This post about simple health changes has been sponsored by JuicePlus+ but all opinions are my own.
If you have been following me on social media over the last month or so, you may have seen a ton of #MySimpleChange photos documenting my baby steps towards healthier living. I was sent a ton of great products from JuicePlus+ to help me along my journey and I thought I would share my experiences with you. I have found that the easiest lifestyle changes to make and KEEP are the small ones. When I switched to the Paleo diet for 3 months, that was a drastic change in my life. It was hard, made me very cranky and I was happy when it yielded no apparent health benefits and I could quit. Big changes are not easy. However, the goal of the JuicePlus+#MySimpleChange program is to encourage people to make small changes in their everyday life in order to lose weight, have more energy, and just feel better. I thought I would share a few of the changes that I made during the last month if you wanted to take the challenge for yourself.
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Simple Health Changes That Yield Big Results
Clean out the refrigerator and pantry: If you keep unhealthy food in the house it is far too tempting to eat it all. I like cookies. If they are in my house I am going to eat them! Try packing your kitchen with healthier options like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat and seafood, plenty of whole grains and low-fat dairy. Toss out the chips, cookies, and other oh so tempting junk foods. If your family protests, make it a point to stop by the grocery store on Friday for a ‘weekend treat’ for the family. Once it’s gone, don’t replace it until next Friday. I found that my whole family was definitely eating healthier when I was taking part in the #MySimpleChange challenge. Pretty much everyone can benefit from simple health changes to their daily lives.
Drink more water and skip the soda, juice and high-calorie beverages: Water is absolutely the best thing you can drink and you should be drinking it all day. I did get tired of water on occasion and found that slices of citrus fruits gave my water a nice flavor without any added calories. I also made it a point to say no thanks to the soda when I went out to eat. It’s wasn’t easy because I do enjoy a soda occasionally but they are definitely full of empty calories and way too many chemical ingredients.
Get more sleep: This one was really hard for me to do but I tried really hard to turn my bedroom light off 30 minutes earlier at night than I normally do. I love to read and the only time I really allow myself to do it is at bedtime. Which means inevitably I get sucked into a story that I don’t want to put down! Soon, 10 PM becomes 11 PM and I am wondering how much sleep I really need to function the next day. I made myself turn off my light at 10:30 which gave me a solid 7 hours of sleep. Not the 8 that I probably need but better than I was doing before my JuicePlus+ #MySimpleChange challenge!
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Eat a rainbow of colors: Fresh fruits and veggies are abundant in my house, although I must admit, during the winter months there aren’t quite as many. I tried to include a wider variety of colors into my meals, even if it meant I had to head to Sprouts to find good deals and a better selection. I dragged out the juicer which I really need to use more often and was pleasantly surprised at some of the creative combinations I came up with. The JuicePlus+ gummies and capsule supplements were also a great way to get more variety in my diet. They are a whole food based nutrition supplement that includes juice powder concentrates from 30 different fruits, vegetables, and grains. The gummies were a hit with the teens as well and I will definitely be looking for more when these run out!
Break a sweat: This is one of the simple health changes I actually made about 6 months ago. Exercise is really not my favorite thing in the world. I love walking and hiking and gardening but actually exercising is not on my list of top 10 favorites. However, I have been making myself work out vigorously at least 5 to 6 days a week for 1 hour. It is a great stress relief as well as a wonderful way to lose weight, build muscle and get toned. It isn’t always easy to find time but I make myself go to the gym first thing in the morning before I get side tracked by anything else. If you need a little motivation, you can use a daily activity tracker to count your steps and keep you moving. Don’t like the gym? Spend time outside! I am starting to see signs of spring and am definitely looking forward to working in the garden again. Park farther away from the store entrance or grab a workout buddy to keep you from slacking off. Start your morning with stretches and wind down in the evening with yoga. Every step, bend, twist, pull up, and flight of stairs helps. I found that the JuicePlus+ protein powder was a great on the go breakfast for the mornings I went to the gym. It is a soy based protein supplement that I found tasted delicious when blended with almond milk and a banana!
Make time for you: I rarely make time for me and this part of the challenge was hard. Like most moms, I tend to put my kids, husband, work, chores, and PTA requests before my own needs. I found it hard to carve out time for me to recharge my mental batteries but when I did manage to do it, I felt so much more relaxed. I started doing some simple meditation occasionally (which I really need to do more of!) and made a lunch date with a friend. All work and no play makes mom a stressed out mess! This is of the simple healthy changes I made that will be sticking with me from now on, even if it doesn’t happen as often as I like.
The JuicePlus+ My Simple Change challenge was designed to inspire people to make small changes in their lives to create lasting changes. Instead of attempting to conquer health issues all at once, setting manageable goals makes success more probable. Small changes today mean greater health benefits down the road. Adding in a plant based supplement like JuicePlus+ makes sure you are getting all the nutrition you need for maximum health. Clinical studies show that the best results are noticed after using the product for three months so make sure you stock up and take it every day as you incorporate these simple health changes into your life.
The #MySimpleChange challenge from JuicePlus+was rather eye opening. It made me realize that while I tend to live a fairly healthy life, I don’t make it a priority. I put deadlines, responsibilities, kids, housework, and everything else at the front of my to-do list. I really need to change that mentality and I am working on it. Both for better health and for greater stress relief.
What Simple Health Changes are YOU making this year?
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Juice Plus+.
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.