There’s nothing like starting the New Year with a clean slate, and if you’re anything like me, then finding new ways to be healthier is on your resolution list. So today, I’m rounding up 12 ways to be healthy in 2020.
Instead of stressing about the right resolutions to make (because let’s be honest, we tend to lose momentum after a few months), pick something small. Small steps lead to big changes. Maybe think about one way you’d like to incorporate something healthy into your routine, such as waking up 30 minutes earlier before the kids do each morning, or incorporating an extra serving of greens into your meals each day. Whatever it is, think small so you can slowly grow and add to them. Who knows, by the end of the year, you may go from one way to be healthier in 2020 to all 12 ways to be healthy in 2020.
12 Ways To Be Healthy In 2020
- Meal plan at least one meal per week. Start small with either breakfast or lunch. You could start with these Vegan Zucchini Chocolate Chip Waffles or these Baked Veggie Omelet Muffins are great for the whole family and can be enjoyed the next day for breakfast or lunch as well.
- Swap Household Cleaning Products for Natural, Non-toxic Ones. With all the hidden toxic ingredients in our everyday products, do your health a favor and swap to cleaner cleaning products. Believe it or not, there are some great ones that REALLY work. One of my absolute favorite cleaning products is Branch Basics because you can literally use this to clean your ENTIRE house. I’m talking laundry, hand and dish soap, counters, bathroom, mirrors, etc…It’s your one-stop-shop. Another favorite for laundry is Buckaroo Soapberry Suds. It really feels and looks clean. Soapberries which is the fruit of a plant that is naturally hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, and biodegradable that leaves your clothes soft and clean. It’s made with pure, clean ingredients and doesn’t dry out your hands.
- Swap Skincare and Beauty Products for Non-Toxic Ones. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so anything you apply to it seeps into your skin and through your bloodstream. I have tried SO many non-toxic skincare and beauty products and there are some amazing ones out there that perform and some other not-so-great ones. Crunchi is hands down one of my favorite brands. They are known for their primer, concealer, and brow pomade. The only products I don’t care for is the Crunchi mascara. Fitglow is another brand that can do no wrong. Fitglow has both skincare and makeup products that are truly perfect. Their eye shadow palettes, Sunny Day’s Blush/Bronzer palette, concealer (my personal favorite), and mascara are out of this world. Agent Nateur Youth Serum is botox and youth in a bottle. Worth every penny and is made with Hyaluronic Acid which is formulated to retain 1,000 times its weight in water. That means plumping the skin to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, firm and tone the skin, stimulating skin cell regeneration, minimizing pigmentation, and reverting age spots.
- Wake up 30-60 Minutes Before Your Kids Each Morning. I’m personally trying to do this because I’m tired of rushing out the door and dealing with the morning chaos of getting the kids ready and off to school. I’m making a conscious effort to wake up an hour earlier to have “me time”. That means maybe doing a small workout at home, meditate, read, get breakfast ready. No phone as well—that way I can focus on having time to myself to breathe and start my day.
- Go to Bed at The Same Time Each Night. By doing this small and simple step, you are regulating your body and training yourself for a better night’s sleep.
- Get Moving. Start one day a week then work your way up. Do something you enjoy and not something you hate. Stretch, take yoga, go for a walk, just get your heart rate up. Start once a week for 20 minutes, then work your way up and add another day or two.
- Give Social Media a Break. Easier said than done; trust me, I know. But try to set limits on it, such as putting it away after 8:30pm and not looking at it until 9am the next day. Maybe give it up one day each weekend so you can be more present.
- Drink Cleaner Water. If you think bottled water is clean, think again. There have been several cases where bottled water has tested to be worse than tap water containing higher levels of bacteria. Not to mention, bottled water contains BPA and Phthalates that leach into your water, potentially causing ovarian and prostate cancer, as well as other health issues. Also, when you consume tap water or water not properly filtered, there is concern that you may be intaking industrial and agricultural contaminants that have been linked to cancer, brain, and nervous system damage, developmental defects, fertility problems, and hormone disruption. YIKES! I love my trusty Berkey Filter. I own the Royal Berkey which is perfect for a family of 4. It removes viruses, pathogenic bacteria, cysts, and parasites, and extracts chemicals like herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, and much much more…Read more about contaminants in your water HERE.
- Grocery Shop Stress-Free and Within Budget. I often get asked how I have kids and manage to get three meals on the table daily that are healthy. I’ll let you in on a few tricks. 1) I meal plan. I have a weekly meal plan and each weekend I write and plan out my breakfast, lunch, and dinners. This helps me stay on budget with ONLY buying the items on my list. 2) I purchase some of my pantry staple organic items HERE. You get everything for wholesale and you can shop by dietary needs. 3) Personal Shopper. All grocery stores have a system where you email them your list and they shop for you. Genius and something Whole Foods does for me each Sunday.
- Stock Up on Healthy Snacks. Don’t let temptation take over. Stock up on healthier snack options. Be sure to read your food labels to ensure it’s not filled with anything funky like natural flavors, dyes, palm oil, etc. I know, we can’t all be perfect and buying a bag of chips never hurt anybody. But just limit how much junk food you do buy. I like to buy rice crackers and top with nut butter, fruit, and honey. You can also make energy bites that are made with healthy ingredients and are actually filling. Click HERE, HERE, and HERE for a few recipes.
- Get a Few Salt Lamps. I love salt lamps because 1) they’re so gorgeous and relaxing to look at and 2) they naturally purify the air. They also have the ability to decrease air pollution and help those suffering from asthma and allergies. It’s also strong enough to reduce mold and fungus. THESE are the ones I own and love because they are made with 100% Himalayan sea salt.
- Consider Seeing a Naturopath. This was something I started doing last year and it has made all the difference in my family’s health. They do blood work to determine allergies and sensitivities, and they help get you on the right track to naturally be your best and healthy self. My youngest was allergic to eggs and no doctor was able to tell me that was the reason he was breaking out. Everyone told me it was eczema or a staph infection. I got sick of them slapping a band-aid on the issue and saw a naturopath. Turns out he was allergic to eggs and a few other minor things.
Hope this was a helpful start to your new amazing year. Try implementing small changes in your routine. Whatever makes you happy and healthy you do YOU and always remember that small steps lead to big changes. Cheers to a healthier 2020!