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5 Tips to Revamp Your Healthy Lifestyle

Has your normal daily routine changed in the past couple of months? There is no doubt that life as we know it looks a little different these days but our health and well-being is more important than ever right now. Read my top ten tips to get back into a healthy routine and jump-start your goals.

1. Set a Schedule

This includes regular meal times and planned physical activity.

Eat meals away from your desk/computer if possible. 

Use this time to take a quick walk or get outside for some sunshine. 
Working from home? Set up your workspace away from the kitchen. 

2. Meal Prep

Wash, chop your vegetables, cook several clean protein options, and portion out healthy snacks. I recommend storing in clear containers so you are reminded! Make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Working from home? Meal prep and pack yourself a lunch, set aside snacks for the day the same way you would if you were going to the office.

Need Ideas? Check out my previous post Simple Tips for Simple & Sustainable Meal Prepping

3. Think Balance:

Even when dining or ordering out!
Ensure each meal is balanced with a protein source, a healthy carbohydrate, and a serving of veggies.
Choose options like grilled chicken or fish, sweet potato and a side salad instead of fried sides.
Snacks should also provide a good source of healthy fats, proteins and fiber to sustain us until the next meal.
A few examples may include; 
-nuts/nut butter and fruit
-hard boiled egg with an apple
-veggies and hummus or guac

4. Don’t Forget to Hydrate

Keep a reusable water bottle with you so you can sip throughout the day. If it’s difficult to get into a habit of remembering, consider setting an alarm for every hour! On a normal day, you should drive for at least 1/2 of your body weight in non-caffeinated, non-sweetened & non-alcoholic beverages.

Sick of plain ol’ water?

Try infused water (with fruits/herbs – think strawberry mint or rosemary lemon) , sparkling water or herbal teas (hot or iced)

 

5. Support Your Immune System

-Eat mostly nutrient-dense, whole foods
Avoid sugars and refined starches (like pastas, breads, sweets, crackers, etc.) 
Consume adequate protein, from organic animal protein or plant-based sources
Use lots of anti-inflammatory spices while cooking such as rosemary, thyme, cilantro, parsley, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, etc. 
Get plenty of color (eat the colors of the rainbow each day) – include fruits and vegetables high in Vitamin C, A, and foods high in Zinc and Vitamin D
-Incorporate pre and probiotic-rich food sources
  •  Prebiotics: asparagus, artichokes, garlic, onions, banana (on the greener side), apples, flax seed, jicama
  • Probiotics: fermented vegetables, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, yogurt with live & active cultures

…AND I CAN’T STRESS ENOUGH – MOVE YOUR BODY DAILY AND PRACTICE GOOD SLEEP HYGEINE 

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