5 Simple Steps to a Healthier You this Year!

by Sami

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Regardless of whether or not you broke your New Year’s resolutions at 12:01am, you don’t have to chalk this entire year up to a health failure.

To the contrary!

I have 5 simple steps that will lead you (and your family!) to a healthier year.

What I believe is important to remember is to focus on those principles that have stood the test of time. Fad diets will come and go, but there are certain steps each of us can take that will lead to healthy habits and a happier you!

1. Drink a glass of water with lemon first thing upon waking up
This is the first thing I do after getting out of bed in the morning. It literally gets your system going and when you drink it quickly, you’ve already logged 1 of your 8 glasses you need to drink for the day! If possible, try to squeeze the juice of half of a fresh lemon into the water: it has a TON of benefits for your digestive system.

2. Take 3 deep breaths
Believe it or not, studies have shown that people don’t breathe enough throughout the day. Of course we all breathe, but we don’t stop to fill our lungs with those truly deep breaths our bodies need. After drinking your water, take 3 deep breaths, raising your arms above your head as you inhale, and releasing them as you exhale. If you have extra time, you may want to add in a few more yoga breaths to your morning regimen.

3. Have 15 minutes of quiet time
Mental health plays a key component in your overall health. Whether you read, meditate, pray or simply sit on your deck with a cup of green tea, take 15 minutes to reflect on the day ahead and fill yourself with positive reinforcement before heading out into that big bad world 😉

4. Pack your healthy snacks for the day
If you aren’t prepared with healthy snacks that are handy, you’re setting yourself up for failure. And if you’re on the go a lot like me, having veggies and some whole grain snacks that don’t need to be refrigerated are a MUST.

The other requirement in my house is that the snacks need to be kid friendly, since whatever I’m eating, my kids always steal. We’ve always loved rice cakes in our family (from the time our kids were toddlers!), but now the basic rice cakes in our pantry have evolved! Quaker® Quakes® are now Quaker® PoppedTM – a new name for the snack made with the delicious goodness of whole grain brown rice and corn and a great snacking solution. And with all the great flavors, it’s easy to find something everyone in your family will love.

5. Get more sleep
Our bodies need rest to heal themselves, not to mention stay healthy. I’ve made it a pledge to go to bed by 10:30 every night so that it’s easier for me to wake up in the 5am hour. Even if you’re struggling with your diet & exercise, you can make a similar promise to yourself to get enough sleep each night and you might just surprise yourself with how much better you feel each day!

I told you these were simple, right?! Whatever you decide for making this year a healthier one, make sure to communicate your plans with your family and then celebrate your success together.

If you follow these 5 simple steps, you’re sure to succeed!

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