We're in the process of getting our house ready for our second baby and I keep finding myself so overwhelmed by all there is to do that I don't know where to start. My list includes everything from, "find and wash infant car seat," to, "finish baby book (for our first child that is...)."
It's a long list, my friends.
As with any lofty endeavor, the best place to start is with something small that can be easily accomplished so you feel awesome and successful and start to gain some momentum. For me that means I should probably start by finding the infant car seat as opposed to figuring out how to convince my two-year-old that she really wants to be potty trained before her sibling arrives.
In the world of healthy eating, the same rule applies. It's best to start with small things that make a big difference. In the end, it's the small things that add up and make you healthier than ever before. Here are five things you can start doing immediately that will make you even healthier:
- Drink a giant glass of water before your coffee or tea each morning. When you get out of bed you're already dehydrated so start off with a big glass of water before caffeine each day. I notice I feel less jittery and less hungry mid-morning, when I start with water first. Plus it sets the tone for a day of making mindful and healthy decisions.
- Add one vegetable to each meal. A little spinach in your omelette or smoothie, veggies on your sandwich, and a side salad for dinner (even if you're eating pizza). That's at least 3 extra servings each day and 21 extra servings per week!
- Add some herbs. We often think herbs are just around to add flavor, but they have lots of health benefits too. Check out this article for more info and uses.
- Leave your phone in another room (and your iPad, your computer, and your TV) while eating. Eating is just as much about how we eat as what we eat. If we eat mindfully at a table without distractions we can tell when we're full and we feel more satisfied at the end of each meal. More info on mindful eating and benefits here.
- Chew. The digestion process begins when you start chewing. As you chew you release saliva that coats your food with enzymes that start the digestion process right then and there. If you eat too quickly and don't chew your food, it's much harder for your body to absorb the nutrients from your meal and digest the food properly. This means you'll be less nourished and feel hungrier as a result. More info on how chewing will change your life.
What are some of the small things you do each day to improve your health?
Cheers to you,