Top 5 Steps to Make Healthy a Habit - Part 2
If you haven’t yet, click here to read part one where I dive into the mindset and approach to forming healthy habits, and kicking less than healthy habits to the curb.
Now that you’ve gotten used to thinking about the mindset and approach, let’s dig into the more “logistic” steps.
3. Eat what you love
Remember what I said in the last post about trying to add kale to every meal even though you hate it? Don’t do that.
Have no fear, you can STILL find your healthiest, most confident body without kale. I, in fact, hate kale. I even wrote a book about it. Kind of, it’s called “To Kale & Back” and it comes out NEXT MONTH! Holy moly, somebody pinch me.
Anywho, you have to eat what you love. Love burritos? Cool, me too. Most of the time let’s make them healthier, eat in proper portions for your body, and enjoy the heck out of it. Love ice cream? ME TOO SISTER. Most of the time let’s make it healthier, some of the time let’s get moose tracks and cookie dough in a waffle cone, okay?
In my e-course Thrive: Food, Fitness, & Life, , I dive into cravings and indulging in two separate weeks of curriculum (and also eating for your body type and goals with the healthiest approach you’ll ever try) so that you can easily eat EVERYTHING you love and NEVER feel deprived.
Sounds too good to be true, eh? It’s not, ask me and my clients! What happens next? You find your healthiest lifestyle, your most confident body, and the happiest version of you in the process.
So if you’re like “my Lord, I just love a good panini” and you’re trying not to eat them because “bread,” well friend, number 1, stop that right now. Number 2, the e-course Thrive might be the most perfect fit for you in your life right now.
P.S. I recently released my 30 recipe ebook including risotto, milkshakes, and breakfast burritos. Sound delicious? Snag it up, sister. Click here!
P.P.S the dessert one is free. You’re welcome. Click here!
4. Workout because it feels good
Again, ya gotta love it like Kanye loves Kanye. If yoga was the quickest way to the body of my dreams and I made myself do it I’d probably be the wicked witch of the west every single day. I’d give up for sure.
BUT guess what? Just because Susie Six Pack says you have to do X workout does not mean you have to do X workout to reach your goals.
There is absolutely science to working out, and if you’re working out for aesthetic goals, there are a few things to consider (which I dive into in the e-course, Thrive).
But, if you’re looking to fall in love with your own skin, find your most confident body, and create a healthy lifestyle you can sustain, just simply move your body doing what’s fun for you. Dance, pilates, run, swim, bike, boxing, cow tipping, whatever floats your boat.
On that same note, you can absolutely still create a routine you love, adhere to your aesthetic goals using the scientific training guidelines, and create a lifestyle you can stick to. Win stinkin’ win my friend. My point? If it makes you feel like Beyonce herself walking out of class, keep going. If it makes you feel like aunt susie who is also negative nancy, stop it right now.
5. Supplement correctly
Supplements are just that, supplements. You DO NOT need them to reach your goals. Rather, the supplements I do choose to use I take great care in choosing. The only ones I use are those that support the lifestyle I am working to create, not those that proclaim will “do the work for me” i.e. fat loss pills, skinny teas, blah blah blah.
Oh sister, my past self tried them all. They didn’t work, because exercise and food is what works. Anywho, I’m getting fired up.
These are simply the supplements I take, and I am not suggesting you should take the same. If you are anemic, for instance, find a high quality iron supplement. If you live in a cloudy dreary city, consider supplementing with vitamin D, catch my drift?
The few supplements I do take are below. I have linked all of them at the very end if you'd like to give them a shot!
+ Fruit + Veggie Capsules
(not actually a supplement, but I want to include them here as they are in capsule form).
This simply ensures I am giving my body a wide range of nutrients from 30 different fruits and veggies I don’t necessarily eat because I am a creature of habit. What I mean by that is I tend to stick to bananas and berries, broccoli, peppers, and brussel sprouts.
I sure as heck to not eat the rind of my oranges or lemons either. Did you know a bulk of the nutrients are actually in the rind? Yep! These capsules ensure I am getting maximum nutrition, made from 100% real food, and the highest quality possible! Click here to check them out.
+ Adrenal Support
Unfortunately, chronic stress is something I experience.
You bet your buttons I am working every day on physical and mental things I can do to reduce this, which has done wonders for me, (for more about that, click here to read the blog I wrote about what I've been doing) but supplementing has greatly helped my energy, and my mood.
Similar to above, ashwagandha is an ayurvedic stress support. I have recently begun to take both, and am in the process of deciding if I will stick to both or not. Will report back later!
+ Vegan Omegas
Most people take fish oil to supplement the omegas their body needs but doesn't get from their diet. First of all, the BEST thing to do is eat a the full spectrum of omega fatty acids. These are in the form of fatty fish, avocado, olive oil, avocado oil, nuts, nut butters, etcetera. However, no one is perfect and supplementing can help bridge the gap!
The omegas that I take are full spectrum (meaning they include all omegas 3,5,6, 7, and 9) from completely plant sources. They skipped the fish and went straight to the source! Furthermore, the way most conventional omega supplements are produced (with the use of heat to encapsulate them) actually kills off the nutrition we’re taking them for in the first place. Also known as, you pee everything out.
These capsules do not use that mechanism, keeping the full nutrition available to the body! Win!! Click here to check out the ones I take.
+ Vitamin D
As much as I wish I got a good amount of all natural sunshine on my skin, the fact is that I work inside and most of my sunshine is simply on the weekends.
I find it helpful to supplement with a high quality vitamin D.
BCAA stands for branched chain amino acids. These include valine, leucine, and isoleucine. These are considered “essential” amino acids meaning your body does not produce them on its own and we need to get them through food. Essential food protein sources contain these, however some argue that sipping on them during your workout can help increase endurance, alleviate soreness, and support muscle growth.
Hard evidence of this has not quite yet been proven, so many argue for and against them. My point of view is that they taste good (major win during a tough workout!) and they do help with muscle soreness. I opt to take them!
You do not, however, need them to see results. Click here for my favorite high quality brand.
If you find it difficult to receive adequate protein through the food you eat, I would suggest purchasing a high quality protein supplement or collagen supplement. Collagen is a buzz word these days but it is a high quality source of protein that is great for hair, skin, and nails as well. I personally love it!
Be sure that you do your research and notice your protein supplement is not full of fillers, artificial sugar,s flavors, or dies. Click here for my favorite one at the moment!
I have linked below my favorites of each of the above if you’d like to give them a shot yourself!
Click here to head to Thrive Market (my obsession - top quality brands at wholesale prices (20-50% off in store pricing). Search the items below!
- Organic India - Ashwaganda
- Gaia Herbs Adrenal Health
- Primal Kitchen Collagen - chocolate coconut (or vanilla coconut!)
- Country Life - Vitamin D
I hope this was helpful, feel free to email me and let me know what you loved and what you’d like to see more of!