1. Exercise first thing in the morning!  I like to get up have a cup of coffee and go, just like that.  3 days a week I get to a Syphus class at 9:30am but that is pushing it for me. The other days I am up and out the door by 730. I also prefer to go on a semi empty stomach (usually a banana).  I feel light and fast this way and I am not worrying if my breakfast will be coming back up anytime soon.  When I am finished within 30 min I drink a recovery drink that replenishes me 100%. Check out this past blog to get my ultimate recovery drink recipe  http://realfoodrealfitness.com/?p=19
  2. ZERO negativity!  Embrace an attitude of gratitude, drop expectations and just live in the moment of the day.   Doing this will free you from guilt of not getting everything done and will allow for more enjoyable moments in your day.
  3. Take TIME for you kids. Stop and play when you can. Put down the phone, close up the computer and be present. Bring them along for errands or give them a job to help you clean around the house. Enjoy your kids and again be grateful for this time will soon be gone. Making this effort daily will no doubt bring you closer and enhance the relationship you have with your kids.
  4. HUGE SALAD for lunch!  It’s one of the easiest healthiest things you can do for your body.  You can make a different salad every day of the week.  Load it up first with a mix of greens from lettuces, sprouts, to kale or bokchoy this is your base.  Next you need to add some cruciferious veggies like broccoli, cabbage, or cauliflower or maybe some peppers, onions, or even mushrooms are great.   Don’t forget a protein source such as any grass fed meat or pastured poultry, or hard boiled eggs.  I like to put a handful of raw nuts/seeds into my salad and usually a few olives (healthy fats).  Lastly top it off with a homemade dressing. Extra Virgin Olive oil and lemon or balsamic and a little Celtic sea salt and pepper are yummy.                                             
  5. Get outside! Whether you are on a phone call or playing ball with your kids whatever it is get in the sun for at least 15 -30 min.  It’s amazing how the outdoors can lift our spirits and refresh us.  Experience the magic of nature!
  6. Service!  Make it a point every day to help someone.  Whether it is a phone call, babysitting a young one, cooking a meal, sending a card or just holding the door open for someone.   All these random acts of kindness will make your spirit renewed and your heart more sensitive to the needs of others.  We are all connected and uplifting someone will ultimately uplift you!   “A wise man will cultivate a servant’s spirit, for that particular attribute attracts people like no other. As I humbly serve others, their wisdom will be freely shared with me. He who serves the most grows the fastest.” Andy Andrews
  7. Date night!  Make time for your spouse.  This is a hard one especially if you have little ones at home.  You get in a routine or you can’t find a babysitter. The list of excuses can go on and on.  The good thing is you can stay at home for date night.  You must make it known it is date night and when the kids go down to bed you will take time to talk , cuddle, etc etc etc   Ask thought provoking questions or bring up concerns you may have.  Reconnect and honor this time alone.  If you are able to leave the house well GO!  Get dressed up, have some wine, enjoy yourselves together.  This kind of couple time is crucial for growing and connecting on a deeper level with your spouse.
  8. Surround yourself with like-minded people.  Find friends who are going to help you grow and who support your hopes and dreams.  “I am who my friends are. I speak their language, and I wear their clothes. I share their opinions and their habits. From this moment forward, I will choose to associate with people whose lives and lifestyles I admire. If I associate with chickens, I will learn to scratch at the ground and squabble over crumbs. If I associate with eagles, I will learn to soar to great heights. I am an eagle. It is my destiny to fly.” ―  Andy Andrews: The Travelers Gift.
  9. Eat REAL food not Fake.  This is not a going on a diet or anything like that.  It is just simply being aware of what you put into your body and making better choices.  Slowly wean off of processed packaged things (full of chemicals) in your home and eat more vegetables, fruits, humanly raised and pastured meats, and good fats from nuts, avocado, olives, coconut oil, as some examples.  Live by the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time eat clean whole foods and 20% leaves you open to a treat.  But make your treats worth it!  Don’t waste it on boxed fake cookies.  Instead make your own decadent dessert with eggs, butter, and real cacao.  Enjoy your favorite things but make healthier versions of them.
  10. Cook dinner at home for your family most nights of the week.  Even if it is just you or you and a roommate well still cook!  Cooking is putting your love into a nourishing meal.  Cooking may seem daunting at first but once you get going and try it a few days in a row it gets easier and easier.  Start basic with something like baked chicken. You will grow and learn and adapt as you go.  Sit down at the dinner table and talk with your loved ones while enjoying the nice meal you have prepared.  Sure you may get some complaints at first but once it becomes more of a routine everyone will look forward to the dinner hour.  Studies show children do better in school when they eat more meals with their parents and family. Teenagers who eat dinner four or more times per week with their families have higher academic performance compared with teenagers who eat with their families two or fewer times per  week.
  11. SLEEP!  Get to sleep at the same time every night and wake around the same time. Humans are not nocturnal animals – we are supposed to sleep at night!  Good quality sleep helps with stress, mood disorders, memory, chronic inflammation, improved athletic performance, sharper attention, and having a healthy weight along with many other benefits.  “Sleep is the best meditation”- Dalai Lama
  12.  Last but not least and probably the most significant is to Pray and have faith in GOD! Psalm 46:10 reads  “Be still and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  A reminder for us to be still, sit, think, meditate on all you are grateful for.  Listen for the ideas that come into your mind, the hopes, and the dreams.  Visualize all you need and want from this life as if it were happening.  Visualization is a powerful force along with prayer.  Prayer defined is  “A solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God”   I have this bible verse posted up in my kitchen and it’s a daily reminder to just let it go and  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”   Philippians 4:6     DSC6756-150x150 My Tips For Healthy Living !

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