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5 Healthy Habits That Could Change Your Life

Each week I like to bring something new to the table. Something to excite you, educate you, or simply motivate you on your healthy journey. As I tell my clients, when it comes to being healthy, we have to keep things fresh and fun. If you find yourself doing the same thing every single day, you're more likely to get burnt out and give up without hesitation. Finding your health and balance should be enjoyable and it should absolutely feel good both physically and mentally. Personally, if I did the same thing day in and day out,  I wouldn't be as passionate about what I do. I'm constantly trying new morning concoctions, new workouts in the gym, and introducing myself to different tips and tricks. As a Health Coach, I know how important it is to challenge our bodies and minds. It allows us to test out and find what works best for us on an individual level. It can also be the difference between getting results and not getting results. Rest assured keeping things fresh does not have to be complicated. It could mean trying one new thing each week, or to scale back, one new thing each month. I encourage you to do whatever it takes to find what works for you, and motivates you to keep going. If you're drawing a blank, try one of our five healthy habits. While it might not be what you're looking for, we say it doesn't hurt to try. Who knows, including some of our habits and suggestions could make a big difference in your life.

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1. Oil Pulling: It's a "crunchy" habit that can really amp up your morning routine. Oil pulling sounds funny, but once you try it, we think you might get hooked. It's a pretty simple method. Upon rising, take a small spoonful of melted coconut oil and put it in your mouth. For the next twenty to thirty minutes, swoosh it around your mouth (do NOT swallow or spit in sink). It's literally known to pull toxins from your body, while possibly whitening your teeth, and freshening your breath. We always follow our oil pulling sesh with our warm lemon water (deets to follow). There are MANY articles on the internet that will say you have to do it this way or that way, but I say start at your pace. Try it out for a few minutes tomorrow morning while getting ready for work or preparing your breakfast. Increase the time as you get more comfortable with it.

2. Morning Meditation: Hey, don't knock it until you try it. I like to call it "the calm before the storm." We wake up and next thing you know it's already noon. Each day is packed with more work, errands, chores, and events to attend. We can get so caught up in the craziness of life that we forget to stop, breathe, and take in the view around us. Getting your mind and thoughts right before you walk out of your front door can make be the difference in a good day or a bad day. I love to start my morning off with a daily devotion from the Bible and a calm five minutes before I get going. This is also a great time to pop in the oil pulling or sip on your warm lemon water. See, we're tying this all in for you. A one stop shop for your morning health routine (however, this can be enjoyed whenever you please!).

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3. Warm Lemon Water: Sometimes, I feel like I should be a spokesperson for lemons. I'm constantly encouraging all of you lovely peeps to drop and give me some fresh lemon juice in your morning water. The health benefits are endless but my most favorite include reasons like balancing your pH levels, flushing the junk from your body (also known as detoxing), helps cure the common cold, and aids in digestion. Honestly the list could go on but these are a few BIG reasons to give the lemons a shake. From time to time, we change it up by adding some fresh ginger slices, orange slices, or better yet cinnamon and honey. Fresh lemon juice, warm water, cinnamon, and honey has been said to aid in weight loss when consumed in both the morning and the evening on an empty stomach. Whether or not this helps you lose weight, I can attest that it helps curb my late night cravings and also tastes quite sweet and delicious!  

4. Fresh Air: I don't care if it's hot outside or freezing, I'm here to say that fresh air does the mind and body good. Many of us spend a lot of time indoors for work or everyday life. While we can't always control where we have to be, we can make an effort to take in some fresh oxygen in the great outdoors. If you don't have time to get outdoors for a quick workout, open your windows for a few minutes every single day to circulate fresh air. It can also help push out the germs and not so pleasant smells that you may not even realize are there. Some studies even suggest that kids who get more fresh air may do better in school or show fewer ADHD symptoms. So, take a family walk around the block, soak up the vitamin D, and take a few cleansing breaths in the middle of mother nature. 

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5. Be Present: Most of us have some sort of electronic in our hands all of the time (guilty!). While it can often be work related, I'm pretty sure it can also be harmful to our health and to some of the relationships around us. Our loved ones want to spend quality time with us (whether they admit it or not), so give them what they naturally crave, YOU! Set a time to sign offline each day, and let's get back to spending time together the old fashioned way. If that doesn't move you, then consider signing off at least two hours before bed. Doing this could help calm your mind, and improve your sleep habits too. Be present in your life and make the most of the time you spend with others. If you're at a game, be all in at the game. If you're at the movies, be all in at the movies. Wherever you are, and whatever you're doing be there and not off focused on someone's status on the internet.  

The goal is try something new, while keeping things fresh, and also exciting. Our suggestions may or may not work for you, but the goal is to challenge yourself to be better with each new day. If it works great, and if it doesn't, then let this be the motivation behind introducing yourself to different ways that could help you to look and feel your best. 

Five Ways to Stay Motivated

Don’t let the leftover paczkis from Fat Tuesday distract you from staying on track with your health and fitness goals. You’ve got your eye on the prize and you know what you’re working towards. That is until the excitement of making healthy choices become repetitive and boring. You think to yourself the start of living healthy always goes well, but within a couple of weeks your drive is diminished with the box of chocolates you devoured on Valentine’s Day. Before you throw in the towel, we’re offering you five fun and refreshing ways to stay motivated.

1. Mix it up: If you find yourself bored and distracted with being healthy, it may mean that it’s time to change what you are doing. Start by changing up your food. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Pick one new fruit or vegetable each week to try, and then choose a new way to cook it. Get friendly with spices, as it can be the secret to delicious healthy dishes. If you want to keep things simple, rotate meals every two to three days. After you’ve tackled the food, it’s time to change up your workout. Consider trying a new fitness class, or rotate what you’re doing throughout the week. Once you’ve tested our a few workouts that feel good, continue changing things up each week. Remember, if you aren’t having fun or enjoying this, then you need to continue searching until you find what works for you!

2.  Partner up: Grab a buddy to share this journey with. You can check in with each other each day, to make sure you’re both staying on track, and encouraged. Ask your friend to meet you at the gym, try a new workout class, grocery shop, and prep your food together. You can send each other encouraging texts, keep charts, and hold weekly meetings with each other.  Ask her to hold you accountable all throughout this process. Don’t be afraid to ask a group of friends to join in. It’s kind of like a book club, but for health, and fitness!

3. Share what you’re doing:  Consider sharing your healthy journey and progress on social media. You can post pictures of your healthy food choices, accomplished workouts, healthy products, or quotes that motivate you and others. You can even create your own hashtag, so you can look back and reflect on the progress you’ve made. Living a healthy lifestyle is something that should be celebrated. Not only will this encourage you to keep going, but you could also be inspiring others to get healthy too!

4. Create a Vision Board: A vision board is a collaboration of photos and words that inspire you to reach your goals. You can cut pictures from magazines or the internet, and then paste it altogether on a board. If that sounds like too much work, you can copy and paste pictures on your computer and keep the board on your desktop. Each time you open your computer, it will remind you of what you are working towards. Another option would be to create a Pinterest board, where you can pin motivational pictures, helpful information, and ideas. Keep your vision board posted somewhere where you can see it each day.

5. Reward Yourself: Each week decide what you’re going to accomplish, and then offer yourself a reward once you’ve reached your goals. This will help motivate you, as you will have something to look forward to. If you ate healthy, worked out, and did everything you’ve set out for, be sure to reward yourself for your hard work. A few rewards could include purchasing new music for your workout, a new outfit to wear while working out, a cheat meal, or a relaxing massage. You can set smaller weekly goals, and then quarterly goals, where you can set rewards ahead of time once accomplished.

The bottom line is that living a healthy lifestyle takes work, and you constantly need to motivate yourself to keep going. If you find yourself in a “healthy girl rut” then consider trying a few of the suggestions listed above. Remember, this lifestyle should feel good, inside and out!