August 29, 2023
In today’s fast-paced society, healthy habits have taken a backseat while quick wins and instant gratification have become the norm. From speedy Amazon deliveries to overnight success stories, we’ve grown accustomed to expecting immediate results. However, when it comes to our health, adopting a more realistic approach can lead to better, sustainable outcomes. As a health and nutrition coach, I’ve noticed a growing trend of individuals setting lofty goals like shedding 10 pounds in three weeks or achieving a rapid transformation. While I’m all for setting goals, it’s important to recognize that real health doesn’t operate on a quick-fix timetable.
On the podcast this week, we dive into five simple yet powerful healthy habits that can pave the way for a long-term healthy lifestyle. These habits won’t promise overnight miracles, but they will provide you with a solid foundation for sustainable well-being.
1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Water is your body’s best friend. It’s a common piece of advice, but its importance cannot be overstated. Proper hydration is a cornerstone of good health. Not only does water support clear skin and improved digestion, but it also helps detoxify your body and boosts your energy levels. Forget about the old “eight cups a day” rule; instead, focus on drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water daily. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, aim for 80 ounces of water per day. To make this habit more enjoyable, try a cute new water bottle or infuse your water with fresh fruits like lemons and oranges.
2. Eat Some Veggies
Vegetables are often under eaten in our diets, yet they’re essential for overall health. Aim to include five to six servings of veggies daily to ensure you’re nourishing your body with vital nutrients. Start small by adding a vegetable to one meal a day. Swap out chips for carrot sticks or add peppers to your dinner. Gradually, you’ll find yourself craving these nutrient-rich foods, and they’ll naturally become a larger part of your diet.
3. Move Your Body
Physical activity is a key ingredient in any healthy lifestyle. Allocate 30 minutes each day to move your body – whether it’s going for a walk, practicing yoga, or engaging in your favorite exercise. This habit isn’t about extreme workouts; it’s about consistent, enjoyable movement that supports your overall well-being.
4. Build a Consistent Bedtime Routine
Quality sleep is often underestimated, yet it’s crucial for your body’s repair and rejuvenation. Create a calming bedtime routine to signal to your body that it’s time to wind down. Dim the lights and put away technology at least 30 minutes before bed to encourage the production of melatonin, your body’s natural sleep hormone. Consider incorporating relaxing scents through a diffuser or sipping on a sleep-promoting tea.
5. Listen to Your Body
Your body is a remarkable source of information. Pay attention to its signals and cues. If you’re feeling sluggish, your body might be telling you it needs more nutrients, water, or rest. Develop a deeper connection with your body by practicing mindful eating and being attuned to its needs. I encourage you to take some time to walk through The Best Self Method to get to know your body a little bit better. Learn how to apply this method to all areas of life, but especially when building healthy habits.
While these habits may not promise drastic changes overnight, they lay the groundwork for a healthier, more vibrant life in the long run. The journey towards optimal health is a marathon, not a sprint. By prioritizing hydration, embracing veggies, moving regularly, establishing a bedtime routine, and tuning into your body’s needs, you’re setting yourself up for success on your path to lasting well-being.
Hey There, I’m Kristin, a gluten-free nutrition coach helping gluten-free families adjust to their new lifestyle.