5 tips to improve your mood and your physique

Ok, its been a really long, cold winter and although it is now officially spring there doesn’t seem to be a lot of warm temps in sight (Ugh!).I find that my most frequent response to those grumbling about the weather is “well at least we’re all in it together”, but despite my best efforts to remain optimistic about any future warming trend, I’m over it too!

Anyway, I’m writing this blog post to include in my March Newsletter, because I do have some inspiring advice to help you find optimism and even more important, feel great (physically & mentally) during this never-ending season. Begin each and every day with a tall (16oz) glass of water. This simple little habit will serve as a reminder throughout the day to stay hydrated. If you feel like you need a little mini detox add the juice of 1/2 lemon. The key is…do this before you ingest anything else in the morning. No coffee, tea, juice or food. (eat shortly after, to fuel the body and replenish what was lost during the night) Creating better hydration habits will leave you feeling trim and your skin and hair glowing.

Although it is cold, at least the sun is stronger and will continue to get stronger throughout the coming months. Take advantage of the extended daylight hours and get outside for at least 15 to 20 minutes each day. As discouraging as it may be to have to layer up, I promise that if you get outside, close your eyes and lift your face to the sun you will feel recharged, if even temporarily. While drinking in the sunshine, just remind yourself that it won’t be long before you will be doing this in a t-shirt and shorts.

Make time to move, our bodies were designed for it. Find a minimum of 20 to 30  minutes each day to move. Walk, run, swim, ride a bike, take a hike, lift some weight, whatever you prefer, just move! If you don’ t have time during the day to exercise, play music (something that makes you want to dance) while cooking dinner. Hearing the music will lift your mood and the dancing will release endorphins. Perhaps this might inspire you to take a Zumba or Poll Dancing class (depending on your taste in music), both are a great workout. If you have children and a Wii, make time after dinner for a little “Just dance” to lift your mood and have some fun with the family.

Each week look for a new healthy recipe to try. This will help you get out of a rut and experiment a little with the foods you eat. If you want to lighten up for spring and summer try making this new weekly recipe vegetarian. I have found as an adult that I have a new-found love of veggies such as beets and brussel sprouts. As a child I detested them, but I now know that it’s all in the preparation. Add roasted shaved brussel sprouts to any number of rice dishes and you have an abundance of flavor and nutrients. Grilling and roasting are great for bringing out the natural flavor of veggie without depleting the nutrients. If you are feeling adventurous search for new recipes on the web or check out the book Raising A Salad Bar for some delicious new ideas.

Take a few moments to yourself each day to reflect on all of your blessings. Life is precious and far too short. Take time to enjoy all the small things in life that make it worth living. Appreciate what you have been given, and make a conscious effort to improve the things in life that you are not happy with. You are the one that has the power to change the things in life that are not working for you.





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