, or are thirsty (sounds obvious but still!) you should drink even more. The simplest way to know if you’re drinking enough water is to listen to your body. Sometimes dehydration presents itself as hunger. When your stomach starts to growl it might indicate that you’re not properly hydrated. Check out these articles from holistic nutritionists that I follow for more info!
Pro Tip: drink a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon juice first thing in the morning. It allows the liver to begin the detoxing process by triggering a bowel movement, helping to wake up your digestive system.
2. JERF: Just Eat Real Food
This is my food philosophy and it’s as simple as it sounds! I have a lot of food allergies that make me “vegan” and “gluten free” but I don’t identify with food labels/diets. Here’s why!
I find my relationship with food is sooo much healthier when I think about all the things I can eat, instead of dwelling on the things I can’t (gluten, dairy, eggs, green beans, almonds, and bananas). When it comes down to it, you can follow a specific diet and still miss the mark nutritionally. It’s important to listen to your body (mindfulness!) and tune in to what foods are actually making you feel good. Check out this video from Joyous Health (my fav nutritionist) as she answers the question: what is the healthiest diet.
3. Move Move Move!
Some days (most days – let’s be real) it’s super tough to get a full workout in. When I’m crunched for time, I make it a priority to simply move. It doesn’t need to be complicated or planned out. JUST MOVE!!! Here are a few easy ways to add more movement to your day:
- You probably saw this one coming — take the stairs! But seriously. TAKE THEM! ALL THE TIME 🙂
- Park in a parking lot space further away from the entrance
- Park and walk instead of using the drive through
- During work, go for a walk through or around your office for five minutes every hour or so. Take time to say hi to co-workers, check in with your boss, or step outside to see the sun.
- If you take the bus to work/school, get off one stop early and walk the difference. I loved doing this when I worked at a gym in downtown Austin! It doubled as a nice time of meditation too 🙂
- Do 10 jumping jacks before you sit down to watch TV. And do 10 more before you start a new epi!!
Theses are just ideas! When it comes down to it, there are so many ways to add steps to your day. Moving improves mental fatigue and could easily be the pick up you need to get your through your mid-day brain fog. Move before you reach for that cup of coffee!
4. Eat Slower
Have you heard of mindful eating? It might sound kinda hippie but there are lots of great reasons to practice it. Eating slowly allows the body to fully digest food, soaking up all those nutrients so your body can put them to work.
When you eat mindfully, you might even realize that the food you’re chewing doesn’t actually taste good. This was a huge game changer for me. I realized too often that the food I was eating when I would go out or take-out was bland or overcooked or too sweet or too oily. Or it made me feel so sicky. Next time you pick up that fork, think about what you’re really putting into your body. Is it helping you be who you want to be most!? Is it helping you reach your goals? Does it make you feel good — not just emotionally, but physically and mentally too?
5. Stay Positive
Take a moment to remind yourself that you are enough. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the things you’re not doing. At the end of the day, your mindset — the way you view yourself and the obstacles you face — makes all the difference. I like to tell my clients, it’s better to make one small change that lasts 100 years than it is to make 100 changes that only last a week.
Thanks for reading!!
What are your favorite ways to move? Do you have any quick healthy food tips!?
** Disclaimer: I am not and do not claim to be a nutritional expert. I am however studying to be a nutrition coach and follow lots of holistic nutritionists, registered dietitians, and professional journals.