Healthy Habits for 2017

wordswag_1482168468974It’s a new year, and for most of us the time for a health reboot! After the indulgences of the holidays, we are ready to focus on eating more nutritiously, maybe lose a few pounds, get back into a consistent exercise routine, and bring more healthy habits into our lives.

Here are some healthy habits to incorporate into your lifestyle for the healthiest you this year!

Stay hydrated. Drink hot water with lemon first thing in the morning. The water rehydrates you after your night’s rest, and the lemon juice alkalizes your body, aids in digestion, and gives you a boost of vitamin C.

Get enough sleep – at least 7-9 hours each night.  It is estimated that as much as 70% of Americans suffer from sleep deprivation. Our mental, emotional and physical performance suffer when we don’t get enough sleep. Some resulting problems from lack of sleep include weight gain, diabetes, memory loss and depression.

Start a daily meditation practice. There is now scientific proof that meditation helps with… well pretty much everything! A happy body has a calm, focused mind, and no doubt meditation can help with that. Try taking a meditation class, or download the Headspace or Calm apps for free guided meditations.

Get more greens into your diet. Greens are the most nutritious food, and most people don’t eat them on a regular bases. They are loaded in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and vitamins A, C, E and K.  Easy ways to get more greens into your life are in a green smoothie, salad or throw some greens into a soup or sauce.

To really reboot your health, do a cleanse. If you’re really feeling icky after all of the indulgences of the holidays, consider doing a cleanse or detox for a few days, or even up to a week. It can be as simple as just eating clean, whole foods for a few days. Or, you could replace one or two meals with a fresh juice or smoothie. If you’re looking for a guided detox, I have one available here.

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