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1. Set Intentions, Not Goals. Finite goals like, “lose 15 pounds” can lead towards feelings of failure and body guilt, whereas “sweat every day” can lead towards body-positive practices and a general feeling of I-Love-Myself. You may still also lose 15 pounds, in the end! Can you re-frame a goal such as, “Stop drinking wine” to “Put $5 in a jar every time I don’t drink wine” and at the end of the month take yourself out for a delicious meal or nice massage? Try to reword what needs to change in a positive light. Focus on what you are moving towards, rather than what you want to move away from.
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2. Love Your Guts. We understand that the health of the Microbiome (aka: friendly bacteria that live in your intestines) governs much of your overall immunity and vitality. Your grandma was wrong, you aren’t what you eat, you are what you digest! Support your digestion by setting up a happy digestive process. Start eating probiotic foods (kefir, sauerkraut, Kombucha) as well as taking probiotics via pill, daily. My fave is Life Equals, a Kansas City- based company that makes amazing products! Use code, “MIL50” for 50% off your order! Being healthy doesn’t have to be expensive! You got this.
3. Get Real Fuel. What I am about to say is going to make me unpopular, but coffee is not lunch. Most Americans get WAY too much caffeine and then are surprised when they feel uber stressed + annoyed at work all day, or like their head could pop off in rush-hour traffic. Then they get prescribed anti-anxiety medication that is basically combating their latte addiction. I ask that you start fueling yourself with nutrition, first.
Despite caffeine’s quick hit, our bodies truly crave macro nutrients (carbohydrates: the quick burning fuel that helps curb the hanger monster, fats: the slow-burning fuel that keep us full for hours, and protein: the building blocks for lean muscle) and micronutrients (phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and arguably, water).
Try upgrading your coffee to Bulletproof coffee, adding the fat of butter or coconut oil to slow the effects of caffeine for longer lasting energy. Or, swap it all together for my fave, Matcha Green tea (make a latte with homemade almond or cashew milk). Full of catechins, antioxidants which have been shown to be more powerful than Vitamin C and Vitamin E combined! Big tip: regular matcha tea drinking is consistently linked to weight loss! Use code “ABBIMILLER” to get 20% off Organic Matchaful!
In summation: Caffeine can be a treat, but when we need it in large quantities to be in the vertical position + operate our business/lives, there is a problem. I saw a sign yesterday that said, “a yawn is a cry for caffeine” and I nearly spit. Which leads me to #4.
4. Rest Yourself. Even though a good stroll down Instagram lane can delight and amaze our feeling of possibility with photo-worthy meals, and fab fashion, it’s just not calming to our stress hormones. F’real. The blue light from screens emulates the sun (barely, guys, but stay with me) in that we perceive the light as a cue that it’s day time. So our bodies adjust, and… stay awake. If you have even a hint of sleep disturbances, please master #3 and then leave your iPhone in the living room and hit the hay. I recommend purchasing an alarm clock (ask your parents, they will explain what these relics are) and keep all other screens far from your sweet lil’ sleeping self.
5. Be Intentional about what you Consume: food, media, alcohol. If your goal in 2017 is to feel the best you’ve historically felt, then ask yourself this: What daily habits are directly sabotaging these intentions? What news channel makes you anxious? Does alcohol make you feel totally icky? Who do you follow on social media who consistently triggers a feeling of, “I’m not enough”-ness? What’s the point in making yourself feel badly? Be intentional about what you are allowing into your life; relationships, beliefs, sugar, etc. Curate your input like you would your wardrobe. While we are on the topic, Marie Kondo that shit. Your year will be better for it!