Hope you had a wonderful, stress-free December! As much as I tried to focus on the true meaning of the holidays and spending time with friends and family, I still found myself scrambling to complete my shopping list, attending events (sometimes multiple in one evening.) Not to mention the guilt associated with being completely thrown off my exercise program-all leading to stress!
Now its time to focus on the new year, new beginnings and rejuvenation. Below are a few tips I'd like to share to get you back on track mentally and physically! Please comment if you have a great tip to share!
1. Bust your sugar addiction! This means limiting your daily sugar intake to under 40g. That's the amount in one bottle of those so called smoothies like Odwalla.
2. Is your goal this year to lose weight? Whether you are focusing on the pound or two you may have gained during the holidays or have an ongoing weight problem, start by getting healthy. Healthy changes that take place over time turn into lifelong habits, so go easy on yourself. Start by committing to eating more vegetables (3 servings per day), then gradually reduce your red meat intake. Another good start is incorporating "meatless Mondays" into your meal planning!
3. Get More Exercise. Even though the data suggest that your diet has more impact on your weight than how much time you exercise, physical activity is excellent for your brain and heart. Make sure you make time for yourself to move daily. Get a fit bit or utilize all the new mobile apps that track your fitness. Commit yourself to a routine that includes walking, yoga, pilates-even zumba. It all adds up.
4. Set a goal and plan ahead. How about that 10k you've been wanting to run? Even if you're not in the best shape, being in a group that is determined and excited to exercise will help you along. Not to mention the high you feel when you cross the finish line! Alternately, your goal may be to go on a challenging hike with friends once a month. Whatever you choose, plan to make it successful.
5. Start a Garden! I know, I know...you may not have the time. But you can start small and grow in pots. Gardening is meditative and restorative for many people. It's a great stress buster too! Not only is it helpful in helping you eat more vegetable, its great if you like to juice. I keep an entire garden just for juicing with many kale varieties, carrots, beets and fennel.
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Healthy On You Recipes and cooking tips by Samantha Binkley. Many of these recipes use Samantha's 100% Organic Spice Blends that take the guess work out of cooking.