8 healthy habits you should start today
I’ve never been much into using a journal to write about my day-to-day life (that’s partly why I blog). However, I do keep a gratitude journal (though not as consistently as I should), and I also like to keep a health journal (not to be confused with a food log).
My health journal is just a place where I record my health and fitness goals, new supplements that I want to try, and where I make note of some of my “healthy habits” to make sure that I stay on track. When I am diligent about practicing certain actions, I feel so much healthier and have tons of energy- which is a necessary when you have two children under the age of two.
If you are looking to get healthier, you might want to try some of these for yourself!
1. Drink warm water with lemon before breakfast.
Drinking warm water with lemon helps to remove toxins and eliminate waste from the body. If you prefer a little sweetness, you can start off by adding some raw honey as well.
2. Consume 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar per day.
There are many beauty benefits of taking apple cider vinegar (ACV), but it can also increase our energy (again, something any mom can always use), supports the lymphatic system, and is detoxifying. I just chug a tablespoon in a glass of water twice daily, but you can always add some to pineapple or grapefruit juice to mask the strong flavor. Honestly, ACV isn’t the tastiest stuff in the world, so the faster that you chug it…the better.
3. Do some oil pulling upon waking up in the morning.
I have gone on and on and on about my love for oil pulling, so rather than get into it all again, I’ll just say that when I am loyal to the process, I feel absolutely amazing. You can read all about the benefits, my experience, and frequently asked questions here.
4. Squeeze some exercise into each day.
Exercising can definitely be a challenge when you’re working, a parent, or both, but I make it a priority to move in some way or another each and every day. Sometimes I’ll just take a walk, but most times I try to do a workout video (mixing up cardio and toning). Even if I am dead tired, exercising always manages to give me more energy once I am done. In fact, I find that I really look forward to it, and I am much happier when I remain active.
5. Buy produce from the local farmers market.
This is another subject that I’ve talked to death, but visiting the farmers market is an absolute must for me. For one thing, I like to know where my food comes from as much as possible. I also want my children to grow up with an appreciation for healthy foods and think that taking them to the farmers market each week is a great to get them excited about healthy living. And of course, it’s a great thing to support local farmers as much as possible. (Check out my tips for shopping at the farmers market.)
6. Drink green smoothies at least 5 times per week.
I’m sure that I don’t need to tell you how beneficial green smoothies can be to our health. They are full of fiber and antioxidants, can give us energy, clear skin, and strong bones (just to name a few benefits). If you’re new to the wonderful world of green smoothies, you should read my Smoothie Making 101 post for tips on how to get started. If you’re a frequent green smoothie drinker, you’re already well aware of how amazing they are!
7. Take daily vitamins and supplements.
Vitamins and supplements should really vary from person to person. The things that I take may not work for you, and it is so important to evaluate your lifestyle and diet and figure out your body’s individual needs (with the consent of your doctor of course). I keep promising to share my routine soon, and I promise that I will once I have tested out a few newer ones that I am taking for a bit longer.
8. Dry brush every morning before getting in the shower.
I love dry brushing and find that it is so invigorating. Admittedly, I often forget to do it, so that’s why recording it in my journal is so helpful. If you’ve never heard about dry brushing or don’t know how to do it, this post might be helpful to you.
What are some of your healthy habits?
Have a great day!