NUTRITION: THESE 8 THINGS ARE CHEAPER AND HEALTHIER THAN YOU'RE MORNING LATTE.
Yes, we can achieve optimal health with the help of thirty dollar smoothies and pricey gyms/workouts (Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my adaptogens, dusts and liquid probiotics), but the truth is if you’re not already using some of the uber cheap health tips below, you’re really missing out. Being healthy on a budget isn’t just possible, it’s actually quite easy when you break in down! In my opinion, there will never be a superfood that outweighs the mighty lemon and – if they’re not already growing on an accessible tree – a produce department lemon will put you back a good fifty cents.
I'm dedicating this story to all the people out there that think being or eating healthy is expensive! Of course you can eat organic vegetables, and take $80 potions and powders (Full Disclosure, I do!), but if you don't have a solid foundation or already using some of this tips to heal and nourish, none of the 'other' stuff will being able to be absorbed and assimilated. It's like continually throwing
SHOOT APPLE CIDER VINEGAR Price: $3 | A bottle of fermented apple juice just might be the budget-savvy wellness warrior’s best friend. Be sure to buy apple cider vinegar with “the mother” (you’ll find it on the label and the vinegar will be cloudy). My true and true favorite is Bragg's. You can use this healthful stuff as a morning shot in place of lemon water for an easy to store, cheap to take daily supplement that will alkalize your body, jump start your digestion and help control your weight. I also liberally coat all of my salads in this beloved vinegar.
GO FOR A JOG OR WALK Price: Free | Honestly, who needs the gym? Well, most of us do, whether that means a yoga studio, traditional gym or Barre studio. It helps to have a formal schedule and professional guidance, but when you’re in between trainers, try hitting the streets for the cheapest workout ever: running or fast walking (I prefer the latter. I walk everywhere!). Walking for me is very meditative, and actually since forgoing more 'formal' gym workouts I've never felt better. But again this might not be for you! I just want to highlight the fact that you might be stuck in a routine of workouts that you just aren't happy doing, they are stressing your body or you're pushing yourself too hard. When you lower your cortisol, move more and feel at peace, this can often times create the most change in your body!
EAT MORE LENTILS + BEANS Price: $1.50 Per Pound | In the book How Not To Die (Funny I know!), Dr. Michael Greger lists a few crucial staples that lead to a long and healthy life – among those staples are beans and lentils. Beans and lentils are easy to use as a base for so many warming, flavorful recipes and buying in bulk means you’ll always have plenty on hand for a quick, affordable dinner.
BREATHE MORE DEEPLY Price: Free | That’s right, breathing. And I'm definitely not joking! Deep breathing has to be the most under-rated health practice in the world: breath work stimulates healthy synergy between just about every system in our bodies, including our minds and emotions. Keep it simple to start – learn a few basic practices and try to become more aware of your breathing throughout the day, especially under stress my friends (!) You’ll start to notice the benefits right away!
SOAK UP SOME SUN Price: Free | The sun is like a big ol’ pharmacy in the sky. Just a few minutes under its rays daily can do amazing things for our bodies and minds, from boosting immunity to busting a bad mood. Vitamin D is a prohormone, meaning it has hormone-like effects on the body, helping cells to communicate properly and function effectively. As most of us spend the majority of our time indoors, making a habit of geting outside every day, even just for five minutes, can have a huge impact on our health.
DRINK LEMON WATER DAILY Price: Less Than A Dollar | Simplest health tip ever. Period. I've talked about it quite a bit and truly there are few habits more easy, cheap and effective for your health. Cleanse your entire system, raise your pH, and jumpstart your digestion with just two ingredients.
EAT MORE VEGGIES Price: Less Than A Steak | There is a great deal of discussion over whether eating healthfully has become too expensive. There are valid points to be made in this argument, but truth be told, simply eating more veggies can actually be very affordable! Find a good grocer or farmer’s market you like and start experimenting with what’s in season. When in doubt, almost any veg can be thrown into a salad, stir fry or steamed and served with a simple sauce (my favorite is a tahini sauce OR just roasting veggies in Avocado oil, salt, pepper and a touch of cayenne and turmeric.YUM).
GET MORE SLEEP Price: Free | An early bedtime and solid pre-sleep routine is crucial to vital health. Your schedule may be packed, but making quality sleep a priority will pay off with life long benefits! Remember that you get your most rejuvenating, restful and most optimal sleep between the hours of 10pm and 2am. At 2am your body starts producing cortisol which is the hormone that starts to wake you! Yes, this starts happening at 2am!! It's the reason you might feel a 'second wind' in the early hours.
My optimal sleep window is from 9pm-545/6am or 10pm-6am.
For those looking for major and sustainable transformation in their lives through holistic nutrition, wellness practices, using the mind / body connection and establishing NEW daily habits, I so look forward to connecting over a session or a FREE 15 minute introductory session!
HAPPY NEW WEEK!