Healthy Habits for the New Year!
The start of the New Year is the perfect time to reflect on the past year and look forward. It is a great time to weigh out what works and what simply doesn’t. Apart from being a time of reflection, it can also turn into a very hectic time with routines slowly getting re-established and getting back into the swing of things. It’s often a time when New Year’s resolutions quickly go out the window. This year start the New Year off right with these healthy habits that your whole family can benefit from.
Here are four simple changes that could turn into life-long habits. Good luck on your adventure!
- Healthy homemade lunches: Buying lunch every day can be tempting since making lunch for your family can feel like a huge chore and can get quite expensive. Plus, eating out often leads to unhealthy choices. A smart way to start the year off right is by picking a day out of the week for meal prep. You can prepare simple and delicious meals ahead of time. It can be as easy as cutting up vegetables on the weekend, boiling eggs or pre-packaging snacks to grab n’ go! It will make the process quick and ensure healthy choices are made during the week. Getting your family involved can also make prepping food more fun and helps your children understand the importance of making healthy decisions.
- Keep your hair healthy: I know the thought of not washing your hair every day can be icky to some but, washing your hair too often can strip out natural oils and cause split ends. Try washing your hair every second or third day to maintain healthy and natural looking locks. Want to know my secret? I use Batiste™ Dry Shampoo Original between washes and it helps to eliminate excess oil and grease. Believe me, it works and it leaves hair looking clean and fresh with added body and texture. No water required!
- Drink water: After a month of indulging start the year off right by challenging your family to drink more water. Try switching your evening pop, or morning fruit juice, for a large glass of water. I enjoy adding cucumber or lemon to it. Gives it a little zing and it is good for you. Drinking more water for the first few days may be hard but, after a week you will feel rejuvenated and have healthier hair and skin.
- Unplug and recharge: Getting a good night sleep is always difficult. I know that I have a hard time unplugging, especially when I haven’t put a dent on my to-do list. There are always new emails to be answered and a list of chores to do, right? It is extremely important to understand the need for a good night’s sleep. Sleep can boost productivity, improve your memory and help maintain a healthy weight. Make it a point to turn off the television, computers and smart-phones one hour earlier. If you are having trouble falling asleep, try Vitafusion™ SleepWell. Each SleepWell gummy is made with 2.5 g of Melatonin, a hormone that helps increase total sleep time.
I know that starting a new habit can be daunting but, you can make small changes and get big results.
What healthy habits do you want to start this year?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.