5 ways I’m making better choices for my health this year

In the new year, I always map out some goals I would like to accomplish for every area of my life.  One of them is definitely my health.  Last year, I made some changes and this year I am looking to make a few more.  Here are 5 of them:

1. Water is my new drink of choice.

I don’t love water but, I’m drinking it 99% of the time.  I feel better overall since I have been doing this.  Our family rarely buys soda and only has juice occasionally so, it’s not a huge adjustment.  However, when I go out to eat, ordering water is so hard.  I rather have something special.

I’m trying to keep this up by garnishing my water to make it look prettier and taste better.  Adding limes, lemons and oranges does wonders!

2.  Getting more knowledge on my health & health care options.

UnitedHealthcare has a great site with 3 super simple games you can play to help you get more educated on the nuts and bolts of healthcare.  I am trying to educate myself overall on these things and this is a simple and easy way to do that.

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The games were fun & quick!  This is a great way to make the most of your health benefits this year.

I would encourage you to check out UnitedHealthcare’s website and the interactive, educational games they offer and sign up! Each of the three interactive games has a $500 monthly prize and a $100 weekly prize!! Participants may enter daily for each of the three games and may earn additional entries for clicking the recommended articles after completing a quiz.

3.  Eating more organic.

I used to think this always comes with a high price tag and that we couldn’t afford it but, the truth is there are great deals on organic items just like any other foods.  We mainly have been focusing on organic meats and it has made such a difference in our health.  The more I learn about the food industry, the more I make this a priority for my family.

4.  Healthier snacks.

I am choosing healthier snacking and I’ve seen an increase in my energy level throughout the day.  I am a “comfort eater” so this can be a challenge but, I have found some great “Go-To’s.”  Some of my favorites are: popcorn, sweet potato chips, granola bars, dried mango, and trail mixes.

5. Getting more sleep.

Almost every night, I get a full 8 hours of sleep.  Sometimes, if I’m catching up on work I push it a little but overall I’m focusing more on getting enough rest.  I have this “bedtime”reminder on my iPhone that gives me an alert when I need to start heading to bed to get a full night’s sleep.  Everything else can wait for tomorrow.

I hope you’ll make a list of things that you want to do differently to benefit your health this year.  I am always looking for ways to be a better steward of this body God has given me while I’m here on earth.  These are some ways I am doing that.  Click HERE to check out UnitedHealthcare’s site for a chance to win BIG!!

 

 

 

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45 Comments:
February 8, 2017

It is wonderful that you are making health a priority. These are great tips.

February 8, 2017

Thank you! I’m trying

February 8, 2017

making water your drink of choice in itself will make such a big impact on your health! i did that last year and now whenever i have the rare soda i can taste the sweetened syrups added in. it’s amazing the difference it makes!

February 8, 2017

It’s so true I can taste stuff I never use to notice.

February 8, 2017

I try to drink as much water as possible! Last year I was drinking so much but i have gotten slack about it and I am trying to get my water intake back up!

February 8, 2017

Good for you!

February 8, 2017

My weight yo-yos so badly and it’s entirely from me going from drinking water all the time to starting to drink pop!
We are also going to try buying organic meat in bulk this year…I’m kind of excited!

February 8, 2017

That’s awesome! The meat tastes sooo much better too!

February 8, 2017

WE have been trying to eat better as well. I wish I could get more sleep, but little man is cutting teeth and keeping me up late. This shall pass though.

February 8, 2017

Aww yes some times we can’t control our sleep when they are little.

February 8, 2017

Drinking water is such a big one!! When I drink more water, my body just works better, no question.

February 8, 2017

It really does! I’m trying lol

February 8, 2017

I recently started setting a ‘Go to bed’ alarm on my phone, and it has made a big difference in making sure I get enough rest. To help you with drinking more water, you might want to try on of those water infusion bottles. They are awesome and you can experiment with different flavor combos.

February 8, 2017

What a great idea! Thanks!

February 8, 2017

Getting more sleep. That’s a biggie. Us Canadians really hope that you’ll be able to keep Obamacare!

February 8, 2017

Sleep makes a big difference for sure!

February 8, 2017

I have been trying to get healthier this year too and finally making water a priority has changed so much! My body could feel the difference and now, if I forget to drink it my body lets me know! I think my body was so use to being dehydrated before and now that it’s had water it reacts when it doesn’t. So neat to see that the more we love our bodies the more responsive they are!

February 8, 2017

That’s such a good point I never thought about that because, I wasn’t drinking a ton before either.

February 8, 2017

Such great choices for getting healthier! I too am trying to drink more water and get to bed earlier. The water thing is going well… the sleep… well, not so much.

February 8, 2017

Hey, well one thing at a time is still success!

February 8, 2017

So many people laugh at me about it, but my bedtime is real and necessary. I feel the difference when I don’t sleep for a full 8 hours. It’s awful. I have been trying to be more diligent with drinking more water as well. I just want my skin to glow and be fabulous, lol.

February 9, 2017

Well they can laugh at us together lol I totally feel the difference!

February 9, 2017

Yes to all of these! I am definitely trying to incorporate healthier snacks!

February 9, 2017

Yes! Just had some avocado!

February 9, 2017

Water and sleep are so important! Thanks for sharing!

February 9, 2017

No problem!

February 9, 2017

I love your goals for the year. I’m trying to add more water and sleep to my health regime as well!

February 9, 2017

That’s so great!

February 9, 2017

I’m in the same boat with you… such good tips and advice. I don’t always think about my healthcare either!

February 9, 2017

Yes! I have been pretty disconnected!

February 10, 2017

Great post! I need to as well find healthier snacks! Love your snack ideas (dried mango is my favorite! ) and overall tips to get healthier this year. Thanks for sharing

February 10, 2017

Girl! This is such a great post. It’s so important to take care of yourself– especially when you’ve got a family to look after! You’ve inspired me to add more water to my regimen, and more sleeping too. Sometimes it’s hard to shut myself off, but more often than not, things really can wait until tomorrow! Love it momma! xoxo

February 10, 2017

I’m so glad I inspired you as I’m trying to inspire myself lol

February 11, 2017

So glad you are making better choices 🙂

February 11, 2017

Yes to water!! I’ve been craving it lately!!! Such a great healthy post. It’s inspiring me for sure to get out there!!
Angela
http://www.prettyinherpearls.com

February 11, 2017

I’m so glad!

February 11, 2017

I was quite addicted to fizzy drinks a while ago, but somehow I managed to get rid of it and now my digestion is waaay better than is was when I used to drink soda or Coke.

February 11, 2017

Yesn it’s amazing the difference it makes!

February 11, 2017

These are all great tips! Keep up the good work girl!

February 12, 2017

I’m making baby steps with being more healthy! Great tips on what I should do next!

February 12, 2017

Thanks!!

February 12, 2017

I’m making baby steps with being more healthy! Great tips on what I should do next! Next step I want to choose water over others haha

February 12, 2017

That’s awesome! Baby steps are better than no steps!

February 12, 2017

I need to improve in all of these areas too!!

February 12, 2017

We are all taking it one day at a time!

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