Kara Martin Snyder offers pragmatic health & lifestyle options for frazzled entrepreneurs with all heart and no bullshit. Take care of you as much as you take care of business. Oh, and keep your shit together.
Where do I start getting healthier without having to do a whole lifestyle makeover? Sincerely, Debbie Daunted
Great question, Debbie Daunted. I like your one-healthy-habit-at-a-time style because it’s so much more sustainable and effective long-term. Without knowing much about your unique health goals, two of the most under-rated, yet systemically awesome options to start integrating are:
- Drink enough water. Take your weight in pounds and divide by 2. That’s approximately how many ounces of clean, preferably filtered water to work towards drinking in a day. If you’re exercising or live in a warmer/drier climate, adjust up as necessary. Water is essential for digestion and detoxification, you know the processes of getting the good shit in and the bad shit out. If either process is busted, or performing sub-optimally, you’re going to feel it.
- Get enough sleep. Seven to nine hours of sleep each night according to the National Sleep Foundation (and a boatload of other wicked smart researchers). Even just two sleep-starved nights can affect how well you think and focus, how much you eat (or, let’s be real, overeat), what kind of crap food you crave and how likely you are to make a mistake or have an accident.
What’s the best option, Daunted? The one that feels easier for you. Start with where you are right now and see where you can increase a few ounces or a few minutes each day, so it’s not a painfully crushing change that you’ll ditch in a week.
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