Why do we make things so complicated?  So often we are hell-bent on making massive change all at once.  I am here to remind you that your health doesn’t have to be a “go big or go home” situation.  We put too much pressure on ourselves to make radical changes and frequently set ourselves up to fail.  The best thing you can do for your health is to focus on a few keys areas, master them, and move on to the next set of goals.  Being healthy is about moment to moment small actions that add up to an awesome life.  Here are three healthy tips that will leave you feeling better TODAY!

  1.  Drink more water!  You’re not drinking enough water.  Trust me, you’re just not.  Put a large glass of water on your nightstand before bed and drink it as soon as you wake up.  Make water your non-negotiable by always having it with you.  Invest in large mason jars or a great water bottle like this.  It all starts with water and drinking more water will leave you feeling more energetic, aid in your digestion, curb your cravings, and improve your skin.  I break my water into three larger chucks and drink 24 ounces when I wake up, another 24 ounces before lunch, and 24 more ounces when I get home from work.  I’ll sip water and herbal teas throughout the day but I don’t have to stress about getting enough water as long as I stick to my 3 large servings.
  1.  Have a daily meditation practice.  Again, keep it simple.  One minute is all it takes.  Start your day by sitting up in bed, closing your eyes, and breathing deeply for one minute.  This one minute will clear the cobwebs out of your head and help you approach the day with ease.  When your mind is calm you make better food decisions, have more energy, and are more fun to be around.
  1.  Add fermented foods to your diet.  Fermented foods are natural sources of probiotics – the good kind of bacteria that makes your gut happy!  They improve digestion and boost immunity.  When shopping for fermented foods, be sure to look for raw and fermented – you’ll find them in the refrigerated section.  We’re not talking about the sauerkraut you would put on your hotdog as a kid!  Great examples are kombucha tea, veggies like carrots, cabbage, and cucumbers, kimchi, miso paste, and tempeh.  Try adding a serving of fermented foods with one or two meals each day.  You can have kombucha with breakfast or as an afternoon snack, mix in fermented veggies with your salad, or make miso soup for dinner.

Try these healthy tips and share your results with me in the comments!