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Get Back on Track with a Healthy Lifestyle

September feels like a fresh start! We’re starting back to school…to work…and getting back on our routines. It is also the perfect time to renew your health goals and have a strong finish to the year!

Here are a few tips to get back on track with a healthy lifestyle:

1. Start your day with a large glass of water.

Keep a large glass of water beside your bed or on your counter so it is the first thing you reach for in the morning. Starting with water helps to rehydrate your body, brain and skin, immediately giving you a head start to looking and feeling great throughout the day. Staring with water also helps to get your detox and digestive pathways going to ensure optimal function all day long.

Pro tip: Adding lemon to your morning water supercharges these benefits!

2.  Move daily. Aim for 20-30 minutes.

Exercise and movement is critical for our health on so many levels – managing weight, balancing hormones, improving circulation, boosting mood and improving sleep quality. Make daily movement a must; I’m not talking crazy intense I’m-going-to-vomit workouts, simply adding 20-30 minute brisk walk, jog, yoga session, anything to start. Try to sneak some time to move in on breaks and lunch so that you can take advantage of it’s benefits throughout the day.

Pro tip: Find an activity that you really love and look forward to each day.

3. Meal (and snack) prep.

Planning ahead and being prepared is the most critical factor to success. Take an hour or 2 on Sunday to plan your meals for the week and stock up on the required groceries. Knowing what we are going to eat ahead of time helps to prevent making poor decisions in the moment when we are tired and hungry. Even better if you are able to prepare meals and/or snacks for the week to eliminate yet another step (the prep) when you are rushing.

Pro tip: Pinterest is a handy tool to find and save quick and healthy recipes to try. Head over to my Pinterest page to check out some of my faves!

4. Remove sugar.

In the summer time our sugar intake typically creeps up. A quick solution to really boost your health and how you are feeling over all is to eliminate or at the very least limit your consumption of refined sugars. While it is best to limit all forms of sugar, if you must choose natural forms like fruits, honey, maple syrup and stevia.

Pro tip: Keep fruit on hand to curb any sugar cravings. A handful of berries and some almonds can help to balancing your hormones to keep to full and satisfied for longer.

5. Take time to unwind.

As important as it is for us to prioritize healthy eating and exercise, it is equally, if not more important to schedule time to unwind and de-stress. High stress levels and low energy are common reasons that people fall off track in the first place. To avoid this common pitfall, don’t forget to schedule in “me-time” or “down-time”.

Pro tip: I recommend 30-60 minutes each day, but if you can only fit in 10 minutes some days, take the 10 minutes over no time at all! Seriously, this one’s a game changer!

 

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