Everyday Wellness

Let’s Get Back to Basics, Shall We…

I have been thinking a lot about how overwhelming nutrition, health and wellness, exercise and movement, and just living a happier life can be lately. It can be maddening, frustrating, and can create stagnation in your life when trying to reach certain goals.

So, I thought I’d throw out a few tip ideas to keep things stupid simple (KISS) as they say.

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I will keep these basic as well:

1. Drink more water. Need I say more?! Half your body weight in ounces throughout the day, not all at once, and you can even throw some lemon in there, or make it fancy, by putting in berries or cucumber.

2. Eat more veggies and fruits daily. It sounds corny but, yes, eat a rainbow in order to benefit fro the amazing nutrients produce. Don’t eat only fruit all day, but a piece or two daily is a great start. More green veggies all around!

3. Get quality protein in at each meal. I don’t mean chicken nuggets obviously, but if you love fish, eat it, if a steak is calling your name eat it, if chicken breast makes you flip your lid, go for it. Keep the portions the palm of your hand and you are good to go.

4. Swap processed carbs for quality carbs. It is not necessary to avoid this important macronutrient completely, just eat the right ones for amazing health. Fibrous veggies and fruits are great, starchy veggies like potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, carrots, parsnips can all increase performance and help keep metabolism, thyroid glands and adrenal glands in tip top shape.

5. Fats…no they won’t make you fat. Just eat the right kind and remove the trans fats etc. Coconut oil, grass fed butter, olive oil, raw dairy (if tolerated), and a little nuts now an again will help keep you satisfied.

6. Sleep. Yes, sleep is required. 7-9 hours per night of uninterrupted sleep in a dark, cool room will bring major benefit to your life.

7. Move daily. Simply walking daily can make the world of difference. Love the gym? Great, just be sure to do forms of exercise that are appropriate for you and your current health.

8. Prepare to be amazing each day. Plan meals, cook food, pack it up. Don’t make it confusing or laborious. Take a few days of leftovers, pack them in a to-go container, and you have a well plated meal at your service. If all you have in the fridge is orange juice and a jar of Skippy, you are not going to make a great choice for lunch. Stock that fridge and get cooking.

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This was broccoli from one meal, spaghetti squash from another, and one leftover slice of meatloaf…and it was perfect.

 

 

 

Let me know your thoughts! Let me know if you need more support, I am here to help!

~Jody

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