Everybody wants the New Year to be better than the last, even if the previous year was amazing. Here are seven great ways to have a happier and healthier 2014.
- Drop the diet. Diets are only intended to help you lose weight, and stopping the diet usually results in the pounds coming back. Rather than going on a diet, adopt a new food philosophy! Maybe that means you go vegan or vegetarian, or cut out gluten and sugar. Regardless of what path you chose a food philosophy will help you make wise decisions when it comes to food. Both Caleb and Chris ate a raw, vegan diet for several years. The result was a mind shift that resulted in wise food choices even when the lifestyle came to an end. It set us up to make wise choices when it came to food even when we were not following any strict regulations.
- Eat lots of raw foods. It’s no secret, fruits and veggies are good for you. In fact getting more fruits and veggies in your diet is one of the wisest things you can do for your body. Start by introducing a green smoothie into your diet every morning. It’s simple. Just make an all fruit smoothie with some greens powder (or fresh greens) and a plant based protein powder. Smoothies are super easy to make and an easy way to boost the amount of fruits and veggies you get every day.
To boost your raw vegetable intake even more try eating a salad for lunch every day. This may not sound very appetizing, but there are loads of delicious salad recipes scattered around the Internet. And, the health benefits to eating leafy greens are endless. A few are: controlling hunger, helping with weight loss, lowering your risk for cardiovascular disease, increasing blood circulation for improved athletic performance, lowering blood pressure, and delivering a host of antioxidants.
- Drink lots of water! Water hydrates, energizes muscles, helps control hunger, improves skin health, and helps reduce chronic pain, just to name a few benefits. As humans we are composed of 70% water, so it only makes sense that we need to drink the stuff! A good goal to shoot for is 8 cups a day, Athletes should shoot for 80-90oz a day. You may also want to consider cutting back your coffee intake. Coffee dehydrates. The more water you drink, the better. You can never drink too much water.
- Take breaks. Working too much causes stress. Just like an athlete will take time off to allow his or her body to heal, everybody should take time away from work to allow the mind to rejuvenate. This should be done on a daily basis to break up long periods of focused work, and for extended periods of time as well, preferably several times a year. Taking breaks can actually improve productivity and creativity. Give your mind a rest. it needs time to heal just as much as the body of an athlete in training.
- Exercise! The number one benefit of exercise in my opinion is that it improves mood and boosts energy. There is nothing better than ending your long, stressful day with a run or a workout at the gym. Starting your day with exercise can set a positive tone for the day. Exercise also helps reduce the risk of disease and helps control weight.
- Send more time with loved ones. It can be easy to get wrapped up in work and personal hobbies and forget to spend quality time with loved ones. Quality time with family and friends is far more likely to make us happy than the extra time we spent working on an important project at work. Finding a good work/life balance is key. Life passes by too quickly to forgo quality time with the ones we love.
- Setting goals. Forget New Years Resolutions, they are usually vague statements about something a person wants to do or change, but without hard concrete details they lack the legs necessary to carry you to success. Goals have timelines attached to them and a plan of action associated with them. An example of a good goal would be, “I want to lose 10lbs by the end of April.” It has a realistic number and time attached to it. It’s measurable and a plan of action can be attached to it. To make the goal complete you would develop a game plan to lose those 10lbs. That might look like this: drink a green smoothie every morning, limit calorie intake to 2,000 calories per day, run 5 miles 4 days a week. You are far mare likely to see success than saying, “I want to get fit in 2014”. So, take some time if you haven’t already and set some solid goals for 2014. Attach hard numbers with deadlines and create a plan of action.
2013 was an awesome year for Bearded Brothers, and 2014 is going to be even better! We have already been setting goals for the company as well as personal and family goals: something we strive to do every year. It helps make us better people and gives us something to strive for. We encourage you to do the same. Let us know what some of your goals are in the comments below.