Health Habits You Should Do Every Morning

Health Habits You Should Do Every Morning

Take the time, and feel better for the day ahead
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Someone we know is always on a health kick. It normally starts in January when everyone still remembers their new year resolutions. The gym becomes packed and everyone is organic and gluten free. But as the months go on, fewer people come to the gym everyday, and show up more to their usual fast food joint. Now its almost May, and the resolutions are all but forgotten. But now its "summer body" season, and everyone starts to remember that they promised themselves to have a six pack by June! While a healthy lifestyle should be an all-year kind of thing, none of us are perfect, and donuts a pretty close to perfect. But to kickstart your healthy habits again, here are some simple things you can do everyday:


Drink water first thing in the morning


Tell me this water does not look soooo good. When you wake up in the morning, your body is dehydrated from going 7-8 hours without any new fluids. By drinking water first thing in the morning, you're replenishing your body. It also kickstarts your metabolism for the day, and makes you eat a lighter breakfast


Stretch

You don't have to be a yoga master to do a few simple stretches, and it wakes up your body and prepares you for the day. Whether you're planning on working out or just going to work, stretching makes you feel less stiff and promotes flexibility


Read something while you drink hot lemon water

While most of us are glued to our phones, putting it down and picking up the daily newspaper is not only better for your eyes and brain, but lets you learn something more than someone's Instagram feed. And the same thing as drinking water first thing, hot lemon water flushes out any toxins in your body from the day before which decreases bloating. It's also better than drinking sugary juices, and relaxes you.


Eat a balanced breakfast

Every fitness website will tell you something different about what to eat in the morning, and how your body works determines what's best. A reliable option is oatmeal: it's filled with fiber, gives you carbohydrates to get energized, and you can flavor it with fruits or nuts.


Take time for you

Before you have to start your day, try and take at least ten minutes to give yourself some time to do what you want. Whether it's reading, putting on makeup, or picking out your outfit, doing something for you gives you the extra boost of confidence for the day and keeps you from stressing out. Take every morning to enjoy it and appreciate the time you have before a hectic day, and always remember to treat-yo-self.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won’t see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won’t laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won’t go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They’ll miss you. They’ll cry.

You won’t fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won’t get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won’t be there to wipe away your mother’s tears when she finds out that you’re gone.

You won’t be able to hug the ones that love you while they’re waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won’t be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won’t find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won’t celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won’t turn another year older.

You will never see the places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You’ll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it’s not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don’t let today be the end.

You don’t have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It’s not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I’m sure you’re no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won’t do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you’ll be fine.” Because when they aren’t, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

For help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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6 Mistakes I Realized I Was Making Thanks To My Calorie Counter App

The truth is that recently I gained some pounds, so I asked myself, "how?"

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You know I am obsessed about my weight. The worst part is that I am not skinny. People always ask me why I am in a permanent diet; the answer is I can gain weight if I am not careful. The truth is that recently I gained some weight. It is not too much, but enough to notice in my clothes.

I asked myself, "how?" Ok, I do not go to the gym enough, but I eat healthily. Most of my food is homemade and I go to eat out only once in a while. Why did I get more weight? Because I am too lazy to start a daily workout routine, I chose to download a calorie-count-app.

It was a revelation. I discovered a lot of little details I was doing which were sabotaging my diet.

1. Almond flour.

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Almond flour is an excellent replacement of regular flour. It has a good kind of fat and proteins. The problem is almond flour is high in calories. 1 cup has 600 calories. I don't eat one cup per day, but I use it in a cake that I eat for a couple of days which means I am getting like 120 calories per day only with that.

2. Prosciutto.

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I am Prosciutto's fan. I love it. I know it is not my healthiest option, but it is a guilty pleasure. Until now, I thought it was really bad for me to eat this kind of food; however, I discovered that one ounce of prosciutto has 50 calories which is the best. I can eat prosciutto with no regrets (of course, I know it has too much sodium, but still).

3. Protein bar.

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These days I am into protein bars for two reasons. First, they help me to eat something "sweet" when I am hungry or anxious. Second, they help me with my daily portion of proteins. On weekdays, I do not eat any kind of meat; then, I must be careful about my proteins. I just realized one of the protein bars I was taking has 290 calories. That is a lot.

4. Olive oil.

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I am a fan of the Mediterranean diet, and I love to add some olive oil in my meals. I like its taste; I always read olive oil has many good qualities. However, one spoon of olive oil is 100 calories. It means I was adding 100 calories with no reason to my food.

5. Dinner soup.

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Each night, my dinner is a homemade plate of vegetable soup. Believe me, I am not a big fan of soups, but it is my best option: it is hot, full of flavor, makes me feel full and it has few calories. The problem was that trying to make my soup more interesting, sometimes, I added some olive oil and one Mexican tortilla. The olive oil has 100 calories and the tortilla has 130 calories. Then, I was working hard to have a low-calorie meal, and I added in over 200 calories.

I stop eating Mexican tortillas. I love them because vegetarian burritos are a good idea for my lunch. Again, this idea cost me 260 calories per meal.

6.  Chocolate.

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I am a chocolate addict. These days, I do not eat as much chocolate I used to do. However, I need a small piece every day. Recently, I found an amazing bar of Godiva chocolate. It is delicious. The surprise was it has 130 calories per piece. That is the same than one protein bar or two Milano's cookies.

I do not want you to freak out; the idea is we can be more careful about the small decisions we make. If I am going to get calories I preferer to eat Milanos cookies than tortillas or only a piece of chocolate.

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