DRINK MORE WATER: Most of us do not drink enough water every day. Water is essential for our body to function. Our body is made up of more than 60% water. Since we are constantly losing water every day through urine, bowel movements, perspiration and breathing...we need to replenish it.
EXERCISE: Get moving! Movement is critical to your life span. Research shows that daily exercising boosts your immune system bringing tremendous benefits to your health, including weight loss, lowering risk of diseases, increasing bone density. Exercising improves your mental outlook, preventing anxiety and depression. Choose to walk instead of ride…climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator…take up a sport or join an exercise class.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP: Lack of sleep causes premature aging in your body and also shows up on your face. When you don’t get enough rest, you compensate by eating more food (leading to weight gain) and usually it will be junk food. When you get enough rest, you won’t be grabbing unhealthy food choices to stay awake.
EAT A WIDE VARIETY OF VEGETABLES AND FRUITS: Pick bright colored fruits and vegetables. They are high in antioxidants, which remove free radicals in our body that cause damage to our cells. White (banana, mushroom) Yellow (pineapples, mango) Orange (oranges, papayas) Red (apples, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon) Green (guava, avocados, cucumber, lettuce, celery) Purple/blue (blackberries, eggplant, prunes).
CUT DOWN ON PROCESSED FOOD: Processed food is anything that is not in its natural and raw form. Most food at the grocery store is processed. Processed foods contain a high amount of salt, which leads to high blood pressure and heart disease. Look for salt/sugar as the first ingredient in a product and stay away from them. Go for natural foods as much as possible.
MEDITATE: Being still and quiet can be beneficial to your body by calming your spirit and soul, lowering your blood pressure, and giving you a positive outlook on life. Respect your “Me” time. You will become more productive and focused on the things that are important to you.
BUY SOME HAPPINESS: We all have basic psychological needs to love, feel loved, feel secure, be connected to others and be good at what we accomplish. Money doesn’t automatically fill these requirements, but it can help. Look for ways to spend your money on the things worthwhile that make you happy. Take a trip to see your family and keep in touch, buy gifts for others or for a project for yourself to help you function and work more efficiently, (camera for picture taking for special events to make a scrapbook for memories), purchase garden tools for a relaxing experience in getting back to nature, take a vacation to somewhere that will put your life into perspective and expand your horizons, spend money to promote better health and vitality, and lastly support causes that are important to you.
EAT! SLEEP! and BE HAPPY!