I often get asked if I ever eat pizza, drink a beer, or have some ice cream – and I say absolutely! A common misconception of a person that’s into health and wellness is that they’re perfect; they never miss a workout or eat badly. While the reality is not the complete opposite, I can tell you that’s far from the truth. No one is perfect; it’s all about focusing on what you want, and what you can realistically accomplish. For me, I focus on wanting to feel good each day. If I don’t put some healthy practices into my daily goals I end up having low energy and even less motivation. Here are daily habits I try to practice each day to make sure I get some good stuff in my body.
Daily Habit #1: Make your first meal a good one
First of all, you can either eat breakfast and be healthy, or not eat breakfast and still be healthy. It really depends on you, your schedule, and your goals. One thing that’s a must is making the first time you eat each day worth it. No meal is more important than then next – they’re all important – but I encourage people to make their first meal a good one. Here are some examples.
- 2-4 organic free-range eggs (any style)
- 1-2 pieces sprouted grain bread w/ ½ tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
- 1 apple or banana
- ¾ C. old fashioned oatmeal
- ¼ C. walnuts or almonds
- ¼ C. blueberries or raspberries
- ¼ C. rice, almond, or organic milk
- 1 C Greek yogurt
- ¼ C frozen fruit
- 1 Oz Almond butter or 1 scoop Whey Protein Powder
ON THE GO OPTIONS
- RX Bars
- Perfect Bars
- Grass-fed beef jerky
- Plant-based or grass-fed protein drink
- Various nuts and seeds
- Dried fruit
Daily Habit #2: Invest in some green food
I know very few people who eat enough vegetables, myself included. I constantly struggle to get enough veggies in my diet, especially the green ones. Consequently, I make sure I use a whole-food-based green food supplement, wheatgrass cube, spirulina, chlorella, and/or a powdered green superfood drink. This is the best way to make sure that your body is getting enough whole food-based vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other phytonutrients that are high in antioxidants. You should make sure the product you buy is high quality since you get what you pay for. This is the best investment for your body.
Daily Habit #3: Take fish oil, and eat loads of healthy fats
If there is one macronutrient that I focus on getting in each day it’s a healthy fat. As Americans, we just don’t eat enough healthy fats and consume far too much unhealthy fats such as hydrogenated oil, and other poor quality refined oils. Every morning with my green food supplement I 3 tablespoons of On Target Living Cod Liver Oil or 2 tablespoons of orange-flavored SFH fish oil. The amount of fish oil you take will depend on your needs. My recommendation is to start out with half the dose you need to take, and then work up to the full dose. In my other meals, I also try and have a serving of healthy fats. I like almonds, peanut butter, and extra-virgin coconut oil.
Daily Habit #4: Keep your body alkaline
Our bodies go through a lot of stress throughout the day and, therefore, exposed to a lot of toxins. Over time that will make your body’s PH level too high and you will be more acidic. Exposing your body too acidic foods such as too much coffee, soda, and processed foods also cause your body to work harder to stay alkaline. Too much acidity in the body can lead to acid reflux, cellular damage, mineral loss, and low energy.
So, each day I make sure to consume water in an environmentally safe plastic, and at night I have 10-16 ounces of mineral water. While both sources are alkaline and help rid the body of toxins, mineral water is higher in mineral content, thus more alkaline. I also consume about a gallon a day of pure water to detoxify and hydrate my body. Adjust your overall water intake for your individual needs.
Here is your daily checklist:
- Make your first meal of the day a good one
- 2-4 capsules or 1 tablespoon fish Oil/Cod Liver Oil
- Consume a post-workout shake with protein powder and fruit
- Keep nut butter, almonds, or walnuts on hand
- Wheatgrass cubes
- Whole Food Based or Green Food supplement
- 10-16 ounces of mineral Water
In conclusion, there’s no such thing as the perfect diet, and there’s no one that’s a perfect eater. As a result of following a checklist similar to mine, you will have much more energy, feel less guilty if you eat some bad food or don’t exercise that day, get tons of essential nutrients in, and have an increase in overall health and well-being.