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Summer is among us and while some prefer to throw on some slides and go, I’ll forever be a sneakerhead all four seasons. While you’ll usually catch me in all black, summer is the perfect opportunity to play with lighter colors and crisp whites. See below for my favorite finds for summer! Which pair are you copping?
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1. Help you, help yourself
Back in college, this might have meant putting a glass of water by your bed after a night of drinking. Today, I put that glass by my bed so I can drink it first thing in the morning when I’m so tired I can’t be bothered. Living a healthy lifestyle requires you to do the little things to help yourself get through your day. If you workout in the morning, this could mean setting out your workout clothes or even sleeping in them to encourage you to get out the door quicker. Alternatively, if you workout later in the day you could prep your gym bag with all of your necessities so you won’t have to stop at home before hitting the gym. Because I promise, you won’t go.
2. Eat intuitively
I cannot stress nutrition enough. No matter your fitness goals, it’s crucial to maintain a healthy caloric intake. It’s taxing on the metabolic system to be on the extremes of caloric deficit or surplus. The easiest, and possibly least-stressful way to maintain weight is to eat when you’re hungry. Does that mean fill up on junk? No. But it’s a great way to cut out mindless eating and to start mindful eating, which will keep you full–not stuffed or starving.
3. Cook all your meals at home
It’s been proven that cooking your own meals can help encourage healthier eating habits. Plus, you know exactly what you’re eating! No food truck street meat that’ll have you running for the bathroom will ever come out of your kitchen. In a perfect world, you’d go out in your garden, cut fresh produce, and whip up a mind-blowing breakfast, lunch, and dinner. That’s just not reality for a lot of people. To help keep you on track use pre-packaged or supplement products. I swear by Garden of Life Sport Organic Plant-Based Protein. There is absolutely no stevia taste that plant-based proteins are so famous for. If I’m really in a pinch I’ll grab one of their protein bars for a quick snack on the road. Whenever I’m craving a smoothie I stay at home and whip up my own because I know it’s healthier!
Here’s my recipe for my go-to chocolate heaven vegan smoothie:
Splash of water or coffee (if you need an extra boost!)
When blended top with chia seeds and voilà! You can thank me later.
4. Drink water
The average adult human is made up of 50-65% water. You need it! Your digestive system will thank you. Your nervous system will thank you. And your skin (the largest organ in your body) will thank you. Do yourself a favor and carry a water-bottle with you at all times and fill it up a few times a day. I’m currently loving Soma glass water bottles, because not only are they cute enough to be on your desk at the office, they make a donation to charity:water with every purchase.
5. Take the stairs
If you work in an office this is an incredibily easy way to help live a healthy lifestyle. If you need to go up or down levels to meet with another department it’s a no-brainer to ditch the elevator and go down a flight or two. If you’re stuck in your office too long and need a quick 5 minute break go up and down a few flights and clear your mind.
6. Consider working out a medicine
Living a healthy lifestyle is all about your mentality. If you’re having trouble staying committed to a consistent workout regime think of it as your medicine. If you want to feel better you need to take your medicine. If you want to feel better consistently you ned to workout consistently.
7. Prioritize sleep
If you’re like me you can never get enough sleep. It’s easy to get sucked into all of the fitness tracking apps and over-analyze how long or how well your sleeping. Instead of focusing on those numbers, get back to the basics and practice good sleep hygiene. Turn off the TV. Put down the phone. Wind down from the chaos off the day. Give yourself a solid 8 hours so you’re ready to go to attack the next day. The benefits of getting a full night’s sleep include a more consistent metabolism, removing toxins, clearer thinking, and not to mention replenishing recharging from the physical and mental stress of the day.
8. Practice self-care
Self-care is not optional it is essential. No matter how crazy your week gets always take time out for yourself. Just focus on checking out of all your priorities and stressors for 15 minutes each day to focus on yourself. Do what makes you happy. Throw on a face mask, light a candle, and turn the lights off. Go through a light yoga flow. Maybe spend some time journaling or meditating. Browse some motivational quotes on Pinterest. Whatever it is, sit back, relax, and give yourself some well deserved “time-off”.
9. Get active
To live a healthy lifestyle is to live an active lifestyle. Instead of driving to the coffee shop hop on a bike and take the scenic route. Spend time wandering the farmers market. Go on a hike instead of staying home watching reruns of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Your options are endless. Just get up and move!
10. Surround yourself with like-minded people
Link up with a gym buddy or ask a friend to go for a walk. It’s easier to cancel on yourself than a friend. Or, instead of going-out to eat on date night spend time together cooking a meal with your significant other. If it’s hard to find like-minded people in your day to day life don’t be afraid to reach out and meet someone new! At She Hella Healthy always feel welcome to comment below anytime you need some motivation!