Simplifying your life, amplifies your future.
The action to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary. Why waste your precious energy, time and thoughts on things that don't matter, but instead to focus on what is most valuable and meaningful to you.
There are small actions we can take to intentionally simplify are life so that we may live much healthier and happier lives.
I have carefully compiled 5 SIMPLE ACTIONS FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH that you can begin to implement in your life today. My one word of advice is to try not to implement all of these actions at once, but rather start with one action, then slowly add the rest into your lifestyle. We tend to make the most meaning out of new learning when we have sufficient time to practice and personalize it to make it our own. I want these actions to become a meaningful part of your life, so that living a healthy life isn't a fad but a long-lasting lifestyle.
5 SIMPLE ACTIONS FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH
1. Meal plan, meal plan, meal plan: When you know what you will eat for the week, you will save money, time and most of all your sanity in the grocery store and in the kitchen. Other benefits include less food wasted, less clutter in your fridge and pantry, and less decisions to make when cooking at home. Visit here to see how we plan our weekly meals or here for simple meal plans to get you started.
2. Choose foods that are nutrient dense: Foods that are local, fresh and less processed have the most nutrients to supply your whole body. Spend more money on pasture raised eggs, grass-fed beef, hormone free poultry and organic produce, so you can spend less money and time being sick. Better food, better energy! Check out my Clean + Simple Grocery List if you need a little help getting started on what to buy.
3. Move throughout the day: Don't have time or the desire to do a crazy hour workout? Great! Let's practice good functional movements throughout the day to help your brain, muscles, and bones provide long-lasting strength for years to come. Some good functional movements are squats (basically anytime you have to bend down, like unloading the dishwasher), walking (park your car farther away and take the stairs), pulling or carrying items with your back straight and shoulders back (like groceries), pushing (on the floor, wall or kitchen counter), and lunging (make sure knees and ankles are stable).
4. Shop mindfully: When you go to the store, are you going because you're bored or because you really NEED something? Our society is heavily bombarded with advertisements, literally everywhere! Advertisements are thrown in our faces daily through TV commercials, social media, the dreaded email pop-ups that just know what you "need to have", and even our close friends who are selling network marketing items like cosmetics and clothing. Don't be afraid to say "no", so you can say "yes" to the things or experiences that truly matter most. Focus more on what you have and really think about the reason why you want to buy something. Will this item bring meaning to my life? Will this item be used often? Will this experience bring me joy? If the answer is "yes", then buy the darn thing. If the answer is "maybe" or "not really", then rethink the real reason why you want to make a purchase.
5. Daily gratitude: Wake up every morning grateful for the body you live in, the life you have, and the people and world around you. You will find that the more we focus on what we have, the less we will want. Some of my favorite quotes from The Gratitude Diaries have really changed the way I live each day. Check them out here if you need some added inspiration.
Caution: Practicing gratitude may cause better mental and physical health, more meaningful relationships, and a happier life.
If you have a simple tip or action that has maximized your health, please share the health love below. I would love to learn more on how others are living a more meaningful and healthy life.
Much health + love,