I have the best news for you. Every time you open a magazine or article on the Internet they are providing strategies to “Be a Better You” and “Slim your Waist” and “Avoid Non-Preventable Diseases” (*Not a real article that I’ve read but you get the point). To play Devil’s Advocate, I have compiled a list of things that you are already doing and already loving that are already good for you. Stop giving yourself such a hard time and read about all of the awesome things you do every day for yourself:
- Red Wine – A staple in the prized Mediterranean diet, one glass of red wine a day can reduce risks of heart disease and lower stress. Does this mean more than one has a stronger effect? (That was a joke, use your head).
- Freshly-Cleaned Bed Sheets– I know that no one likes to think about this, but our skin is constantly shedding and unfortunately our bed sheets take most of the blunt of it. Do you think that rolling around in your own filth and bacteria, clogging up your fresh new baby skin is healthy? Clean your sheets regularly and sleep easy in your smooth, tight, straight-from-the-dryer-warm sheets.
- Loud Music– When playing, the brain is stimulated and releases hormones that make us calm and happy. If the music is too loud, you’re too old.
- Fidgeting– Any other pen clickers out there? Fidgeting can increase memory and creativity. How dare you tell me to stop? I’m brainstorming.
- Corn on the Cob– Containing high amounts of fibre, this delicious and nutritious summer treat helps keep you regular and sneaks in a serving of vegetables for the day. Win-win-win! (Andddd I think I’ve officially hit my corn blogging quota for the year).
- Hitting Snooze– Sleep helps you live longer and boosts memory, as well as reduces stress… however, being late for work may bump that stress right back up again- snooze with caution.
- Giving into Cravings– Allowing yourself the odd treat will boost happiness and can help reduce cravings later in the day. Have one cookie now, do not eat entire box later. It’s simple math.
- Venting– Sorry to all of the victims out there (namely, boyfriends), but venting your emotions reduces effects of stress and decreases risk of cardiovascular disease by potentially lowering blood pressure and hormone levels in the blood. (BF Tip: Prepare for massive blue boxes on your phone and never respond with, “It/she’s not that bad”).
- Coffee– When drunk in moderation, caffeine can speed up metabolism, reduce stress, and prevent depression. We’re talkin’ a bit of milk here though, get those triple-triple’s out of here, you monster.
- Sun Tanning– With ample use of SPF, of course, a little sun exposure can decrease vitamin D deficiency, reduce blood pressure, which therefore cuts the risk of heart attacks.
- Chocolate– I know, let me elaborate… Study after study shows that chocolate is good for more than satisfying a sweet tooth—it also prevents heart disease. Most of the credit for this benefit goes to the flavonoids found in cacao, the bean from which chocolate is made. These antioxidant compounds increase the flexibility of veins and arteries and lower blood pressure. Just make sure you grab a bar that contains at least 70% cacao for the most benefits.
- Skipping a Shower– Ever had that lazy Saturday or Sunday when you just can’t motivate yourself to get off the couch and into the shower (Or Tuesday)? Don’t sweat it. Long, hot showers and harsh soaps can destroy the natural oils that keep the skin moisturized and maintain its barrier function. But let’s not let this get out of hand, people still have to sit next to you. It’s not them, it’s you.
- Puppies and Babies– Somethin’ about them makes the macho-est of men weak in the knees. Similar to exercising, the lil snuggle balls cause us to release hormones that make us happy and reduce stress. Cuddle away!
If you’re a cat person you may think you experience a similar euphoria, but you don’t. Give your head a shake and get yourself a dog to cuddle as you sleep late in your clean sheets, have a coffee, skipping the shower, going directly to drinking wine and cheese. After all, it’s “good for you”.
**Please look at every bit of information listed above in context and make educated decisions about your health using common sense and judgment. Don’t come to me in a few months if you are doing these things and complain that don’t look like Gisele. This is just a bunch of freebies- its important to live a little, but look elsewhere for your beach body.**