January is usually a time where we make changes for the better. We all know that gyms have their busiest season in the beginning of the year as everyone makes resolutions to get in shape, work out every day, etc. If you’re like me, you’ve made some promises to change something and it doesn’t last long at all.
I think sometimes we want to make big changes all at once, which will only set us up for failure. Big changes can only happen if we start in small chunks. We are not going to completely change our diet in one day. It takes small changes over weeks.
A small change that has made a huge difference in my own health has been this.
I start out my day with warm water and lemon. Before I put anything else in my body, I drink this and then wait, if I can, at least 15-20 minutes before eating anything else. If you want to know all the nitty-gritty health details, check out this post by Food Matters, which highlights all the awesome things lemon juice does to your body.
I’m sure you know that lemons have vitamin C, but did you also know they contain citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium? Those are all good things which help your body in a powerful way.
Drinking warm lemon water can help flush out your system. Personally, when I started this habit over a year ago, I immediately noticed a decrease in bloating. Two things that have almost completely gotten rid of bloating for me are this and cutting out dairy, but that’s another post for another day. I’ve also noticed that I have clearer skin, and my immune system has been better than it’s been in years.
This has also helped me keep my coffee habit under control. I love coffee but have been extremely careful over the years to keep myself from becoming dependent on it. However, my favorite part of the morning is sitting in the sun, warm drink in hand, while my boys play, ahem, peacefully together (okay, it doesn’t always happen like that, but a girl can dream, right?). Warm water with lemon has had the same therapeutic effect that I craved from coffee. This way I can save my cup of coffee to drink later with a friend, or as an afternoon pick-me-up, or not at all.
This is a small thing that I encourage you to try. If you want to be healthier in the new year (don’t we all?) start with this. And the thing about small habits is that they lead to bigger decisions. It’s a good start to a healthier you.
My new health habit for this year, as I’ve already mentioned, is Juice Plus. I love it because the best way for me to combat depression is to exercise. During the winter, this usually just doesn’t happen. It’s cold outside and I have zero energy to do anything other than make lunch. I need help.
Tim has been telling me for years that I should exercise in order to gain energy, which doesn’t make sense but actually does work, because of endorphins and all that. I stubbornly always tell him that I can’t work out to get energy because I have no energy to work out, to get energy, to work out. Yeah, that’s a circle of sadness, right there.
But since taking Juice Plus things have actually changed. I. have. energy. Some days that just means my boys and I have a dance party and rock it out to Taylor Swift and The Allman Brothers, but the point is that we’re moving. My heart rate is up. Happy hormones are flowing.
Do you struggle with winter energy? How do you cope? Do you need a way to survive? Check out my Juice Plus page.
Also, do you drink lemon water? I wanna know. Or, what other small habit do you do, or will you pick up this year?