5 Things Healthy People Do Everyday

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This is a guest post from Sam Negrin | creator and EIC of AllGoodHealth.net and editorial manager of LEAFtv

If you’re interested in living a more healthful life but don’t know where to start, these 5 tips are effective and easy to incorporate into your everyday routine. When I first made the decision to make a healthy, positive shift in my life, there was a concrete starting point that helped me stay grounded. You don’t go to dairy, soy, gluten, GMO-free overnight – which is what a lot of interpretations of health look like nowadays, good news: you don’t have to go cold-turkey on anything. If you set your expectations for ‘change’ too high, you’re bound to disappoint yourself. Starting smart and small is the best way to make the biggest difference for longevity and happiness. Here are 5 recommendations:

1. Create Morning Routines.  Plan a morning ritual that works for you, specifically one that includes relaxation and a lot of hydration. Wake up and oil pull for 20 minutes, have a glass of warm water with lemon, take a probiotic and Vitamin C. Practice a 10-minute stretch next to your bed. Any and all of these things can be done with limited effort and cost. Start by doing one of these practices then add on!

2. Plan Your Meals. It’s important to have a good idea of what your meals look like each day. If you’re running around town make sure you pack healthy, nutrient-dense snacks like nuts, hummus and veggies and simple snack wraps. Do a weekly grocery haul with planned meals so that you hardly have to ask, “what am I having for dinner?” Know what you can easily pack for lunch and cook for dinner without binging on high caloric and expensive restaurant food.

3. Sweat. Whether you have time for 2 hours or 20 minutes of exercise, make it count. There are so many resources on at-home workouts, “first class free” yoga, barre and pilates studios, group fitness classes at gyms, and more. Don’t just sweat to try and shed pounds, sweat to take care of the body you’re in as you age and walk through daily life.

4. Pick A Daily Mantra. This sounds cliché but it’s a great tool to stay positive when you’re feeling anything but positive. Your mantra can be anything: song lyrics, a speech, poem, quote, two words “do good”. It’s nice having something to come back to when everything else is confusing and not going your way.

5. Laugh Often. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t stress about occasionally having a big bowl of pasta for dinner or a sweet brownie for dessert. Try not to bring the stress of work home with you. Appreciate the people you love in your life and recognize that keeping yourself healthy and supported while cultivating loving relationships is what life is all about!

What are your favorite tips to cultivate a healthier life? Dish in the comments!


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5 Ways To Look Less Hungover

The dreaded hangover….we’ve all been there! Luckily there are ways to fight it beyond sunglasses and Advil.  Nutritionist Steve Macari recently shared his hangover cheat sheet with Harpers Bazaar and the tips are pretty darn good! My 5 favorite:

​Before going to bed:

Eat a piece of fruit that’s high in fructose, like an apple, grapes or watermelon. “Fructose is a type of sugar that helps your liver detoxify alcohol more efficiently, meaning less of a hangover,” says Macari.

Take a vitamin B1 supplement. “This essential vitamin gets depleted rapidly when you drink,” says Macari.

Remove your makeup and apply an overnight mask. Our pick: Olay Regenerist Luminous Sleeping Gel Mask—vitamin B3 and mulberry extract brighten, hydrate and keep puffiness at bay.

Put your eye cream and moisturizer in the fridge for cool refreshment in the morning.

And when you wake up drink a combination of 8 oz. water, 4 oz. coconut water, 4 oz. orange juice and a pinch of sea salt.

Read the full hangover cheat sheet article right this way.

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Blogger Secrets To Editing Instagram Photo

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Marianna Hewitt, of LifeWithMe.com, took to her blog to share a behind-the-scenes look at the process behind editing her Instagram photos and the tips are SO good!  She walks you through the step-by-step process of apps that she uses, including FaceTune, VSCO Cam and Faded, to get her photos just right.  Watch, learn and put her tips to use to step up your IG game.

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Calling All Fashion Bloggers!

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It was January of 2006 and I was 5 months into my first full time job when I discovered a blog for the first time. Intrigued by the idea, I clicked on ‘Create Your Own,’ haphazardly typed in ‘because I’m addicted’ in the name box and boom! I too, now had a blog. I wasn’t sure what I’d actually post about or who on earth would read it but I knew that this little secret project of mine was something that would help pass the time as I sat in my cubicle feeling tortured.

Days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months and before I knew it I had figured out the html basics and seeded my blog with pages of content.  Feeling like I had found my blogging stride, I shared the URL on Facebook (there was no Twitter yet) and sent it out to family and friends. I received all sorts of responses, mostly people asking me what a blog was, and installed analytics to see if it resonated.

I kept with it every single day, periodically checking in on those analytics, which to my surprise had a steady incline. I would screen shot the map if I had more than 10 visitors and would send my mom emails with the screen shots saying, “look ma, I have a reader in London!”

I’ll never forget the day that I received an email from an editor at Lucky Magazine asking if I was available for a photo shoot. A photoshoot! Of me! For Lucky! About my blog! After the excitement settled I got a little nervous – what if my boss saw it and knew I was spending some of my time working on this little side project? My roommate convinced me that my male boss was definitely not reading Lucky in his spare time so I said I had a doctor’s appointment and went! From the day that issue hit stands, I began taking my hobby much more seriously and as they say, the rest is history. Press, sponsorships, a clothing line, you name it – I’ve done it. I’ve also raised capital for my other Internet business, LEAFtv, which we launched off my blog.   It’s been an incredible wild ride and it never would have happened if I didn’t click on that ‘Create Your Own’ button. Needless to say, I’m so happy I did and blogging is near and dear to my heart.

Starting a blog now a days is very different. It’s become an actual career, like any great job, there is a lot of competition! There are millions of bloggers, YouTubers, Instagramers, Vine stars, etc. and breaking through the noise isn’t as easy as it was for me. That’s why I want to help! I’ve partnered with H&M and Bloglovin to help find and mentor one lucky blogger for a chance to become the Breakthrough Fashion Blogger of the Year at the 2015 Bloglovin’ Awards!

If you are selected you will win:

  • Round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations for your one-on-one mentorship with me
  • Nomination for the Breakthrough Fashion Blogger of the Year Award at the 2015 Bloglovin’ Awards ($500 H&M gift card if you win!)
  • Round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations to the 2015 Bloglovin’ Awards during New York Fashion Week in September
  • Plenty of gifted H&M product (even pieces from the EXCLUSIVE H&M Studio AW’15 collection!)

Entering is easy and FUN! Here’s how:

Style your H&M look (old or new!) and post it to your blog or Instagram. To submit it you can either leave the link in the comment section of this post, send the link to breakthrough@bloglovin.com or enter through Instagram by tagging me (@gerihirsch) and be sure to hashtag #BloglovinHMAwards (you can do all three of these if you like). I’m looking for someone who stands out – that may because of your writing skills, killer style, humor, etc. – so just be the best version of you and shine! Good luck!

To see additional challenges and for more chances to win, visit Something Navy and The Haute Pursuit!

No purchase necessary. For official contest rules, click here.

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