I'm not shy about how nutrition and healthy lifestyle has changed my life.
After I graduated college I was eating the typical American diet of cereal for breakfast, pasta for lunch, processed casseroles for dinner, and a whole bunch of junk snacks in between those meals.
At the same time, I was experiencing a plethora of health issues, but since I never gained weight, I never really cared about the food I was putting in my body.
We often never associate our health issues with what we are putting in our body, but the truth is, diet is the foundation of all health.
I promise, if you change your diet, you will see significant changes in your overall health within days. Days.
These 5 daily habits are the cornerstone of my healthy lifestyle. Give one of them a try this week and see how things can change in your own life.
1. I exercise, but I don't over-do it.
If I'm feeling run-down or lackluster with energy levels, I opt for an easy hike instead or long walk instead of going to Crossfit or doing a strength workout.
Overexercising is a major contributor to poor immunity in addition to burn-out. The key to a healthy workout routine is variety, challenge, enjoyment, and consistency.
My weekly routine consists of a variety of movements including hiking, long walks, short strength workouts, and random movements like pullups and lunges at the park. I try to stay moving as much as possible.
2. I get outside.
Vitamin D deficiency is a cause for many serious health issues, including osteoporosis, heart disease, and advanced cancer.
I make it a point every afternoon to take a 15-30 minute break outside reading a book (or a short nap) in the sunshine (without sunscreen). For those with lighter toned skin, a few minutes in direct sunlight with exposed skin will be enough to maintain healthy Vitamin D levels.
It truly makes a difference in your overall health, especially your mood in the winter.
If you live in a climate that doesn't get much sun, you should be taking a quality Vitamin D supplement every day.
In addition to Vitamin D, the benefits of getting outdoors include lowering stress levels, producing "feel-good" hormones, and enhancing our sense of well-being.
A study done in Japan showed that walking through a pine forest reduces symptoms of depression and overall stress levels.
Get outside. Plain and simple.
3. I almost entirely omit gluten and processed sugar.
I'm not someone who is looking to lose weight, but I am a person who desires to feel my absolute best everyday and in order to do that, I choose to fill my plate with foods that give me the best mental and physical health every single day.
Once a week I will enjoy a treat of some sort but the bulk of my diet is protein, healthy fats, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
I see a significant difference in my moods, energy levels, and overall well-being when I omit gluten and processed sugars. They truly do nothing for us in terms of health.
By replacing processed grains and sugars with foods like sweet potatoes, bananas, carrots, nuts, dark chocolate, wild rice, squash, and the like, we offer the body wholesome nutrition without the negative side-effects that come with a diet of processed grains.
4. I eat fermented foods and take a probiotic.
I can't stress enough how important gut health is. We are exposed to so much stress and a high level of toxins every single day--we can't afford to not support our gut.
I eat raw, fermented sauerkraut on eggs almost every morning. In addition, I have a snack of full-fat, plain yogurt with berries and nuts every afternoon.
Gut health is vital if you are trying to lose weight and not seeing results!
5. I recharge my mindset.
As important as exercise and a healthy diet are, without a healthy mindset, those habits often get neglected as our mind is truly the control center for what we do.
Every morning, I make it a priority to read or listen to a podcast for 10-15 minutes to recharge my mind.
It makes a significant difference in what I accomplish throughout the rest of the day.
If you are looking for support in your daily habits, I've created a FREE Facebook group called, Health Habits Power Group. We'd love for you to join us!
P.S. Are you needing support on implementing better habits? Summit Fit Academy only has a few spots left and we want you to join us for the March 6th-April 2nd session!
A program designed for the woman who feels "stuck" in unhealthy and not sure what the next step is, Summit Fit provides you with the plan, resources, and daily support you need to finally reach your healthy potential.
Don't wait for better days, make the decision today to put your health first. What do you say, join us?