Six Simple Lifestyle Changes For Major Health Benefits
Adding habits to your life that make you feel awesome naturally limits the things that don’t… and is a whole lot more fun. It’s also a lot more positive to focus on additions than, say, reductions. These are our favorite lifestyle changes that can make feeling great and staying consistent with healthy habits a whole lot easier, more fun, and more effective.
1. Start the day with a glass of water.
Starting the day hydrated is a great reminder/motivation to stay hydrated! As the day progresses, and we get into the hustle and bustle of our schedules, it can be more difficult to remember to sip regularly. So, start your day with a glass of water and you’re off to a great hydration start.
2. Bring your lunch to work.
Not only does bringing your lunch save time — you don’t have to trek anywhere or wait in long lines — but you also know exactly what’s in your food, you get to choose what you like, and you save money. Our favorite lunch is dinner leftovers, since the only extra effort you have to expend is putting the food into a portable container! Check out some of our favorite recipes to pack for lunch.
3. Cook one more dinner at home each week.
If you make a homemade dinner two times a week, try adding a third homemade dinner into the mix. Adding just one more homemade dinner means money savings, more lunches made from leftovers, and most likely more veggies (as long as you include them in the meal!).
4. Have treats on a regular basis.
Deprivation steals the fun from eating and once the fun is gone, it’s tough to be happy or consistent with food choices. Instead of thinking of treats as something that you try to avoid, plan for them in moderation on a regular basis!
5. Go grocery shopping weekly.
It’s a lot easier to put together meals and snacks at home when you’ve already got the supplies to do so. And if you feel overwhelmed with the idea of grocery shopping, start by writing down one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner you’d like to make that week and get supplies for those. Once you get comfortable with those meals and they become your “go-to’s”, you can add different
ingredients into your weekly grocery haul.
6. Journal to wind down the day.
Journaling can help reduce stress and that can positively affect every other aspect of your life, from your sleep habits to your food and exercise choices. Journaling also allows you to take a step back and look at your thoughts, concerns, and dreams from a better perspective, which can make goals (and consistency in pursuing those goals) seem more clear and achievable.