Life-Changing Habits to Start Now

Life-Changing Habits to Start Now

Happy Tuesday everyone! I am taking advantage of today to ease my mind and just relax before my night shift in a few hours. Once again, I am sitting in my favorite coffee house, ready to express the thoughts buzzing around in my head.

As of lately, I’ve had many people question my habits. I know they are just curious, but some times I feel like they think I’m weird for committing to these habits. I know they mean well, and they probably just want to know how I carry out these fixations daily. I guess it’s the insecurity in me that is afraid of explaining the ‘why’ behind my mannerisms.

I have noticed that if someone is doing something out of the ordinary in the bunch, others will be intrigued, and will either start to follow that individual or judge them. Well, if you find yourself always being the odd one out and carrying on with your own habits that spark conversation, don’t feel insecure! If anything, the people questioning you are simply showing you that you are interesting. Wouldn’t you rather be interesting vs. a dull individual?

Not gonna lie, I have some odd habits. However, I consider them “healthy” habits. They make me who I am and I’m proud of myself for committing to these habits because they make me feel good and inspire others to take care of themselves as well. 

Here are some of my habits that have changed my life for the betterment of my health.

1.) Hydrate In the Morning

Obviously, hydrate all day too! By this I mean to wake your body and digestion up with 16oz of some good ol’ H2O. Your body will thank you.

2.) Lift Some Weights

If you’re trying to lose weight, become more toned, or even put on some pounds of muscle, weights will be your friend! My morning weight lifting sessions have helped me over the years in so many ways. I always go to the gym around 6A.M. every day (except for Sundays) to start my day off on the right foot! Make time to take care of your body.

3.) Get Some Beauty Rest

This is SO important! Honestly, I am a little old lady when it comes to sleep. I usually go to bed around 8:30-9pm, which many of my friends tease me about. I love being productive, but I also love sleep. It is vital for all humans in order to function properly. Prioritize your sleep, and I promise you’ll be amazed by how your body reacts to a consistent sleep schedule.

4.) Cook Your Own Meals

Okay, I don’t always follow this because I am addicted to Whole Food’s salad bar. However, cooking your own meals can be healthier and cheaper for you in the long run! I always bring a prepared meal and snack with me wherever I go if I plan on being out of the house all day. If you don’t have the time to cook your own meals, there are plenty of healthy food options out in the world! Grocery stores, cafes, and even gas stations are so much more accommodating to healthy diets these days.

5.) Express Your Gratitude

Tell your loved ones how you feel about them, and do it often. It never hurts to tell someone you care so much about them, or that you have been thinking about them. You just may make their day! It will fill your heart with love, and that always makes one feel at ease. Life is short, you deserve to be treated right, and so do others.

That’s just a few of my healthy habits that I hope y’all start to implement into your lives! What are some of your weird/healthy/different habits? Feel free to share your thoughts below. 🙂

-The Positive Peanut

Gut Health; Your Second Brain

Gut Health; Your Second Brain

As I grow older, the more I notice the correlation between my physical state and my mental state. I believe it is something that most people do not think about at all, which is totally understandable since their passions and awareness does not lay within the health and wellness category. However, the interest in gut health has grown rapidly over the years, as people are starting to realize that their gut has a direct effect on ones mental health. Anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and more can be linked to gastrointestinal disorders.

Do you find yourself becoming irritable, anxious, or groggy at times? You may want to be paying attention to your tummy! It tells you more than you know about your well-being. I could digress on the technical terms and how the brain is connected to the gut, but I will keep it short and sweet; basically, the gut and brain are connected through the central and enteric nervous systems, which work together to create a cognitive and emotional function that links with peripheral intestine functions. Your body has millions of neurons lining the gut wall, which are essentially telling your brain what your gut is feeling subconsciously.

Many of us are familiar with serotonin, or the “happy” neurotransmitter. Serotonin helps you feel good mentally, but it also has a huge role in your gastrointestinal motility. More than 90% of serotonin in the body is actually found in the gut. Happy tummy = happy thoughts.

I have struggled with gut health and gastrointestinal issues for years, and yeah it’s kind of embarrassing and uncomfortable to address, but in the end, it is your body that you need to take care of. I had no idea that it was immensely effecting my mental health every day. I would become so insecure and upset when my tummy would become irritable or bloated, but can you blame me? It is so uncomfortable! Obviously it is going to alter my mood if I am having insane cramps and my jeans feel like they’re two sizes too small. I know I’m not the only one who has felt that way, especially being a woman and having to deal with monthly gifts (lol).

Despite my challenges with my gut health, I have improved it over the years through proper nutrition, exercise, and consistent de-stressing exercises. I highly suggest doing your own research from credible sources as well, or even reaching out to a holistic doctor to see what options you can explore to improve your gut health.

Tips for Better Gut Health

1.) Find a good probiotic that also has essential prebiotics to help balance your gut flora.

2.) Consume fermented foods such as kimchi, kefir, or yogurt.

3.) Exercise often! Even going for a 15 minute walk after meals can help with digestion more than you’ll realize!

4.) Drink water like crazy baby. Aim for half your body weight in ounces per day.

5.) De-stress! Stretch, do yoga, get a sports massage, or get outdoors.

6.) Massage your tummy for a few minutes every night.

I hope this post gave you a little more information about gut health and how important it is! 🙂 What do you do to keep your gastrointestinal health in check? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts!

-The Positive Peanut