In the morning, while my rolled oats are microwaving, I do a few simple sun salutations (kind of like this, but without the beach). It gets my blood flowing and starts waking me up. It is especially good if it is a sunny day, because then I can face the sun. I open the blinds. I connect with the greater world. I am humbled by it’s greatness. And I am ready to move through it, and to be part of it. It’s sounds cheesy. And maybe it is. But it definitely makes me feel better as I approach my day. That’s pretty much as far as I've gotten with yoga. I got a little disheartened with the tree pose when my trees kept falling over, but I would like to try more, and you should try it too!
For lunch, I usually have a sandwich--like PB&J: organic peanut butter (just ground-up peanuts) and organic jam (basically just smashed fruit). I try to use a bread from the bakery section with a relatively short list of ingredients. I usually have more nuts on the side. And a Clementine orange. (They're so juicy. They make the perfect snack.) Try not to put things a lot of things in your body that aren't nutritionally useful--like preservatives. You need to make friends with the produce section. Make raw things a part of your everyday. It's a great way to get your dietary fiber. There's also something very pure in the experience of biting through skin and encountering those natural, unadulterated flavors. ...Sometimes I'll take a cup of green/herbal tea back to work with me then. Also, I drink water throughout the day. Caffeine is dehydrating, so if you don't drink it at all, that's great, but if you do, tempering it with water is important. Try to avoid carbonated beverages too. In addition to dehydrating you, they don't do your body much good.
After work is the moment of truth. I'm usually tired and hungry and don't feel like cooking, and there's a Jimmy Johns between me and home. I break down often. I'm a little bit addicted to the #6 Vegetarian sandwich, with oregano, onion, and extra oil and vinegar. And I get the salt and vinegar chips. Vinegar to me is a sweet, sweet nectar. (I blame my Mom, who loves vinegar too.) But if I can manage to get past Jimmy Johns, I like to keep things on hand which don't require a lot of work. I'll make a big pot of stew/soup and then freeze most of it in little containers to be thawed as needed. This makes me feel like I have viable alternatives to Jimmy Johns. I also try to keep fresh things on hand as much as possible. If I already have rice and lentils made, and fresh veggies to add, then that's easy. Or I'll saute some veggies with fresh garlic and onion and throw them over pasta with olive oil. Lemon juice and zest are transformative. They're like sunshine for the tastebuds. Sometimes I'll boil a whole artichoke as a yummy snack. (A treat my Mom acquired an appreciation for in California.) I like to finish with fruit.
I do a lot of walking during the week, so I don't make a special point of doing extra cario. I occasionally do some running. But forever and forever, my favorite aerobic work-out will always be to just turn on some music and dance.
I moisturize. See my Four-Fold Path To Silky Smooth Skin post for more ideas on healthier skin.
I try to sleep eight hours a day.
If I need a snack, I like to pop some popcorn in canola oil on the stove and then dust it with sea-salt. It's light, tasty, and fibrous. (Popcorn-on-the-stove is a warm, wintertime ritual that I learned from my Mom.)
I make of point of including happy things in my day, like good music and a happy book at bedtime.
Also, I have to say it, I think regular masturbation is important for overall health. Orgasm is great for the circulatory system. It releases a flood of endorphins in the brain, making you feel happy, relaxed, and confident. I can't recommend it enough, especially to women, who tend to masturbate less often than men. It is your body. It is your sexuality. It's natural and healthy. You can buy sex toys online, like at Amazon.com. They arrive in discrete packaging.
These are my tips for a healthier day. I would love to hear yours!