For my first post of the new year, I wanted to talk about three quick things you can do to become healthier in 2017 and happier overall. These things are easy to do and they’ll help you maintain a positive outlook in your day to day life! Here are my 3 easy ways to be healthier in 2017:
1. Eat More Fruit
Have you ever heard of someone gaining weight from eating too many apples?! Me neither. But for some reason the misconception that fruit is bad for you because it has sugar still floats around. The sugar in fruit is entirely different from the white table sugar found in donuts and cookies. Not to mention that fruits are high in fiber, which slows your digestion of glucose so that your insulin doesn’t spike (aka “sugar high”) and then crash an hour later. Fruit also has essential vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy, and its high water content keeps you hydrated. The bottom line is that if you’re craving something sweet, the best thing you can do is to eat some grapes or blueberries and after a while your body will start to crave those foods rather than cake and cookies.
2. Find a Fitness Routine That Feels Like Fun, Not Work
For a long time, I’ve loved hiking in LA. It’s so nice to spend time outside and there are so many amazing trails to do so I never get bored. I try to get out and hike at least once a week. And because I love it so much, it doesn’t feel like I’m working out and I really look forward to doing it every time I go. My favorite trails in Socal for the best burn and views at the top are the Mishe Mokwa trail to Sandstone Peak in Malibu and the Hollyridge Trail to get right behind the Hollywood sign!
More important than working out just for the sake of working out is finding a routine that you actually really love doing so you won’t be constantly making up excuses as to why you can’t work out in the first place. So in addition to hiking, I also have ClassPass, which gives you access to just about all of the boutique studios in your area. If I want to go to a boxing class one day and do yoga the next day, it’s no problem. I love the convenience of it and the variety and selection of activities is insane!
3. Get Enough Rest
This one is so important I can’t stress it enough. Have you ever noticed that the less sleep you get, the crankier/hungrier/more dehydrated you are when you wake up? This is definitely me. While you sleep, your body goes into a fasting mode where your hormones are regulated and your blood sugar is lowered so that you can actually go 7-9 hours without eating at night. If you’re not getting a good amount of deep uninterrupted sleep then this cycle becomes affected, causing you to wake up feeling very hungry and irritable!
For me, if I don’t get a decent sleep, I wake up in the morning craving all kinds of junk and high fat foods that I normally wouldn’t be eating a lot of if I’d gotten a good rest. So I make sure to get 8 hours of sleep every night because when I do that, I wake up wanting a big bowl of fruit or avocado toast or banana ice cream!
Those are my three easy ways to get healthier in 2017, thanks for reading!