My 5 Go-To Healthy Tips
As a wellness coach I thought I'd share my five go-to healthy tips — tips that are realistic, sustainable, and easy to follow even — or especially — during hectic and busy times.
1. Keep it out of the house.
Studies show that we only have a limited amount of willpower, and that willpower reduces significantly as the day wears on. So when we come home after work, hungry and tired, one of the first things we want to do is eat. And if the cookies on the kitchen counter (note caption in photo below!) are the first thing we see, of course we’re going to be tempted to eat them! While it’s more than okay to have sweet treats on occasion, they are so much more enjoyable when we choose them rather than them choosing us.
2. Make meal prep your friend.
There’s a lot of wisdom in the expression: “Fail to plan, plan to fail.” We have more success when we create systems than about focusing on a specific goal. And that is why taking a bit of time on the weekend (my favorite time is Sunday) to make a couple meals that will carry you through the week is well worth the time. No longer is there temptation to get fast food for lunch or takeout for dinner, because the meal’s already made for you.
3. Move your own way.
Everyone knows that movement, daily steps, activity, exercise is fundamental. But oftentimes we’ll start an exercise regimen only to give it up after a few weeks. Find an exercise regimen that works not for your coworkers, your peers, your spouse, but for you. If running is not for you, but you love power walking (raises hand) so be it. The point is to find your own sweet spot — the kind of movement that makes you feel rejuvenated and alive — and then stick to it.
4. Make time for things that matter.
Let’s face it: there are only so many hours in a day, with much of those hours being consumed at the office, running errands, and a little time leftover for ourselves. As a holistic health coach, I am a strong advocate for making time to take care of yourself, not only physically but emotionally as well.
When we don’t take time — or have time — to nourish ourselves physically, emotionally, and creatively we risk burning out. Delegating certain tasks takes the burden off so we have more time to give to ourselves, and in turn to others. Grocery delivery has fast become my favorite task to hand off because it saves hours fighting traffic and crowds that I can use on things that are more important — and necessary — to me and the people in my life.
5. Swap it up.
I’ll be the first to admit it: I love food. And as a passionate eater with an adventurous palate I love trying different restaurants and cuisines. But when I’m at home I try to eat very healthily. Still, as someone with a sweet tooth I often crave something sweet after dinner. Instead of keeping candy around (which only leads to consuming too much of it), I’ve found satisfying swaps to sate my sweet tooth.
For example, instead of keeping ice cream in the freezer, I make banana ice cream or my favorite smoothie instead. Or, if I’m craving something salty, I make stove-top popcorn seasoned with garlic salt and coconut oil. I’ve grown to love the challenge of finding a healthy swap that’s also satisfying.
What are your favorite go-to healthy tips? Comment below!