I have recently made a few small changes to my lifestyle that have made a majorly huge difference in the way I feel. So I figured I would share them with you!
1. Only ONE cup of coffee per day: This was a MAJOR change for me. I got the stomach flu about a month ago. I couldn’t keep anything down. So for about 5 days I didn’t drink ANY coffee. On top of being sick, I had the WORST headache, and my husband attributed it to my lack of caffeine. Before getting sick, I drank A LOT of coffee. Like 6 or 8 cups a day, easily. I had to drink a cup the second I woke up or I would get a dull headache. I knew it was bad that I was so dependent on something but I was freaking tired. (and I used a lot of coffee creamer, the bad for you but delicious kind) When I was finally better I told myself I would only allow myself one cup a day. That’s it. And I have stuck to it. Trust me when I tell you that I am the last person I thought would ever say this but… I feel SO much better. It is so nice to wake up and not need a cup of coffee right away. I don’t want to cut it out entirely since I really do love that cup of coffee, but it is so nice to have it as a bonus… not a necessity.
2. ACV drink: When I decided to drop all my coffee, I also decided to start my day with a apple cider vinegar drink. I had heard so much about it, but just never got around to trying it. So I googled a few recipes and I ended up liking this one the best. It is supposed to be all sorts of healthy.
3. I stopped washing my face in morning: So apparently this is a known thing, since about half the people I tell this to respond with, “Oh, I know… I NEVER wash my face in the morning.” Well.. thanks a lot you a-holes for never telling me. I forget where I saw this, but some celebrity said one of their secrets to great skin was to never wash their face in morning, just rinse it with water. (don’t use soap) I never thought this would work for me, since I occasionally use retin-A or a nighttime moisturizer. I thought it would be bad to leave all that stuff on my face before applying my sunscreen and makeup. Well, I was wrong. My skin looks so much better since I started the no soap morning routine. It is less dry, I have had fewer breakouts, and it just looks better to me.
4. No alcohol during the week: This was another big one. My boss was horrified when we were talking about drinking and I said that I drank every night. His response, “You don’t drink every night.. you are just saying that.” I was like, “Nope, I drink every single night.” Everyone just stared at me. Then when he walked away a few people were like, “Yeah.. we drink every night too, but we didn’t want to say that.” (again.. thanks a-holes) Well, the whole conversation got me thinking… I mean, it can’t be healthy to drink every night. I was telling my husband the story and he agreed, so we both decided to stop drinking during the week. I am a little embarrassed to say that it was really hard at first. I would look forward to my glass (or two) of wine when the kids went to bed. But now, I don’t even think about it and I am definitely saving some cash on wine.
5. I eat more salads for lunch: This was kind of an accidental change. I have been so busy at work that I started slacking on making my lunch and prepping my snacks. So I was eating crappy and bringing microwave meals or buying lunch. I decided that on Sunday (or on Monday on my way into work) I would stop at Trader Joe’s and buy a bunch of those pre-made salads and healthy snacks. (usually cottage cheese and a bean salad from the cold section) I buy ahead for three days of salads, then get a soup and one healthy microwave meal to make it through the workweek. (I can’t eat a salad more than 3 days after I bought it, I don’t care what the expiration date says) I feel so much better, it was a reminder for me just how important fresh, healthy foods are.
I made most these changes a few weeks ago, and I have noticed such a difference. I have even lost a few pounds since I cut out all those empty calories. (all that extra coffee creamer and alcohol) Also, I feel like I have so much energy, even though I drink less coffee. So there you go, maybe some of these changes will work for you. Or maybe you are a normal person who doesn’t drink exorbitant amounts of coffee and wine to begin with. In that case, I’m sorry you read this whole thing.
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