Many of us are constantly running around feeling frazzled and finding it difficult to integrate healthy practices into our lives. With this in mind, I’ve compiled seven quick and easy tips for getting healthier and having more energy.
While it might not always be possible to commit to these all the time, strive to do the ones that are easiest to integrate into your life and do them as often as is realistic for you. It's better to start out small, than not start at all!
Tal’s Top 7 Quick and Easy Health and Energy Tips
Start the day out with warm lemon water, herbal tea or just a glass of water
Warm lemon water is great for kick starting your digestion. Benefits include helping the elimination of toxins and strengthening the immune system. If you don't enjoy warm lemon water then have some herbal tea or a glass of water. When we wake up our body is dehydrated and the best thing you can do before you eat or have a cup of coffee, is to have something hydrating and naturally refreshing.
Have some protein at breakfast
Quite often we choose to have cereals, or toast, or an easy-to-grab muffin or pastry. All of these foods have refined carbohydrates, which spike blood sugar levels and leave us feeling hungry a few hours later and craving more sugary foods. Instead, add some protein at breakfast to help keep blood sugar and energy levels steady. Add some nuts and seeds to porridge or a non-sugary cereal. Have toast with some egg and veg, or include a green smoothie with some protein in it in the form of protein powders or ground nuts and seeds.
Try to add vegetables wherever possible
A green smoothie or vegetable juice is a great way to boost your vegetable content, especially in the mornings. Adding a handful of greens to hot soups makes the soup more filling and nutritious. Or buy small packs of broccoli or mange tout or any other vegetable you like, and either snack on them or add them as a side to a meal.
Don’t go too long between meals
If you let yourself get too hungry, then odds are that you’ll end up not making the best decisions regarding food. When we’re hungry and feeling low in energy, we tend to crave sugary foods and reach for what’s most convenient. Eating every few hours helps keep blood sugar and energy levels stable and helps us avoid impulsive food decisions!
Get some exercise
It’s more important to find a form of activity you enjoy. If you like it you will more than likely stick with it, and having an active lifestyle is more important than what kind of activity you do.
Get adequate sleep
This is probably the one activity that’s the most underrated. About 7-9 hours per night is the average amount of sleep you should be receiving. When we sleep our bodies build and repair. The benefits of sleep include improved mood, weight control, greater focus, increased memory, stronger immunity…and the list goes on! If you’re trying to make some healthy changes, then getting more sleep might be one of the more enjoyable changes to make to your routine.
Make time for relaxation
Unfortunately, this doesn't include plonking ourselves down in front of the TV in the evenings. Although crashing out in front of the TV is enjoyable and feels relaxing after a long, hard day, it actually has a numbing and stimulating effect.
A few times a week, or even once a week if that’s all you have time for, try to do something that is an active relaxation. Just like with exercise, this should be something you enjoy, otherwise it will be far from relaxing. Relaxation can include yoga or meditation. But it can also mean going for a walk, taking a bath or listening to some relaxing music. If you noticed, all of those activities involve switching off!