An important thing to consider when trying to achieve our best life is how we are fueling ourselves during the journey. If everything in our world is energy, then supplying our bodies with low energy nutrition can really make achieving our best lives an uphill battle. Healthy eating, and more importantly finding ways to adapt healthy eating to my somewhat lazy lifestyle, is one of my passions. I love to find simple ways to add good nutrition into my day in small ways that can add up big in the end.
I’m going to take you through my day and easy ways I sneak in healthier options and set myself up for great days. I’m not going to lead you on and say that I always begin my days like this, more often than not I’m running late because I slept in, but this routine always leads to my absolute best days. I am more productive, have more energy, and am much more positive throughout the day. I suggest trying it out for a few days and seeing how you feel, especially if there is something big happening soon when you'll need the extra positivity, say a job interview or maybe an important exam.
A good day begins with getting enough sleep. Our bodies use our sleeping hours to help repair and prepare our bodies for the upcoming day. It is important to aim for 7-9 hours each night. Really try to be in bed by 10, 11 at the latest. I know this seems lame and a lot of younger people like to stay up later. I was very much a night owl until the past year, but I’ve found going to bed earlier and getting up with the sun really makes my days better and has helped tremendously with my overall well being.
I usually get up around 6 for work, but my body naturally wakes up at about 7:30. I know, it’s hard to embrace these habits of what is considered an “older” person thing to do, but I swear you will feel so much better both mentally and physically. When we sleep, our body eliminates toxins and these can often be found on our tongues in the morning. Yeah, that white film on your tongue, it’s full of toxins so it’s best to get rid of that before eating or drinking anything. I use a copper Ayurvedic tongue scraper then follow this with oil pulling with coconut oil. I usually oil pull while I’m busy doing other things because it can be a little boring if not. I use this time to pack my lunch, make tea, or pick out my clothes for the day.
After oil pulling, I drink warm lemon water. The lemon water clears out toxins and helps to kick start our metabolism. Drinking water in the morning is vital, aim for one or two glasses, bonus points if you add chia seeds to your water. After water, try to fit in a little bit of exercise. Exercising in the morning on an empty stomach helps to wake up your body and metabolism. Again, fueling your metabolism is an easy way to help with weight loss. Rather than skipping breakfast to avoid calories, work on fueling your metabolism and eating a filling meal in order to avoid snacking throughout the day.
Easy morning exercises I like are walking my dog for a mile around the neighborhood, a morning yoga routine from YouTube, or the five Tibetan rites. The five Tibetan rites are AWESOME and can give you a little bit of an energetic high, much more effective than coffee. Walking your dog, if you have one, is a great way to get some early morning vitamin D, greet your neighbors, and let your dog benefit from some exercise too. It’s a win-win… win if you count sharing your positive vibes with your neighbors too.
Then the supplements and breakfast, it’s time to fuel your body to set you up for your awesome day. The supplements I currently use are a multi vitamin, maca, and vitex berry. In a previous post I discussed that I stopped taking birth control a few months ago because I felt like it was doing more harm than good to my body. I have been using maca and vitex to help rebalance my hormones and help with the side effects of coming off of birth control, like missing periods and painful cystic acne. I have had wonderful results with these two supplements. It’s important to remember to check out the sources of the supplements. Only buy responsibly sourced supplements from trustworthy companies. Don’t just grab random things off the shelf; this is your body and health. Do some research.
For breakfast, it’s important to eat something filling. Try to aim for fiber and protein so that you don’t have cravings for the rest of the day. I have a few favorite to go breakfasts that are easy and fill me up. A grapefruit, avocado on toast (avoid white bread like the plague), overnight oats, or chia pudding are great options that are quick and easy to make. Eggs are another great option; I only eat eggs from local farms that I buy directly from at my local farmers market. Eggs that are bought at the super market can’t really be trusted and animals that come from factory farms are never treated well. Cage free doesn’t really mean much these days. I then drink an organic, vegan protein shake. I’m a vegetarian and I find that this is the best way to ensure I’m getting enough protein each day. This takes less than a minute to make and I can usually drink it on my way into work. Easy and keeps me full to avoid snacking.
So that is my morning routine. Somewhere in there I find time to shower, brush my teeth, and make myself presentable for the day. I think routines in the morning are good to have in order to set yourself up to have a good day. No one likes racing around the house trying to find the keys and making it to work 10 minutes late for the third time this week. I love to sleep in and loath the sound of my alarm clock just like the next person, but I’ve found getting up 20 minutes early in order for things to go smoothly in the morning really is much better.
In order to save ourselves from my tangent, I’m going to finish this post up with a few of my favorite sneaky tips to be healthy without spending tons or money or sacrificing too much time or effort.
1. I would highly recommend cutting out soda from your diet. It’s full of sugar and chemicals that can be very damaging to our bodies. Diet sodas are even worse than regular, as artificial sweeteners have been found to be both carcinogenic and a cause for strong sugar cravings. Something to try instead is kombucha. The taste takes some getting used to, but there are some delicious flavors out there. My favorite is bucha’s grapefruit sage and blood orange. Seriously, they are awesome and so refreshing on a hot day.
2. Try to eat healthier snacks when you get a hunger pang during the day. Hummus has really increased in popularity and although it is a great choice for healthier eating, the pita chips used to eat hummus are not. Substitute sliced cucumbers and carrots instead of pita. It’s a good way to get the same crunch, but sneak in a serving or two of veggies.
3. It’s incredibly important to get enough water throughout the day. I know tons of people that say that they don’t like the taste of water, that it’s boring, yada yada yada. A delicious way to spice up your water is to infuse it with some fruit. Strawberries, blueberries, lemon, really any fruit can be added to water to add a little sweetness and flavor. Try adding your favorite fruit to your water bottle and refrigerating overnight. My favorite is a mix of cucumber, lemon slices, and mint.
4. I’m not a big drinker, but I enjoy the occasional cocktail. It’s difficult to drink without feeling the weight of all the sugar and calories of those delicious drinks. An easy way I like to add some health and less guilt to a summer cocktail is to use watermelon. Cut watermelon into chunks then put it in the freezer. It should be ready to go in about two hours. Toss it in the blender with a little bit of tequila (my preferred mix) or vodka and blend. It’s seriously delicious, easy, and adds some nutrients to your drink. Also, with the hydrating effects of the watermelon, no hangovers!
Okay, I’ll wrap this up. Finding easy ways to add some heath and better options to my day is a passion of mine and I could rant on and on. If you like these types of posts and would like to see more, please let me know. You can also follow me on twitter for more tips like these in the future (link at the top of my home page).
As always, thank you for your support. I hope everyone has a wonderful, healthier week. I’m sending positive vibes your way!