For many of us, today is the first day of school for our kids. Our friends to the south have already been in school for a few weeks, but in Canada, we generally start school the day after Labour Day. This is also a time for renewal and new beginnings for many people, especially parents who have been home with their children all summer. It’s a time to get back on track with healthy habits, regular routines and for some, back to business. In the month of August, I found myself writing RIP on far too many Facebook pages, for friends and friends of friends who lost their lives – in their 40s. Today’s post will focus on new beginnings for our healthy habits, as I would like to avoid having to write RIP anymore for my peers.
Gratitude Tip: The first week of September is a great time for new beginnings and to make a commitment to new, healthier habits. Summer is full of fun, bbqs, the beach, camping, s’mores and often quite a bit of alcohol. Let’s renew our commitment to health today and make the rest of 2016 our healthiest yet.
Tips for New Beginnings for Our Healthy Habits:
- Start with a foundation of gratitude. Our daily gratitude habits can be lost in the summer as our regular routine is often gone. Focus on waking up with gratitude and giving thanks for another day, here on earth, to make a difference and to be of service. And continue (or start) your daily gratitude journal before bed. Write down three things you are grateful for, that day, making the entries different every day.
- Get moving. For some, the summer is a more active time. And for others, we are less active. I have a hard time keeping up my habit of walking every day during the summer, so as soon as the bus left this morning, I was out walking my favorite route. Find an activity you love, the options are truly endless! And make the commitment to move for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
- Sleep tight. Long summer days may make it harder to get to sleep earlier, so now that the days are getting shorter, time to move your bedtime (and perhaps your kids’ bedtime) earlier. Start by backing up your bedtime by 15 minutes at a time, for a week. In one month, you’ll be easily going to bed an hour earlier. Sleep is not to be sacrificed, by adults or especially our children. Aim for a good solid 8 hours every single night.
- Eat whole. real food. This time of year is still great for fresh produce from the farmer’s market. Our fridge and counters are overflowing with produce we found on the weekend. Buy extra fruit or veg and freeze it! I save fresh peaches so that I can have them in my smoothies until November. You could easily freeze kale and other greens as well, for cooking and smoothies.
- Supplement. I firmly believe that supplementation is a part of complete healthy lifestyle. Full stop. Our soils are depleted and we are ALL deficient in minerals, which are essentials for our bodies to function optimally. I choose to supplement my food with the MySmartFoods, as the MySmartShakes based provide an optimal blend of high quality protein, healthy fats from coconut oil, 8 g of fibre and only 4 g of net carbs (with zero added sugar). I blend them with fresh or frozen fruit and greens for a complete breakfast. As for nutritional supplements (micronutrients), with the introduction of the new CellSentials from USANA, our cells have never seen anything like it. I won’t go into the details here, you can check out this post for more details and a great intro video. For me, having used the product for 10 days, I have found a new level of energy and focus that I didn’t even know I had. It’s as though I have ‘leveled up’ in my nutrition.
- Drink water. And lots of it. Start your day with a glass of water, keep it right beside your bed. I use my Swell bottle, which keeps the water cool overnight, but room temperature water is also excellent. Then you can make a lemon and ginger tea to get your digestion going as well. Use a water bottle at your desk and refill it at least 3-4 times per day. If you wake up in the middle of the night to use the washroom, cut back your water intake after 7 pm.
Six simple ideas for new beginnings this September! Which ones are you already doing? Which ones are you going to implement? For more info on the MySmartShakes and the new CellSentials, please visit www.supplementsburlington.usana.com.
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