March 13, 2019

10 Easy Changes for Living Healthier

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10 changes to make in your life that are simple and easy to live a little bit healthier.
Being healthy doesn't have to mean making huge changes and giving up everything that you love. Living a healthy life can involve making little changes to be healthier. Today, I wanted to share some of the little changes that I make in my life to live healthier. They do not take up a ton of time and are not too difficult but help me to feel my best. These include eating right, getting exercise, taking care of your oral health, choosing happiness and more. I hope you get some new ideas!

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10 Easy Changes for Living Healthier

1. Drink more water

I always feel my best when drinking lots of water. Aim for at least 8-8 ounce glasses of water each day. My tips for drinking more water include having a water bottle that you carry with you everywhere so you can drink whenever you want, limiting sugary beverages and reaching for water instead and when you go somewhere, aim to drink a bottle of water on the commute over.

2. Make brushing and flossing your teeth a priority

After I went to the dentist last year and found out that I had FIVE cavities, I pretty much freaked out and ensured that from then on, I was taking amazing care of my teeth. Not again will I go in with cavities like that! It was awful.

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Oral health is so important for overall health and really, how long does it take to brush and floss your teeth? Not long at all! This easy change is so important for preventing cavities and other dental issues.

3. Fit in 10 minutes of exercise here and there

Many days, I find it easy to find time to exercise and am motivated to do so. Other days, exercise is the last thing that I want to do. I know that I always feel my best when I exercise at least a little bit every single day and one of my favorite ways to do so is to fit in a bit here and there. Walk on the treadmill for 10 minutes before work, on your lunch hour, walk for 15 minutes, do 1 minute of jumping jacks while your coffee is brewing or do some sit-ups while watching your favorite show. Just a little bit here and there truly makes a big difference- especially in the way you feel.

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4. Add in an extra serving of vegetables a day

Most of us could probably use an extra serving (or two) of veggies a day and some of my favorite ways
to sneak in more veggies are by adding a huge handful of spinach to my smoothies in the morning,
chopping up celery and carrots in our tuna salad and adding in a variety of veggies like zucchini and
broccoli to pasta for dinner. This boost of nutrients is great for our bodies and is such an easy way to
be a little healthier.

5. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier

I love my sleep and am a monster without it, ask my husband. If you've been feeling tired, try going to bed 30 minutes earlier and see how you feel the next day. For me, it can make a big difference.

6. Focus on choosing happiness

I was recently having a conversation with my daughter about this. It was a 15 degree day and we were
out running errands and I started saying that it was disgusting out and then she said the same thing.
After hearing the words come out of her mouth, I realized how I was choosing to be negative and put
some of my negativity onto her.

Right then and there, we chose happiness. We chose to say, we are lucky to have a car that can haul us
around to run errands, we are lucky to have legs to walk and do our errands, we are lucky to have
money to pay for the groceries, etc. That simple mindset shift completely changed my mood! It can be
hard at times but try a simple mindset change and you may feel so much better.

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7. Add in an hour of meal prep a week

Typically on Sundays, I do a bit of meal prep to make the week go easier. Some examples of things that I like to prep are overnight oats, chia seed pudding and 1-2 dinners made in quantity that Troy can also take for his lunch. An example is lasagna, a big pot of soup or a slow cooker meal. This helps our week run smoother.

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8. Make one extra meal at home

On a night when takeout or a restaurant meal sounds like a good option, consider whipping up a simple meal at home. Not only will it save money but most likely, what you make at home will be a healthier choice. Some great super quick meals are eggs, whole-wheat pasta or a quick stir-fry such as this Thai Coconut Red Curry. All of these meals are easy and can be made in about 15 minutes without much effort.

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9. Have fresh produce ready for snacking

I love having tons of produce on hand at all times. My fridge is literally packed with fruits and vegetables at any given time. I love snacking on fresh fruit and veggies and by having them on hand to grab easily, we often choose to snack healthier than if we didn't have these easily available.

10. Move daily- any way you want

My family recently did a fun challenge where we had to exercise 30 minutes a day to meet our goal and text each other what the exercise was. This was such a great way to be accountable, especially when it is freezing out. There was days where I made sure to fit in my 30 minutes even if I didn't feel like it. Aim to get some kind of movement in every day, no matter what it is.

What are some easy changes that you make in your life to live healthier?

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