5 Healthy Changes You Can Make Today



I don't know about you but sometimes making big health changes just seems overwhelming to me.  Too much time.  Too expensive.  Too drastic.  I've realized that it's the small changes and decisions you make on a daily or even hourly basis that makes all the difference in the long run.

Today, I thought I would share 5 easy healthy changes you can make today that will make a huge difference in your health long-term!

1. Drink enough water

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of drinking water.  I can tell a gigantic difference in how I feel when I'm on a good path of hitting my water goals each day.  Drinking water helps flush the toxins from your system, helps with bloat & weight loss, hydrates your skin (your biggest organ) and helps with energy and mental focus.  I really slacked off on my water drinking at the end of 2017 and I could really tell.  I've been using my favorite water bottle again which keeps me motivated to get all my water in each day!  I love that I can refill it anywhere and it goes through my Brita filter to keep it clean.  I've been using these bottles for at least 3 years and I'm still obsessed.  


2. Find a healthy breakfast option you enjoy

All my life, I've heard "breakfast is the most important meal of the day."  It's so true.  I have found that when I eat breakfast my energy level is up.  Also, if I eat a healthy breakfast, I'm more likely to eat healthy the rest of the day since I started it off on the right foot.  Find a healthy breakfast that you can look forward to each day.

My favorite option is a protein smoothie.  I love smoothies for breakfast because they're easy for me to take to work with me if I'm running behind.  Also, they're not harsh on my stomach first thing in the morning like a big meal.  I keep mine simple: a scoop of protein powder, a cup of almond milk, ice and sometimes spinach or chia seeds.  Super simple but so filling.


3. Move for 10 minutes

Exercise is such an important part of being healthy and feeling good.  Starting to exercise or trying to get back on the exercise wagon can be really hard and overwhelming.  Don't set yourself up to fail by planning on crazy intense exercise from day 1.  Just start moving more a little each day (I love tracking my steps with my Polar Loop)!  A short walk in the mornings or after dinner.  Moving around at work more each day (I love to do lunges and calf raises when I'm waiting on long holds).  

Just set yourself a goal for 10 minutes of movement and keep increasing it each day.  It gets easier and a lot of times once you've already committed 10 minutes you'll want to keep going anyway!  I've been walking on my treadmill for a little longer each day and now I'm addicted and love doing it!


4. Track your workouts & what you eat.


This one is more eye opening than you realize!  Sometimes we think we're moving more and eating less than we are until we see it written down.  When I know I have to write down or track what I'm eating in an app, it makes me a lot less likely to snack or eat extra because I don't want to have to write it down and see that I ate too much. 


If you're wanting to lose weight like me, maybe just start by tracking what you are eating and how much you're moving each day.  By doing this, you might be able to see extra snacks you can cut out or healthier choices you can make.  Jumping in to getting in shape doesn't have to be overwhelming, it's okay to start slow.  Slow & steady wins the race!




5. Find quiet time each day.


We live in such a go, go, go society that I think we all struggle with just being still and having quiet time on a daily basis.  I know I do.  I am not perfect at making this happen but I am trying to put a bigger priority on this and it's getting easier.  For my quiet time, I like to work on my current bible study (here) or read a book (currently reading).


Relaxation is SO important to your overall health so find a relaxing activity you can do each day and make sure to incorporate it as much as you can!  High stress and no relaxing is bad for weight, blood pressure and just your overall health.




I am on a huge path towards overall wellness this year & all of these are changes I worked on/am working on incorporating before I officially start getting my self in gear.  Having these things become a habit before I really start working on converting to a more paleo diet and heavier workout schedule will help me stay on track.  When I try to make a total lifestyle change overnight, I always fail.  BUT when I make small changes every day it seems so much less overwhelming and more natural. 

7 comments

  1. Keeping track of what you eat really is so eye opening. I know that is definitely key for me when I am trying to lose weight, or gauge my 'healthiness'. I definitely agree that getting up in moving is key, too. I always walk the stairs in the afternoon at work and even that little change has really helped!

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  2. These are such good ideas. I know that I need to drink more water and I say I'm going to do it, but never do. I like the idea of taking time for yourself each day. It's just good to unplug!

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  3. I despise tracking food. It's my least favorite activity. I need to be better about moving... but I do love water. It's basically the only thing I have around, so it's easy to keep sucking it down because there aren't any other options. ;)

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  4. Yes to moving every day and drinking plenty of water. I bring my S'well bottle to work, and make sure I refill it a couple times each day <3
    Green Fashionista

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  5. So many great tips! I've been drinking water like it's my job!! My quiet time is definitely right before bed - and it's amazing how it helps me sleep better!

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  6. Thank you for sharing! I go to the gym every day during the week and take the weekends off. I also try to drink even more water during the winter to stay hydrated. Yes to the quiet time too!!! I just finished a book so I'll check out the one that you are currently reading. :-)

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  7. You are so right- Breakfast has become so important for me since getting pregnant/having a baby. I don't always have time to make protein smoothies, so I love to grab these and drink them on rushed mornings! (although i recomend watching the price, bc it seems to fluctuate a lot. It seems that $20 is the normal price, but I've found them for $12 before, and sometimes they've gone up to $40!) https://www.amazon.com/Orgain-Grass-Protein-Creamy-Chocolate/dp/B01CI57V2O/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1517601116&sr=8-2&keywords=orgain%2Bshake&th=1

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