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7 Healthy Changes to Make Today

Healthy living doesn’t have to be be hard.

Well at least that’s what I’m repeating to myself until I am 100% living it. There are plenty of healthy changes you can easily implement. In my ongoing journey to live a healthier lifestyle, I’ve failed at making huge changes right away. Setting a goal to go to the gym five days out the week was a little ambitious right out the gate. However, I discovered that little changes can make a huge impact. Here are seven healthy changes you can make today to live a healthier lifestyle:

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P.S. I’m leaving out drink more water because just do it people.

7 Healthy Changes to Make Today

1.Don’t skip breakfast.

They call it the most important meal of the day for a reason! By eating breakfast, you’ll start off your day right, and you’ll also be less likely to have cravings later in the day. Enjoy a nutritious, light breakfast every morning.

2. Spend more time walking.

I love a good princess parking spot. But a simple way to get in some more steps is to park further away from your destination. According to the American Heart Association: Walking at least 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers. Break it down into three 10 minute increments if you need to.

3. Make time for self-care and prioritize your mental health.

I’ve written about self-care and mental health a few times. I plan to continue to do so because both are very crucial. Mental health is just as important as physical health.Seek help if you feel like you need it. I stress the importance of self-care because our mental health and overall happiness depend on it. Whatever self-care looks like to you make sure you make time for it

4.  Listen to your body

Look I’m not an expert, but listen to your own body. What works well for your favorite celeb or blogger may not be for you. Just because your best friend dropped 20 pounds when she became vegan doesn’t mean that you should now become vegan. Your healthy living should be determined by what you need and works best for you.

5. More LOLs

Seriously (haha) laugh more. Laughter reduces stress. It also burns calories and helps prevent heart disease. So just do it. Laugh more.

6. Don’t go grocery shopping hungry.

I have two rules I have to follow when I walk into Publix so that I won’t end up with a cart full of brownies and breads. I have to make a list and I have to have a full stomach. When you’re in the grocery store and your stomach is empty, you’ll likely make impulse buys of unhealthy foods. Think about it when you’re hungry every things sounds good and I’d be willing to bet it’s not veggies that have you salivating.

7. Discover the fountain of youth

Okay not a real fountain of youth, but if you incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet the effects would be as if you discovered a fountain of youth.  Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, and water – all the good stuff. So indulge in seasonal produce; sneak a serving or two in your breakfast; get your juice on smoothie on; or experiment with meatless Mondays. Get those fruits and veggies in!

 

What are some little things you do that make a big impact? Leave a comment below!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

It’s Okay Not To Be Okay: A Pep-Talk

I used to tell myself that I shouldn’t cry because there were people going through so much more than I was. I thought crying (outside of the sappy-movie-watching type of cry) meant I was mentally weak.

All of this is false.

I’m not a person that battles with anxiety or depression, but sometimes I just bad have a bad day or bad days. Plural. Life is hard. Adulting is hard.  One of the things I dislike the most is when people try to tell me how I should be feeling. What problems could you really have? Suck it up. It can’t really be that bad.

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Well you know what? Sometimes it can be that bad. Stress and sadness can affect anyone.  So here’s a pep-talk for anyone else struggling with anything.

It’s Okay Not to Be Okay: A Pep-Talk

You’re allowed to have bad days.

There will be days when you just feel stuck. 

Sometimes you need to have a good cry.

Break all the way down if you have to. Because life can get really hard. Don’t let anyone tell you what you’re feeling doesn’t matter or that you shouldn’t be feeling it. It’s okay not to be okay. It’s probably worse to pretend that everything is okay.

Call a friend. Turn your phone on silent. Watch a ton of Netflix movies and continue to tell it you’re still watching. Order that pizza with double the meats and get the bread sticks too. Talk to your dog. Crawl under the covers and wallow for a bit. Drink some tequila and dance it out like Meredith Grey.

You’re human and it’s okay not to be okay. Here’s the thing: have your bad day (or two) but don’t dwell in it.  Start putting yourself together. Figure out the root of the problem. Make a plan. Talk to someone. Refocus. This is not the end and you are still here. Heal.

Bonus: Let Kid President give you some words of encouragement.

How do you deal with your bad days? Leave a comment below. 

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Let’s Rap About Mental Health

Let's Rap About Mental Health - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comI guess I’ll start with the news: Kanye West, who late last month abruptly canceled the rest of his Saint Pablo Tour and was taken to UCLA Medical Center on a psychiatric hold, has finally checked out. Kanye “[was] exhausted and currently dealing with sleep deprivation,” People quoted a source as saying. “He went to the hospital at will under the advice of his physician.”

There’s been hundred of articles about the theories behind Kanye’s breakdown, but I thought I would also mention another hip hop artist that sparked discussions about mental health.

Then there was Kid Cudi…

I like Kid Cudi. I loved Man on the Moon: The End of Day. Seriously, Pursuit of Happiness still does something for me seven years later. I loved him on How To Make It In America and I secretly want Netflix to revive this series (even if it’s just for a Gilmore Girls style reunion). Back in October, Kid Cudi checked himself into rehab for depression and suicidal thoughts. The message he posted on his Facebook page is below:

Let's Rap About Mental Health - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comI deserve to have peace. I deserve to be happy and smiling. Why not me?

Kid Cudi is a father, a son, a friend, an artist who has made the world a better place with his music. It was so amazing to see him seek help before he did something to hurt himself and the people who love him. He has helped so many people struggling with their own mental health issues through his music.Not only that, but because he is a celebrity, his openness combats the stigma that persists regarding mental illness.

This conversation on mental health must be normalized, and become just as important as our other health issues we need to address in life.

 

#yougoodman

There are days when I despise social media. However, I loved seeing the hashtag #yougoodman start trending after Kid Cudi’s message. People began to have open and honest discussions on race, masculinity, and depression. However, I’ve watched news and social media blame the Kardashians, diagnose Kanye with everything under the sun, laugh and taunt him. I didn’t see #Yougoodman trending after the Kanye news. I get it.  We don’t really know what’s going on. Yeezy didn’t leave us a public statement like Kid Cudi did and he isn’t the most lovable character. However, if this really is a mental health issue, why are we making fun of him?

He’s someone who’s obviously dealing with something heavy and it’s been weighing on him. I was talking to a friend about the situation and he kind of causally and callously said that Kanye just needs to get over his mother’s death already. I talk to my mom every single day and I can’t imagine how I would react if I lost her suddenly. And if that truly is the reason for Kanye’s breakdown, we should be even more sympathetic. He may just be an annoying and outspoken celebrity to you, but I personally like Kanye West’s music and – you can argue you with me on this – truly think he’s an artist and definitely a musical genius who’s been reshaping the sound of hip hop with each album he releases.  Celebrity or not, it must be hard to experience that kind of pain.

I just want to say that for anyone, friend or stranger:

You are important.

Your health is important.

Your mental health is important.

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How To Quiet Your Mind

I tried to make a home out of you, but doors lead to trap doors, a stairway leads to nothing. Unknown women wander the hallways at night. Where do you go when you go quiet?
-Warsan Shire

Like many, Warsan Shire‘s poetry used in Beyonce’s Lemonade had me twirling in emotions. Without knowing the context yet, “where do you go when you go quiet?” lingered in my head for the rest of the night. But instead of questioning a lover’s whereabouts or if daddy was a cheater, I was questioning myself.

My brain went into turbo mode. As a proud supporter of Me-Time and silence, the word “quiet” immediately made me think about mental health and self-care. I began to compare relaxing quiet to nerve-wrecking quiet. I contemplated the differences between being alone and being lonely–all while trying to watch the videos. Less than 24 hours later, the Lemonade think-pieces and video remakes started to roll in. Only part of the noise in my brain that needed to be silenced was caused by reactions to Lemonade. World tragedies, politics, work, deaths–2016 started to throw all the curve balls. My mind needed a break. It was time to go quiet.

 

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This roller coaster ride called life can be smoother with the volume down, and the quest to a quiet mind can start anywhere. Here are a few ways for you to visit your quiet place without going on a vacation or social media hiatus.

5 Ways To Quiet Your Mind

Write

Even if it doesn’t make sense, write down your thoughts to clear your brain and heart. You can save the words to read later, or throw it away.

Read

When trying to keep the amount of information you take in to a minimum, reading is the perfect educational distraction. Read or recite quotes and poetry that emphasize self-care’s importance:

You can’t start over unless you get still. -Oprah

Assumptions will ruin your beautiful mind. Be aware of what you’re entertaining even in thought. -Alex Elle

Silence is the great teacher and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence. -Deepak Chopra

Breathe

It’s hard to be anxious while taking slow, deep breaths. On the other hand, it’s hard to be calm while taking fast, short breaths.

Pray

Call on your higher power for peace– peace for yourself and peace for others.

Meditate

Your emotions and thoughts about others will appear, but meditation is about self-reflection. Why did she/he make me feel that way? Am I overreacting or nah? Questions that are hard to process when you’re overwhelmed can be answered with a quiet mind.

How do you quiet your mind?

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