Healthy Habits – The Building Blocks

First let’s break it down. What is a habit?

A habit is something we do so frequently that it is hard for us to undo.

If you regularly do things that diminish your mental and physical health (like I did), then you will have to work just has hard at the things you want to replace those with.

Ever hear of hard work pays off? I can promise you these minor changes in your routine will!

The Building Blocks

By cooperating these habits into your life will start that positive pivot in the right direction.

  1. A well-rounded diet – gut health is everything! Avoid fad diets like shake replacements, keto, low carb, etc. they statistically are unsustainable for the long haul.
    • Try to be more veggie focused, use high quality meats (fish, chicken, beef -in moderation), complex carbohydrates (sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa), and dairy products such as yogurt for healthy probiotics.
    • Avoid sugars by eating fruit when you have a craving – in moderation.
    • Avoid processed foods by in-cooperating more whole foods into your diet.
    • Listen to your body. Eat until you feel full. We tend to overdo it!
    • Drink plenty of water! Get as close to a gallon a day as you can.
    • If you drink alcohol, do it in moderation, but understand the consequences of over indulging (your gut health is directly linked to your mental health).
  2. Exercise
    • A minimum of 30 minutes a day.
    • Go for a walk around your neighborhood.
    • Start taking the stairs everywhere you go.
    • Stretch
    • Sign up for a local gym and/or hire a personal trainer.
  3. Prioritize sleep
    • An average of 7.5 hours per night.
    • Try to have a set time for when you go to bed and when you wake up -creating a body clock.
    • Replace scrolling through your phone at night with journaling. – write about how your day went and what you are thankful for to put your mind in a positive place.
    • Choose magnesium & cherry extract over melatonin.

Don’t worry if you don’t get these down right away! It is going to take time for you to adjust, but simply being conscious of what changes in your life need to be made, and then taking action is half the battle.

These are just a few basics, and in time will create a solid foundation for you to build the rest of your habits out based on your personal goals.

Please note that these are suggestions based off of years of personal experience. I am not a doctor nor a nutritionist. Please resort to either of those if you have specific health conditions.

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