Living a life that’s healthy is a great step towards a healthier you and to living a life that is productive.
Healthy living is not just about the foods we eat, but also about our mindset, the people that surround us & the things we choose to include in our lives…. It’s those little habits that we choose to do that makes us better.
These tips listed below are things I started doing recently and I must say that I have gotten great results from the way my body looks & feels… and even to my state of mind. They may look easy or obvious but trust that they will do wonders to your overall health if you do them daily.
1. Renew your mind
The bible tells us in Romans 12:2 to not conform to the patterns of this world but is transformed with the renewing of the mind. The bible says this because the mind is where every thought, decision and imagination reside. You must always guard your thoughts against all forms of negativity. The way you think plays a vital role in the person you eventually become so it’s important that you think positive, soul-lifting thoughts… Philippians 4:8 instructs us to think about “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy… Think about such things.
2. Drink plenty of water daily
Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, removes waste, and lubricates your joints. Water is needed for overall good health.
By the time you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated, so it’s important to remember to stay hydrated through out your busy days so your body can remain healthy for your day to day tasks & assignments.
Admittedly, I forget to drink water whenever I get cut up decorating cakes for my cake decorating business @nookiesboutiquecakes or working on content for my blog. Thankfully, there are apps available these days that can remind you every hour to drink water with just a beep on your phone. I also always carry a bottle of infused water wherever I go so I always have it handy for when I need to drink water.
This is the drink water reminder app I use… Download it for free here.
Do the pee test: Whenever you go to the toilet, check to see the colour of your pee. If it’s yellowish, that’s an indication that you need to drink more water. The colour should be clear.
3. Reduce your intake of sugar and carbonated drinks
Kicking refined sugars & artificial drinks to the curb is an absolute must for a healthier you but frankly, it’s easier said than done. When you think about what you must eliminate from your diet, getting healthy will feel much more difficult than it needs to.
Instead, try making small changes a little at a time & try letting in some small health-conscious decisions. For example, if you use to stock your fridge with carbonated & artificially flavoured drinks, try removing that from your grocery list & stock your fridge with natural fruit juices and fresh fruits… If you like to have a bottle of soft drink with your lunch, try swapping it for a bottle of tiger nut milk or a bottle of water.
You are more likely to make a big change when you take small healthy steps each day than when you try to make big changes at once. The little changes you make every day will eventually culminate into big changes that will lead to a healthier you.
4. Eat fresh as much as possible
There’s a popular saying that we now live in a microwave world where everybody wants everything fast…. fast food, fast money, fast life. No matter how fast life gets or how technologically advanced we get, we must always remember to go back to the basics with our foods. Fresh, preferably raw vegetables & fruits are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fibre, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C. These vitamins & minerals are essential in keeping our bodies healthy & help fight off many ailments & infections.
Include fresh foods in your diet by stocking your fridge with fruits whenever they are in season because in-season fruits are cheaper and easier to find. Also, avoid overcooking your vegetables & eat them raw if possible.
5. Get enough rest
Last but not least of my tips for a healthier you are getting enough rest.
This may seem like an obvious and easy point, yet, it’s something so many of us fail to do. Getting enough rest is very important in living a healthy life. Stress & fatigue are some of the major causes of so many health challenges plaguing the world today including high blood pressure, burnouts, depression & stress. Taking time to rest every day has been scientifically proven to reduce stress levels, reduces inflammation, reduces the risk of heart disease & boost your immune system among others.
When we were kids, we were reminded time and again that rest is important & we were even forced to observe nap time schedules, which we hated. Now that we are all grown up and working… and in need of long hours of sleep… we often find it impossible to take a short nap.
With the hustle and bustle, we face each day, sleep and rest are one of the easiest things that we can compromise on. However, to live a healthy life that is productive every day, we must return to our time as kids & observe our nap time schedule whenever possible.
Check out the resources below for more tips on living healthy.