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I am not a doctor, but ever since I had my daughter I have had this overwhelming urge to take better care of myself. If it is not even for my own selfish benefits but to make sure that I can be a healthy mother to my daughter. There are so many things that are eroding our good health everyday that we have no control over (Heey JUTC buses letting out that black smoke and the list goes on). The last thing you want to do is make that list longer.
Yes, I know we all have to die one day but there are little things that can make our lives much more comfortable and less painful while we are alive.
Habit number 1: Do Not Skip Breakfast (or any other meal for that matter)
I skipped breakfast for most of my school years partly because of choice and partly because it was really too early to eat, especially during my high school years. I have certainly dropped this habit. It took horrible stomach pain and digestive issues for me to realise that my habist of eating haphazardly and going crazy hours without eating were not good. My stomach was sending me a message. Now you only get one stomach and I have never heard of stomach transplants so take care of it.
Besides breakfast is the most essential meal of the day. After fasting all night your body needs food to function properly. Check out this Quick, Easy to Make ,Healthy Breakfast or Pre- workout Smoothie for days when you do not have the time to make a traditional breakfast.
Habit 2: Make Water Your Main Drink
Your body is made up of 60-64% water. That has to be the most known fact in the world yet most of us do not drink as much water as our bodies need. If you are like me and you do not always feel like drinking water with your meals try drinking a glass of water before each meal, first thing in the morning and last thing at night. You can always drink juice or tea with your meals. I must say this habit was hard for me to start and keep going. Water used to be the most disgusting tasting liquid on earth! Not to mention the fact that I believed that woefully misinformed myth that water contributes to weight gain (rolls eyes 1 million times). That could not be further from the truth, but do not take my word for it swap juice and soda for water and see what happens to your waistline.
I love adding lime juice to my water in the morning to make it a bit more bearable. You can add fruit, vegetables and herbs to make your own flavoured water. That should definitely make it more palatable.
Habit 3: Make your own Juices
Drinking bottled juices is one of the most popular and unnoticed unhealthy habits. Just because it is presumed to be made from real fruit juice does not make it good for you. Most fruit juices are packed full of harmful sugar, preservatives and other additives. In addition they lack the fibre from the fruit, which is what makes fruits good for you.
Fibre is needed to keep our digestive and excretory systems and our entire body healthy. When you eat fruit of drink blended fruit you body has to gradually break down the fibre which cause the sugars in the fruit to release slowly (the way it was meant to be). The opposite happens when you drink manufactured fruit juice. There is nothing in the juice for your stomach to break down so instead of a slow release there is a rush of sugar and your body goes into insulin producing mode to control the sugar spike. This eventually leads to diabetes if you keep it up for long enough! Check out the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” for a much more in-depth explanation.T o prevent this issue I keep fibre in my juices whenever I make them. I do not strain my juices, I blend as finely as possible and drink everything.
Green juices are an easy and simple way for me to combine fruits and vegetables to get a lot of nutrients that my diet doesn’t otherwise provide. Check out this Green Juice Recipe for a tasty, nutrient filled green juice that I am sure you will enjoy.
Habit 4: Have a Sleep Schedule
What? That’s not possible. Yes it is. That is if you value your health over whatever you are staying up and doing. No matter what if you are sick you cannot operate at your full potential neither can you enjoy the benefits of you are sacrificing sleep to gain.
Our bodies need sleep to repair damage, recharge and to keep functioning normally. I am an on-again off-again exerciser and the main factor which affects whether I have the energy to exercise or not is how much sleep I got the night before.
I am by no means perfect, and of all the habits I am telling you about this one is the hardest for me to keep up with. Usually I do well during the week but come Friday night I feel like I have to catch up with all the shows I missed all week or I go out and my sleep schedule goes to shambles. And boy is it hard yo get back on track! I go to bed late Friday night and I end up sleeping in Saturday morning then Saturday night I end up going to bed late again because I am not sleepy enough. Fast forward to Monday and I have to wake up early even though I went to bed late the night before and my whole week is ruined. I am too tired to exercise Monday and everything goes down hill.
That was a long explanation and yet that is just one way in which lack of sleep can affect your health. Lack of enough sleep over time has been linked to lifestyle illnesses like heart disease and high blood pressure. Adults need between 7&9 hours of sleep. So set your bedtime depending on how early you have to wake up to get your day started and how much sleep you require to feel rested .
Habit 5: Exercise as Often as you Can
Exercise is a given, but even someone as self-aware as me doesn’t do it on a consistent basis. I am not going to launch into the benefits of exercising, because we all know them by now. What I am going to say is just do it. I used to give up if my exercise schedule wasn’t going as planned because I felt like I couldn’t reach my goals with a mediocre schedule, but now I have learned that doing something is better than doing nothing at all. So even if I only get to workout two days out of the five days that I would ideally want to workout for the week I see it as being better than not working out at all.
That is all for today. I hope you enjoy this type of post. let me know in the comments which habit you struggle with the most. Until next time stay healthy!