Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday: Four Easy Lifestyle Changes

Major changes to your lifestyle take effort, time and discipline.  I’ve been on my wellness journey for 13 years and I am still learning new things.  I have to constantly remind myself that undoing over thirty years of eating habits, cultural norms, and group think is a continuous process.  So if you’ve faltered on your 2019 health resolutions/goals don’t beat yourself up.

The basics of healthy living are just that basic.  Don’t get sucked into waist training, teas and fancy supplements.  I am sharing five easy lifestyle changes you can make right now.  Guess, what most of them won’t cost you a thing.

Drink Water

This is probably the easiest, cheapest and most effective changes you can make.  All the cool kids on IG and FB say you should be drinking a gallon a day.  I myself have done it in the past and it was no easy feat.  Do your research and figure out what is best for you.  Don’t worry about keeping up with the cool kids.  Check out of the benefits of drinking water on this post.

Get Some Sleep

I wake up at 8:00 am most days a week so I can workout.  Staying dedicated to my early morning workouts requires that I get my rest at night.  I use to be a night owl staying up way too late watching bad TV. Getting those extra Zs will have you energetic, thinking clearer and in a better mood.  I try to get at least five hours of sleep and I keep up with my sleep patterns using my Polar Loop.

Eat Whole Foods 

I’m not talking about food from Whole Food grocery store.  I mean food that has been minimally processed. This was and is the most difficult lifestyle change I made.  Packaged/fast food is plentiful and to be honest it tastes pretty good!  I gradually “weaned” myself away from McDonald’s cheeseburgers, Checkers seasoned fries and Taco Bell crunch wrap supreme’s.  Honestly, that stuff upset my stomach each time I ate it so I didn’t miss it too much when I gave it up.  However, transitioning from packaged foods to cooking fresh meals was a struggle.  I was a die-hard HotPocket, Eggo waffle, canned soup for lunch type of person. The convenience of throwing something in the oven or microwave was everything to me.  However, I was committed to eating better and that meant limiting package food for organic meat and vegetables.  Eating cleaner has been the best thing I have done for myself and the benefits have been and are continuous: my adult acne cleared up, no more crazy PMS, shorter and lighter menstrual cycles, no daily bloating and I “go” regularly.

Get Moving

Prior to getting sick I spent most of my day behind a desk staring at a computer and most evenings I’m on my laptop.  My life was pretty sedentary because of my job and my hobby.  However, that’s even more of a reason to make sure I get my workouts in.  Now-a-days I’m a bit more active in the day, however; I still make it a priority to get my daily workout video done. I wake up and the first thing I do is my Beachbody workout. Our bodies are amazing and can do amazing things as long our minds allow it.  Set aside that time to get moving.

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