Life changes and along with it can come a change in type of work. For me it took me away from a lifelong passion to educate people about health and healthy lifestyles. I learned many things along the way including how much I value health and that it will always be a major factor in my life. I also learned that work is just work unless you have a true passion for what you are doing and consequently I am moving back towards my path of teaching.
It also taught me how stressful situations constantly challenge the innate desire to be healthy. I am often stuck by the busy-ness of everyone’s life and the compromises of health that come with it – poor eating habits, less exercise, no quiet time, and more.
As I looked at my own life getting busier and busier, I found some things I refused to give up at any cost. These choices have enabled me to keep feeling healthy even in the craziest of times. There are several things that I refuse to give up for the sake of busy-ness. In order, here are my top three priorities:
Always eat a healthy breakfast
For me this means cooking up a bunch of vegetables and having some form of protein be it eggs, chicken or fish. It is actually super easy to do and requires little time. I realize this seems like a horrible thought to many people but the advantage is huge! Here are just a few benefits:
- Improved concentration and mental performance
- Stabilizing blood sugar levels resulting in less cravings and better food choices throughout the balance of the day
- Better physical conditioning
- A tendency to maintain weight easier or even assist with weight loss
Drink enough water
I am continually amazed at how few people actually consume water throughout the day. Although we get some water from our foods, many things can take water away such as coffee, caffeinated tea, soda, exercise and dry climate. Making sure you have enough is vital. I feel that getting ½ my body weight in ounces daily is still best and consequently carry a 20+ ounce BPA free refillable bottle of water with me wherever I go, making sure to drink at least 3 full bottles per day. Here are just a few benefits:
- Lubricating joints
- Metabolism of fats and maintaining muscle tone
- Aids in digestion and transportation of nutrients to the cells
- Maintains health of every cell in the body
Stress is a major factor in life anymore and one of the best ways to reduce stress is through regular exercise. I know when I get a healthy workout in at least 4-5 times per week I feel so much better! The key is finding your rhythm and not compromising. For me this means first thing in the morning as I know myself well enough that if I don’t get out and do it then, I will come up with every excuse under the sun as to why I can’t fit it in later that day. The list of benefits is endless. Here are a few key ones:
- Improves mood
- Boosts energy
- Controls weight
- Reduces chance for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases and many more!
As mentioned, these are the top three items that never get compromised regardless of my schedule.
What are your top three?