Healthy lifestyle tips that are important at any stage of life, and will make your days more enjoyable and productive!
Ten Tips For Living A Healthy Lifestyle
1. A Clean and Balanced Diet
Not referring to “dieting” when I talk about diet, rather making good choices full of fresh foods. When I look around at people I feel like so many miss out on this important healthy lifestyle tip and it’s probably number one in my book.
I don’t spend a lot of time with actual meal prep and concentrate more on the week’s meal planning and creating my grocery list. Most of our meals take just 10 minutes to prepare, especially if I prep something like a roasted chicken in advance.
I fill our plates at dinner time with generally a protein such as fresh fish or organic prepared chicken, and a small dinner salad. Sometimes it’s just a big huge salad filled with everything…and I mean HUGE. For protein we often eat beans and I’ll put white beans into the salad.
We don’t eat dessert and save that for a weekend treat if we eat out, and then will split one.
Backtracking to breakfast, my husband goes for small batch granola, sprinkled with flax seeds and topped with a generous portion of blueberries and blackberries. I generally grab a protein bar or sometimes make myself one scrambled egg.
Lunch is usually leftovers for me, since I work out of the house. My husband has taken his lunch to work ever since I’ve known him and these days it’s a couple of wraps with leftovers or sunflower nut butter sandwich rounds.
I’ve always been active and although admittedly there are many days where I am overwhelmed with things to do or just plain lazy I try and squeeze in at least 10 minutes of exercise a couple of times a day. That’s all it takes to get moving and do something good for yourself and on this day I did a nice brisk walk over a local bridge to get my heart rate up!
3. Quiet the Mind
Yoga or simple peaceful time are things to experiment with if you are looking to quiet the mind and gain (or keep) flexibility. Seriously just 10 minutes will do wonders…
4. Just Breathe
Get out there for a short time every day and breathe in some fresh air. It’s free for the taking and perhaps a little bit of work in the garden or your morning coffee on the patio will do the trick.
5. 10 Minute Snack
I cannot live without snacking during the day! Since I work at home it’s easy to go to the dark side and if there is junk in the house I will eat it…so I keep it out as much as I can. Thanks husband for bringing me the chocolate chip cookies that your client baked for you last week…hah! My good girl snack go to’s are usually nuts and if I have time mid~morning I’ll make a smoothie. I keep bananas in the freezer at all times and use half combined with vanilla almond milk and some berries.
6. Stay Hydrated
Water is the holy grail of drinks for living a healthy lifestyle and I keep a glass of lemon water around me at all times. When I’m running errands a bottle of water is my best friend. At dinner it seems like a special treat to drink a glass of European “water with gas” and it keeps me on track!
I am one of those girls who needs a good eight hours and I try to get it every night that I can. A comfy bed, a busy day and I’m good to go for sleep. Again, since my job has me often at home I have been trying to grab a 20 minute nap whenever I can. Sometimes it’s more meditative than sleep, sitting on the sofa with my feet up on the coffee table, eyes closed and listening to zen music.
8. Dental Hygiene
Dental health plays a big part of overall wellness and if you don’t keep those pearls white it can have an adverse effect on your heart! Brushing 2x a day and flossing once a day and dental cleanings at least a couple of times a year. As opposed to my grandma who kept her teeth in a glass at night, I’d rather keep mine in my mouth.
9. Be Social
Take some time for your social circle and do something fun! We also feel that being around our young adult children and families in the neighborhood keeps us feeling young and engaged.
Although this is listed at number 10, to us it’s close to the top! In our home we have 3 dogs an a bunny and they add so much joy! It’s important to keep them healthy and happy too, so the dogs get frequent walks and outside time and the best kibble that we can buy for their health. It’s social time for them too!
You don’t need to spend a lot of time if you start incorporating just ONE of the tips at a time and focus on what you can do in just 10 minutes to get you started. Since this article was first published in 2015 I have started incorporating various supplements into my daily routine. If you enjoyed this post, you might like to read this one: