Thank you Council For Responsible Nutrition for sponsoring this post. I am proud to be one of the 170 million Americans who take dietary supplements each year!
As I enter into my 45th year I have to admit that I think I am living my best life and I am healthier now than I was 13 years ago after the birth of my second child. I feel like with age comes so much more wisdom about letting go of things you can’t change and truly taking charge of stuff that you can have control over. For instance- YOUR HEALTH! I have become acutely aware that my body will only continue to be here for me if I treat it with reverence. And like so many other women I know- balancing everything but the kitchen sink on my back ever since I started teaching part-time, in addition to my job as an influencer- I’ve realized that time management and putting myself on my long list of things to do is not only best for my body and health- but also best for the young bright minds I am helping to mold- like my students and my kids! So I make sure to wake up every day, eat a sensible breakfast and take dietary supplements to make sure I am getting everything I need that my diet may not include.
I’ve also created a routine which I’ve coined Tips to be Your best self, and if you are a mom, educator, volunteer aka a MULTI-Tasker extraordinaire, these tips will help you seamlessly live life as your best self (so you can be the best for all of those who depend on you as well!)!
Tips to Be Your Best Self
#1 I eat a plant-based diet and avoid meats. I do this not only because I believe it is healthier but because I feel it is more humane not to harm the animals with whom we share this planet. As far as our enjoyment of food and life, we still do enjoy eating (maybe even more), and we have found a lot of recipes that taste as good or better. We make eggless french toast, cashew-based macaroni and cheese, and drink almond milk that is dairy-free, and we love it. I have a selfish and vain reason for loving a plant-based diet. Since avoiding dairy and completely avoiding meat I lost those stubborn last 5-10 lbs that have plagued me since the birth of my son 13 years ago (my daughter also lost about 10 lbs since becoming strictly vegan).
#2 But of course there is no such thing as a perfect diet and I know I cannot get enough essential nutrients from diet alone! And like many Americans who take dietary supplements, they help me fill nutrition gaps in my diet and help me with my overall health and wellness. In order to fill in any gaps I might be missing with my diet I take a number of supplements. In addition to a multivitamin which most supplement users take I also take Vitamin D and Calcium. In our country, 76 percent of adults take dietary supplements each year according to a survey from the Council for Responsible Nutrition(CRN). I want to maintain the body that I was given and keep it running as well, and as illness-free as I can. Taking dietary supplements allows me and my family to take a proactive role in our overall wellness and enhance our efforts to eat right and stay active. It’s important to remember that there are a plethora of dietary supplements, so I always advise friends and family to talk with their doctor or other healthcare practitioner about what dietary supplements are right for their lifestyle.
#3 I exercise everyday for at least 60 minutes; for my heart and other muscles in my body. I also think it strengthens bones and has psychological benefits. I’ve started off by making a workout plan that mixes it up. A good rule to follow: include at least four cardio exercises and two or three strength training circuits. Use the off days to allow your muscles time to recover and get stronger.
Know when to stretch. While it might seem like the best thing to do, stretching before a workout may put you at risk of injury. Try stretching your muscles for 15 seconds AFTER you warm up. You are less like to get hurt from stretching if your muscles are already warmed up.
Keep track of your workouts as well as your food intake using a tracking log. The wonderful thing about tracking your exercise and food intake is that it allows you to see any progress you have made, and gives you a visual picture of the habits you might need to change in order to hit your ultimate goals! Tracking your progress is also a wonderful tool to help motivate you through your transformation.
Stay loose.Whether it comes from a lack of confidence or a determination to lose weight fast, beginners are particularly prone to tensing up when working out. Relax the muscles you’re not working, and focus on the ones you are. You’ll have more energy and get better results.
Make sure you are armed with Dietary supplements. Multivitamins, protein powders, omega-3 oils, and more can provide a convenient and sensible way to help ensure you get the nutrients you need post workout for support and recovery. Nothing is more important than taking care of yourself.
#4 I strengthen my mind every day by reading, and in this way I am exercising my mind and sharpening my intellect. But I’ve taken my love of reading and how it has helped me to live my best life one step further. They always say be the role model you want your kids to emulate, and having them see my nose in the pages of a book certainly encourages them to do the same. When my son was a preschooler, I relished reading him books; together we’d let our imaginations become fully invested in the story’s characters and the valuable moral lessons imparted. And yet, this little boy, who stacked his books in a pile, and patiently waited for me to read them all, is now less than thrilled to read the book his 8th grade teacher assigned him! So how am I regaining a bit of that magical reading relationship we once shared? We’ve started our own book club! Here are some tips to get you going.
* Meet monthly for at least two hours and keep the group to a maximum of six kids to allow enough time for each person to express his/her thoughts.
* Arrange activities and crafts to correlate with the books themes. If the book takes place in another time period, dress up in costumes, visit places and/or cook up the foods mentioned in the book, and take photos for a book-club scrapbook.
* Offer sweet snacks for the parents and kids.
It’s a wonderful way to get to know your child on another level as he shares his insights about the book. It also provides a fabulous jumping-off point to expose kids to undiscovered passions and a love of reading.
#5 I’ve stopped spending so much time with people who don’t enrich my life. How many people do you regularly spend time with, even though you don’t really want to? You know the ones: Perhaps your sister-in-law constantly asking to get together, but spends the entire time criticizing everything from your clothes to your career to your parenting. Or maybe a certain frenemy peppers the conversation with backhanded compliments and one-upmanship, making you feel like your whole life has been one long series of bad decisions. So when it comes to Tips to be Your best self – cutting out people who don’t truly let me be my best self is definitely at the top of my list!
These are my tips on how to live right, eat right and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Using supplements is a key to this healthy lifestyle and as the Council For Responsible Nutrition has shown, people that use supplements are more likely to engage in other healthy lifestyle patterns like exercising and diet. And for me personally, taking dietary supplements has allowed for me to take a truly proactive role in maintaining my overall wellness so I’m healthy and don’t succumb to burnout for my kids all year long! And the biggest bonus is that as we head into the not so fun winter months, specific dietary supplements can help enhance your mood and increase your energy!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.