Many of us are constantly searching for the “answer” that will lead us to perfect health. The one that will cure all of our health ailments, help us lose that last 5 pounds and make us live until we’re 100. Well, I’m sorry to break it to ya, but there is no answer. We will never be in perfect health because there is no such thing. Health & wellness are an ongoing journey, not a destination. Think about it…have you ever achieved a health goal and thought “that’s it! I’ve reached all of my goals for good!” Probably not. There’s always something we could work on or improve, whether that be our physical health, emotional health or mental health.
Since health and wellness are a journey, our habits may constantly be changing. There will be periods of your life where you’ll exercise a lot, eat tons of veggies and do yoga every morning, and there will be periods when you’re stressed, you can’t sleep and you eat lots of cookies and the only “health habit” you can focus on is brushing your teeth. I’ve been there, and it’s all okay. My point here is that you don’t ALWAYS need to be into the gym and making home-cooked meals and drinking a gallon of water every day. Your habits and priorities can change depending on what life is throwing at you.
I will be the first to admit that my health habits are always changing! Today I’m sharing a list of 6 wellness hacks that I’ve been into lately, which are all steps to improving all aspects of my health:
Deleting the Facebook app from my phone. This has been life-changing! Even though I appreciate Facebook for showing me adorable corgi videos and delicious recipes, I just CAN’T with the negativity that it ensues and the mindlessness. I was finding that scrolling through it on my phone was leaving me drained, unhappy and unproductive! Now I can only access Facebook from my computer, and I really only use it to share photos and for my blog!
Yoga with Adriene videos. After completing Adriene’s 30 Day Yoga Challenge in January, I couldn’t get enough! She is incredibly inspiring, and very chill (which I love). I appreciate her focus on the mind, rather than nailing poses perfectly. Every one of her yoga videos teaches me an important life lesson, while also helping me to get better at flowing through poses, deep breathing and tuning in to my mind & body. Check out Yoga with Adriene here!
Using sleep headphones. I recently purchased these sleep headphones from Amazon, and they are a game changer. They cover your eyes, while allowing you to listen to something through its attached headphones. If you have trouble falling asleep, using these to listen to a guided meditation, calming music or a relaxing podcast could be helpful. These help calm my busy mind and block out any light that might be disrupting my sleep. You can purchase them by clicking on the photo below:
Trying new recipes regularly. If you follow me over on Instagram, you’ve probably seen that I’ve been cooking a lot (more than usual) lately! While I was finishing grad school, I wasn’t experimenting a lot in the kitchen – I’d just throw something together really quickly without thinking about it. That got me out of touch with cooking and trying new recipes, which is actually one of my favorite things in the world. Cooking can be like therapy if you stay mindful while you’re doing it. I feel like the reason why a lot of people don’t like cooking is because they try to rush themselves through it and don’t pay attention to what they are making. They see it as a burden rather than an enjoyable task and an opportunity to nourish their bodies! Here are a few recipes I’ve put together for the blog lately that you may have missed: Blood Orange Kale Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Spaghetti Squash with Lentil “Meatballs”, Blueberry Coconut Oats, Jackfruit Stuffed Delicata Squash, and Cucumber Noodles with Orange Lime Vinaigrette.
And here are some examples of other recipes that I’ve cooked up:
Pictured Above: Chickpea Brussels Sprout Stir Fry (Ambitious Kitchen), Cauliflower Tikka Masala (Fit Foodie Finds), Homemade “Spaghettios,” Crispy Baked Tofu Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw (Rachel Hartley Nutrition)
Making smoothies for breakfast. Even though winter is still in full swing and the cold temps haven’t gone away, I’ve been obsessed with making smoothies for breakfast. I go all out with my smoothies by adding fun ingredients like avocados, Vital Proteins collagen peptides (for protein and healthy skin!), dark cocoa powder, ground flaxseed, chia seeds and hemp seeds. Without adding ingredients like these that include protein and healthy fats, I would never stay full after drinking a smoothie. I almost always include 1/2 of a frozen banana, almond milk and spinach in my smoothies, in addition to some other fruit. Lately I’ve been switching between acai packets (from Trader Joe’s), frozen wild blueberries, frozen cherries, frozen pineapple and fresh blood oranges.
Drinking from my Healthy Human water bottle. This is another recent purchase of mine that I’m so happy about. I love the Healthy Human brand – all of their products are eco-friendly, made ethically, 100% BPA-free, free of phthalates, and made with 100% premium food grade 18/8 stainless steel. They have a passion for promoting health of humans and the environment….and their water bottles will retain the desired temp of your beverages (they’ll keep your cold drinks cold and your hot drinks hot!). I bought the 40 oz bottle which is HUGE, but my water intake has been suffering lately & I bought a big one in an attempt to change that. Purchase one by clicking the photo below!
That’s that! Now I want to hear from you! What wellness hacks have YOU been loving lately?!
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