8 Steps to a Healthier You

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1. Hydrate.

Drink up! We could all use more H2O in our lives. Divide your weight (in pounds) in half and that is the number of ounces you should drink each day. This will keep you hydrated without drowning out the nutrients. Squeeze some lemon in your water for added benefits and flavor.

2. Cut back on meat.

Meat is harmful to the environment and rough on your system. It is the hardest thing for your body to digest, and causes you to store more fat. Try ‘Meatless Mondays’ or if you want to take it a step further become a “Weekday Veg”: http://bit.ly/1wgAIjt

3. Fill up on veggies.

At least half your plate should be filled with veggies. Don’t be shy, introduce a variety of vegetables into your diet, and go heavy on the dark leafy greens.

4. Sugar craving? Grab some fruit.

Replace sugary snacks with fruit or sweet veggies. Berries are a low sugar treat that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Carrots, beets or butternut squash roasted with a little raw honey and cinnamon make a delicious snack that will be sure to satisfy a sweet tooth.

5. Get moving.

Your body is meant to move. Find unique ways to add some movement into your day: gentle stretching, dancing to your favorite song, a few jumping jacks, walking somewhere instead of driving or simply taking the stairs. Incorporate more intense cardio, yoga or strength training into your routine at least 3 times a week.

6. Have a cold-pressed juice or smoothie everyday.

Cold pressed juice is the best way to get an immediate shot of vitamins, enzymes and nutrients right into your bloodstream, with no effort from your body. Smoothies are excellent sources of fiber which is important for overall health and great for your skin and hair. Add fun superfoods such as cacao, maca, chia seeds or goji berries to them for that extra POW!

7. Laugh.

Laughter really is the best medicine. Stress increases cortisol which leads to cravings, signals the body to store fat and puts you at greater risk of heart disease. So take a deep breath, stop taking life so damn seriously and enjoy a good belly laugh, at least once a day. We recommend more often though.

8. Get a goodnight’s sleep.

Stop underestimating the importance of sleep. We are serious! How much and the quality of sleep you get affects every aspect of your daily life. It’s helpful for stress management, immunity, weight control and your overall health. At least 8 hours a night is recommended. Create a nightly routine that helps you prepare for a deep and rejuvenating sleep and gets you excited for some well-deserved shut eye.

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