Managing Your Holiday Health Budget
Your health is like a bank account, if you are mindful to make deposits each week, budget for your expenses, and track your spending, you are likely to end the year with a positive balance!
Create a health budget
Daily habits that help you create a healthy body and lifestyle are like pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, dollars, 100 dollar bills, thousand dollar bills….
- Sleep: 7-8 hours no matter what
- Water: half your body weight in ounces every day
- Morning intention: sets your gps for the day
- 50 grams or less of sugar (including fruit)
- Eat every 4-5 hours
- 7-14 servings of vegetables (especially leafy greens )and a few low glycemic fruits per day
- Know your caloric requirements and meet but don’t exceed them
- Silence: create time in your day when you are unplugged, sitting silently for 20 minutes
- Move 30 minutes per day, strength training 2 times per week
- Evening reflection and gratitude: when you appreciate what you have, you get more of it.
Don’t “borrow” from tomorrow to avoid being responsible for your health today. In other words, don’t “start tomorrow,” start today. Don’t blow off putting healthy habits in the bank because you had a “treat”, put in a quarter at your next meal by getting right back on track! Don’t borrow sleep from the next day to make up for poor planning today ~ get to bed.
Track your spending
If you aren’t mindful of what you are spending, how will you know how much you’ve spent? The same is true with food, exercise and lifestyle habits. In a world where we are bombarded with buying decisions and access to whatever we want, it is really easy to over spend and over eat if we aren’t keeping track with:
- the meal planning site
- apps like Calorie Counter by Everyday Health
- success sheet
- Learnvest.com or mint.com for financial tracking and budgeting
Like paying yourself first, you need to make yourself a priority in your busy life. Instead of paying yourself after all of your expenses are paid, direct deposit money each pay period into your bank account and watch it grow. You won’t miss it because you won’t see it. Most people take what’s left over in their time to focus on their health. Your health bank will never accumulate if you don’t deposit. Sit down with your calendar and create time to focus on healthy eating, exercise and habits. Remember that 85% of chronic conditions and disease are avoidable.
The best way to stay on track throughout the holiday season is to create healthy habits during the year that you can rely on to help you thrive through the last few months of the year. By this time next year, you will have money and health in the bank!