“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” –Jim Rohn
By age 50 we begin to see the big picture. Sure, it would be nice to be a size 6, but what is really important? We see friends around us falling ill, and it changes our perspective. Suddenly it’s not the perfect bikini body; it’s the healthy body, and if it also looks good, so much the better.
It’s easy to think that we need to go all out to change our health for the better, but the opposite is true. I remember the days when I said I would eat perfectly, get to the gym 5 days a week, get 8 hours of sleep a night, meditate every morning and have a perfectly ordered home, all while I was working and raising my kids. The stress of trying to accomplish all of this simultaneously was overwhelming and the goals were short-lived. If I did them all perfectly it might have killed me. ( :
As a health coach, I know better today. It’s the little steps that stick. After age 50, the little steps are what will support your lifelong wellness and vitality. Today more of us are living into our 90’s and even surpassing 100. What do you see when you view that long road ahead?
Here are 5 simple healthy hacks to keep you going strong:
Love your body
Make a conscious statement every day about your body. Stop criticizing it. It’s the only home you will ever live in.
2. Eat breakfast
Did you know this is the meal all centenarians value the most? People in the Blue Zones (longest lived populations) wouldn’t think of starting the day without breakfast.
3. Stop night eating
Your body’s digestive system does much more than digest food. It has immune receptors and it generates serotonin, the happy hormone. If you give your body 12 hours between your last meal and next day’s breakfast, your digestive system can rest and regenerate all its functions. It’s also the proven way to prevent obesity.
4. Eat more vegetables
We all know this, but do you do it? Include all the colors, and eat the ones you like. Don’t eat vegetables you don’t like. There are enough choices in all the colors for you to find the ones you enjoy.
5. Drink more water
Many women are afraid to drink more water for fear of needing to get up through the night. When you gradually add water with the goal of getting 7-8 glasses a day, your body’s cells will absorb more water; it will not go to your bladder.
So there you have it. When you make these hacks part of your life, everything changes for the better.
I’m passionate about helping women transform their lives through daily choice. However, I've come to understand something very important about all of us:
You must want to change
Sometimes it takes reaching out for support and accountability. I am always here to help. I want you to live long and well.
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