Day 26 – Shop Local
It’s Saturday. Get out to a Farmers’ Market or shop at locally owned stores in your community; try craft breweries in your town. Keep your money in your local economy.
So get out there today: Pick up some fresh fruit or pastries or local meats; shop at a store in your town and support your friends and neighbors. Have an adventure in your backyard.
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Day 23 – Spread Some Cheer
Smile. Say hello to those you pass. Giggle and keep it going. Leave a positive note somewhere.
My co-worker left me this little guy on my desk years ago…she said he reminded her of me because of the big blue eyes. It still sits on my desk and every time I look at it it makes me laugh. Little things DO count.
Aside from helping others have a better day, spreading cheer around is also great for your soul. Psychologists call it “Helper’s High”. Our brains actually release feel-good chemicals when we help someone, leading us to do more of the same.
Cheer. Spread it.
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Day 9 – Go Meatless
Going meatless, even just once to a few times a week, can have a tremendous impact on your health. You don’t have to cut all animal products out of your life cold-turkey, but decreasing the amount of meat and increasing the amount of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole-grains that you eat can do wonders for your health and the health of the environment.
Don’t get me wrong (or hate me), I am a full-on meat eater. But eliminating meat from meals every once in a while can be great. It can be time-saving, money-saving, and health-beneficial. You don’t have to sacrifice deliciousness because you’re eliminating meat. Have you ever tried a whole roasted herbed cauliflower or a vegetable burger? Mmmmm.
Go ahead and expand your horizons by making full meals solely out of plants. You’ll be surprised with the plethora of ideas and recipes you can find or come up with.
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Day 8 – Pack a Lunch
Save money and eat healthier by packing your own lunch. (This is your challenge today but you can plan it for tomorrow. ) Knowing exactly what’s in your food and ensuring it’s nutritious can give you some peace of mind when it comes time for your lunch break. Save time by preparing your food the night before or the morning of (rather than spending time heading to pick up some grub and waiting in line) can also free up time to socialize or take a lunch-time walk.
I am not one of those people who spend all day Sunday prepping meals for the week (or month!). I honestly just can’t put the effort in. But, I know that many of you benefit from this. It can help you achieve goals of healthy eating; and if it allows you more free time during the week, then I say kudos to you. There are some evenings when I’ll prepare dinner and lunch for the new couple of days; this usually occurs when I’m participating in a Whole 30 (like right now). If I am eliminating sugar and processed foods from my diet, then prepping my lunch meals (or meals for evenings away from the home) is a must – because I want to know exactly what’s in my ingredients and want to be certain I am maintaining compliance.
In addition to eating healthier when brown-bagging it, preparing my lunch also allows me time to do other things on my lunch break – whether that’s go for a walk or run errands or just spend time with friends or alone….it means I’m not running around looking for something to eat, waiting in lines or for a server. My time, as I’m sure yours is as well, is valuable and I don’t want to waste a minute.
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Day 2 – Create a Healthy Daily Habit
Whether that means going for a walk in the morning, drinking your coffee black, taking the stairs, sneaking in more greens, or spending time off-line and engaging more with others (or yourself), commit to making it (whatever *it* is) a part of your daily routine and stick with it. Remember that it takes time (about 21 days) to form a habit so don’t give up in your first week.
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Day 1 – Drink Your Water
Water is the most important nutrient. After air, water is the most important factor to human life. Accounting for about 60% of your body weight, we can survive for weeks without food, but only days without water. We need approximately 30 ml of water per kg of body weight per day (approximately 2.3 liters of water for 170 lb person). Every organ and cell needs to stay hydrated in order for the body to function at its best. Staying hydrated is important for both physical and mental health. So, from today on, make hydration your daily goal. I admit that, although I’m really great at drinking water throughout the day when I’m at work, on my days off, I don’t drink nearly enough water. I sip here and there but I doubt I drink even a third of my daily recommendation. Making hydrating while home/on the weekends is going to be a priority for me.
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