ONE SIMPLE CHANGE

Most of us strive to live a healthier lifestyle. Finding the right place to start is a challenge. Eating right, exercising regularly, and still making time for family, friends and our own needs can seem like overwhelming goals. Instead of attempting to conquer our health all at once, what if you started by setting more manageable goals? Making small changes today can lead to great health benefits down the road.

 So what are you waiting for? Start your journey to better health with One Simple Change.

FORGE YOUR PATH WITH SIMPLE CHANGES

Juice Plus+ is only the first step towards a healthy lifestyle. Health professionals from a variety of disciplines offer these additional simple changes you can make today to help improve your health and wellness.

HEALTHY EATING: EAT MORE WHOLE FOODS

img-healthy-eatingDon’t tackle a healthy diet all at once. Start by replacing empty calories with whole food options. Whole foods include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains – foods that are as close to their natural form as possible. It won’t be long before you realize just how good “good food” feels. Before you know it, your cravings will change from greasy burgers and fries to healthful nutrition.  Grow your own vegetables and fruit, without pesticides, in a Tower Garden. http://virginiaunderwood.towergarden.com/
 Bridge the gap between what you should be eating everyday and what you actually eat by incorporating JuicePlus fruit and vegetable capsules.  http://www.virginiaunderwood.juiceplus.com

HYDRATION: DRINK MORE WATER

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We don’t function at full capacity when we’re dehydrated. The Institute of Medicine recommends roughly 13 cups (3 liters) of water per day for adult men and 9 cups (2.2 liters) per day for women. There are many simple ways to make sure you and your family are drinking plenty of fluids each day. Remember, food provides about 20 percent of water intake as well and many fruits and vegetables are more than 90 percent water by weight. Make an effort to monitor your fluid intake and you’ll be functioning better in no time. Fill a large water bottle with fresh water, mark the sides with a Sharpie 9am – noon – 3pm and drink all day long.  Add lemon wedges, or use infused waters.  (see previous blog entry)

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: GET MORE EXERCISE

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Most people look at exercise as a means to burn energy and lose weight. Instead, think of exercise as a great way to gain energy and stimulate your body and mind. With so many demands fighting for your attention every day, it may be a challenge to find time for an hour trip to the gym. Start with simple activities you can incorporate into your daily routine. One simple change can make a big difference in how you look and feel.  Start slow and build up the amount you exercise.

Day 1 – 10 minutes, Day 2 – 15 minutes and so on.

SLEEP AND STRESS: SLEEP MORE, STRESS LESS

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When was the last time you felt you had great, quality sleep on a regular basis? Getting a good night’s sleep can greatly impact your outlook on life and, in turn, your health and wellness. Simple changes, such as getting a good night’s sleep or taking time for a relaxing hobby, are easy ways to help manage stress and improve your well-being in the long-term.

Try making the changes above and see if you are sleeping better in one week, two weeks, three weeks?  Let me know .. I am making the changes too!

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