Most people think since I’m 23 years old, I believe I’m invincible and behave as such. I can’t blame them for thinking this, as that’s how many of my peers behave. But this is simply not the case. I focus on living a healthy lifestyle now so that I feel good not only today, but also so I set myself up to live a long, good, healthy life. Hopefully all the measures I’m taking now will really pay off in my fifties, sixties, and beyond.
Of course, there are the basic things we all should be doing to be healthy now and in the future. Exercise is a huge part of my life. It not only keeps me physically fit (especially since I bake for a living), but it also helps mentally. Exercise keeps my anxiety at bay and often my best ideas strike mid-run.
I also try to eat healthy. I eat fruit at every meal. I love fruits of all kinds and often choose fruit over dessert. Shocking, I know! I’ve enjoyed fruit since I was a little girl. I also make sure to work lots of vegetables and lean protein into my diet. But I focus on things I enjoy, rather than forcing myself to eat foods just because they’re healthy. Kale, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, halibut, salmon, and lean beef are some of my favorite foods; the fact that they’re healthy is simply a bonus. Recently I’ve made a concerted effort to incorporate more whole grains such as oatmeal and quinoa. Water is the only beverage I drink. Well, except for the occasional martini when I’m having a fun night out. Water keeps me hydrated, particularly when exercising and in the winter when my skin can get very dry.
I also try my hardest to get 7-8 hours of sleep. If I don’t, trust me, you don’t want to be around me!
There are less obvious ways I take care of myself too. I was terribly unhappy when I was in school and that’s no way to live life, so now I focus on following my heart and passions. This is why I’m pouring everything I’ve got into my writing. I know it’s what I’m meant to do because when I’m working on my screenplay or novel, I’m smiling. It must only be a matter of time until it’s my career.
Me time is a super important part of my healthy life plan. Whether reading a book, watching a movie, going out to a fancy dinner with my family, or going shopping, it’s vital that I take time to unplug from my phone, computer, work, and other tasks of everyday life on a regular basis. Without that time, I’d go crazy. I’d also go pretty crazy if I didn’t indulge sometimes. I don’t want to live to be 90 or 100 if it means foregoing every dessert and fried food that comes my way. Finding room in my life for splurges is just as important as kale chips and baked sweet potatoes.
Hopefully reading about what I do to maintain a healthy life long-term has inspired you to do the same no matter your age. A few small changes can make a great deal of difference.
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