This summer has been a fun one, but I’ve found myself needing to stop and reevaluate my healthy habits more than just once. There have been a few too many rosé fueled Saturday afternoons, which have resulted in lazy Sunday mornings (meaning missed workouts), and so on and so forth. And… as I write this, I’m at home on Cape Cod with my parents and have had ice cream two times today. Oops.
Alas, I try not to take a healthy approach to being healthy… aka… everything in moderation, including moderation. I’m always going to be a foodie, but I’m also always going to love being active. Soul Cycle is my therapy, and I try to walk most places in the city, so that helps… but I have a weakness for good food. I try not to beat myself up to badly over less healthy decisions… I eat really healthy 95% of the time and f I eat too much I just exercise more and eat better the next day. I personally find that I see the best results (both mentally and physically) when I focus my energy more upon being healthy and taking care of myself rather than focusing on the more tangible stuff or hitting a certain number on the scale.
Today, in collaboration with Olly, I’m sharing five easy ways to be a little more healthy. I wrote a longer post about being healthier here but these are quick little things that anyone can do. They won’t take a whole lot of energy on your end, but they will yield results… leaving you feeling prettier, happier, and healthier.
1) Take a multi vitamin. This is probably obvious, but something I’ve overlooked in the past. Olly’s Perfect Women’s Multi is a blend of Vitamins A, C, D, E, Bs, Biotin & Folic Acid. I kind of see it as insurance. I typically try to eat enough fruits and veggies that I’ll get all the nutrients I need… but just in case, the multi vitamin ensures my body gets everything it needs.. Out of all of Olly’s vitamins, I think this one tastes the best… I actually struggle to only eat two!
2) Try a beauty supplement. I remember taking prenatal vitamins in college to make my hair and nails grow longer. That was a little silly, as the vitamin doses were pretty excessive… and they were expensive! Olly’s Undeniable Beauty Supplement contains the perfect cocktail of vitamins to that help me to get my hair, skin, and nails looking their very best. Biotin is the key ingredient here… it’s been proven to support healthy hair, glowing skin, and strong nails. (The grapefruit flavor is also super tasty!)
3) Find a sunscreen that you really love. I’ve had terrible luck with sunscreen. So many of them make me break out and I hate that sticky/dirty feeling they often leave behind. I personally really love Supergoop. Their mineral sunscreens are effective and gentle… and don’t leave you feeling greasy and dirty. This serum is great for everyday wear under makeup, etc., and on vacation I will use something stronger… and this amazing lip balm.
I don’t need to tell you how important wearing sunscreen every day is, but I will anyway. As you get older, those sun spots start to come out. There’s no such thing as a safe tan… please… take it from someone in her mid-thirties who is just starting to see the damage show! Now I wear it every day, whether I’m going to be indoors all day or in the sun.
4) Always pack a snack! I always carry healthy snacks as I am the worst about getting hangry. It’s actually a little bit embarrassing as I get really moody and grumpy when I go too long between meals. But besides the mood swings, if you wait too long in between meals, you will overcompensate when you finally do eat. Yesterday I went to the beach with my mom and sister and did not pack a snack… I was so grumpy! I felt terrible about it but could not control my mood/hangriness. I forgot to pack snacks for vacation. #fail. My personal favorite healthy snacks are Nourish’s Miss Popular (for something lighter/chocolatey) and KIND Honey Mustard Bars for something a little more filling + savory.
5) Last but not least, get some sleep! Sleep is the easiest thing you can do to look and feel better. A lack of sleep can cause slower brain function, depression, a lower sex drive, and weight gain. From a pure aesthetics perspective, sallow skin, puffy eyes, and dull skin. I’m religious about getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night but it doesn’t always come easy… I’ve always had a tough time falling asleep… I can’t seem to turn my mind off.
For me, it’s all about routine rituals. I’ll wash and moisturize my face before bed, apply Lucas Papaw to any dry spots + my lips, and a few drops of organic lavender oil to my temples + pulse points. I also try to get into bed twenty minutes or so before my actual bedtime to write in my journal… and if I’m having a really hard time falling asleep, I’ll use a sleep mask. A few nights a week (especially when I’m stressed), I will take one of Olly’s Restfull Sleep gummies. These work. Maybe a little too well as I only need one (the recommended dose is two.) They contain melatonin (amongst other things) which is a natural sleep aid and one that I find actually works!
Created in partnership with Olly!