How To Get Healthy and Feel Good in 30 Days Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedin Over the last couple of weeks, I haven’t been feeling like myself. My clothes weren’t fitting quite right, I was caring less and less about the foods I was putting in to my body, and I just felt physically off all-around. Here I am – a busy mom, wife, and business owner who spends so much time caring and nurturing these three areas of my life. But it begs the question – “What about ME?” Do you ever feel like you spend so much time taking care of everyone else in your life, and you forget about YOU? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Around the same time, I happened to come across a 30-day food program led by celebrity trainer, Danette May. I knew something had to change, so I signed up – I figured I had nothing to lose! It’s turned out to be really eye-opening and exactly what I was needing. After two weeks of following the program, I’m so happy to report that I’m feeling great now! I’m seeing firsthand what a difference the right foods can make in our energy levels, fitness goals, and overall health. If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that the key is to plan, plan, plan. Map your day out; everything from when you’re going to get that workout in to what each meal will be. By preparing ahead of time, you set yourself up for success. Looking for ways to incorporate more physical activity and wholesome food into your daily life? Here are my top 3 tips for you: Find a form of exercise that is fun! If you look forward to it, you’ll be more likely to follow-through and keep going back! I work out six days a week. Two of the days I work out with a trainer (Hi Stacey!) And I found the most amazing small boutique gym 5 minutes from my house called: Vault Fitness . They offer pilates, trampoline, spinning, and yoga- so I never get bored! And they have the CUTEST athleisure ever! (I have to look cute when I work out LOL)! Start each day with lemon water, Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, 1/2 juice from organic lemon, and a pinch of cayenne pepper to get your gut functioning right! Prepare meals ahead of time (learn to love this) Bring a cooler or lunchbox of pre-made food around with you. If you have healthy options to choose from, then you’re less likely to grab that fast food while you’re out running errands and need a quick fix! This is one of my favorite snacks to bring with me during the day: Peanut Butter Bites Makes 12. Eat 2 balls per serving. Store in the fridge or freezer. Ingredients: • ½ c. (125g) Peanut or Almond Butter • ¼ c. (85g) Raw Honey • 1 Serving Protein Powder or ¼ c. (30g) Almond Meal • ¼ c. (60ml) Water • 2 c. (200g) Raw Uncooked Oats Mix all together and make into 1 inch (2.5cm) balls. Additional water can be added if necessary. You can add a handful of raw cacao nibs (optional. 4. Carbohydrates are ok, as long as they are the right carbohydrates. Carbs that are ok are quinoa, brown rice pasta, and Ezekiel bread/ wraps. I’m telling you I can’t even tell the difference! 5. Get rid of the processed foods. I’ve done this and have really noticed a difference in how I physically feel. For breakfast, I love steel-cut, gluten free oatmeal or eggs with onion and spinach. For a yummy snack, take a sprouted grain tortilla (I like the Ezekiel brand) and spread it with some hummus. Bonus points if you make it yourself! You can play around with it, too – I recently topped it with some organic arugula, beets and feta cheese which was delicious. Have fun with it! Today’s message is if you don’t feel good, then you’ve got to do something about it. Your health is your most important asset, so make it a priority! Do not put it on the back burner trying to care for everyone and everything else around you. Start to make your health a priority and do it today 🙂 Rachael Braunshweiger The voice behind Guts & Gloss, Rachael is on a mission to share everything she’s learned about having guts, taking risks, turning obstacles into opportunity — and living with style (of course)!