How to bloom: my top five tips for health in the new year.

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a personal update, and I think now that we’re a ways into 2014, it’s time! I had some health problems in 2012 and 2013 . . . and I realized something late last year as I was dealing with yet another issue (a inflamed Achilles that put me in a walking boot). I came to the conclusion that you have to “bloom where you are planted” – basically, you have to deal with the situation that is given to you in the best way possible. So this year, I started to get my act together with my health. To take care of the things that I could as the rest of my body was healing. I already feel better in just a few months, and I wanted to share the little things I am doing to “bloom” in 2014 (little things that add up to big changes!). Here they are:

  1. Get regular exercise. Now, you are probably wondering how I have been doing this in a walking boot. Well, I’m finally in the boot part time so I can start walking a little bit. But before this, I used arm bands and free weights. Basically the lesson is to do whatever you can, even if it feels little. Little things help, and keeping your body active keeps the muscles ready for when you can finally use them again.
  2. Take supplements. This is something to consult with a doctor or nutritionist about, but my doctor recommended Omega-3 and B-complex. I’ve been taking these daily and I feel so much better!
  3. Get proper sleep. This is key. People need different amounts of sleep every night . . . unfortunately I’m one of those people that needs eight or more. But instead of fighting it, I’m embracing it, and going to be earlier.
  4. Eat well balanced meals and drink water. My nutritionist suggested that I was leaving carbs out of my diet unnecessarily (I was trying all protein and veggies) and that instead, I should be focusing on well balanced meals with veggies, protein, and complex carbs. She also suggested that I drink enough water, so I’ve been focusing on that.
  5. Remove dairy from my diet. Dairy doesn’t sit well with me and tends to inflame my gut, so I’ve switched to almond milk. More specifically, Silk Almondmilk.

If you haven’t tried Almondmilk, it’s incredibly delicious! I even have it for dessert sometimes (there is a dark chocolate!).

Silk is an easy way to add more plants to your diet (another good way to bloom, right??). Since I’ve added Silk to my routine, plus the other changes listed above, I’ve felt great – happier, more alert and more focused. 2014 is off to a great start. I also love that Silk products are proudly made without the use of GMOs (read more about that here). Also all Silk products are dairy-free and gluten-free.

If you want to focus on blooming where you are planted in 2014, I created this printable for you to download as inspiration:

Bloom Where You Are Planted

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.