Every year, like most people, I commit to upping my health and fitness game. Although I eat mostly organic, non-processed foods and have a daily meditation practice and exercise regime, I’m human just like everyone else and don’t always love being so disciplined. Let’s be honest, what fun is there in never indulging in the occasional glass of wine or ooey-gooey, chocolate-for-days dessert?

However, whenever I feel the temptation to skip my morning workout, raid the chocolate bowl in my co-worker’s office, or skip taking time away from my desk to go outside and get some fresh air, I find inspiration from this little list I put together awhile back to keep me motivated.

May it inspire all of you to get back on track with your own New Year’s resolutions, because taking care of ourselves really can be fun!

 

»1) Cut Out the White Stuff. One of the simplest ways to feel better, lose weight, and up your nutrition game is to cut out the white stuff. Foods like white bread, pasta, sugar, and flour contain mostly empty calories with very little nutritional bang for your buck.

Try swapping these foods out with some nutritional powerhouses that contain fiber, protein, and whole grains. Some good options I love are sprouted bread, brown rice, quinoa, and gluten-free oatmeal.

»2) Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! A consistent hydration protocol is so imperative to optimal health and staying energized throughout your day. Often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty; drinking a tall glass of purified water will do the trick to satiate us.

There are so many other reasons to drink water and stay hydrated. Water boosts our metabolism which helps with weight loss and it’s one of the best drinks out there for boosting your energy naturally. You may think that mid-day latte is your energy slump lifesaver, but a glass of cold ice water would do the trick without all that caffeine!

The current IOM recommendation for people ages 19 and older is at least 104 ounces per day for men (about 13 cups) and 72 ounces for women (9 cups). This includes total water, meaning from drinking water, other beverages, and food.

»3) Move it, Move it. We all know how important exercise is, yet close to 80% of adults in the US don’t actually do it enough to meet the federal standard-which is at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous cardio exercise each week and strength training at least twice a week.

Why move it more? Well it doesn’t just help with keeping our bodies at a healthy weight. A consistent exercise regime helps us sleep better, reduces the number of aches and pains we have, boosts our metabolism, increases our energy levels, and just makes you feel good! The key is to find something you love to do: dance, yoga, Tai Chi, walking your dog. If you’re going to stick with something, you need to enjoy it so choose something that brings you joy.

»4) Get Some Sunshine. Speaking of joy, nothing made me happier growing up on the Jersey Shore than laying in the sun on a hot summer day.

Of course, it’s not summer and venturing outside to get the recommended 1000-2,000 IU of vitamin D a day can be a challenge, especially when temperatures are below freezing and the last place we want to be is outdoors.

However, most experts agree that we should get 20-30 minutes of sun exposure, 3 times a week, which averages out to as little as just 10 minutes a day. The benefits of the fresh air combined with getting a daily shot of vitamin D is worth braving the chilly temperatures even if it means putting on a few extra layers of clothing to keep warm.

Find time to take a brisk walk at lunch. Or bundle up and get outside to play in the snow with your kids. Check out some of your city’s local hiking trails to explore on the weekend.

There are so many fun outdoor activities to do in the winter, from ice skating to skiing to more extreme sports like snowboarding for the adventurous! So, take advantage of the winter months and enjoy the great outdoors!

»5) Take your RESTORE! Lastly, don’t forget about the incredible benefits of taking RESTORE™ daily for your gut health. Because so much of our food now comes from the chemical farming industry, our microbiome gets compromised and wears down our immune system.

Just 1-3 Tbsp of RESTORE, daily, rebuilds natural defenses, shields our system from toxins, and helps the body recover its natural ability to fight inflammation. This, in turn, can all help with mental clarity, helping you to stay on your game and keeping you focused on your goals for the year ahead.

Everyone’s body is different, and you always need to listen to yours. These are just some of the amazing benefits people have experienced by adding RESTORE to their daily health regime.

Let 2019 be the year of you. A healthy mind, body, and spirit are the foundation for living longer and feeling your absolute best every day.