It's hard to believe that this is the last weekend of the summer months! Although we had a great summer spending time outside, moving into our new house and travelling, I must say that I love fall and look forward to it each year. There is something about September that feels like a fresh start. When you combine that feeling with cooler weather and fall foods - what's not to love?
Many clients I speak with feel the same, so I thought this would be a perfect time for this week's Friday Five: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Be Healthier. Take that "fresh start" feeling and add these small changes into your life to start this new season off right!
I am certain that I'm not the first person you've heard this from! In my opinion, everyone should be taking a Probiotic supplement each morning. This supplement is great for a number of reasons, including improving digestive and intestinal system function, promoting healthy skin, and supporting the immune system (which is especially important as we head into cold and flu season!). It has also been linked to helping with weight loss!
2. Drink More Water
This is not new information either. Drinking enough water really is as important as our parents told us it was! Proper hydration (or lack thereof) plays a role in so many of our body's functions - including keeping the skin hydrated, promoting digestion and elimination, keeping energy up and stress down, preventing headaches, reducing the risk of certain allergies, preventing illness, and aiding in the body's detoxification process (to name a few!) Aim to drink around 3 litres each day minimum, and more if you're active!
Take advantage of the shorter days and get to bed even 30 minutes earlier each night if you can! Your body relies on sleep to perform important functions like detoxification, cell regeneration and digestion. Not to mention, you will have more energy to do things throughout the day. As much as possible, try and stick with the same bed time on the weekends as well - your body will thrive on the consistency and won't be struggling to catch up all week! If you have trouble falling asleep, here are a few suggestions to try:
Meditate or do a body scan to relax you
Stay off computer/cell phone/tablet screens 30-60 minutes leading up to bed time
Read a book in bed rather than watching TV
Make sure your room is completely dark
Try a white noise app/machine or a fan to drown out any distractions
4. Meal Prep
By now, you know how much I love and encourage meal prep! By adding this practice into your weekly routine, you will start each week feeling organized, in control and stocked with healthy snacks and meals for your family. Over time, this will result in weight loss, increased energy, increased desire to try new foods, and better habits over all. You don't need to do it all if you're new to meal prep; start by just preparing a few things each weekend and eventually, I guarantee you'll want to add more! Looking to get started? Check out my 5 Tips For Easy Meal Prep!
5. Food Journal
When I meet with clients, the first thing I have them do is to keep a food journal for 3 days. Doing this forces us to really be aware of our food intake - both quality and quantity! But more importantly, it helps you to listen to your body. When you are consciously thinking about how the foods you are eating are making you feel, you can start to uncover information about your health that you may not have been aware of, or paying attention to until now including potential allergies or sensitivities, or even more serious health conditions.
Wishing everyone a healthy and happy September! I'm looking forward to meeting and working with many of you this fall :)