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I love how it’s a fresh, clean slate – nothing arbitrary about it – and it’s a time to really evaluate what worked, or didn’t work in your previous year. It of course doesn’t hurt that we celebrate half birthdays in my family and we have Scarlet’s and mine. And it DEFINITELY doesn’t hurt that we always go to Florida in January – to escape the winter and the crowds. My in-laws just bought a new, bigger house in St. Augustine and we have pretty awesome theme parks in Orlando, thanks to the awesome life of being a blogger. And believe it or not – Florida is always a great place for me to keep my health resolutions going. All that fresh air, relaxation and 12 hour theme park days of power walking. I come back refreshed and sun-kissed.
With the new year happening in the wintertime, I think that gives us a unique opportunity to see our methods at work. Winter is just harder than summer, at least in New England. The biting wind and icy paths make outdoor exercise a challenge. The busy parenting and work days make going to the gym a challenge. It’s cold and flu season, so our immune systems are fighting harder than ever. And we get less sunlight and fresh air – both important aspects of life. Not to mention that fresh air and exercise can help you sleep better. We all know how important sleep is to helping to support your health!
10 Simple Ways to Support Your Health in 2019:
1 – Make hand washing a routine! We all know we’re supposed to wash our hands regularly, but are you doing it the right way? We use Dial Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash. (Love the foam!) It kills 99.99% of germs and is formulated with antibacterial ingredients. It’s tough on germs but gentle on skin. We like to wash our hands and wrists too while singing “Happy Birthday” twice. We make sure our kids don’t wash their hands too quickly or not thoroughly enough.
2 – Keep Vicks VapoCool Drops on hand. These will help vaporize your worst sore throat pain! And there’s cooling relief with a powerful rush of Vicks Vapors. Honestly, I always keep them here. If you’re feeling relief, then I think that helps with the healing process overall. My kids have always loved Vicks products and I grew up with them too. This one is new to me!
3 – Take your Metamucil. Yes, that’s right. Did you know that Metamucil is the only leading brand that contains naturally sourced psyllium fiber^ that helps promote digestive health and regularity? There are NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS OR COLORS, AND Metamucil Premium Blend is sweetened with plant-based Stevia and contains natural flavors and colors. Also, Metamucil traps and removes the waste that weighs you down! That way, you feel lighter and less sluggish. Lastly, the natural psyllium fiber in Metamucil helps curb your appetite so you feel less hungry between meals.
4 – Take your Align Dualbiotic gummies! I’ve been using these for a few months. They support a healthy gut, while also being great tasting and easy to chew. They contain a prebiotic fiber – inulin – to help nourish good bacteria in your digestive system. I love that they’re naturally flavored and contain less than 1g of sugar per gummy. They’re a must for my day!
5 – Move your body. It’s amazing how much it contributes to overall health. Just like drinking water, exercise can help so many aspects of your body and make you feel great too. In the winter, you have to be more creative with fitness.
6 – Know your numbers. For my doctor, that’s blood pressure, heart rate, and blood sugar. I know these numbers can go up with age, but you can also help keep them down with regular exercise and avoiding foods high in sugar and sodium.
7 – Track that winter intake. Since water makes up about 60% of your body weight, your body depends on it! The amount you need varies, but be mindful of the signs of dehydration.
8 – Eat breakfast every morning. I know it’s not for everyone, and you have to go by your own body/doctor’s orders, but for me, breakfast is important to starting the rest of my day. I usually do oatmeal and a hard-boiled egg lately.
9 – Screens off an hour before bedtime, or sooner. TV is a harder one for me to skip, but I do avoid using my phone or laptop in front of the TV. Too many screens! I like to read a book an hour before bedtime. Or take a bath with a magazine!
10 – Buy better products overall. This includes beauty products, whole foods, and maybe items that make you feel good for the environment and the world – like local items. Ultimately, I love stocking my house with products that support health: