Yesterday I shared some of my resolutions and goals for the coming year.
In all honesty, it was a little scary for me to do that- to put my “stuff” out there on the interwebs- but you know what? I am so glad that I did. By making those goals known to, um, the whole world (or at least the small part of the world that reads my blog), there’s a much greater chance I actually follow through on those babies. Let’s hear it for accountability!
I mean, if I hadn’t announced to the world that I want to learn to dance, would I have gone on Amazon this morning and ordered HIP HOP ABSs? I doubt it. And I’ll be able to take care of my exercise goal that way, too. Woohoo!
You didn’t think I meant ball room dancing, did you?
Anyway, today I’ve got no recipe. And no photo. What I do have is something new here- the first post in a weekly series I am hoping to continue for a year- a series I am calling “One Simple Change“.
Some time ago, I created a list of what I will call “recommendations for a healthy lifestyle”: the types of things I used to talk about with patients when I was practicing naturopathic medicine. While some of these tips have made their way onto this blog in one form or another, I’ve been wanting to dedicate a space to them that was separate from my recipes, but just wasn’t sure how. So I’m going to try this format out: a weekly post that focuses on a change you can make in your life. A change that when practiced and cultivated into a habit will improve the quality of your life and help make you a healthier person.
Rest assured this isn’t going to be “just a January thing”. Sure January is a great time to start anew with healthy habits, but so is May. And December. And you don’t have to start a healthy habit on the first of the month. Or on a Monday. Anytime you can make a change that will make your life healthier is a good time.
So I’m going to do one post a week about simple changes for the whole year. That’s 50+ posts! I’ll try to do this on Fridays, just in case you’re the type of person who likes to ruminate over things on the weekend, then spring into action on Mondays (like me :). Depending on what the weekly tip is, there may be a recipe involved, and/or photos…but maybe not. It all depends on the focus of the post.
I am really excited about this, because while I already do many of the things on my list, I don’t do them all. So this will be an opportunity for us to start new habits together. Yay! It will also be a way for me to reach some of my 2012 goals, because some of my goals overlap with topics I’d like to cover in this series ;)
Today’s simple change truly is simple:
Drink a tall glass of water within 10 minutes of getting out of bed.
Why? When you wake up, whether you feel it or not, your body is dehydrated. After all, you’ve gone for hours without anything to drink. Room temperature (or even warm) filtered water is best, and a squeeze of lemon in there is excellent. Even if you are already a conscientious water drinker throughout the day, I want you to give this a try. Before you have coffee…or tea…or juice…or anything to eat…have that glass of water.
Apart from helping with detoxification and hydration, I personally find that having a glass of water first thing just makes me feel as if I’ve started the day off right. I know I’ve done something healthy for myself right off the bat, and I am more likely to continue to make healthy choices for the rest of the day.
So there you go. A simple change: drink a glass of water first thing. Are you in?