February 21, 2018

3 Ways Laziness Improves Your Health

You read that correctly.  Laziness, when used appropriately, can help you lose weight and have more energy!  How?  You ask…

Cooking Lazily

  • It takes a lot of effort to cook heavy meals.  You can save on calories and time by simply throwing some veggies and chicken on a grill.  This requires fewer ingredients and much less clean-up.  Save even more time by throwing the grilled chicken on a salad with some strawberries.  Here, the only thing you are cooking is the chicken!  For this to be effective, though, watch the dressing!  Covering your salad with a thick, creamy dressing nullifies the healthiness of the “salad.”

Eating Lazily

  • Fill your plate and then go sit down.  Odds are, you won’t get up for a second helping.  Studies show that people eat more when the food is in front of them.  Keep the food over on the counter and take the plate to the table. This helps control your portions and you intake fewer calories.  For even more impact, use a salad plate!  This is all the food you really need to have on your dinner plate to fulfill the caloric need in a meal but we have been conditioned to eat more.  We eat what we see.  See less food at your meal, see more results in your health.

Sleeping Lazily

  • Those who get at least 8 hours of sleep a night have more energy and greater focus in their days.  Study after study shows that sleep is imperative to good health.  Now, we just need to implement this!  If you find that you have have a lot on your mind at 10:30 p.m., write these items down on a piece of paper so you can get started on them tomorrow with a clear head and strong focus and go to sleep.  Your mind will be at ease as you have taken the step to write the task down and you have an excuse to head to bed.

If you implement these three tips into your daily life, you will have more energy and fewer pounds to lose.  Eat happy, stay healthy!

These tips are pulled from Getting Things Done and Eat Move Sleep.

Life-Changing Books

I read at least a book a month.  It started as a resolution years ago and stuck  with me.  Every so often, I come along one that seriously impacts my life in a very positive way.  I encourage you to check them out as well and see what they can do for you.

Strengths Finder 2.0 – Tom Rath

  • This is both a book and an online assessment (I love!) that identifies your top five strengths and then defines them for you so that you have a better understanding as to how to use them.  It only provide you with your top five so that you can play up your strengths rather than focus on improving your, well, not strengths.  It also provides you with information that you can share with your friends/family/colleagues so that they to can benefit from your strengths.

The One Minute Manager – Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D. & Spencer Johnson, M.D.

  • Incredibly easy to read, The One Minute Manager provides you with key tips as to how you can encourage others in a positive way to do their best.  One thing that I love about this book is that it is so practical for both home and work.  I have actually implemented these tips with my children.  The impact is amazing and immediate!  The book also includes a portion on how to do a one-minute discipline so that you are acknowledging when someone makes a mistake, but you identify it, express your feelings, and then move on.  It seems so simple because it is.

Eat Move Sleep – Tom Rath

  • I cannot express how much I love this book.  This as well includes an online assessment and is very easy to read.  (Notice a pattern?)  Here, Rath investigated (rigorously!) the best ways to lengthen your life.  These good habits can be placed into one of three categories: Eat, Move, and Sleep.  Literally, eating right, moving often, and sleeping soundly increases your energy, gives you a more positive outlook to your day, and provides you with more focus.  Rath includes several tips that you can download from your assessment and incorporate into your day-to-day life.  Another thing I love is that Rath is realistic.  He outright states that you will not do everything in the book, but if you are able to include a few new good habits into your day, you are taking positive steps to a healthier lifestyle.

The Total Money Makeover – Dave Ramsey

  • This book is full of practical ways to save and invest in your future.  Ramsey debunks the many myths of money (exposing the dangers of cash advance, rent-to-own, debt consolidation) and attacks the illusions and downright deceptions of the American dream, which encourages nothing but overspending and massive amounts of debt. “Don’t even consider keeping up with the Joneses,” Ramsey declares in his typically candid style. “They’re broke!”

The Miserly Mom – Jonni McCoy

  • I fell in love with The Miserly Mom years ago when adding our first little Trudden to our family.  A theme in the books I love, McCoy offers straight-forward, practical ways that you can save money today rather than in five years.  Along with this, she teaches you ways of managing your funds in a fun, inviting way that makes saving fun!

3 easy (and natural!) ways to boost energy

I wanted to share with you some quick tips on how to naturally boost energy to help get you through the day.

1. Eat right (and often!)

A high-protein diet of small meals about six times a day will keep you going strong all day long.  A handful of almonds will take you far! Click here for menu ideas.

As hard as it can be some days, do NOT skip breakfast!  This can be easily done.  Click here for some fun (and quick!) ideas!

2. Laugh, silly!  

It is proven that if you have a little bit of joy to brighten your day, everything (including your energy!) is boosted.  You are more confident, more effective in your job, and simply more happy 🙂

“A good laugh raises your blood pressure and boosts heart rate, too, which can pump you up when you’re feeling sluggish,” says Robert R. Provine, PhD, author of Laughter.

3. Move it

According to a study in Personality and Social Psychology, a 10-minute walk will rev you up for up to two hours!

Of course, if these aren’t working for you, we can always find a way to Spark you up!

Another option is to get you started on a 24-Day Challenge.  This is a way to provide your body with “smooth energy” all day long with the added benefit of losing weight and inches!

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