May 222012
 

1. You’re probably already familiar with the classic Hot-Water-With-Lemon Routine in the morning? Add a little ginger juice to that concoction. Just cut off a tiny square, put it in the garlic press and spill the juice (and pulp if you’re brave) into your cup. It takes some getting used to, but it’s very good for you.

2. Get a juicer. I’m going to repeat this forever and ever, but drinking vegetable juice every day has made me so much more energetic and healthy. Once you get one, you’re hooked.

3. Skip one of your coffee runs. Drink a cup of tea or a glass of water instead. Seriously. That’s how I manage my coffee routine these days without overdoing it. It might seem insignificant, but it subtracts one dose of caffeine a day (which adds up to minus seven doses of caffeine per week, and so on) and that might make the difference between being able to fall asleep or being a jittery insomniac.

4. Make it a fun experiment. I sometimes stand in my kitchen, glance at my superfoods, open the refridgerator, peek at my fruit bowl and think: ‘With all this healthy stuff available, what kind (and how much, lol) of ridiculous juices, salads, smoothies and healthy snacks could I make today?’ I don’t have to, I’m just curious! Try holding onto that attitude; attitudes are everything.

5. Add a garlic clove, fresh pepper, parsley or other herb to your dinner. Kris Carr calls these things ‘Nature’s Shaman’s’ and just a tiny bit a day can be very good for you. I have Spanish peppers, parsley, basil and rosemary in the freezer so I can add a little ‘fresh’ herbs to my dinners.

6. Coconut oil. One of the healthiest fats available. Grill your veggies with it, add it to curries, make raw cacao treats with it, scoop a spoonful through your smoothie.*

7. Take small, teeny tiny steps transitioning! Is there something you would like to eat more or less of during the day? Babysteps. Exchange your milk for soy or almond milk for example. Even if it’s just substituting one cup while you still drink milk for the rest of the day! Go slowly from 100 to 80-20, 60-40, 50-50, etc. Transition towards healthier foods in a comfortable, sustainable matter. Have a small salad and a sandwich for lunch first and eventually transition to a bigger salad with a small piece of bread to eventually a big-ass salad. Have raw spiced nuts instead of the roasted salted variety. Or you know, whatever. Whatever you want to change a lot, start by changing a little in your diet.

8. Have a glass of water. No, seriously. You’d think everyone knows this and does this, but I personally always forget it. I used to be so good with this and now I forget to drink water, all the time and it makes me confuse thirst for hunger way too much. So, have a glass of water whenever you remember to.

9. Eat sprouts. Add them to your salad, sandwich, dinner, sprinkle them on top of your icecream for all I care. See here why you should. My favorite are broccoli sprouts!

10. Have a Healthy&Safety Food Supply with you. If I don’t carry my own banana, raw cacao treat or a sandwich, I’ll eventually get so hungry and short-sighted I’ll devour a donut and a brownie. FOR BREAKFAST. Consequently, I become insufferably sugar-high before ten and crash like an exhausted toddler at 12 PM. That’s just no good. So like a Boy Scout: Be Prepared!

*Oh, and put it in your hair and wash it (three times) the next morning. AMAZING.

  16 Responses to “10 Ways To Healthify Your Day!”

  1. Coconut oil forever and ever. Seriously. Straight out of the jar, no shame! I always carry some with me, to use as lip balm, moisturizer, high-lighter, for a snack or just a tiny amount in my hair if it needs a quick boost.

    People do look weird when I put it on my lips and then eat it right off though.

  2. Love this! Thank you. :)

    I just recently realized number 7. When I made one unhealthy choice, I felt like the whole day was lost, I fucked up, game over. Now I see that everytime I choose healthy over not healthy, I am winning. Everything counts, nothing is insignificant.

    This attitude not only lifted some weight of my shoulder (literally :P) but made it much more fun and easier to eat healthy. :)

    • One chocolate won’t make you gain weight. That’s one of my favorite mantras whenever I’m offered something delicious. I can go right back to healthy salads and snacks after.

  3. omg, get a juicer, ik zei het gisteren nog tegen m’n zusje. Die snapt niet hoe ik 1 kilo spinazie weg kan eten in 1 week. Nou door die juicer oa dus. Ze gaat eentje kopen nu.

    btw. wat zijn sprouts
    ik dacht: spruitjes?
    niet?

    • Sprouts zijn kiemen! Je moet er wel voor naar de geitenwollensokken-biosupermarkt met vale bleke mensen achter de kassa maar superlekker en gezond!

      • Ja! Wat is dat met mensen in de biosupermarkt? Die zien er nooit gezond uit. :(

        • Ik vind dat echt zonde want ik ken ook mensen die dus alleen maar sueprgezond eten EN er ook stralend en gezond uit zien. DIE mensen moeten in die supermarkten werken, dan zet je pas echt een goed voorbeeld!

  4. Water drinken is zo belangrijk – als ik niet voldoende water drink word ik meteen duizelig word en krijg ik hoofdpijn – en toch doe ik het niet vaak genoeg. Twee jaar geleden hoorde ik nog van een reisleidster “you’re really good with your water” toen ik bij elke maaltijd water dronk en tussendoor constant een waterflesje bij me had, dus ik kán het wel. Ik moet het alleen doen.

    • ‘gewoon’ weer een gewoonte van maken, als het er eenmaal in zit is het makkelijk om vol te houden!

  5. Goede tips! Ik drink thuis altijd heel veel water en thee (kruidenthee), maar op m’n werk vergeet ik het te vaak….Ik ga beter m’n best doen!

    • Haha, ik val op werk ook vaak ten prooi aan de lattes! Tegenwoordig neem ik zelf vaak de thee van thuis mee die ik het allerlekkerst vind, dat maakt het makkelijker!

  6. Love these tips! Especially #3,which I’m going to do today :) Thanks!

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