These healthy habits have all improved my health and my life dramatically. It can take time to develop new healthy habits, but the more we do them, the better we feel. Here are 9 healthy habits to change your life.

meghan livingstone

You know what are powerful? Habits. The things we do regularly, often without even realizing it. It’s not always an easy feat to develop new and good habits… but the more we do something, the more it’s engraved in us. That’s what makes ’em so powerful and why implementing healthy ones can change our lives so much.

I few months ago I shared a video on 6 habits that changed my life, but today I want to share some healthy habits — habits that have improved my health and that make me feel my best on a regular basis. I’m confident these habits will help you feel your best, too.

 

Healthy Habits to Change Your Life

 

Make Food from Scratch

Make food from scratch as much as possible. Prioritizing homemade meals over packaged foods or eating out is the best way to know exactly what you’re eating. You know the ingredients, you know the measurements, and you’re in total control of what you put into your body.

I’m not saying to never eat out or buy items that come in a package (I certainly buy packaged foods, I’m just very conscious of what ingredients are in them!) it’s about putting an emphasis on avoiding the over-processed stuff, and using real and fresh ingredients to create recipes from scratch as much as possible.

The best way to make homemade meals often? Being regularly stocked up. Having healthy ingredients on hand gives you a much better chance of cooking those ingredients. One of my favourite quotes is…

If you keep good food in your fridge, you’ll eat good food.

Errick McAdams

 

Support Your Gut

Gut health is really important to me as you all know, and it’s a priority for me to support it every single day. Whether you have digestive complaints or not, our gut is our terrain and one of the most important parts of our body.

 

Our gut is our terrain and one of the most important parts of our body.

 

There are many things we can do to support our gut: avoiding processed foods or irritants like alcohol or too much sugar, eating wholesome, probiotic-rich foods, and drinking lots of water. Another fantastic gut supportive food is collagen peptides. Collagen is excellent for the integrity of our gut lining, rich in protein, and great for our joints and skin. It’s also tasteless and dissolves easily in any liquid.

My favourite way to use it is in my Strawberry Gut Healing Smoothie:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1/2 – 1 scoop collagen peptides
  • Blend until smooth and creamy!

Drink Lots of Fluids

I couldn’t avoid mentioning this one! We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, and this is something I emphasize each and every day.

Starting your day with water is a fantastic way to re-hydrate your body when you wake up and even improve energy levels for the day ahead. But there are other ways to get more fluids through the day, and that is herbal tea! I love all kinds of teas like ginger, peppermint, fennel and chai. Not only do they count as part of your daily fluid intake, but many herbs contain a variety of medicinal properties, too.

Proper Sleep

I’ve been a night owl all my life and it’s easy for me to stay up late (doing work or otherwise) but when I regularly go to bed at around 11pm, I wake up easier, I feel refreshed and way more energized, I have better mental clarity, and I also know that I’m giving my body the chance it needs at night to regenerate and empty my brains cache.

 

Our brains literally prune synaptic connections at night which is why we feel so refreshed when we get a good night’s sleep!

 

Think Good Thoughts

While on the topic of our brain, I want to mention the power of thinking good thoughts. It’s pretty obvious why we’d want to do this: to feel happier and better about ourselves and our lives. We believe what we continuously tell ourselves which is how you foster negative thought patterns or positive ones, and it’s why it’s so important to be mindful of the thoughts you’re thinking.

The easiest way to practice implementing new positive thoughts is to replace negative ones with positive ones. Anytime you say something negative, try repeating the opposite.

Listening to Your Body

Paying regular attention to the signs and signals that your body tells you helps us better understand our bodies and what’s influencing us to feel a certain way. Whether you’re tired, your stomach is upset after eating a certain food, your skin breaking out, or you’re feeling down (or great!) it’s important to pay attention so we can make any necessary changes to feel our best. That may be doing a mental or emotional check-in, drinking water instead of pop when you’re thirsty or saying no to something that doesn’t feel right for you.

I make most of my decisions around food based on how my body feels and letting go of food labels is important because everyone is so different. Eliminating foods that don’t work well with my digestion or adding back in foods that do is all part of listening to my body.

Of course, we can’t always know the root of what’s causing us to feel a certain way, so be sure to work with a professional or health practitioner to guide you.

Find Exercise You Enjoy

One of the reasons why working our or things like running on a treadmill has always been so hard for me in my life is because I don’t enjoy those things! So I made it my mission to find something that I love doing so that I’m enjoying myself and also moving my body, and for me, that’s ballet!

Find your “thing” that wont feel like working out. It’ll help you look forward to getting in some exercise.

 

Be Present

It’s easy to get distracted in this digital age (believe me, I can totally relate!) That’s why it’s so improtant to turn off your phone or notifications and be present with whatever is in front of you. Whether it’s having a conversation, working on a hobby you love or going for a walk, it’s important to resist the urge to be constantly plugged in, and instead, be present. This enriches the quality of our experiences with others, improves our focus and attention span and nourishes our wellbeing.

Create Your Own Motivation

The truth is that motivation is not always going to come naturally, and if we wait for to feel motivated or inspired, sometimes we’ll never get stuff done. I developed this habit of pushing myself even if I’m feeling unmotivated about the task at hand. This could be doing the dishes, getting some exercise, or even working on something you’re passionate about. There are always going to be times when we simply don’t feel motivated or inspired, and pushing myself forces me to overcome what’s setting me back, makes me realize it’s not even that hard to begin with, and gives me momentum to continue once I’ve begun.

 


 

Watch the video:

What’s one healthy habit that has improved your health or your life?

 

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