If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times. Improving your health isn’t about big changes or huge shifts, it’s about making small updates to your daily routine and developing a sustainable healthy lifestyle.
While watching a documentary or reading a new book that excites you enough to want to make changes is wonderful, you can’t fix everything in a day. The more dramatic your changes, the more likely you are to fall off the wagon and go back to your old, unhealthy ways.
So, with that in mind, here are some small, easy, do-able little health hacks that you can work on tackling. Maybe you start with one a week. Then try to incorporate one a day.
Little changes. Big difference.
- Swap out soda, sugary coffee drinks & juice. You want to get your calories from nutrient-dense foods rather than drinks. Sodas, coffee concoctions, and juice are empty calories that spike your insulin levels and can ruin your whole day by making you want salty, fatty foods and actually make you more tired in the long run. Starting out small, try swapping out one of these drinks a week. Water is the best alternative, but you could try a sparkling water with a dash of juice instead. You’ll get some flavor and bubbles, without the sugar rush. For my coffee-lovers, try it black with some almond milk or even bulletproof coffee if you want a kick.
- Add some green tea. Instead of one of your cups of coffee or black tea, have a mug of green tea. Not only is it packed with antioxidants, it also has the amino acid L-theanine, anti-inflammatories, and anti-carcinogenic compounds.
- Switch to raw nuts. Nuts and seeds are a great nutrient-dense source of healthy fats and have a place in any healthy diet. However, you don’t want to rely on sugary or salty varieties like honey roasted. Try to switch to raw or activated varieties so that you can reap all the benefits. And pay attention to portion size so you don’t over indulge.
- Increase water consumption. Water is good for you. Drink lots of it. It’s that simple. 🙂 If you’re having trouble increasing your daily consumption, try adding lemon wedges and mint leaves for a fun infused water. Can’t seem to remember to drink it? Keep a bottle with you at all times or try setting reminders throughout the day.
- Move it move it. Improving your diet is always a good thing, but combining that with movement is even better. Start with a weekly walk. Then increase the frequency. Then maybe try out a home bodyweight workouts or join a gym. Slowly work towards daily movement to keep your body healthy.
- Add natural anti-inflammatories. Researchers and doctors have gathered increasing data in recent years that appears to link inflammation with Western diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and various cancers. You can reduce your body’s levels of inflammation by eating natural anti-inflammatories like turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, blueberries, green tea, red peppers, beets, broccoli, olive oil, tomatoes, spinach, garlic, and others.
And my #1 health hack? Don’t give up!! There will be setbacks. Lots of them. But don’t give up after a “bad” meal or an indulgent vacation. Falling off the wagon isn’t the big risk, it’s never getting back up again.
What’s YOUR favorite health hack? What started YOU on your healthy living journey and helped you hold on to your lifestyle?