1. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
I pack my breakfast, lunch and snacks for work and aim to bring along plenty of produce to hit most of my fruit and vegetable requirements for the day. I notice that if a day goes by where I get minimal vegetables, I do not feel my best, at all. My body craves produce to feel great. I bring a baggie of sliced carrots most days to work and sometimes switch it up with celery, peppers or green beans. I bring two pieces of fruit each day and aim to have a vegetable in my lunch. Most dinners are rich in vegetables as well.
2. Try to avoid eating a bunch of junk
There are no foods that are "off limits" to me. Last night, I went out with my family for pizza and it was delicious and worth it. This morning, a co-worker brought in doughnuts to work and I had one and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was soft and sweet and perfect. Most of the time though, I focus on eating nutritious foods that are not super high in fat, salt and sugar.
One thing that helps reduce the urge to eat a bunch of junk food is chewing gum. I love Orbit Gum, especially the spearmint flavor. It also comes in peppermint, wintermint, bubblemint, strawberry, citrus, sweet mint and orbit white flavors. I always keep some in my purse, desk at work and cupboard at home. I like having a variety of the minty flavors along with some of the sweet ones so that I can have a variety.
Gum only has 5-10 calories each so if I am not truly hungry and just want to chew on something, it is a great way to avoid eating a bunch of junk food. When you are hungry, eat. But when you are watching a show in the evening and are full from dinner but just want to munch, have a piece of gum and see if your craving goes away.
3. Aim for 10,000 steps
I do not do crazy weight-lifting or running 10 miles at a time (at this point in my life) but I do aim to get movement throughout the day. I have a Fitbit which has changed my life in that I realized how sedentary that I can be throughout the workday especially. I enjoy looking at how many hours per day that I walked a minimum of 250 steps to ensure that I am not too sedentary all day long. My goal right now is 10,000 steps per day. I am currently very pregnant though so many days, I do not meet this goal which I am totally okay with for now. I will resume more activity after the baby is born.
4. Spending time with my family
Another form of health is mental health. Spending time with my husband and daughter is my favorite thing to do and each day, we make sure to spend quality time together. Some of my favorite things to do with Adalyn are going for a walk together, having a dance party or going places together. My favorite things to do with Troy are to have a quality conversation together each day after work and to watch one of our shows together in the evening. All of these things make me happy and are an important part of health.
5. Aim for 8 hours of sleep
I am not someone who does well when I do not sleep well. I need my sleep badly or else, you will be able to tell that I am super tired in my mood. I try to control it but I have such a hard time not being irritable when I do not sleep well. I am totally lame and go to bed early many nights to ensure that I get enough sleep each night. Eight hours is the minimum that I aim for and of course, some days I do not meet this goal but I feel better when I do.
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