My Healthy Habits

Living a "healthy life" can be a tedious task. Often times I am so caught up in how I want to change my health for the better that I find myself forgetting about all the great things that I am already doing. Although change can be a good thing, I thought I'd take this time to reflect and share with you some of my better habits that I've picked up over the past few years. Here are some simple things that I do on a regular basis that I find greatly contribute to my health and well-being.

1. Toxin free hygiene products - I have recently switched all my hygiene products such as face wash, shampoo, deodorant and body wash to toxin free versions. These products contain no phthalates,  parabens, formaldehyde or siloxanes, which can all wreck havoc on your endocrine system. Diminishing the toxin load coming into your body lessens the burden on your natural detoxification systems allowing them to work more effectively. 

2. Spending quality time with your pet - Living on your own can get fairly lonely at times. I contribute a lot of my sanity to my cat, as he's always there to greet me when I get home and is always in the mood for some quality snuggle time. There's something about being around animals that is very grounding and peaceful. Studies have shown that pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression so go out and get yourself a cat or dog!

3. Air filtering house plants - My personal favorite is the Peace Lily. I currently have three of them in my apartment and they are great because they weep slightly when they need water (I am horrible at remembering to water plants) as well as filter the air of various toxic chemicals such as trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde. Other great detoxifying house plants include the Areca Palm, Boston Fern and Snake Plant. 

4. Pre-cooking meals for the week - Even though I do enjoy cooking, I usually don't have time to cook a healthy meal every night of the week. By pre-cooking and freezing individual meals I am able to eat an easy home cooked meal on the go. If I don't have frozen meals on hand I am more likely to resort to take out or fast food. I usually try to cook a batch of something on Sunday and freeze it for the week making sure each portion contains veggies and protein. For some great meal ideas check out our recipes!

5. Lifting free weights - I am by no means a gym rat or body builder but lifting free weights on a regular basis can do wonders for your overall health. Most people associate resistance training with wanting to improve the look of their body but other great benefits exist such as improved blood sugar regulation, increased metabolism, improved mobility and balance as well as increased bone density. I try to fit in a few sets of various exercises a few times a week making sure to switch up the muscle groups each time. 

6. Juicing - Juicing has been a recent development in my life which I have posted about in the past (check it out). It has really helped me boost my vegetable intake and has made me feel so much better about my day to day health. Highly recommended!

When trying to incorporate new habits into your life try not to get discouraged if you fall of the wagon! Often times when people fall behind they simply give up and resort back to their old ways. The most important thing you can do is to keep going even if you've let yourself down for a brief period. Your health is worth the effort and ultimately it is up to each and every one of us to take control of it and to keep on moving forward. If you have any healthy habits to share please post them in the comments, they deserve some love and celebration!



Anonymous said...

What about team sports? They provide healthy activity and a social support.

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