I am so excited that my first guest post is from one of my favorite bloggers, Christine from The So-Called Homemaker! Christine was one of the first blogs I sponsored and she was the first to dive in when I started offering sponsorships of my own. She’s my go-to for simple, healthy recipes, blogging tips, organization, fitness, and more! If you’re looking for a fun lady who writes about down-to-earth topics, Christine is your gal!
Hello Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stilletos readers! I’m Christine, The So-Called Homemaker! It seems like the trend these days is posts about losing weight and getting skinny, which is all well and good, but not everybody is trying to lose weight. I think it is safe to say, however, that everybody would like to lead a healthy life. I’m going to share five simple changes you can make in your life that will help you be healthier and happier.
Drink 80 oz of water daily before you drink anything else. If you push yourself to drink your water first, you’ll be more satisfied with a little soda or even an adult beverage at the end of the day. Pick up a fun water bottle to help you keep track of how much you’re drinking. I use a Bobble because I love the built-in filter, but you can use any bottle you like. Maybe one of those trendy fruit-infuser bottles!
Eat brown, not white. I want you all to get this mantra in your head: brown rice good, white rice bad. Any time you can get a brown version of just about anything (bread, rice, flour, etc.), you should! This usually means that the common white version is bleached and most of the nutrients are gone. But the brown versions are full of good stuff!
Make it fresh. Whenever possible, make your food fresh instead of purchasing packaged versions. Even “bad” foods like macaroni and cheese or mashed potatoes are better when made from scratch at home. Bonus tip: always leave the skins on your potatoes when you mash them…that’s where all the nutrients are!
Take the stairs, park at the back of the parking lot, etc. Every little bit of exercise makes a difference. When doing laundry, instead of bending over to get things out of the basket, do a squat!
Take 10 minutes a day, every day, to simply breath and relax. I had a gym class in college where our coach made us do this at the end of class every morning. He always used to say “no matter what, you have to be here right now, so you might as well use these 10 minutes to relax, calm yourself, and get focused for the rest of your day”. This has really stuck with me and to this day I still lie down on the ground for 10 minutes a day, sometimes with relaxation music and sometimes in the quiet, and just breath and focus. It really makes a difference!
What are your favorite simple changes to a healthier life?