Healthy Habits for Longevity

24 Jan Healthy Habits for Longevity

One of my clients was telling me about her recent vacation. She was commenting about how active she was — walking daily on the beach, biking with her kids, paddle boarding and more. 

Then she said something very interesting…. “It’s funny, I don’t remember my mom doing anything active after 50. We would go on vacation, but she would sit in the shade in a lounger, in a big cover-up – never in a bathing suit. She didn’t have the energy, the stamina, or desire to move her body and was embarrassed of her shape. She felt like she was ‘too old’. She really let her age rule her life!” 

This conversation hit home with me. I have similar recollections of my mom. 

One of my goals in Pure Simple Wellness, is not to let age define us.

Age is just a number.

Studies have proven, there is a lot you can do each day to increase the length of your life and lower your risk of disease. (1)

Let’s start with one: Healthy Eating 

Eating healthful foods is one of the most important factors in living a long, healthy life. A nutritious diet can help reduce your risk of illnesses, boost your energy levels, improve your mood, and enhance your overall well-being.

Eating well doesn’t have to be difficult—you just need some tried and true convenient and nutritious food options. In addition, eating healthy foods sets you up for more healthy habits. When you eat nutritious foods you have more energy, which motivates you to go outside for a walk, which makes you feel less achy and sore from sitting too much. Getting out in nature can improve your overall outlook on life and movement can help you sleep more soundly. The positive changes are endless – like having the energy to keep up with your kids on vacation!

It’s not always easy to make healthy eating choices—especially if you are on the go or busy with work or family responsibilities. Here are some tips for making it easier to eat healthier:

Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is one of the best ways to ensure that you make healthy choices. Schedule time each week to plan out your meals and snacks for the week. Pre-portion meals and snacks to make it much easier to eat healthier when you don’t have time to cook a meal from scratch. Planning ahead also saves money since you won’t rely on convenience foods, which are typically more expensive.

Have Grab and Go Options

It can be tempting to swing through the drive-thru when you don’t have time—or energy—to cook a meal from scratch. Fortunately, there are many different options which are healthier – and taste great. Check out deli departments in your favorite grocery store for prepared salads, wraps or protein bowls, as well as hot items like rotisserie chicken, roasted turkey breast or roasted vegetables.

Learn to Love Leftovers 

I admit it, I didn’t always love leftovers, but I’ve changed my opinion. Leftovers save time, money, and hassle and help you to get lunch or dinner on the table in minutes. Change up the spices or sauces to give your leftovers a new twist. Some favorites to keep on hand are: garam masala, za’atar, taco seasoning, Italian seasoning, miso, tahini, salsa, sriracha, tamari and coconut aminos. Store your leftovers in airtight containers in your refrigerator, or freeze portions for later use. Then, you have simple, healthy options for those days when you don’t have the time or the energy to cook a full meal.

Making mindful decisions consistently, is the key to living a healthful life. Fueling your body with nutritious foods are essential to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Healthy food choices, along with movement, mindfulness, sleep and connection, are the foundations to support your long-term health.

Do you think you are doing everything right, but not seeing results? Check out this great expert roundup from author Minuca Elena, where she interviews 80 Health Professionals to share the most common health mistakes they see their clients make. Who knows, maybe you are making a few of these mistakes which can negatively impact your physical and mental wellbeing. Scroll down to the sixth health expert, and you’ll see yours truly quoted! 

Simple Reset to Jumpstart Your Healthy Habits

A great way to jumpstart your healthy habits in a proven and simple way is the 3-Day Soup Reset.

The February 7th Reset is open for registration. Why wait?

Book now to jumpstart to your healthy habits for your long-term healthy living.

Our new chef, Wannabee Chef, is amazing and her soups are so yummy. And, you can truly take a break from cooking and order meals for the rest of your family from her menu when you do the reset program. It’s a Win/Win for everyone!!

Next Steps

Start with one new healthy habit, and then add on from there. The positive impact of your actions keeps snowballing – and who knows, in a few months, you’ll be amazed with how many healthy habits are in your daily routine.

There are no guarantees about how long you will live. You can’t control freak accidents, but you can make healthy lifestyle choices today to prevent a lot of diseases.

Don’t you want to live as healthy as possible for as long as possible?

Please comment below with your “recipe” for your health and longevity!

PS: If you’re stuck and can’t seem to do make healthy habits consistently on your own, let’s hop on call. I’m here to guide, support, listen, and keep you accountable.

Here’s to healthy habits for your longevity!

Yours in wellness, Elizabeth

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