How a healthy lifestyle can be incorporated in a busy Schedule

My body is not perfect and neither are my eating habits. I am not a nutritionist, so what I am sharing is all from my personal experiences. I am going to share a bit about my relationship with food. It wasn’t always the healthiest relationship. I would see it as something I had to do, I would count calories and eat the bare minimum so that I could lose weight faster. By the end of the day, my body would be craving sugar and I would indulge because I supposedly ate ‘well’ throughout the day. Which was really just 3 very small meals. Even with low energy, I didn’t get enough sleep and I exercised–I was just exhausting my body in every possible way. As I got older I moved on from that and started to eat fuller meals, but I still wasn’t eating as healthy. I started to workout more often but I ate what I wanted…anything I wanted. This worked well for a while until I stopped adding enough veggies in my diet. I started to get sick more often and yet I did not question my diet. 

Of course there is a turning point! Almost 2 years ago I was experiencing high stress on a daily basis and I thought I was handling it well but as it turns out, not eating healthy and high stress is really bad for you. I’ve written about this in previous posts, I started to get stomach aches and several other symptoms. I was very limited on the foods I could eat and it really made me look at my health and make some changes. I started to educate myself on what certain foods are good for and I started to incorporate those into my diet. 

After all that I decided to start buying more veggies, being more active and cooking more. It really is just a simple decision. When you really want to do something or make that change, you simply start.

No one is perfect, it’s so important to not compare your journey to others. We all have different lifestyles and habits, it’s important you start as you are. Be you, accept the person you are now and start from there.

Below I am going to list some of the foods you will always see in my fridge and why.

* I am just listing a couple of facts about each one. If I wrote what every benefit these foods have, then we will be reading a 10 page post! 

Eggs

LOTS & LOTS of protein! Eggs are a complete source of protein, which means they contain all 9 essential amino acids.

Avocado

Boosts your GOOD HDL cholesterol. 20 vitamins, minerals & antioxidants. Full of fiber, helping you feel full longer. Maintains a healthy heart & nourishes skin

Spinach

Full of Vitamins! Extremely low in fat and calorie content. Calcium, Potassium, Iron & Magnesium minerals combined with Vitamins B, C, E help to promote hair growth and gives youthful appearance.

Almond Butter

Is a good source of healthy monosaturated fats. Almonds offer antioxidants from vitamins E and help lower cholesterol. It’s a perfect snack whenever you have a sweet tooth.

Banana

LOTS and LOTS of Potassium!!! Which is one of the critical minerals not naturally created by the body. Helps create energy because of the natural balance of sugars & soluble fiber. Also, they help with digestion. 

Bell Pepper

Boosts your immune system. Rich in Vitamin C and high in antioxidants. Vitamins K and C help to reduce inflammation and reduce pain levels.

Quinoa

Full of nutrients & antioxidants. It is a complete protein. Promotes a healthy gut, since it acts as a prebiotic (are undigestible fiber compounds that work with probiotic enzymes to become fuel for the beneficial bacteria living in your gut). Also, gluten-free!

Pineapple

Rich in fiber, it aids in digestion. Reduces gut inflammation. Vitamin C and bromelain are known for helping prevent & treat respiratory illness and colds. 

Lemon

Full of vitamin C, boosts immune system! Also, helps boost your mood by increasing the production of neurotransmitter ‘serotonin’ the ‘happiness hormone’. It is amazing for hydration!

Garlic

Promotes healthy heart and keeps blood pressure down. Helps reduce any inflammation. Vitamins C, B6, magnesium and selenium give the immune system a boost. 

Onion

Full of vitamins & minerals.  Full of C, B6 (great for red blood cell formation), potassium, folate B, fiber, calcium, and iron. Low sodium and no fat. It is also a free radical killer! Which helps reduce the aging process and risk of developing related diseases.  

Tomato

Major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which helps reduce risk of heart disease and cancer. Water content is 95%, the other 5% are carbohydrates and fiber. They also helps protect against sunburn!! Eat up all those tomatoes during the summer season!! 

Obviously, there are so many other good fruits and veggies. These are just the ones I ALWAYS have in my home. You don’t always have to eat them all at once– I make different snacks and meals throughout the week.

Along with eating ‘clean’ it’s so important to drink lots of water, which is definitely something I learned the hard way. I try to workout 4 times a week but there are those days when I am either too tired or have so much going on, that I don’t. So, I make sure to drink more water and cut back on any sugary drinks and foods. 

We all know it is important to workout but I just learned something new about the benefits of working out more often! Working out releases toxins from your body which helps you not only internally but also externally, by clearing up our skin. 

Being active is a big part of my life and it should be for you too. It is so important for your metabolism. It helps keep running things smoothly. I definitely feel different when I miss a day or 2 of exercise. Do something you really enjoy, like hiking, dancing, bicycling, whatever floats your boat. 

 Lastly, it helps to take good quality, organic vitamins. I know people have different opinions on whether they work or not. Taking natural vitamins that are essential to our health are very helpful. Vitamins can help fill any nutritional gaps. This does not mean take every vitamin you see.This just means take the ones that you feel you don’t get enough of through your diet. These can help maintain a healthy and strong body.

Especially as an entrepreneur (or if you have a demanding job) it is so important to keep up with your health. Since you are constantly meeting with people, waking up early, going to bed late and running so many errands, our bodies need constant fuel, protection and action to keep running. Treat your body like a business, you need to invest time or money or even both to receive a return of some sort. 

As I always tell Eric, it is better to prevent than wait for an ailment to take action with your health. 

Of course don’t forget to indulge as well. 

I can see how this might seem like a lot to do: Drink more water, buy, cook & eat veggies and fruit, be more active and take vitamins!!! This is not even including getting enough sleep! 

Really all it is, is taking 1 step at a time. You don’t have to do them all at once. I definitely did not start that way. Start with whatever step will help you keep going. 

Don’t underestimate the power of your health.    

Stay tuned to IG!! I will be posting some of the meals I make that you can also try out. 

Until next time, 

Evelyn

My Tips for Staying Organized

This is a huge passion of mine! Ever since I was in middle school I remember being so picky about my room and keeping everything organized. As I got older it got worse. I write, ‘worse’ because it got to a point where I needed everything exactly where it was. If someone moved something I would definitely let that person know. I would clean and organize my room about two to three times a day. In the morning I would make sure to make my bed and tidy up, then when I got home from school I would clean up the rest of my room, and again before bed. I even cleaned and organized my friend’s room, multiple times, for free!!

Summer is now here and even though this is something you typically read during spring (spring cleaning) I thought I would write about it now. Since summer just started we start to rummage through our bikini and summer clothes bins. The large towels and beach supplies come out. This extra ‘clutter’ always has me biting my nails. So, I thought it would be perfect to share some tips to keep all our homes feeling clean, cool and fresh for the summer season.

Tip #1 

Store away all seasonal items. Since it is summer now, if you haven’t done so store away all your winter and fall clothes. This makes more room in your closet and drawers. In doing so, this helps you clear away anything you don’t want or no longer wear. Which leads to tip number two. 

Tip #2

Get rid of things you no longer use or need.

When deciding whether you should save an item or donate it ask yourself, “will I buy this item now in the condition it is in?” If your answer is no, then toss it or if it is still in an okay condition then donate it. There is no point in keeping things we won’t use or wear. 

Tip #3

Every 3-6 months I do a sweep. This is very natural to me, it might seem excessive to you, but I naturally get the urge. It’s like clock work for me. Once that 3 month period comes around I already start itching to clear away some clutter and make more space. If 3 months is too often for you, then do it every 4 or 6 months. Doing this helps us get through our phases faster. I used to constantly buy things that were trending and it cost me money and lots of space. If you go through your things every few months then you can really question whether you still want certain pieces around. My thinking is if I haven’t used something in 3 months, what makes me think that I will use it in the next 2. 

Tip #4

Buy less stuff! This one is a tough one. If you are anything like me, we looooove to spend! The thing about buying is that we are creatures of habit. We are naturally drawn to the things we like. You ever notice why we seem to head towards that certain clothing section or aisles. That is because we know our preferences are there. We then tend to buy many similar items over time. If  you where to look in my closet I have many, many, many black items. So, a way to combat this is to pause and really think about buying more. If you already have something similar to it, then there really isn’t a need for it. Plus, this helps us keep more of our money. Maybe use it for a nice vacation or a fun weekend. 

Tip #5

Put things back from where you got it. It will keep you home clean and clutter free. At first this might seem as a hassle but before you know it, it will be a great habit to have. This will also show others in your family to put these back as soon as they are done with it. 

This helps save you time. You won’t spend so much time cleaning up a messy home. As a side note, buy cute bins or containers that fit your home’s style. They can be a cute addition to your home and also keep your place clutter free.

Tip #6

Make your bed every morning. The bed is the largest piece of furniture in a bedroom and keeping it neat and tidy automatically changes the appearance of the room. It only take less than 5 minutes to make. 

Tip #7

Everyday, devote 10-15 minutes to organize your home. This will help keep your home looking clean and clutter free longer. Plus when we get caught up in a busy and long day, it is nice to have things put away and organized, you are free to make a new mess and don’t have to worry about things getting in the way. The good thing about this is that you can do it at any time. In the morning before work, in the evening before bed or even during a lunch break. 

Tip #8

Take advantage of height! Use those walls in your home. It is such a big help to have shelves up or even tall bookshelves. This helps keep things off the ground and adds a certain style to your home. You are able to add whatever you like on them and personalize your home. Plus, this really helps keep things decluttered and accident free if you have kids and pets. They also just look really pretty. 

Some of you might be thinking, why does it matter, it can’t really be that important to clean and organize. It just seems like too much. I know this comes easily to some than others, but it is so important to do this. For me, organizing and decluttering is such a huge stress reliever. I feel like I can breath and truly relax. I’m one of those people who can’t just sit and do nothing for longer than 10 minutes, so cleaning up helps me reduce any anxiety. Plus, this helps me feel accomplished and ready to tackle more. 

Organizing really helps to clear your mind and make room for more important things. I mean both mentally and in your home. When you are clear minded you are able to focus more on the things you love and on the things that need to get done. When I really get in the zone, I realize that my creativity spikes and my thinking juices really get going. As a plus your home looks fresh and inviting. 

Ultimately, having a clean, fresh and organized home gives you more time and flexibility. You will find you have more time for other things rather than just constantly picking up or looking for certain things. Once everything has its original place, you won’t have to waste time looking for stuff– you will know right where to go. 

At the end of the day, you feel relaxed and at ease. You end up loving your home and the space you are in. This is great for your entire well being. 

Whenever you feel stressed or anxious try cleaning up and organizing some things around the house, you will be surprised at how well it helps.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about starting another business by helping people declutter their lives and organize their homes. What do you think? Would you let me organize your home??

Let me know in the comments!!!! 

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Until next time, 

Evelyn.