Because we love ourselves, we want to get healthier.
To do this, we want to make healthy choices. We want to get off of our computers and smartphones and take time for our bodies.
Everyday we want to be outside and get our Vitamin D. We want to be in nature, lie on the earth, and breath fresh air.
We want to drink more water, eat more whole foods, and eat fewer highly processed foods.
We want to make our guts healthy, so our bodies can absorb nutrients to support the rest of our body—our brain is included in this.
When our guts are healthy, we have more energy, brainpower, zest, and joy! The more alive and fresh our food is, the more alive and fresh we are.
At home and away, we want to experiment with more greens, vegetables, fruits, broths, soups, and whole grains.
To be healthier, we must plan. We want to have our kitchen stocked, so when we go to fill our hunger, we grab healthy choices.
When we eat out, we want to be mindful. Best to do little or no fried foods, desserts, sodas, breads and pizzas. Choose alternative foods, such as bean-based pastas, fruits or vegetables. Some of us may need to explore being alcohol-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, or eliminate something else from the diet and see if we feel better, think better, and perform better.
Foods that are white typically have more sugars, which contribute to becoming diabetic. White rice, flour, sugar, potatoes, pasta, pizza, bananas, and pastry or bakery items are some examples. Beets are high in sugar, even though they are not white.
We can easily look up recipes online or come up with ideas of what we want to eat and prepare. A crockpot dish! A salad with meat, nuts, and vegetables and/or fruits! A big pot of bean pasta with meat, nut, and vegetables! All of these can be very nutritional, filling, and delicious!
Sometimes when we are thirsty, we eat instead of hydrating. Along with water, let’s remember to grab a protein when we are hungry. All nuts, nut butters, nut bars, meat, fish, and edamame have protein. We can check out seeds, too, like watermelon seeds (yes, watermelon seeds) and sunflower seeds.
Sleep is beneficial for our overall health. We sleep better if we exercise regularly—walk, dance, work out in the gym or at home, swim, weight lifts, ride a bike, clean our homes, whatever!
Our digestion and our sleep will be better if we eat and drink no later than 7 PM. Also, having a regular time for bed, and sleeping at least 7-9 hours a night serves us well.
Cheers to us! Because we love ourselves, let’s celebrate each choice we make for our bodies! Smooches, hugs, and love for us!