I’ve been thinking about a few hacks to improve your health this year. These are simple things that I know work – but that I’ve let slip. I’m reinstating these for myself right now. I’d love to have you join me. These 5 epic hacks can help you improve your health immediately!
Improve Your Health with Movement
I know you think I’m saying “exercise,” but really I’m not. Exercise is terrific – and we should all exercise. But you can still make significant changes even if you can’t find time for the gym. A quick and easy way to boost your health is to simply move more. Don’t put off going upstairs. Park further away from the store. Play chase with your children while dinner simmers. Play catch with your children. Not only will you move more, but you’ll get a little quality time in with the kids!
One of my favorite ways to keep me accountable for moving every day is a step tracker. I got a Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Black for my birthday in September and it definitely holds me accountable!
You’ll want to aim for at least 10,000 steps per day. On a day that you’re out for a walk, go for a run, or hit the gym – you shouldn’t find this a difficult goal. On days that you don’t get your exercise in, you may have to get creative! I’ve found myself pacing circles around the house while brushing my teeth at night!
Blanched Vegetables are Quick Healthy Snacks
One of the hardest things for me is grabbing something healthy during the day. I’m usually running errands, picking up the boys, just basically doing all sorts of things that make it hard for me to take the time to prepare a healthy snack. When I don’t do this, then I go way too long during the day without a snack and then I’m just plain hangry. Hangry never leads me to good food choices. So I need a couple snacks throughout the day.
Blanching veggies is one of the fastest ways to cook them – it takes only about 5 minutes. Another plus – once you’ve blanched them, they will easily hold in your refrigerator for 3-5 days. To keep them as fresh as possible, I line a glass container with a thin kitchen towel or a couple of paper towels to absorb moisture.
My favorite vegetables to blanch are asparagus, sugar snaps, green beans, and snow peas. The beauty of these selections is that none of them need any prep making the process even faster. They are easy to keep and grab for a snack whenever you want them.
So here’s a bonus tip about snacks… Each “snack” or “meal” during your day should include each of the macronutrients – protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates. To add to your veggies, a dip with healthy fats and protein is perfect. Bean dips with coconut, walnut, or olive oil are terrific. Guacamole is virtually the perfect choice. Make sure when you’re choosing a recipe for a dip, you include some healthy fats.
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Show Your Gut Some Love
The health of your gut determines what nutrients are absorbed and what toxins, allergens and microbes are kept out, and therefore it is directly linked to the health of the total organism. Intestinal health could be defined as the optimal digestion, absorption and assimilation of food…the bugs in your gut are like a rain forest…They must be in balance for you to be healthy.
Many diseases that seem totally unrelated to the gut, such as eczcema or psoriasis or arthritis, are actually caused by gut problems. By focusing on your gut you can get better.
Your entire immune system (and your body) is protected from the toxic environment in your the gut by a layer only one cell thick. This thin layer covers a surface area the size of a tennis court—yet it’s basically containing a sewer. If that barrier is damaged, you will get sick and create an overactive immune system, producing inflammation throughout the body.
And then there is your second brain, your gut nervous system. Your gut, in fact, contains more neurotransmitters than your brain. It is highly wired back to your brain and messages travel back and forth. When those messages are altered for any reason in any direction – from the brain to the gut or the gut to the brain – your health will suffer.
Then, of course, your gut has to get rid of all the toxins produced as a byproduct of your metabolism that your liver dumps in through the bile, and if things get backed up, you will become toxic.
And in the midst of all of this, your gut must break down all the food you eat into its individual components, separate out all the vitamins and minerals and shuttle everything across that one cell thick layer into your bloodstream for you to stay healthy. (source)