Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Healthy lifestyle habits

I used to feel like I spent half my life trying to lose weight and I struggled with making consistent, healthy lifestyle habits. I remember thinking, there’s got to be more to life than dieting, paying bills and cleaning the house.

And of course there is. Your success depends on implementing small habits that consistently (albeit slowly) add up to major changes in your health. Just like one brownie won’t make you gain 100 pounds, one healthy meal won’t change your life either.

Consistency is king.

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How to get more energy naturally

Easy tips for more energy

Life is busy and winter is cold, dark and gloomy, so you may be looking to find easy tips for more energy. Well, you’re in the right place! While I believe that the change of seasons does a body good, I can’t pretend that I don’t struggle with feeling sluggish during the winter months when sunshine is at a premium.

I’m a wellness junkie who has a chemical free home, makes my own personal care products, and only eats organic. So, when I need an energy boost, you won’t find me reaching for caffeine or other stimulants. In fact, some of my tips will sound counter-intuitive, but stick with me and give a few of my suggestions a try. You’ll see a difference!

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Easy tips for more energy 

If you find yourself lagging (and have been checked out by your doctor to rule out any underlying conditions), then join me in the natural energy club.

Fix your sleep cycle 

People who wake up early are happier and more productive, but if you’re already sluggish than the thought of waking up at 5 am probably sounds like a nightmare. However, if you go to sleep earlier and avoid screen time before bed, then you’ll be able to adjust your sleep cycle and reap the health benefits.

My doctor always tells me that the sweet spot for sleep is 7 hours per night. Even though it’s vital to health and well being, it’s often one of the first things to be sacrificed when you feel pressured to complete your to do list. But when you’re tired, you’re more likely to make mistakes and simple tasks take even longer.

Stay hydrated 

If you’re dehydrated, it can impact your mood, energy level and and even brain function. If you have a hard time remembering to drink enough water during the day, get an app to remind you or a bottle that measures your intake.

Ditch the caffeine 

Don’t stop reading or revolt. Hear me out. Caffeine taxes your adrenal glands and spikes your cortisol, creating the same environment as acute stress. It also interferes with your natural energy spikes throughout the day.

I get it. Your coffee masks your tiredness, but you’re not actually more awake. Rather than feeding your addiction, ditch the stimulant and let your body naturally regulate your energy levels. The withdrawal sucks, but it’s so worth it. I’ll never go back from decaf.

Exercise 

When you’re tired, the last thing you want to do is break a sweat. But you can benefit from the endorphins with something as simple as taking a walk. You don’t have to become a HIIT junkie, but you do need to move. The benefits for your energy level, heart, weight and overall well being are so worth it. If you’re looking to create an exercise routine, check out Jillian Michaels or YouTube for some inspiration.

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Reduce your alcohol consumption

First I took your coffee, and now I’m taking your booze? I’m afraid it’s true. I drink water 99% of the time because it’s the only liquid my body really needs. I understand the holidays can be booze-y and some people tout the benefits of red wine.

However, my personal research and the opinions of my health team lean towards abstaining completely. If that’s not something you’re willing to do, at least consider reducing your consumption to avoid the sedative, drowsy effects.

Ditch sugar 

By now, we all know that refined sugar is poison. If you’re struggling to lose weight, remember that sugar makes people fat. From an energy perspective, you’ll get a short term spike, but that crash is coming and you’ll be even more exhausted.

Eat real food

Processed food affects your overall health and your energy levels. Choose foods that are going to fuel your body for the day ahead, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and lean, organic meat. For a natural energy boost, eat a banana, some fatty fish, brown rice, sweet potatoes, eggs, apples, dark chocolate, quinoa, oatmeal, avocados, oranges, seeds, beans, matcha, nuts, and leafy greens.

Quit smoking

Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your health and I can’t believe we’re still having the conversation in 2020. If you still haven’t kicked the butts and cancer isn’t scary enough for you, you’re also more likely to be sluggish because of the damage to your lungs and reduced efficacy of moving oxygen through your system.

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What are your best easy tips for more energy? 

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Weight Loss Tips for Women

Weight loss tips

Health and fitness are important parts of my life and I’m often asked for my best weight loss tips. When my dad got sick, I spent a lot of late nights at the hospital, which meant skipping the gym and eating food that was convenient (read: processed and unhealthy).

After losing him and reprioritizing my life, I’m back on track and have a lifestyle that is active, healthy, and (according to my friends) inspiring. My goals are no longer superficial and good health is my focus.

Instead of reading “10 tips for a summer body” in Cosmo, I read books like Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, Big Magic, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, How Not to Die and The China Study to continue learning and stay motivated.
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What do Himalayan salt lamps do

Benefits of Himalayan salt lamps

I’m always researching the latest health and wellness information. It’s a good thing James is patient to a fault because I’m always bringing home random things, creating new recipes, and reading the latest books while I regal him with the exciting ways we’ll improve our lives this week (and many of these ideas make their way into my books). The benefits of Himalayan salt lamps recently came to my attention. Of course, I added one to my Christmas list of dream gifts and my mom delivered.

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Why do you need vitamin D

Get your vitamin D

Vitamin D is important to overall health and immunity, including brain function, and many of us are not getting enough. If you live in a climate with dark winters and you don’t take a supplement, chances are you’re deficient in this critical mineral. Most people practice safe sun nowadays, which of course is important to preventing skin cancer, but it also doesn’t help us get vitamin D naturally. Continue reading “Get your vitamin D”

Is coconut oil good for you

Creative ways to use coconut oil

Do you know all the creative ways to use coconut oil? It’s very trendy and I promise that I used it religiously before it was cool. If you haven’t already gone crazy for coconuts, you should reconsider! However, not all things are created equal, so ensure that you get a high quality coconut oil that you can consume (in limited quantities) and slather on your skin worry free.

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Home remedies when you're sick

Natural cold remedies

Flu season is right around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to reveal my natural cold remedies. Natural health and wellness are very important to me, from eating all organic to making my own personal care products (check out my toothpaste and anti-aging eye cream recipes). Since I avoid over the counter and prescription drugs whenever possible, I have honed natural cold remedies that work – and I’m sharing my secrets.

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