Want to start living a healthier lifestyle but don’t know where to start? Start with these six simple habits that will help you transition into a healthy lifestyle without feeling overwhelmed!
Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning
Do you find yourself reaching for a cup of coffee first thing in the morning? It might be interesting to experiment with how starting the day off with a glass of water makes you feel. You can also spice it up by adding the juice of half a lemon or apple cider vinegar in your glass of water.
Go for a walk
Going for a 30-minute walk around your neighbourhood or the local park has many health benefits. Walking outside also provides you with fresh air and exposes your skin to sunlight, which helps boost your body to produce vitamin D. This is also a great habit to have for people who don’t have time to go to the gym 3-5 times a week.
Give yourself a bedtime
Waking up feeling energised after a good night’s sleep is high on most of our wish lists, and yet it can be so challenging going to bed at a reasonable hour. Scheduling when it’s time to go to sleep can help you get in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle and keep to a regular sleep schedule.
Pack healthy snacks
It’s an all-common scenario, as the afternoon rolls around you find yourself craving something sweet to beat the afternoon slump. Although the sugary or fatty snacks may give you a temporary boost, they will quickly lead to a blood sugar crash that drains your energy. To keep your energy levels stable throughout the day, start carrying around healthier snacks. A piece of fruit, raw unsalted nuts, carrot and cucumber sticks with hummus or plain yogurt are all great options. Another quick fix for an afternoon slump can be a Love Shake! Just add one scoop of Love Shake to chilled almond milk or your choice of nut milk and shake that baby up.
Eat vegetables with two of your meals
Including plenty of fresh, vibrant vegetables in your diet is a key element of a healthy lifestyle. But it’s not always easy getting your five vegetable daily intake, especially if you have to get it all in at dinner time. To make things easier, start consuming fruits and vegetables with every meal (breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack).
Cut down on sugary drinks
An easy and powerful way to limit your sugar intake is to start cutting down on soft/energy drinks and juice. Most of these beverages contain up to 5-10 teaspoons of sugar, which leads to spikes in your blood sugar levels that can cause long-term damage to your body. An easy fix is to start swapping your soft/energy drinks and fruit drinks for plain water (flavoured with slices of fruit or mint if you like), fresh vegetable juice or green smoothies, and unsweetened (nut) milk.
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