4 health hacks you need in your life

If you did set any resolutions, have you stuck to them? *awkwardsilence* All too often we set the bar high when it comes to our health, whether that’s what we’re eating or how much weight we want to lose. Let’s face it, life is busy and shows no signs of letting up, and everyone knows that quick fixes are neither fun nor sustainable. So take a look at our everyday tips to boost your health, pick one a week, and the longer you stick to it and make it a part of your everyday (busy) lifestyle, the better and more motivated you will feel – and therefore more likely to adopt it for good!

1. Start the day right

Whether you bounce out of bed in the morning and dash to a pre-7am Spin class, or max your time in bed and leave the house in the minimum amount of time required, getting a good morning routine will set you up for the day and means you’re more likely to be healthier for the rest of the day. Hydration is key here. Take a glass of water to bed, put it on your bedside table, and drink it as soon as your alarm goes off.

Get more energy by then stirring ½ tsp organic coconut oil into your morning tea or coffee for an extra (healthy) surge. Coconut oil is processed by the liver and so uses the fat as energy rather than holding it in the body as a later fuel source.

2. Cut the caffeine after 2pm

This is usually when energy starts to flag, concentration wanders, and by 3pm we’re looking for a fix to get us through the day. While caffeine does have some benefits, you’re better off switching to non-caffeinated drinks to allow your body to relax into the evening and stop your body running on adrenaline. Try a blend such as Rise & Shine, which contains ginger and peppermint to refresh and invigorate, and rosemary and gingko, which are great brain boosters.

3. Snack on protein

If you cycle home, head to a class after work or ‘hold out’ for food until you get home, have a small protein-based snack to either max your workout or stop you from ending up buying all the carbohydrates at your local supermarket. An apple with some organic walnut butter or a banana with a small handful of Brazil nuts is more than enough to tide you over, and will prevent both your energy and mood from crashing on your way home.

4. Get a good night’s sleep

Sleep is vital for good health, but it can be elusive for some. Making sure you have a balanced evening meal, with a small portion of complex carbs such as white or sweet potato, brown rice or quinoa will help slow your body down and get it ready for sleep.  Portion size is key here: one portion is about a cupped handful.

Written for We Heart Living