Get tips and tools to practice a cleaner, wholesome and more active lifestyle
For many, New Year’s Resolutions may have come and gone by now, but Spring offers a new opportunity to “think clean” and refresh one’s perspective on attaining a healthier and more fit lifestyle. Dr. Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, MA, RD and author of “The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients” shares her tips on setting new, more healthful and active habits that anyone can easily adopt.
“Better health is not a one-size-fits-all approach, but as a health and wellness professional and also an active woman I know it takes a dedicated, holistic approach to achieve success,” said Dr. Bazilian, who is also a wellness spokesperson for NOW®, a leading natural products manufacturer with more than 1,400 high-quality and affordable foods, sports nutrition, dietary supplements and personal care products. “This means creating new, simple strategies that make a healthier routine realistic, from helping you choose more wholesome, real foods to thinking about ways to fit in more exercise, and also being mindful of what you put on your body to look and feel healthy and fabulous.”
Dr. Wendy offers these seven strategies and tips to help people spring into their best selves this season and beyond:
- Make a Morning Routine
Start the day with a personal intention: Wake up, stretch your body from head to toes, take 10 deep belly breaths before rising, and put on a smile. Prepare in advance a healthy breakfast that you can enjoy in no-time each morning like Coconut Flax Crunch Bars, created by NOW’s R&D Chef Suzy Singh, that will last you throughout the week. They’re easy to grab when on the go and promote long-lasting energy with nutritious ingredients like Sprouted Brown Rice Protein, Organic Hemp Seed Hearts and Macadamia Nuts.
- Spring Clean Your Shelves
From the kitchen pantry to the bathroom and medicine cabinets, use Dr. Bazilian’s 3 R’s to Rid, Restock, Reorganize. Rid the pantry and cabinets of items that have been hanging around past their prime or that have artificial ingredients and preservatives or that are high in refined flour or sugars. Restock with items to feel good about and products with whole foods and recognizable, pure ingredients such as NOW’s new line of Ellyndale Foods™ Premium Cooking Oils, a unique collection of great-tasting oils with a focus on premium ingredients, innovative flavors, and superior packaging. The oils, which are always natural or organic, non-GMO, and produced in small batches, are available in a variety of flavors to enhance the freshness of favorite recipes (try the Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Chef Suzy’s Winter Harvest Quinoa Salad). Use an indelible pen to mark the purchase date and know when to ‘rid’ next time – it works with supplements and beauty care products, too! And lastly, reorganize by putting those foods and products that you want to choose front and center. To help keep your new routine going strong, store a convenient probiotic in the pantry or medicine cabinet for fast immune system support, such as NOW® Probiotic-10™ 25 Billion Veg Capsules.
- Unprocess Your Diet
Start with seven days: Drink water or tea only for the week and hydrate often. Have a fruit or vegetable at every meal. Bypass any refined grains and sugars and instead focus on whole grains like Living Now® Organic Tri-Color Quinoa, which is also gluten-free. Make a Green Chia Smoothie that’s chock full of plant-based nutrients, or the Cinnamon Chocolate Protein Shake that uses a plant protein like NOW® Sports Plant Protein Complex. Make a goal to have a salad every day at lunch or dinner.
- Focus on Heart Healthy Fats
Avoid added trans-fats in the diet; instead focus on fats from food sources like heart-healthy salmon and plant-based omega-3 fats from walnuts and flaxseed meal, monounsaturated fats from avocados and olives, and high-quality oils like Ellyndale Organics™ Coconut Oil Infusions™. Coconut Oil Infusions™ combine the benefits and rich taste of coconut oil with bold, inspiring flavors to add zest to recipes and snacks, or can be used as a drizzle or spread.
- Plan Smart Snacks
Plan snacks for a week or two to ensure healthy snacking. Make a trail mix with raw or roasted nuts and dried fruit or try a high quality, real foods snack mix like NOW Real Food® Nuts About Berries.
- Move that Body!
Spring clean your body by clearing those cobwebs inside and get moving! Make 30 minutes a consistent everyday goal from either planned exercise or take a 10 minute walk before or after each meal. You can do more time and intensity for heart health and fitness, but make a serious deal with yourself that you’ll get a minimum of 20 minutes of purposeful movement (walking counts!) each and every day. And hydrate before and after to optimize your activity. Tea provides great hydration, too, so try NOW Real Tea® PomeGreenate™ hot or cold for an energizing boost.
- Protect Your Skin
The warmer weather helps bring our active routines outdoors, so there’s greater need to protect the skin from the sun and elements. Remember to cover up during peak sunlight and moisturize sun-kissed skin with a product like NOW® Solutions Aloe Soothing Gel™.