Living a “healthy life” doesn’t have to be hard work and it certainly doesn’t have to cost you your life savings either if you do it right. Today I have listed five easy tips to get your started on your way to wellness:
- START SIMPLE
Start with sticking to the basics such as fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and grains such as rice, quinoa and buckwheat and don’t worry about all the fancy “super-foods”. If you buy produce that’s in season and are savvy about where you buy your grains they shouldn’t set you back too much. While organic is always best as your reducing your exposure to harmful toxins, buying fresh produce and giving it a good wash is a just as good of a place to start your journey to wellness (baby steps right?). Super-foods also have their place in wellbeing but they can also burn a hole through your pocket if you’re not careful.
- SHOP AT YOUR LOCAL FARMERS MARKET
Not only are you buying directly from the farmer and supporting the community but you also have the chance to engage with the farmer and get to know what you’re eating, where the produce has come from and what is in season. I find a trip to the markets a lot cheaper than one to the supermarket and come home with a lot more variety of produce too.
- DRINK AT LEAST 2 LITRES OF WATER A DAY
I am sure you have all heard this one but it’s honestly one of the easiest ways to improve your health (and it’s free!!). Drinking 2L of water (filtered preferably) and an extra litre for every hour of exercise will not only keep you hydrated, but will also reduce cravings for sweet foods and improve your skin tone and brightness.
- GET AT LEAST 8 HOURS OF SLEEP A NIGHT
Other than being a time machine to breakfast, sleep helps you restore your brain, body and energy for the day ahead, enabling you to stay on your a-game.
- SWAP YOUR DAILY COFFEE FOR A CUP OF GREEN TEA
Why spend $3.50 on a coffee everyday when you can buy a box of organic green tea for $7 and have 30 cups of it. I know, I know coffee is your saviour, but maybe its time to rely a little less on your morning latte to wake you up and improve your energy in other ways. While green tea still contains caffeine, it is also a very high source of antioxidants helping to fight against free radical damage which is associated with chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. If your new to green tea try Pukka Tea’s ‘Serine Jasmine Green’ or ‘Sweet Vanilla Green’ for a little naturally added sweetness to ease you into it.