5 tips for a healthier lifetyle

Yesterday I shared my top 5 tips towards a healthier diet, today here are my top 5 recommendations to have a little more health in your life :).  Go ahead give some or all of these a try and spread the joy!

      1. Get more sleep. Sleeping is of great importance to health. Poor slepping habits can lead to anxiety, depression, weight gain and increase your risks of chronic disease. Sleeping 7 to 8 hours a night can greatly improve your health. Make it a point to pay attention to your sleeping patterns and make adjustments accordingly.

      2. Be active. The benefits of exercising go way beyong weight loss. Improved energy, a stronger imune system and mood improvement are just a few.  Go out for a walk, a run, a hike or engage in group sports or fitness activities, it will ramp up your metabolic rate and swamp your body with feel good endorphins!

      3. Do the things you love. Optimal health can be greatly influenced by our day to day activities. Try this simple excersice, today before or while doing something ask yourself how it makes you feel and make a note. At the end of the day see how many of your activities bring joy into your life, hopefuly at least half your day is spent doing things you love. Making time to do the things that make us feel good is an excelent way to improve our lives and overall happiness.

      4. Create a chain of support. Nurturing your relationships is a great way to nourish your life. Whether you are going through major or minor life changes support can be a decisive factor in achieving your goals. Share your goals with your friends and family as ask for their support. Nurturing your relationships is a great way to nourish your life.

      5. Be kind to yourself. Sometimes it is easier to be kind to others than to ourselfs but self deprecation can be as harmful as any disease. Before making an unkind remark or engaging in self destructive behaviors ask yourself if you would direct that towards a loved one, if the answer is no perhaps you should reconsider doing it. Treat yourself with love and all things will fall into place.

Don't worry, be happy :)

Don’t worry, be happy 🙂

5 Tips to improve your diet

Today I would like to share some tips that can help you improve your diet.  These basic guidelines are meant to facilitate taking the first steps towards a healthier and move vibrant you. Keep in mind that we are all different and our biochemical individuality (our unique nutritional needs ) will change according to our genetic make up, lifestyle and environment. It is important to listen to your body and work on making the changes that feel right to you.

Make your plate colorful and fun!

Make your plate colorful and fun!

      1. Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is crucial for health and weight loss. Water helps our body clear toxins, deliver nutrients and assure optimal cellular function. Without proper water intake there is no health, period.  Try to build up to 8 8oz glasses of water a day. Keep in mind that alcohol, sugary and caffeinated beverages dehydrate you.

      2. Eat a variety of real foods. Consume more foods without an ingredient list. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are some examples of whole foods that are rich in nutrients and flavor. Nutrients work together  so the more variety of whole foods the more nutrition you will be packing into your diet. Eating more of these types of food facilitate the transition into eating less refined foods that are detrimental to your health. Go ahead, try new things, you might find a new favorite.

      3. Prepare your own meals. Rediscover the health benefits of cooking and taking the time to prepare your meals! By doing this you will build a closer relationship to the things you eat and you will have more control over what goes into your body.  You might have to move some stuff around but making time to nourish yourself is key to optimal health.

      4. Chew your food, eat mindfuly. The nutrients in our food are only as good as they can be absorbed by your cells. Chewing our food well is one of the first steps to a healthier you. It is one of the most powerful and simple tools you have to get the most nutrition out of your food. Eating your food in a calm manner will not only enhance the flavors of your food but it will also make its nutrients more available to your body.

      5. Enjoy your food. Prepare your meals with love.  Sit at the table with family or friends and eat midfuly . Explore using all your senses for a more satisfying and nourishing eating experience.

Tomorrow I will share my 5 top tips to a healthier lifestyle so stay tuned! 🙂