After sharing my own wellness story with you this week I thought it would be helpful to give you some guidance on little things you can do daily, "swaps" if you will that should hopefully assist you in making those little changes slowly that become daily life habits.
I am certainly no saint when it comes to my own health either - I am potentially the most naughty healthiest person you might ever meet. Along with my healthy diet, smoothies, vitamins, yoga & exercise I still consume chocolate (not the organic chocolate either, I'm talking bad ass delicious cadbury marvellous creation style), drink
a lot of wine and won't say no to ice cream or a morning off exercise if my body is calling for it.
That's just my point though - don't aim to be perfect, just find your own perfect balance.
Health is a journey, your journey, and a journey you'll be on for the rest of your life. It's not a fad or something you can pick and choose to be interested in as you go along. It's serious, real life shit. Without our health we really have nothing. No-thing.
With all of this being said, it's important to find what works for you to be interested in fueling your body and mind in ways that you'll stay interested and motivated with it. Find your balance and your fun with it all.
To help inspire a few little changes you can make today, without breaking any banks (I know some healthy options can be a tad more expensive than the less healthy options) I give you ...
Anna's 4 tips to implement daily to live a healthier life
1. Start putting slices of Lemon in your water (p.s on that note, I hope you're drinking at least 2L of water a day).
The why: It helps Boosts your immune system (high in Vitamin C so great at fighting colds), Aids digestion (the lemon helps flush unwanted material from the body), Balances Ph (helps alkalize the body), helps with weight lose (lemons are high in pectin fiber which help you fight hunger cravings), Clears Skin (the vitamin C in it helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes whilst also purging toxins from the blood which keep your skin clean) and keeps you zen (Vitamin C is what is missing when you're stressed so drinking it in your water will keep it stocked up in your body).
2. Swap sugar in your tea with organic honey
The why: Because anything better than 2,3 or 4+ teaspoons of sugar a day already puts you way ahead. The other bonuses are that natural honey contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5000 enzymes, which all help you keep healthy by boosting your immune system, fight disease and fight off colds. P.s it also helps you fight fatigue as organic honey is armed with carbohydrates that give you energy! This was part of when I was up'ing my wellness journey. I was having 3-4 coffees still a day with a teaspoon of sugar in each! Ca-ra-zy so on top of reducing coffee intake I swapped out my sugars with a small teaspoon of organic honey.
3. Swap your commercial body moisturiser for organic Coconut Oil
The why: Apart from the fact that coconut oil kicks serious ass in every box - it is also awesome for your skin. Slather it all over your body for truly replenished, chemical free moisture. It can be used on all skin types (sorry guys/girls with conditions, not sure on that but good on the dry, normal, oily skin types) and gives you a beautiful shine. It is also known to delay wrinkles and sagging of skin and treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. I shudder thinking about what goes in to the commercial skin care products these days but the fact that your skin is still dry after you use it is never a good sign. You can pick up any good organic coconut oil from your local health food store (they range between $10 - $20 bux). Its great for your hair & for cooking too! HUGE Win/Win
4. Watch your words, we are what we say
The why: Ok so this isn't something for your body but it's just as important if not more. One of the fastest ways to make a situation seem worse than it is, turn a positive in to a negative or start your day off on a bad foot is the choice of words you use. I am just challenging you to start small though with this; When somebody asks you how your day is, don't say "not bad" "yeah ok" "boring" or anything that can be perceived as negative. Here me out. The universe is listening, always, so when you say "not bad" which we know means it's been a good day, what the universe hears is still 2 negative words "not" and "bad". Cut it out right now. Change your vocabularly. I LOVE it when people ask me how my day is as they always laugh at my response (because it's so unusual to hear something different than good, ok, not bad); I use words like "wonderful", "fantastic", "amazing", "extraordinary", "fabulously good" - I put out to the universe that my day is GREAT (note: even if I don't always mean it, it helps me smile and think hey things could be worse). I challenge you to just start using better words when someone asks how your day is and strike bad, not good and ok from your vocabulary.
I suppose the biggest thing to take away with anything health related (& the same goes for life actually) is take what resonates, what's do-able and what will affect change & leave the rest. This is just a guide, for you from me with a lot of love. I'd love to hear in the comments below if you have any other little health tips that others (especially me!) might benefit hearing about.