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10 Healthy Tips For 2017

I often get asked what I’m like in real life.  Truthfully, I’m a little bit all over the place.  I have a very strong stubborn streak, a wild and rebellious spirit, a kind, nurturing heart and am very regularly plagued with thoughts about food.  What dessert will I be sinking my teeth into next?  What will my next meal smell and look like?  What strange and unusual combinations can I dream up?  I’m also the sort of person that when struck with a particular craving, I just have to satiate it or I die a little bit inside.  Ok, that’s a bit melodramatic but it feels so true.  Due to this very serious condition, I often give in to all that ooey gooey, luscious chocolate and deep fried dreams are made of.  I can’t help it.  I was just born this way.  I still try my very best to lead a clean lifestyle when I can help it.  Here are a few tips that help me.

1).  Meditation and gratitude.  I talk about this in my morning routine video.  Begin the day with these two and you’re already off to a better start.  Oh, and water/lemon water never hurt either.

2). Eat your greens.  I’m particularly fond of whipping them up into a smoothie and am partial to our local moringa, dino kale or barley grass.  If you’re not feeling up to a cold smoothie because it’s actually cold where you live, I like massaging avocado into my greens to not only wilt it down but to coat it with delicious, buttery flavor and get in another kind of green.

Moringa leaves from our backyard.

2). Cozy up with some healthful teas.  I really like silver needle, boricha {roasted barley tea} and fresh lemongrass from our garden.

3).  Get outside.  I know we live in world that often demonizes the sun but I can personally attest to its magical healing qualities.  Since moving to a place where it’s mostly sunny year round, I can tell you that I’ve never felt happier.  Not only will you get a healthy dose of much needed vitamin d, it also gets you into a new environment that is constantly changing.

4).  Eat the dessert.  What I mean is, don’t restrict.  Life is too short and unless you have a pre existing condition, life won’t end just because you had that chocolate cake.  I promise, you’re still beautiful.

Healthy No-Bake Superfood Brownies

5).  Do for others.  The holidays may almost be over but that doesn’t mean that the spirit of giving has to be.  It also ties into tip #1 by perpetuating gratitude.

6).  Make simple swaps.  For example, substitute beet juice for pink/red food color, swap out refined bleached flour for unbleached or spelt flour, table salt for pink himalayan salt, cacao or carob for cocoa, sparkling infused waters for soda, herbs and fresh citrus {Im pretty much having a love affair with turmeric right now} versus dousing dishes with sauce…you get the idea.  There are often healthier alternatives to most everything we enjoy and if you’re going to indulge, really indulge and make sure it’s the best quality you can get your hands on.  I personally melt for a pure 85% dark chocolate bar sprinkled with sea salt.  Yum.

Healthy “Crunch Bars”

7).  Get active.  Start small with steps like parking further away so you have to walk, taking the stairs, etc.  I’ve recently made an effort to take Nala on more walks.  It’s a 2-birds kind of deal and Nala is really happy about it.

8).  Spend more time laughing {and don’t be afraid to cry either}, slow down, enjoy the moment and participate in the present.  Take the time to really enjoy your lunch instead of whizzing through it, go to a comedy show, watch a funny movie with a loved one, share more hugs and tell those around you how much they mean to you.  Because being healthy isn’t just a physical thing.

9).  Try and keep it raw, eat real food and more healthy fats like hemp seeds, raw nuts, avocado, coconuts, etc.  Raw garlic, for example is a powerhouse of healthy properties.

10).  Take care of that gut!  My mama always told me, healthy happy gut, healthy happy you!

Kimchi is a great source of probiotics.

One thought on “10 Healthy Tips For 2017

  • brian says:

    my mama usually told me “i was full of hot air”! hahaha but these are words of wisdom u got here Squishy..especially the part about eating chocolate cake! 😛

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