Basically, between drinking green juice and hustling to crossfit, we are often guilty of at least one of these fairly easy-to-fix pitfalls. Although we definitely don’t need to be perfect all the time, it may surprise you how good you feel from making even one or two of these simple changes.
1. Your glass of wine is poured before your coat is off. If you’re a generally healthy person, then alcohol in moderation seems to be okay… but sometimes we don’t realize how much we’re actually drinking. If it’s a multiple drinks per night situation, try sticking to one glass or “box it out,” meaning skip a few days and only pop the cork during a designated time frame, like Thursday through Sunday.
2. You answer emails during dinner (and at yoga, and in bed…) If you’re super stressed all of the time, your cortisol levels will spike and all kinds of negative effects will follow, like five bonus pounds of stay-put muffin top, brittle nails, and more. We need to make sure we’re not burning the candle at both ends for too long.
3. Your bedtime is way too late (or non-existent). No one sleeps enough. Getting to bed at a reasonable hour is often the culprit. Little sleep isn’t just about the energy deficit you’ll have the next day, it goes a step further because your body repairs and restores itself at night.
4. You live on take-out. Really, who wants to cook after a 12-hour work day? But take-out often equals extra sugar and salt, too. You don’t always know what’s in there… Try chopping veggies and pre-cooking quinoa on Sunday so you always have something to grab.
5. You skip breakfast. It often seems like all you need is coffee when you’re running out the door, until that mid-morning crash. Making sure you eat breakfast and lunch and making sure both of those meals have a protein source will help you maintain short-term energy and long-term health.
6. Your household and beauty products are full of chemicals. Lots of healthy people refuse to buy non-organic produce for fear of pesticides and then, whoops, slather parabens on their skin and spray their counters with toxic cleaners. The environment is really making people sick—we’re just exposed to so many things. You can’t totally avoid toxins, but you can start to pay attention and switch things out.