Sometimes we get so busy we don’t have time to take care of ourselves. From work to family, it’s all too easy to skip out on essential self care. These simple tips make it painless to incorporate feel-good-solutions into your already busy day.
1. Eat a good breakfast
Start your day off on the right foot with a breakfast that’s high in complex carbs, fiber, protein, and good fats.
2. Ditch the caffeine
Instead of relying on coffee for your afternoon pick-me-up, try herbal tea or coffee alternatives. Avoid the caffeine crash and keep your liver happy.
3. Get enough water
Start your day off with lemon water and keep drinking H20 all day long. You’ll have more energy and avoid turning to soda or other drinks that can take a toll on your health.
4. Avoid processed and packaged foods
Processed foods are loaded with refined sugar, sodium, and all sorts of scary ingredients. Stick to whole foods and choose products with as few ingredients as possible.
5. Make restaurant meals healthier
When eating out, look for healthier options. Choose steamed, baked, or roasted over things like fried or sautéed. Opt for greens over starchy carbs, or even order two appetizers instead of a giant-portioned main.
6. Watch alcohol consumption
Minimize the amount of alcohol you drink since it makes you dehydrated and increases your appetite. Drink a glass of water in between alcoholic beverages.
7. Avoid the “white stuff”
Steer clear of white bread, rice, pasta, and sugar. Opt for whole grains to keep your energy up and avoid feeling a carb crash later in the day.
8. Always be prepared
Keep a healthy snack with you whenever you go out. Eating every 3 hours prevents you from getting “hangry” or overeating, and having a granola bar or apple on hand makes the bakery case much less tempting.
9. Listen to your body
Only eat when you’re hungry, and pay attention to cues that you’ve had enough. Stop eating when you’re about 80% full.
10. Eat your greens
Fill your plate with a rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables. Aim for 5-7 servings of vegetables and 2-3 servings of fruit every day. Try to eat them at every meal.
11. Take supplements
If you’re worried about being too busy to meet all your nutritional needs, consider taking supplements. Speak to your natural health professional to find out which vitamins and minerals you may be lacking.