With the New Year coming we think about our resolutions, vows we make to ourselves to make changes for the better for the new year. Most of the time these are goals we set for ourselves to be healthier, more generous, caring, overall better versions of ourselves. Here are the top 10 ways to stay healthy this new year.
- Eat healthy. We know this is a broad statement, but we just mean opt for healthier choices when you can this year. Go for the organic fruits and vegetables when you can (if they aren’t outrageously overpriced). Eat less packaged foods, and instead cook your own meals when you can. It eliminates the guess work in the ingredients of the food you eat. So give yourself a goal of cooking at least one meal a week this year. Insiders tip – cook this meal on Sunday when you have a little more time and make enough for the whole week.
- Exercise. Even if it means taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking further away from the grocery store entrance in the parking lot, do a little something everyday to get you moving. Busy SAHM? Pop in a workout DVD for 15 minutes when the kids are napping or get the kids involved too.
- Get plenty of sleep. If you’re a mom, you are probably laughing out loud right now. I know it can be so tough as a mom to get any proper sleep (more than 6 hours), but we must try to do our best to get as much sleep as we can. If you do have a little one that wakes you up in the middle of the night, try to catch up on some sleep with a 20-30 minute nap on the weekends while your little one catches up on some z’s as well, or is out with your partner or babysitter. Also, we all know how hard it is, but try to unplug at least 20 minutes prior to sleep.
- Visit the doctor. You aren’t the only one who puts off going to the doctor. But this should be an annual occurrence – whether it’s a visit to the gyno or the dentist, make sure you set aside this time to get your check ups, and check in with yourself.
- Take your vitamins. Try to incorporate as many vitamin-rich ingredients in your meals; eating enough of colorful fruits & vegetables. The deeper the color, the better. Try adding fruits and vegetables into every meal (should be 50% of every meal). A great way to do this (without realizing it) is by using Dr Pops Lollipops instead of candy and/or cough drops.
- Eat probiotics. Staying healthy starts with your gut. Keep your gut healthy with probiotics. Either in the form of yogurt or supplement, take one every day. Good for you and your kids.
- Protect your skin. Sun exposure is linked to skin cancer. This is the most common type of cancer in the United States. It’s best to limit your time spent in the sun. Be sure to wear protective clothing and hats when you are outside, even during the winter. Use sunscreen year-round on exposed skin, like your face and hands. It protects your skin and helps prevent skin cancer. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. It should be at least an SPF 15.
- Laugh more. Get together more with friends and laugh! Laughter really is the best medicine sometimes. It decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Surrounding yourself with positivity and friends who cheer you up (and don’t bring you down) is one of the best things you can do for yourself. So go ahead and plan to have more girls’ nights this year!
- Don’t smoke. It’s not only bad for you, secondhand smoke is one of the worst pollutants for your body. If you do smoke, quitting is absolutely the best thing you can do for your health. If you’ve tried to quit before, don’t give up. On average, it takes 6-7 times to try quitting before you actually succeed.
- Drink only in moderation. Just know your limits – cut yourself off after a few glasses of wine. Don’t drink the whole bottle yourself. Not only does it cut down on calories, it also limits your risk for cancer.
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