The month of March is a special time of the year…This is the time where the seasons change and we take a moment to reevaluate our yearly, quarterly and lifetime goals. In addition, we celebrate National Nutrition Month, which allows us to look more closely at our current health condition and make plans for a more healthy and happier existence.
If healthy eating, exercise and mindful living has not been a priority this year, or you are finding it difficult to incorporate it into your busy life; here a 5 tips to inspire you to live a more vibrantly energetic life during National Health Month.
1. Get more sleep – It isn’t a secret that having a good night’s sleep can make or break a day. Besides just making you feel better; a good night’s rest can benefit your heart, weight and mind. Try to get at least 7 hours of good sleep per evening to keep your body at its best.
2. Eat more source food – The importance of eating high quality, non-processed foods can’t be emphasized enough. There are many foods on the market that may appear to be healthy, but just aren’t…The best way to navigate around this is by eating natural, organic foods that come from as close to the source as possible. By eating fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables you will see an increase in energy, strength and clarity.
3. Drink more water – If you find yourself with low energy with fluctuating cravings throughout the day; your water consumption (or lack thereof) may be the culprit. Try to consume 6-8 8 oz, glasses of water per day, drinking a large glass of water before every meal. It may seem like a chore, but drinking a large glass of water before eating is a great way to partially fill you up and prevent you from overeating, and will help keep your energy up during the day.
4. Read the label – The unfortunate truth about many of the foods in grocery stores today is that they simply are not healthy for you – despite what their label may say. It is important now more than ever to read the labels of our food and be informed about what is actually in a product. Rule of thumb – if you can’t pronounce, don’t eat it. And always look at the first 2-3 ingredients. If what you see is processed, high sugar, salt or additives…stay away.
5. Take a time out – Taking time out for yourself is not necessarily about meditation, although that is a great option. It is about setting aside a short period of time where you can breathe, clear your mind and just be. This can be a walk in the park or just close the door to your office. 5-10 minutes is all you need to incorporate in to your day. You will be surprised at how much more calm, light and joyful you can be after a moment to yourself.