May 09, 2016
Each week, on Mindful Mondays, Christie shares three tips toward a healthier lifestyle. She proposes something healthy to think about, something healthy to eat, and something healthy to do. Give these tips a try to improve your health, wellness and quality of life!
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MINDFUL THOUGHT: Explore your typical day & barriers to change
In a perfect world, everybody would wake up in the morning with no alarm, have a healthy breakfast, make time for some physical activity and then go about their day. The reality is that life gets in the way of our perfect plans and certain factors need to be considered when you really want to make sustainable changes in your life.
Examining what your daily routine looks like and what your personal barriers to change may be is a crucial step toward implementation. Thinking about what will prevent you from changing can keep you one step ahead of the game and that much closer to your goal. For instance, when contemplating a new routine as yourself questions like, do you have more energy at the beginning of the day or the end of the day? How will that impact your plans for exercise? Do certain people, places, things get in the way of your nutrition goals? How can you plan to overcome these challenges?
MINDFUL EATING: Sneak in more fresh fruit & vegetables
Many of us know that increasing the number of servings of fresh fruit and vegetables consumed daily can have numerous health benefits. The problem is that it is hard to find an enjoyable way to make that happen.
Fresh, cold-pressed juices are a fantastic way to ensure that your body is getting the nutrients it needs to function optimally. At-home juicing is popular and very doable if you have the right equipment and can set aside the time to shop for your ingredients and prepare the juice. If that seems like too much of an undertaking, the good news is that there are plenty of healthy juice spots popping up around town.
If you are new to juicing and are curious, stop by “Free Juice Day” at Sip-N-Glo this Wednesday, 5/11 and see what all the fanfare is about. In celebration of their 3rd Anniversary, they will be giving away 10 oz. pours at both locations (932 South St. and 257 S. 20th St.) between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (Pictured is their award-winning One Love www.sipnglo.com)
MINDFUL ACTIVITY: Set a SMART goal for the week
As you consider your barriers to change, consider also your ultimate health goals. Often times people set lofty, vague goals like, ‘I want to lose weight,” “I want to save money,” or “I want to get organized,” and end up just talking about it rather than actually doing it. This happens when people don’t consider how things will actually play out on a day-to-day basis.
This week, your active challenge is to set a SMART goal. That is Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Bound. SMART goals not only help you spell out exactly what you are trying to do, they help you verbalize how and when you are going to do it. For example:
Goal: “I want a beach body”
Specific: I plan to get in better physical shape.
Measurable: I plan to get in better physical shape and lose 10 lbs.
Attainable: I plan to get in better physical shape and lose 10 lbs by following a sustainable diet rich in vegetables, fruit, healthy fats, lean meats and whole grains and exercising three times per week.
Realistic: My doctor said that losing some weight could help get my cholesterol down and get my energy level up. Also taking some weight off my frame may alleviate joint pain and aid in the prevention of chronic disease.
Time-bound: I plan to get in better physical shape and lose 10 lbs by July 4th (8 weeks). I will do so following a sustainable diet rich in vegetables, fruit, healthy fats, lean meats and whole grains and exercising three times per week. At the very least, I will be on my way to improving the state of my overall health.