Nope, I’m talking talking about dropping sour cream for Greek yogurt or replacing oil with applesauce. I’m talking about other healthy swaps I’ve made in my life that have made a difference. Here we go…
For mental health:
Swap: Taking pictures of everything you eat during the day (sorry WIAW).
For: A picture of the morning smoothie and almonds then forgetting to take pictures for the rest of the day, including the cool wrap with delicious avocado lime ranch from Chick-fil-A.
For brain health:
Swap: An hour of mind-numbing Real Housewives.
For: An hour of reading, a documentary, a phone call with a friend, an hour of Master Chef, or heck, an hour of staring at the wall. I fully admit I used to LOVE the housewives, but now that I’ve been forced away from them, I realize that they truly are nothing but life-sucking drama that made me dumber. After all, the Bachelor already lowers my IQ; I can’t afford more than one of those shows!
For skin health:
Swap: Your favorite, overpriced lotion.
For: Overpriced coconut oil. I get it, coconut oil isn’t much cheaper, but it lasts for a ridiculously long time and is the best moisturizer I’ve ever used. Once it soaks in, my skin becomes so soft and over time, the bumps on my arms have decreased dramatically. Also, 100% natural.
For rehydration health:
For: Coconut water. Coconut does it again! (said every health freak ever). But seriously, coconut water is a better alternative to Gatorade (less chemicals, has some sodium and a lot of potassium naturally occurring, less sugar, etc). …Unless you are running a marathon. Then drink what you want. However, after a workout, cutting the grass, or a day on the beach, drink coconut water! (and might I suggest the pineapple flavor? Delish!)
For foot health:
Swap: Trendy, support-less flats.
For: Naots, the world’s most comfortable and supportive shoe (according to me). Maybe it truly is a sign I’m almost 30. Perhaps my friends who wear their matching Tory Burch sandals will shake their heads in shame, but I make no apologies. I went searching for the most comfortable shoe I could find and I found it.
It sure wasn’t cheap, but this shoe feels like walking on a firm, supportive cloud, that had been custom-molded to my foot. And let’s be honest, it wasn’t like I was winning any fashion-forward awards anyway.
For emotional health:
Swap: A moment of woe-is-me.
For: A moment of gratitude, counting your blessings and remembering that what you already have, so many people would do anything for. Perspective.
On that note, I am pausing for a moment to remember all those who lost their lives, all those that lost their family and friends and all of us that, as a nation, fell under attack 12 years ago today. God bless and never forget.
What healthy swaps have you made lately?