balance Posted on 11 Jul 15:00 , 0 comments

Balanced Lifestyle

balance

noun / bal∙ance/ \’ba-len(t)s\

Definition: a state in which different things occur in equal or proper amounts or have an equal or proper amount of importance

Synonyms: symphony, symmetry, unity 

Most of us strive to have some sort of balance in our lives. We want the important things like family to get the same amount of time and attention as our jobs. Often this seems unattainable. We feel like we are trying to juggle 10 “jobs” at once – work, kids, laundry, grocery shopping, volunteer work, exercise, down time – the list is endless!

We don’t profess to know the answer to this extra-large dilemma but we can help you start with one – healthy eating. Now that might sound like a weird place to begin, but think about it. When you nourish your body properly, it is getting the fuel it needs to tackle life. Nutritious foods supply vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to give you the energy you need to attend to all the other areas of your life.

Conversely, poor quality food can make you feel sluggish and bloated, and can even cause brain fog. These negative effects hamper your ability to accomplish the tasks for which you’re responsible each day.

Here’s a simple way to get started. Remove one unhealthy food this week and replace it with a healthy option. For example, if you start your day with sugary cereal replace it with an option that provides a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and good fats. This could be 2 scrambled eggs with a side of lean bacon or ham and some fresh berries. Short on time? Mix up a protein shake on the go! In a blender, combine almond milk or greek yogurt, protein powder, strawberries, ¼ avocado, and ice. The avocado supplies you with a healthy dose of monounsaturated fat, and the strawberries provide fiber and vitamin C.

Small nutrition changes can lead to big payoffs – more energy, improved focus, increased immunity. Tackle them one at a time and you’ll be less likely to feel overwhelmed.