It’s definitely no secret that your health is a journey. It’s always different and always changing, and that’s not even necessarily a bad thing. Today I’m sharing 8 ways I stay healthy every single day.
1.) Eating Healthy Fat
Thankfully, we’re starting to realize that fat is not a negative thing and we actually really need it in our diets. It’s funny how much healthy fat plays a central role in my daily health… but like a lot of people, I never used to eat fat (at least not the healthy kind). I had no idea I even needed it.
Today, I get a variety of healthy fats, from avocado toast for breakfast to canned wild salmon for lunch or a salad with olive oil. I eat peanut butter or sunflower seed butter on my morning oatmeal most days, and definitely enjoy a spoonful of one of those with a banana or apple for my 3 p.m. snack. When I don’t get these fats in, I get a headache or just feel way too tired.
2.) Eating Enough Protein And Carbs
This might be something that I will talk about in the future here, but for now I’ll just give you the short story: I accidentally went a bit low carb when changing my diet toward a gluten-free, dairy-free lifestyle. Today I’ve learned to embrace good carbs like oatmeal, brown rice and sweet potatoes and I enjoy those on a daily basis.
Protein is something I’ve become more aware of in the last few years since a.) discovering I had low blood sugar (I wrote more about that here if you want to read) and b.) changing my diet. I generally eat chicken breast, chicken thighs, salmon (canned and fresh), and beef. Sometimes I eat pork or turkey. I eat around 4 oz of protein when I eat chicken sausages or 2 scoops of Vital Proteins collagen peptides in my morning smoothie, and lunch and dinner are generally 6 oz of protein. The amounts will vary for everyone, of course, but this is what works for me.
3.) Working Out
I absolutely love working out. I go to barre classes 5-6 times a week, and do a variety of cardio and strength training classes. I also love doing yoga occasionally. But working out is part of my daily life because even if I take a rest day or two, I still go for lots of walks.
Since I would rather walk than do anything else, I tend to only take the subway part of the way when meeting friends for dinner or drinks and walk the rest of the way to get some extra movement in. I love that I live in a residential type of neighbourhood and can walk pretty much anywhere, whether I want to chill out and walk by all the adorable houses, or run errands.
5.) Social Connections
In a perfect world, we would all see our best friends on a daily basis. Sadly, that’s not possible thanks to work and all the other stuff that we deal with in life. But whether or not I can see my friends super often, we keep in touch via texting, and of course, I enjoy connecting with other bloggers via social media (especially Instagram). It’s amazing how briefly chatting with someone really changes your whole day and makes you feel so much better. I also love the community at my local barre studio.
6.) Drinking Water
Water is so, so crucial to how you feel and how much energy you have every single day. And it can be pretty difficult to remember to drink enough. Since I work out a lot, that sometimes makes it a bit simpler since I drink a ton of water around my workout, and then throughout the rest of the day. Of course, I absolutely adore coffee and couldn’t live without my daily Starbucks. So I try to balance it out with water.
7.) Deep Breaths
Sure, talking about taking deep breaths might sound a bit cheesy… and it definitely is something that you’re told all the time. But the truth is that remembering to breathe is so important. Whenever I go to a yoga class, I remember this. Seriously… take some deep breaths and your day will improve.
I like to joke that I’m a coach potato who loves working out and being active… and I totally stand by that. As much as I love working and working out, I also love sitting on my couch and watching TV. And reading. I count hanging out with my friends and family as super relaxing too, so that fits into this category. If I’m going out a bunch of nights in a row (which tends to happen… Murphy’s Law of social plans!), I schedule some TV time for the next few nights. Balance.
How do you stay healthy every single day? I would love to know!