I’ve always had somewhat of a healthy lifestyle. I grew up playing sports and staying active has been a constant priority in my life, however, lately I’ve noticed subtle yet significant changes in my daily routine. I’m no stranger to the snooze button, but the last couple of weeks I might as well just turn off my alarm. I catch myself getting an extra shot (or two) of espresso in my soy latte just to help kick start the day. My legs begin to buckle earlier in my runs and my muscles cramp and tighten after a workout. And my skin! Sheesh, is it dry. I can’t put the lip balm on fast enough! So, this year I am committing myself to an all-around healthier lifestyle, with an emphasis on the kind of food I eat. When I was young, my dad always said, “the human body is like a complex car. You have to put the best gasoline in it for it to run properly.”
I have tried trendy diets and they never seemed to stick, I would always end up getting bored or anxious — they were just never a good fit. What works for some people just doesn’t for others, so today I’m sharing my top five lifestyle goals for the new year. These are the changes I’m hoping to make in my routine for a healthier, happier me in 2015. Read on, and perhaps you’ll be inspired to join me!
Eat more raw food: To kick start the new year, I went on a raw food-based diet loaded with fruits and veggies. I am on day four and feel so much lighter, a night and day difference from a week ago when we were in the midst of the Holiday season. Let’s just say I’m not very experienced in the kitchen or with food, so this is a big learning experience for me! Check out our raw food recipes for even more kitchen inspiration!
Get more sleep: This is a big one for me, guys. Some people can function on four, five… six hours a night. Well, not me. Though I wish I could. Sleep is a vital part of my day and I need to accept the fact that I need at least eight hours of it if I want to feel healthy the next day. And if I don’t get enough sleep? I’m groggy, forgetful, impatient, and inevitably reach for the nearest danish or piece of pizza as soon as I’m hungry.
Drink more water: This is no big surprise. Everyone knows they should be drinking more water, including me. To help me remember, I carry around a large reusable water bottle with me all day — I have to refill it at least three times a day. If by noon I haven’t drank an entire bottle yet, I know I need to get movin’. Oh, and the wonders more water will do for your skin! A quick tip: start your day off with a glass of water. It will help you remember and just feels good.
Stretch! Sometimes I feel like I don’t have time to stretch and think to myself, “what’s the difference, it’s just stretching.” But man, does it make a huge difference in the way my body feels. I stand taller and feel stronger when I stretch.
Drink fewer acidic beverages: What the heck does that mean, you ask? Well, personally for me it encompasses coffee and alcohol. I love a cup of delicious hot coffee, especially the ritual of drinking my cup of joe as I begin the day. I am also a fan of drinking a glass of wine at dinner or when winding down from a long day, but for the next two weeks I’m giving my body a break. As we come off the holidays, which was full of indulgences including waaaaay too much coffee and wine with family, my body is welcoming this break.
I know this list isn’t groundbreaking but to put it into use is good enough for me. That, I feel, is the groundbreaking part. There has always been a part of me that knew what to do, but it’s about putting it into practice. If anyone would like to join me in refreshing your lifestyle and getting a reboot for the new year, I invite you! I will be checking in over the course of the next two weeks with recipes, tips, and excerpts from my road-to-wellness journal.
+I would love to hear from you too! What are some lifestyle changes you’re making this year?
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