January is typically the ideal month to make changes. It’s a new year and creating new habits is the trend for most of us. I thought I’d share a few of mine for 2020.
Lemon Water, First Thing in The Morning
If like myself, you’re not a morning person, it helps to curve out a morning routine that will encourage you to get moving. A glass of lemon water always makes me feel awake quicker when I drink it first thing. The challenge, however, was getting out of bed to make myself a glass.
Studies have shown that lemon water is not just a good source of vitamin C which boosts your immune system—it also keeps skin youthful, aids in digestion and can help prevent constipation.
A Bad Lunch, A Good Dinner
I’m less inclined to following diets and more intrigued by smart eating habits. One way I’m doing that in 2020 is by eating carbs at specific periods of the day.
I’ve moved majority of the carbs I consume in a meal to my lunches. There was a recent circadian phase study whose findings concluded that the body is better at burning carbs in the morning and fat in the evening. Also, an added plus to consuming carbs for lunch is that it helps raise energy levels to get through the rest of your day.
For dinner, I have a light healthier meal that my digestive system will love me for. This usually consist of a protein like salmon fillet, a side of broccoli or lettuce with bits of chicken and avocado. If I’m to have nighttime carbs, I’ll have small portions with at least three hours before shut eye.
Mandatory Weekend Walks
We get caught up in daily responsibilities so much that we don’t even see the stress creeping up on us until we’re having a full-blown burnout. I like to keep in tune with my mental well-being and every time I feel extremely overwhelmed, I go for a solo hike within one of the city’s trails.
I find nature hikes pleasantly stimulating, although I’m growing accustomed to finding little beautiful gems around Houston. One of my current favs is Smither Park—it’s a bit of a drive from where I live but the views are soooo worth it.
I read on Dr. Oz’s website about a Japanese study where 280 people took a casual visit to the forest. Upon comparing them to the controls, they found that the forest goers had lower blood pressure and pulse rates.
I plan on taking my weekend morning hikes more religiously this year. And of course, what would a good hike be without functional activewear. This outfit is my new Fabletics set. White never looked so good on me—however, I’m not going to take all the credit without admitting that the thick material and chic style played a part in making the look fabulous.
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What new habits are you all adopting this year that will make you live a healthier life.
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