Do you feel overwhelmed when it comes to knowing how to nourish your body?
When I first started my wellness journey, I knew that I needed to pay attention to what I was putting in my body to live a healthier life. I researched and researched and tried to completely overhaul my lifestyle all at once.
After months of trying things that were out of my realm of expertise, I found myself overwhelmed, burnt out, and frustrated. Sound familiar?
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Looking back, I wish I would’ve eased into it and understood that being healthy doesn’t need to be elaborate or an all-or-nothing thing. Now, I’m all about sticking to the basics and taking baby steps to get to a healthier place.
When it comes to giving my body the nutrients it needs, nourishing food is at the top of my list. Nourishing food for me is eating plenty of whole foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and protein.
But there are also other basic ways to nourish your body and give it a much-needed boost. Here are a few simple ways that you can help your body get the nutrients it needs.
Simple ways to nourish your body
Did you know that being even mildly dehydrated can affect your energy levels and mood?
Drinking water is one of the simplest ways to boost your health. Among the many benefits, water helps to deliver the nutrients in your food and aids in absorption and digestion. Take a look at how much you should be drinking.
Some days drinking water is the last thing on my mind, but I’ve learned that having a cup or water bottle literally in my view throughout the whole day helps as a reminder. A few other things that have helped me:
- Use the transition from one activity to the next as a reminder trigger (For example: before you jump into the shower, take a sip. Before you eat breakfast, take a sip)
- Leave your water bottle or cup on your nightstand or in the bathroom for easy access in the mornings
- Get 2 glass/stainless steel water bottles or mason jars: 1 for work and 1 for home. No more having to drag it back and forth.
The truth is, if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. If you don’t like the taste of water you can find carbonated water or add some flavor to it with fruit.
The more hydrated you are, the happier your body will be.
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I love homemade smoothies because they’re fast, healthy, and so versatile. They’re a great way to make sure you’re getting the daily recommended servings of fruits and veggies.
Smoothies are my go-to when I a) don’t have time to cook or b) don’t want to cook. Running late for work and don’t have time to make breakfast? Make a smoothie.
Get home late and are too tired to cook? Make a smoothie. All you have to do is throw in what you want, blend, and you have yourself a meal.
Smoothies are also perfect for sneaking in veggies. I know what you’re thinking (gross!), but fear not, you seriously can’t taste the veggies…like at all.
Some of my go-to veggies for smoothies are spinach, zucchini, cauliflower, and sweet potato. Other things I like to add: frozen bananas, protein powder, blackberries, blueberries, Greek yogurt, hemp seeds, and coconut oil.
The important thing to remember when you’re making smoothies to substitute meals is to focus on the quality of the ingredients. That’s why I love adding things like veggies, fats, and protein powder so I can get a wide range of nutrients.
Here’s one of my favorite blends:
- Handful of frozen blueberries
- 1 scoop of Further Food collagen (for protein, skin, joint and gut health)
- 1 half of an avocado
- 1 handful of spinach (seriously you can’t taste it…at all)
- 1 handful of frozen cauliflower
- ½ -1 cup of coconut/almond milk
Once blended, I’ll top it with granola, unsweetened coconut flakes, and maybe almond butter. As you can see, I like to keep my smoothies low in sugar and with lots of veggies for the best nutritional value. While home-made smoothies are nutritious and convenient, I don’t make one for every meal because I like to keep my meals balanced and chewing my food helps keep me full.
Smoothies are super versatile so experiment and find what you love.
Some people say drinking tea might even be better than drinking water because it replaces fluids AND provides antioxidants – a double whammy.
Since it’s nutrient-packed, tea protects the body with antioxidants and helps to keep your heart, bones, immune system, and digestive system healthy.
I’m a big fan of tea because there are so many varieties and flavors to choose from depending on how you’re feeling. Not only does it give my body a boost, it also relaxes me.
My inner lazy girl loves how easy it is to make. All you need is boiling water, tea, and a cup.
If you’re looking to experiment with tea, matcha tea is one of my favorites. Matcha is a green tea made of ground leaves and is said to be the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regular green tea. Crazy, right? Check it out here.4 practical ways to nourish your body Click To Tweet
You may be thinking ‘I eat well, I get all the vitamins I need from my food’. While this may be true for some, some studies show that it’s common for us to overestimate how well actually we eat.
Generally, we can get the vitamins and minerals we need from eating a well-balanced diet but when we don’t, supplements help to fill in the gap when we’re not getting the nutrients we need from food alone.
Here are some common supplements that might benefit you:
- Vitamin D – Spending time in the sun naturally gives us vitamin D but you should consider taking it during winter especially.
- Probiotics – Great for gut health and for helping your digestive system absorb food better.
- Magnesium – Relaxes your muscles and keeps joints healthy. Since it’s known as a natural calming aid, it’s really good to take before bed if you have trouble sleeping.
- Multivitamin –A good option if you’re healthy and just want a back-up health boost.
As always, I encourage you to talk to your doctor before taking any vitamins or supplements.
When you feel overwhelmed with all the health trends out there, try to fall back on basic habits like these.
Think of it this way: every time you eat and drink is an opportunity to nourish your body. And how you nourish your body doesn’t have to be complicated or elaborate – it just has to work and provide your body with the necessary nutrients.
Your body is a temple and when you take care of it (however you choose to do so), the healthier and happier you will feel.
Now over to you … what are your simple, go-to ways that you nourish your body?