Week 1: Bonus activities

While you are gathering your data and setting your goals, if you are itching to do more because you are super motivated this week, here are some week 1 bonus activities you can do!

1. Clean out your pantry and fridge

I did this last week and it felt great! I can’t be the only one out there with cans of expired food from 2012. I had no idea why my pantry was so cluttered until I cleaned it out and organized it. Now, I know what I have, know what I’m working with, and know what I need to use in recipes in the next few months.

2.  Get those trigger foods out of the house

My trigger food is macaroni and cheese. If there is a box in the house I will eat it. I’m not saying I don’t ever eat it, it’s just that if I really want it, I have to put on my boots, drive to the store and get it. Not having this food on hand decreases the amount of times I eat it, not that I eat it at all. This works for me – especially after long days at work when I come home, and just want that comfort meal. Sometimes I drive out to get it, but most times I don’t. Find out what your trigger foods are and get them out of your fridge/pantry.

3. Try my spinach challenge!

More details on that here.

4. Go for a 30 minute walk everyday. 

Yes, it can be cold where you live (it sure is where I live!) but I try to get out everyday for a 30 minute walk. (I have a dog so it makes it a bit easier). When you can, take a 30 minute walk outdoors. I love to go first thing in the morning, but go whenever feels good for you (lunchtime is a great time to get this in!) The cool air can help wake you up, and there is nothing like being outdoors to help calm the mind. If it’s just way too cold for you, pop in a workout video, or a video on youtube and give it a go. I’ve listed some of my current faves in this post.  If you’re at work, try going up a few flights of stairs (but not for 30 minutes, that’s a lot to do at work!) Movement is good, and it doesn’t have to be the type of movement that’s going to crush you into the ground. Not all of us need to complete Shawn T’s Insanity program. But props if you love that stuff!

5. Reduce your coffee intake to one, superb, amazingly tasty mug a day. 

I don’t think caffeine is bad for you. But having one good coffee a day can make you appreciate it and have it work for you! Coffee can be dehydrating, and hydration is key to a healthy functioning body. If you drink multiple cups, decrease by one every few days and take stock on how you feel. Not sure where to start? You can try my basic morning coffee, or try my pumpkin spice coffee creamer to start creating a coffee experience rather than just chugging down multiple average or less-than-average cups of coffee. Get yourself some good quality beans too. It makes all the difference.

6. Drink water!

We’ve all heard this. I can sense your eye roll right now. But think honestly. Do you actually drink water? Some people think they drink enough water, but don’t. Get yourself a nice glass or bottle and work on drinking more. I aim to get 2-3L of water per day (I have a 1L bottle I fill at my desk a few times each day).

Have fun with these bonus activities! Give some a try and see what works for you!

Author: Jackie

Jackie is a certified holistic nutritionist (with the Alive Academy out of Richmond, B.C.) in her spare time. Full-time she works in an office (like many of you!) and is always looking for ways to make her busy life happy and healthy. She is a mom to 2 lovely daughters, and a wife to a picky-eater husband who always keeps her on her toes when she is creating healthy recipes.

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