I’ve struggled with my health for over 10 years now. It’s been a long-term battle, but this year I’m determined to change my attitude towards food and develop a positive relationship with my body.
Since the beginning of December I gained 14 pounds. I blame the dozens of Christmas cookies and total lack of willpower I have towards anything sweet and chocolatey. I’ve decided to make some small tweaks to my lifestyle to become healthier and happier.
What I should really say is eating smarter. I decided to cut back my sugar intake and eat a low-carb diet. I’m really trying to increase my protein intake as well as eat more fruits, veggies and whole foods. Check out my low-carb pancake recipe or my low-carb brownie recipe!
Lately I’ve also been super obsessed with smoothies and green juice. Have you checked out my post on Meghan Markle’s green juice recipe? I’ve been drinking it almost every morning.
Dialing down the sugar and eating whole foods has made a huge change to my mood and energy levels. It was hard at first because my body was craving carbs and trying to adjust to a drastic reduction in sugar, but after a few days it got easier and I no longer felt the need to stuff my face with a full loaf of bread.
I hurt my back in December and I’m still healing so it’s made it really difficult to get a proper workout in. I used to dread waking up to go running on the treadmill, but now I’ve switched to walking. I turn on Netflix and walk at about 3.0 mph for about a half an hour, or however long it takes for me to walk a mile. I feel good and I break a pretty good sweat too. Plus, it’s not so hard on my back or my knees.
Another way I’m getting extra steps in is by parking further away in the parking lot at the grocery store. Whenever I run errands I try to park further away so I have an excuse to take extra steps.
Indulging in Self-Care
I always take personal days because well, we need them! When I’m working too hard and not taking time for myself, I get burned out easily and the quality of my work suffers. I think that taking at least one day a week to chill out, pamper myself, take a long bath and not do anything or make any plans is essential to keeping myself physically and mentally healthy.
Taking care of our mental health is JUST as important as taking care of our physical health. Do you know anyone who can function properly when they’re completely drained, burned out and lacking motivation? Me either. Not only are personal days beneficial to me, but it’s better for everyone around me when I’m well-rested, healthy, happy and being myself.
What lifestyle changes are you making this year to be healthier?