Eat at Least 2 Meals per Day at Home – Bringing Taco Bell takeout home to eat it doesn’t count! Yeah, it requires some planning, shopping, and maybe a little creativity, but if you take your health seriously, the benefits are worth it.
Practice Listening – How often do you find yourself offering advice, suggestions, or simply trying to fix someone else’s problems? One of the greatest gifts we can give others is our time and attention. Be generous with your ears, not your mouth. Your relationships will prosper.
Skip the Morning Juice – Fruit juice contains a big dose of sugar. Drinking it first thing in the morning sets up our taste buds to want more sugar throughout the day. If you enjoy juicing, add lemons, greens, or other vegetables to boost the nutrition and balance out the sugar. Or start the day off with a glass of water, plus coffee or tea if you drink them.
Take a Regular Time Out – Find a moment each day to center yourself. Sit still, close your eyes, and take 5 deep breaths. Make it a habit to treat yourself to a quick breather.
Take the Stairs – It’s such a simple but powerful habit. Commit to doing it for one week, then another. You’ll be surprised how quickly the benefits to your muscles (especially your heart) add up.
Allow Enough Time to Reach your Destination – Being late causes stress. Resist the urge to get one more thing accomplished before you head out the door. Leave five minutes before you normally would, and if you arrive early, check your email, or better yet, take five deep breaths.
Eliminate at Least one Processed Food you Regular Diet – It might be potato chips, diet soda, sugary breakfast cereals, or a muffin from Starbucks. Take note of the amount of prepared and processed foods you consume. Then find a fresh, whole-food alternative to at least one of them.
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