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The past few years I've managed to stay healthy all year long, even during the winter months. I know many people struggle with staying at the top of their game during the winter months so I want to share with you my tips for staying healthy this season. Our lives are just too busy to be put on hold.
Last spring my family took an extended vacation to South Carolina and Florida. During this vacation I completely slacked off with taking care of myself. For some strange (and stupid) reason, I stopped doing the things that I normally do year round to stay healthy and it took me a long time to bounce back to my normal healthy self. I learned my lesson, and I will never slack off again.
Helpful Tips for Staying Healthy this Season
Tip #1 Eat Right
I don't mean eating processed foods that claim to be low-fat or low-cal. I mean eat your fruits and veggies and lean protein. Eat unprocessed whole foods with the most amount of nutrients as possible. This CAN be tasty, you just need to get creative! If you need some inspiration, jump on Instagram and search the hashtags #cleaneating, #wholefoods, #healthymeals, #eatclean, #healthyfood. I get so many ideas from doing quick searches. The great part about Instagram is that most of the photos you will come across will be easy recipes! And while you are on Instagram, be sure to follow me!
That smoothie above, the Easy Green Smoothie, I have almost every single day. It really is so easy to make. Just take all of the ingredients above and toss them into a blender and mix until smooth. I do add about a half cup of water. You can even portion out the ingredients (except the almond milk and water) and place in a freezer safe bag so when you are ready to enjoy a smoothie, you just dump the bag into the blender, add the liquid ingredients and blend!
Tip #2 Take an Immune Support Supplement like Ester-C
During the winter months, our immune systems need all the help they can get. Ester-C can give your body 24-hour immune support with just 2 pills.
What makes Ester-C different from regular Vitamin C?
- Ester-C is the Patented Immune Health Formula that Lasts Longer Than Regular Vitamin C and stays in your system for 24 hours
- It is carefully formulated to contain naturally occurring metabolites. Metabolites are a substance derived from other compounds (such as nutrients) during the process of metabolism. The metabolites in Ester-C® help enhance the retention of Vitamin C by your white blood cells for 24 hours, which are a vital component of your immune system.
- It is manufactured using a unique, water-based process that combines Vitamin C with Calcium using no chemical solvents. This unique, manufacturing process neutralizes pH, making it non-acidic and gentler on the stomach than regular Vitamin C.
- 1000mg & 500mg Tablets are Non-GMO, 100% Vegetarian, Gluten Free, and Free of Artificial Flavors & Colors. Aligned with focusing on the 500mg 90ct & 1000mg 120ct
Ester-C can be found in the vitamin and supplement aisle at Walmart and at most other retailers. Ester-C is on the top shelf at my Walmart. You can currently print a coupon for $1/1 any Ester-C Item.
Ester-C is Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Lactose Free, and does not contain any artificial color, flavor, or sweetener.
Tip #3 Disinfect Anything Shared
This one is such a simple thing to do, yet most people don't bother. If it gets shared, it needs to be cleaned! The list above is just a short list of items that should be cleaned on a regular basis. If you have ideas to add to the list, please leave a comment in the comment section.
Tip #4 Wash Your Hands
The minute my kids walk in the door from school, I make them go wash their hands. The thought of them spreading the germs they picked up at school totally, completely grosses me out. I'm pretty certain that another reason that I stay healthy is because washing your hands assists and supports your immune system.
Tip #5 Stay Active
I strongly believe that staying active is another huge contributing factor as to why I stay healthy. It's easier to stay active during the summer months because of the weather. And during the summer months, you don't hear about people getting run down nearly as much as during the winter. However, it's the winter months when we need regular exercise the most. Not only does exercise help in supporting your immune system, but it will also help with stress and mood disorders. (I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, but I am living proof that exercise can help keep you healthy, less stressed, and deal with moodiness.)
Interested in joining a gym? You can get a 14 day free pass to Anytime Fitness here. I highly recommend my local readers check it out!
Tip #6 Take Time For Yourself & Get Plenty of Rest
Yes, do it! If all you do is go-go-go and you never relax, you are going to run your body down. This is probably going to seem contradictory to Tip #5, but your body also needs time to relax. What you do, as long as it's a healthy habit is completely up to you. I personally like to read because it keeps me away from being plugged in and I'm not a TV person whatsoever. I'm not bashing anyone who watches TV though because in all honesty, I envy those people. There are only a few TV shows that keep me interested and that gets frustrating.
If you do not get an adequate amount of sleep every night, your body will get run down and you will not be doing yourself any favors when it comes to a staying healthy.
So what do you do to keep healthy during the winter months? I would love to hear your tips!