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Healthy Habits All Women Should Have
Here are the habits that the healthiest and most successful women do on a daily basis.
Put yourself first
For most of us, this is the hardest thing to do. We are too busy taking care of the kids, getting ourselves to work, making dinner and by the end of the day we are too tired to do anything for ourselves. That is where we go wrong! How can we take care of anyone else if we don't take care of ourselves? You should never cut yourself out of your own schedule. If you have to get up an hour earlier to go and do your workout or have someone help you with the kids for an hour or so, then do it. Your health and happiness depends on it! That's how we all get burnt out.
Now this, can mean a variety of things to you. There are so many diet fades out there and so many people are weighing in on what you should and shouldn't eat, how much you should eat, fats, low-fat and the list goes on.
Here are the basics:
You should eat fats, but the type of fat you consume is more important. If at all possible you should stay away from fat-free and low-fat processed foods. These foods that have that marked on their packages are usually filled with chemicals and artificial flavorings to help improve the taste and texture. You should focus on the healthy fats like avocados and nuts, but remember if you are trying to lose weight you should keep these to a minimum. Even though they are healthy fats they are not idea for losing weight.
Eat a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables, and if all possible keep them raw. A rule that I try to follow is; keeping my diet to about 80% of fruits and vegetable. An easy way to do this is mix it up. Make your plate as colorful as possible, this way you are getting all of your needed vitamins and nutrients and making your plate look more appealing to the eyes...Remember, you first eat with your eyes.
Eat healthy grains. I particularly like quinoa, lentils and brown rice. I try and keep this to only 10% of my diet. The great thing about these grains are that they are so versatile!
Don't drink your calories! Stay away from the soda, fruit drinks and flavored water. Instead focus on water, green and black teas and 1-2 cups of coffee a day. Juice should be drinking rarely because of the high amounts of sugar.
Lastly, always make sure to reward yourself. Not every day but maybe once a week and then work up to once every other week and so on. You can always have dessert but you have to make sure that it is healthy. You don't want all of your hard work to go to waste. Now a days you can find vegan and even raw desserts that taste just as good and sometimes better than their evil twins. ( look for recipes on these soon)
Keep the stress out
Now a-days, stress is naturally part of our lives. Wether it's from our boss at work, making sure that the kids get to all of their functions, the way that we judge ourselves for not "doing enough," "being enough" or even "good enough". Stress can come in many forms and it can even come from toxic people or relationships in our lives. It goes back to focusing on ourselves. You have to put yourself first and realize what things or people are good for you and getting the negativity out. Until you do that, you will always be unhealthy. Science has proven that stress makes you physically ill, makes you age faster, and tears you down mentally. When you get the stress out of your life you will notice a burden being lifted off your shoulders. Trust me, it made a huge difference in my own life. When I got the stress out and removed the toxic people my life started making sense. I showed myself that I could put myself first and that I had the strength to change other things I didn't like and everything just started falling into place.
Go to bed
You should always be consistent on when you go to bed. Going to bed on time ensures that you will be getting enough sleep and having enough energy for the next day. A lack of sleep can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, depression, diabetes and more. It's hard to feel productive or fend off stress and mood swings when you're yawning throughout the day. In addition to going to bed on time, make sure you have a routine that you stick to. Make sure to be off all screens at least an hour before, don't watch TV in your bed and don't work in your bed. Doing these things will ensure you getting a restful night of sleep and waking refreshed in the morning.
Doing these simple things will increase the quality of your life and help you become a better version of the beautiful you!