As a follow up to my post on breaking old habits and starting a new, I wanted to create another post with a few healthy habits that will kick start the new you- and which I do on a every day basis. If you recently decided to grasp a new lifestyle and a new you- I would reccomend that you try one at a time to see if this is something that will work for you. Remember; everyone is different and we should embrace that. This is merely my habits that I have developed over several years of changing my ways.
This is the first thing I do when I wake up- I grab a big glass of water to make sure my body hydrates after eight hours of sleep. Not only does it hydrate you, but it gets your bowels moving which will make you feel lighter on your feet for the day ahead. My little trick in our house is that we fill a big pitcher of water the night before which will make it room temperature for the next morning. Room temperatured water is not only healthier for your intestines, but it’s easier to drink more as your mouth won’t get a ‘shock’ from the cold water.
I stay hydrated throughout the day by carrying a bottle of water with me where ever I go- this will make you drink more!
So; morning- water- room temperature- bottle.
Move – Yoga
The second thing I do short after my glass of water is a relatively short yoga sequence to get my body moving and opening up for the long day ahead. Some days it’s rather vigorous- others restorative depending on what I feel like and what my body tells me. This is also a great way to slow down in the mornings and create space and time for yourself instead of rushing to grab a bite and catching the bus. Make that time for yourself in the mornings- trust me, it’s worth it.
If you don’t feel like you can do this in the morning, do it in the evening. Why not slow down with a calm yoga sequence that will make you more refreshed, happy and relaxed after a day at work?
So; Yoga- space- time- you.
A little bite of dark chocolate after dinner is all I need to keep my sugar cravings at bay. When I changed my old habits I didn’t fancy dark chocolate at all, but I forced myself to like it by eating a small piece every day instead of another type of sweet. Seven years later- I love it and strongly prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate. By eating dark chocolate you will not only eat less than you would milk chocolate- you will feel happier and more contempt as it is proven that dark chocolate has many health benefits and especially when it comes to our mood. Remember that a little goes a long way.
If you are going for a dark chocolate- remember to buy a chocolate with 70% cocoa or more. Better yet- sugar free too!
So; dark chocolate- contempt- happiness.