Healthy Hows

Here are 30 tricks to jumpstart your health. I know a couple will resonate with you too. Even if you discover 3 or 4 to help you get to a healthier you, that’s a start.  

  • Drink 1-2 glasses of lukewarm lemon water first thing in the morning to jumpstart your metabolism. Then yes, your coffee.
  • I know, this is a no-brainer, but SLEEP. It is always the first thing we sacrifice. Healthy bodies need to be well rested and well fuelled. Sleep keeps your body running its most efficiently by balancing out your hormones.
  • Have some protein with every meal—and I’m not talking just meat. Hemp and chia seeds, beans and lentils and also edamame are amazing sources of planet-based proteins. Start to integrate them into your life NOW.
  • Eat a handful of nuts every day—I like them raw. I like them organic.
  • Buy yourself a pedometer and start moving. Your daily goal? Start with 5,000 steps.
  • Drink at least 10 glasses of water throughout the day. Add lemon, parsley, berries, chlorophyl, ginger. You name it, just drink it.
  • Eat from dark plates. You eat less.
  • When you feel like you need comfort food, call a friend or family member; go for a walk before you reach for food. 9 out of 10 times it’s not food you are needing, it is connection. And no scrolling doesn’t count, it actually makes you crave more.
  • Put the fork down and breathe between every bite. 
  • Healthy breakfasts are key to healthy bodies. Eat steel cut oats in the am. Complex carbs are best eaten in the beginning of the day.
  • Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before every meal. You prep your body to digest and also helps you eat less.
  • Have three main meals and two snacks every day and don’t eat between meals. 
  • Drink a green smoothie every single day.
  • Eat more black beans. Tasty, versatile, protein packed and fiber and antioxidant rich.
  • Instead of watching TV while you eat, download a free 20-minute nature sound. Only have a second portion if you still feel hungry after listening until the end.
  • Snack on water-rich foods, such as cucumber, celery, lettuce, radishes, or tomatoes. 
  • Spice up your food with HOT sauces and salsas.
  • Sit when you eat.
  • Buy yourself a beautiful journal and note what you eat, how this food makes you feel and WHY you eat. Stop buying anything that makes you feel crap.
  • Had a big lunch? Make dinner small.
  • Skip the bread. Actually just banish it from your day!
  • Take inventory mid day to see what you have eaten and what you need more of in your day. No veggies yet, make this your next food decision. 
  • Find five ways to move more. Some ideas: take the stairs, wiggle while you type, stand more or dance while brushing your teeth. Get creative!
  • Use a small spoon for sampling dessert instead of eating the whole thing. 
  • Eat more avocados. Healthy fats keep you skinny, and they also make your cells thrive..
  • Use plain cashew butter instead of mayonnaise. Seriously it tastes just as good without all the saturated fat.
  • THIS IS MY GO TO. Take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before going to bed for clear eyes, radiant skin and a serious kick to the metabolism.
  • Wear fitted clothes when dining out. You won’t eat as much.
  • Ditch the sugar. Just say no already to this addictive white powder. Sweet potatoes, beets, fruits, green juice will kick the cravings before they even start.
  • Skip the chips … Munch on carrots instead. Use salsa as dip.