October 09, 2018

5 Tips for Staying Healthy When Life Gets Busy

Thank you Council For Responsible Nutrition for sponsoring this post. I am proud to be one of the 170 million Americans who take dietary supplements each year!

Woah! Life has been crazy lately. The fall is when Adalyn's birthday is, Troy is back to work as a teacher, and we have lots of birthdays in our family. On top of that, Troy and I have been working early mornings, all day on the weekends and late nights to make progress on our huge third floor renovation. We are beat!! I often talk about how health is the most important thing because when you get sick, everything else has to slow down whether you want it to or not.

These tips are personally what I do to try to stay healthy when life gets busy:

1. Eat nutritious foods

When life is busy, it is super easy to grab convenient foods or takeout. I am trying to limit this by making meals that take 15 minutes or less. I have been making veggie burgers and roasted vegetables, sheet pan dinners and quick fajita bowls with quick cook brown rice, black beans, peppers and onions and topping it with quick fun toppings. Eating well during a busy time nourishes your body to stay healthy, get the nutrients that you need and to feel your best.

2. Take my supplements

I always say that it is important to get your nutrients from nutritious foods but also like taking supplements as a backup to make sure that I am meeting my nutritional needs to help stay healthy. I am going to share the supplements that I take with you and why I take each one:
-Multivitamin- I take a MVI to make sure that I am meeting my general vitamin and mineral needs each day. To be honest, I forget sometimes but take it typically 4 days per week. During the winter months when colds and the flu are prevalent, I make sure to take it daily.
-Omega-3 Fatty Acids- I take an omega-3 supplement that includes DHA and EPA from fish for heart health and brain health. I take it because I do not eat enough fish and want to make sure that I am getting plenty of omega-3 each day.
-Probiotics- I like taking a probiotic for gut health year round, especially if I have been on an antibiotic lately.

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-Protein powder- In a way, I am supplementing my protein, vitamin and mineral needs with a powder. I like adding protein powder to a smoothie when I run twice a week. I include a scoop of protein powder, milk, frozen banana, and spinach. Sometimes, I add in other things like chia seeds, peanut butter or other fruits.

My kids take a multivitamin, probiotic and omega-3 supplements as well and love the gummy and chewable forms.

I partnered with The Council for Responsible Nutrition which represents 170+ dietary supplements and functional food manufacturers and ingredients suppliers. They follow federal and state regulations regarding supplements. It can be difficult at times to get the nutrients that we need from diet alone, especially when life is busy which is why I like taking supplements to ensure that I get what I need. Along with all of these other healthy habits, supplements can be a good supplement to a healthy diet. Ask your dietitian or physician about what supplements may be right for you.

3. Make some down time

This one is tough because when I have a lot going on, I just want to work, work, work until it is done because my Type A personality doesn't let me calm down until all is done. With how busy we have been, Troy and I will choose a time to quit for the night, cleanup a bit and then hangout and watch a show together. This small amount of down time each night is super important to both of us so that we can spend some time together and not get too burnt out. Of course, hanging out with the kids is always great for a little down time from work.

4. Drink enough water

When we are on our third floor working, I can easily forget to take a sip of water for a couple of hours and then find myself super parched. I quickly realized this and made sure to start drinking lots of water up there because it is often hot and we are working hard. To feel your best, I find that I definitely need to stay hydrated.

5. Get enough sleep

During this busy time, the only way that I'm going to be able to get up and do it all over again the next day is if I get enough sleep! I aim for 8 hours a night but that often gets turned into 7 hours. I try really hard to get plenty of sleep because I am definitely NOT someone who can skimp on sleep. To feel my best and stay healthy, sleep is so important, especially for recharging your body for the next day.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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