Happy 2018! We are looking forward to a clean slate, a fresh start and all of the opportunities a new year brings. But none of those things can happen if you’re not the best, healthiest version of you. We’re going to share some small tips on how you can life a happier, healthier 2018!
We know, this is the oldest “resolution” in the book, but really this doesn’t have to be a “new year’s resolution,” these tips should just be small goals you set for yourself, every day of every year to maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit.
Skip the sugar, drink more water
This one small change in your daily habit will make a huge change in every aspect of your health. Drinking more water will make you look and feel better. Try replacing at least one of your drinks of choice (coffee, soda, energy drinks) with a large glass of water with lemon, mint or any other natural additive to trick your brain into thinking you’re still getting that satisfaction of flavor. The age old trick is to take your body weight, divide in half, and drink that many ounces of water per day, however, another good guideline is 8 glasses of water per day.
Move every day, even if it’s small
You don’t need some fancy work out gear and a gym membership to become a more active person in general. Make small steps throughout your day to get moving. If you usually take the elevator at work, take the stairs. If you usually come home and sit in front of the TV to unwind, try taking a stroll around the park or your neighborhood instead! This is great not just for your physical health, but your mental health as well.
Keep your shopping list strict
Have you ever heard that saying “If you don’t buy it, you can’t eat it”? This is especially true when doing your meal planning for the new year. Sit down and look at yoru normal trip to the grocery store, and see how many of those foods are “whole” foods v. “processed” foods. A simple trick is to switch out some of those processed ones for more real foods. If it’s not in your house, you can’t eat it and vice versa!
Substitutions are your best friends
Pinterest is a great resource for recipes, and it’s also perfect for ideas to find easy, healthy switches to some of your favorite foods. Being healthy doesn’t mean limitation or starvation! You can (and should) still have those tacos with a cocktail. However, maybe try switching to corn tortillas or lettuce wraps instead of flour, and silver tequila with soda water (or flavored sparkling water) instead of a Margarita using premade mix that’s packed with sugar.
Sit back and enjoy
Most importantly, try to take time for you. Meditate, relax with a good book, journal your thoughts. Try to stress less on the small stuff, and we promise your quality of life and mental health will improve!
We wish you all a successful, happy and adventurous 2018!