Jan. 5. 2017
How-to
McKel Hill

McKel Hill

MS, RDN, LDN, Dietitian

Discover 5 ways you can reset your body today.

Regardless of how healthy you eat and how much exercise you get in, there are ways we need to reset mentally and emotionally to help optimize our health. I know how it feels too, it can be really frustrating if you feel sluggish and tired even if you’re following a healthy lifestyle. To break it down for you, sometimes our body’s natural systems get off balance, whether it’s from stress, too much caffeine, or diet irregularities (I’m looking at you Christmas dinner). The good news is, there are simple changes you can make to reset your body and get it back to 100% so you can feel amazing.

Like I said, even if you’re living a “healthy” lifestyle, outside factors can get our systems out of whack. I’ll write a detailed post about exactly what’s going on in your body in the future, but for now, I’m sharing 5 simple things you can do today to help your body reset and get back to feeling amazing. You typically don’t need a major overhaul or drastic diet change in the form of a “cleanse”, “detox”, etc. Many times such a dramatic change or deprivation of vital nutrients will do more harm than good to your body’s delicate balance. Instead, I recommend giving your body extra support it needs to carry on its natural processes. Try these 5 tips to get your body back on track:

No. 01 Drink enough water!

Dehydration can sneak up on you in the most inconspicuous ways- like winter! Even when we don’t sweat as much like in the summer, our bodies still need water. I recommend drinking at least a liter of filtered water when you wake up then continuing to drink water throughout the day. Read more about water here.

No. 02 Experiment with boosting your anti-inflammatory foods.

Temporarily trying a gluten free or dairy free meal plan may help your digestion and calm inflammation- of course, this doesn’t need to be a lifelong diet for you if you don’t need it, but it’s worth a try to see if it helps ease your tummy troubles. You can read more about my story and why I’m dairy and gluten free here. Check out the NS Kitchen for some of my favorite anti-inflammatory foods and recipes like Turmeric Milk– you can see a list of every recipe here.

No. 03 Watch those cup-o-joe’s.

Not everyone is sensitive to coffee, but some of you (you probably already know who you are), can only take so much coffee or else it leads to the jitters, poor sleep, and a roller coaster in energy. Coffee has some great health benefits too, but just like anything when consumed too much may cause an increase in stress hormones and poor sleep. If you need a pick me up in the afternoon, try a cup of herbal tea, a small piece of chocolate, or even a brisk walk outside. For more ideas on how to limit your coffee intake, read the post Is Coffee Unhealthy? 

No. 04 Do something that de-stresses you every day.

This could be taking a walk, yoga, meditation, listening to music, cooking, chatting with your loved ones, being in nature, journaling, etc. Check out this post on managing stress and this list of 10 ways to de-stress in 10 minutes. Resetting isn’t just about the physical, it’s mental/emotional and so important we take time to prioritize what makes us joyful and happy at the end of the day!

No. 05 Optimize!

Add in greens wherever you can! I like to use green powders sometimes when I’m on the go or when I’m feeling a little run down- like these days when working extra hours- the nutrients you’ll get from whole food green powders are great boosters in addition to already eating a diet rich in whole foods. I chat about medicinal mushrooms a lot but these and adaptogens are another group that’s on the rise!

xx McKel