Getting started can be the most difficult part of changing to a healthy lifestyle. So today, I’m going to help you take that step.
Do any of these thoughts sound familiar?
- I’ll start juicing next week.
- This weekend is a better time to take a walk (not now).
- I should put off visiting the doctor until after the holidays.
- I’m sure this ache/pain/lump is normal—I’ll just wait and see if it goes away.
- So-and-so needs me (again)—I’ll get to my stuff later…
You’re not alone if you’re struggling to create a healthier lifestyle. Education, encouragement, and a pinch of confidence are all you need to take a step toward positive change today.
So, whatever your motivation may be, you’ve already made progress by showing up here and reading this blog. Remember, I’m here to cheer you on.
Ready? Read (or skim) through the list below. Follow your gut. Identify the bits that resonate most. Whether it’s eating healthily, drinking more water, or sprinkling in more exercise, don’t be afraid to dive in.
Kris Carr’s Top 10 Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle
Without further ado, here are my 10 tips for a healthy lifestyle:
1. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
You may be having an I-knew-she-was-going-to-say-that moment, but the garden (well, Whole Foods) is where my wellness journey began. This simple advice has been a turning point for hundreds of thousands of Crazy Sexy health seekers just like you.
For starters, fruits and vegetables are loaded with nutrients and buckets of disease-fighting (and preventing) goodies. And, juicing takes that plant power and shoots it straight into your cells via liquid sunshine.
What are some things you can do to take steps toward healthy living?
- Limit salt by cutting out salty snacks and adding less salt to meals—this is an easy way to decrease your risk of high blood pressure
- Monitor your sugar intake (even healthy sugar sources) to lower your risk of developing diabetes
- Eat foods like whole grains, vegetables, and fruits
- Limit your alcohol intake (alcohol can lead to liver diseases, cancer, and other diseases)
- Reduce the amount of saturated fats and trans fats you’re eating and try to limit them to below 30% of your total energy intake
- Focus on healthy, unsaturated fats by adding yummy foods like nuts into your diet.
- Don’t smoke — There are countless studies that show smoking greatly increases your risk of cancer and lowers your life expectancy.
You want what you put into your body to nourish you and contribute to good health. A balanced diet can be a game-changer. Do you need help implementing a healthy diet?
Watch this video for a peek at what I eat on a regular day or check out my juicing and blending demos. And if you’re ready to go even further, pick up a copy of my cookbook Crazy Sexy Kitchen or my ultimate green drink recipe and guidebook Crazy Sexy Juice.
2. Drink More Water (Get and Stay Hydrated)
You need to make sure you’re drinking enough water. Proper hydration is key to a healthy lifestyle. So drink plenty of water and cut back on sugary drinks (like fruit juices or energy drinks) and caffeine when you can. The general rule of thumb is to drink half your weight in ounces per day. Dehydration leads to all kinds of issues we don’t want like dry skin, fatigue, headaches, and more. Another big bonus is drinking enough water will even aid your digestive system!
3. Make Sure You Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough good sleep is vital to both physical and mental health. Research shows that getting enough sleep has a positive impact on the immune system (keeping you healthy). Shoot for 7–9 hours of sleep a night. Start prioritizing sleep more so that you can handle life’s challenges with a clearer and healthier mind and feel good.
4. Add Some Mindful Movement into Your Day
A healthy lifestyle needs to include some sort of physical activity, or what I like to call mindful movement. When you exercise regularly, you have more energy, and it positively impacts your joints, muscles, and bones. A lack of physical exercise will negatively affect your health though. And remember, exercise doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym or do a strenuous workout routine every day. Simply adding a simple walk to your lunch break can provide so many benefits to your physical and mental health.
5. Improve Your Gut Health
Did you know that your gut really does have “feelings”? There are nearly as many neurons in your intestines as there are in your noggin! Your incredible digestive tract is one of the body’s most important systems and the beneficial bacteria living in this delicate world need to be in balance to maintain tip-top overall health.
Eating a balanced diet of whole plant-based foods, keeping stress in check, and adding some probiotics into your regimen are a few simple ways to support your glorious gut. Find out other ways you can get your gut in shape and how a healthy digestive system can revitalize your entire well-being here.
When your bathroom visits are less than inspiring, it can indicate that your tooter isn’t working at its best. Maybe you’re not getting enough fiber, water, or exercise. Or perhaps, you need to investigate deeper. Whatever the cause, the scoop on your poop and low-down on constipation blogs will help you get to the bottom (hehe) of the situation.
6. Get Organized So You Can Get and Stay Healthy
If you haven’t taken my Crazy Sexy Meal Plan for a spin, um, what are ya waiting for? It’ll save you a lot of empty-fridge frustration, whittle down your grocery bill, and help you eat better. Even beyond those big-time benefits, there’s the priceless practice of planning and prepping.
When you attack any project, whether it’s your weekly meal plan, a house renovation, or your next book, sitting down to figure out exactly what you’ll need sets you up for success. That’s why I also created this handy self-care planner. Sure, sometimes life throws in a wrench or two, but that’s OK. You’ll adjust, keep jammin’ and plan again for the next meal.
And for those of you who want to boost your energy, bust cravings, and finally build healthy habits that stick, check out my free Wellness Workshop.
7. Choose Less Toxic Products
We often forget that part of a healthy lifestyle is reducing toxins that we’re exposed to in our environment every single day. The average person uses 9 personal care products per day containing about 126 chemical ingredients. That’s a lot of chemicals that can wreak havoc on your body. And unfortunately, the FDA doesn’t have your back on this one—most products are not reviewed or approved by them. But wait, there’s more.
Companies aren’t required to test their products and are allowed to leave hazardous chemicals off their labels. Bottom line: many of the chemicals found in personal care products have been linked to increased risks of cancer, infertility, birth defects, hormonal issues (ahem, endocrine disruptors), etc. The same holds true for household cleaning products.
Please don’t panic. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your non-toxic makeup bag and abode. Get an intro to this topic by watching my interview with the former Executive Director of the Environmental Working Group. Then, get the scoop on how to make your home a healthier, non-toxic place (checklist included!) to enjoy your life.
8. Implement Meditations and Affirmations in Your Daily Life
Try meditating with me or one of the countless amazing meditation teachers out there (it only takes 10 minutes a day to feel the benefits!). Repeating positive affirmations are another way to remind yourself that you’re awesome. If you need more self-love nudges, head over to this blog or listen to this free Pep Talk meditation.
9. Work on Managing your Stress to Improve Your Mental Health
Stress is one of the biggest health epidemics today. All that stinkin’ thinkin’, worry, fear, and anger contribute to chronic disease and health struggles, not to mention how much they chip away at your happiness each day.
Check-in with yourself. Do you feel like the world is weighing on your shoulders? Are you heavy with dread? Future-tripping disastrous events? One of my greatest missions is to help people feel less stress and more joy. I’ve got a few places you can start, but you’ll notice as you explore my blogs and books, that stress is covered again and again.
Learn more about how natural approaches, like essential oils and adaptogens (herbs), can help lessen stress levels. And one more tip: If you’ve been stressed out for a while and are feeling chronically tired, talk to your doctor about adrenal fatigue. It could be part of your personal health puzzle (was for me!).
10. Start Here if You’ve Been Diagnosed with Cancer
Many of you found me through your journey (or a loved one’s) with cancer. Maybe you just received a cancer diagnosis and you’re feeling lost or overwhelmed. Or perhaps, you’ve been receiving cancer treatment for a while, and you want to prioritize your well-being. Regardless, I’m so happy you’re here and I’m confident these two blogs are really going to help you.
First up, my ultimate tips for cancer patients. This is what I want every cancer patient to know (in a nutshell), so please read it! And secondly, I hope that you’ll watch my interview with Dr. Kelly Turner. Her extensive research into cancer remission is simply amazing and reinforces what’s really worked for me and countless others. Although please remember, I’m not in remission. I’m living a healthy life with cancer.
Oh, and one last thing. I wrote a couple of books and created a course on the subject too, so if that’s up your alley, you can read Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips and Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor or join Your Cancer Guide while you’re at it.
What 10 Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle Will You Implement?
I know there’s a lot here to take in, but remember that this blog isn’t going anywhere! Bookmark this page, email yourself a link, and write down the title—whatever you need to do to save this spot! And don’t forget, you only need to take one step at a time, dear friend.
My extensive blog library, Crazy Sexy books, programs, free goodies and more are waiting if you need some extra support! A healthy lifestyle is at your fingertips. I can’t wait to hear how your path unfolds.
Your turn: What’s one wellness habit or practice you want to focus on? Put it out there so we can support you!
Peace & first steps,
My 3-day plant-based cleanse is designed to help you get back on track quickly and address the challenges that often come along with unbalanced eating (I’m talkin’ bloating, fatigue, mental fog—you name it). Get started today!