I’ve got 10 simple, game-changing health tips for you today. When done consistently, these things can radically change your life.
I know, that’s a big promise.
And I get it — adding anything to this amazing (yet often exhausting) parenting gig feels like a lot.
There are a few things I wish I knew before I had kids. Like how you can love so much it almost hurts. How you can find healing in kids’ unadulterated laughter and be humbled by their awe and curiosity of life. And how sometimes, we wake up more tired than when we went to bed. Obviously, there are a million wonderful things about having kids. But let’s face it — creating time for yourself to workout and make healthy meals on a daily basis feels like a tall order.
We have the best intentions for ourselves, but so often we live off of fumes. Our hearts, our schedules, and our arms are constantly full. It’s no easy feat giving your all for your family each and every day. You are a rockstar, mama.
Now more than ever, we need to stay healthy. Every day we make choices, big and small, that can lead to greater health and strength.
We’re in this crazy pandemic season together, and I know it can be hard to stay active and motivated when you’re stuck at home. But let’s rally together to fuel our bodies with goodness so we stay healthy and strong – and can keep up with our kiddos!
Here are a few tips to help you stay in great health:
1. Throw out anything that’s processed!
It’s simple: If it’s not in your house, you won’t eat it. I know this can be tough with kids, but this is a great opportunity to teach them about healthy eating. Throwing out all the junk food is a powerful, teachable moment.
2. Drink lots and lots of water!
If you aren’t a huge fan of water, you can add citrus fruits, mint, a dash of salt, and essential oils to make it more exciting. Drinking water not only acts as a filtration system, but it also helps our lymphatic system, which is like our body’s sewer system, to flow. It also helps dilute toxins in our body. So drink up! Aim for 80-120 ounces a day!
3. Make good food accessible.
Buy nourishing foods and place them at eye level so they are the first things you see. You can also try placing a bowl of fruit or a container of cut up veggies on your counter or on the table for easy grabbing.
4. Meal prep for yourself and your family.
This does not have to be time-consuming or stressful. Do what makes sense for you and your family. That could mean cooking for the whole week or just prepping some healthy snacks. Whatever meal prepping looks like for you, do it! Make it a habit.
5. 80/20 Rule:
The Japanese have a simple saying, “hara hachi bu.” It’s a reminder to stop eating when you are 80% full. This helps with portion control.
6. Eat protein!
Not only is protein the building block for your muscles, but it also boosts your metabolism and helps with satiety levels. You will feel fuller longer!
7. Plan ahead!
Utilize delivery services and grocery pick-up options. This way you can create a list and you won’t be tempted to grab any last-minute bag of chips or candy bars on your way out.
8. Get outdoors!
Sunshine gives you vitamin D for free! All you need is 10-15 minutes of sunshine!
9. Move often!
Whether you are lifting or running, biking or hiking, move daily. Playing active games like tag, obstacle courses, and hopscotch are a great way to involve your kids, too.
10. Prioritize rest and sleep.
You may be laughing as you read this last one. Maybe because like me, your kids don’t sleep through the night so getting a night of good sleep is near impossible. I am with you! However, do what you can with what you have. Prioritizing rest may look like setting a timer and sitting outside for 5 minutes with no distractions or doing some yoga and deep breathing during nap time. If getting more sleep isn’t an option, make moments of rest a priority.
If this seems overwhelming, I encourage you to pick 1-3 of these health tips to begin implementing. Start slowly and intentionally, but definitely start. Start anywhere and little by little the changes will begin to feel like a natural part of life. Your hard work will be rewarded, I promise.
Busy mama, stay healthy. Remember, to keep it simple and don’t give up! Its a process, and a lifelong journey.
Wishing you the very best of health and rest and goodness!