I’ve been spending a lot of time lately bringing it back to the basics. In this crazy whirlwind that we call life, it is very easy to forget the simple things that we need to be happy and healthy.
We have Google, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and more filled with recommendations of the latest fads, workouts, diets, supplements, etc. We want instant fixes and jump from one thing to another trying to find that “magic potion”.
I’m almost embarrassed that it has taken me this long to realize it but the “magic potion” is in the simple things. For me I’ve focused on the following:
Water– I noticed that I was fueling myself with coffee first thing in the morning and by noon I hadn’t had a single glass of water. It’s pretty hard to function when you aren’t getting proper hydration. By changing my routine and making a simple choice of water before coffee, I not only find myself drinking more water but I don’t need the caffeine. At this point I drink coffee as a treat because I enjoy the taste.
Food– Simple, food is fuel. I was in a bad routine of not eating regularly throughout the day, skimping on lunch or even skipping lunch. I had in my mind that I had to limit myself throughout the day which again led to me being lethargic, hangry and indulging after work. By prepping a healthy, but more filling lunch (adding protein), and packing small morning and afternoon snacks I quickly found myself more energized. I may be eating a bit more during the first part of my day but I have energy to work out and I’m making healthier dinner choices when I get home.
Yoga– By changing my habits with food and water I miraculously have the energy to go right from work to a 90 minute yoga class in a 90+ degree studio. It has been hard to not jump from workout program to workout program but I’m seeing the benefits and improvement in my energy, muscles, flexibility and mental health so I’m trusting the process and sticking with yoga 2-3 days a week and seeing where it takes me. This is probably the hardest for me because I’m not seeing results in my core as quickly as I’d like. Instead of quitting yoga which is giving me much more benefit than a smaller core would, I’ve supplemented this with a short at-home ab routine (future blog to come) to speed up the results.
Vitamin D– I take several supplements on a daily basis but my non-negotiable is Vitamin D. Living in upstate New York and working a desk job I knew Vitamin D deficiency was likely but I didn’t realize how low it really was until my blood test came back at 11. You can do your own research on what “appropriate levels” are as there are mixed views on an optimal level but 11 is scary low. Since taking my Vitamin D supplement (approximately $1/day) I have experienced a huge improvement in my mood and energy and have been able to minimize my depression. If I forget to take it for a day I can feel the difference in my mood the following day and Derek can sense that I didn’t take it as well.
I encourage you to think back to the basics and ask yourself a few questions:
- Am I keeping myself properly hydrated?
- Am I fueling myself with food or am depriving myself of proper nutrition?
- Could I be deficient in certain minerals or vitamins?
- Am I being patient with my workout program?
We are all unique and lacking different things so take some time and explore what makes you feel better. Hold yourself accountable to stick to something for 30 days before deeming it as unsuccessful. Be patient and trust the process.
“I wish for you a life of wealth, health and happiness; a life in which you give to yourself the gift of patience, the virtue of reason, the value of knowledge and the influence of faith in your own ability to dream about and achieve worthy rewards.”
– JIM ROHN