V74: Expert Style Tips - Five Tips for a Healthful New Year by Sara Jane Mercer

Expert Style Tips

Sara Jane Mercer

SARA JANE MERCER I am a born-and-raised New York City girl living in Tribeca with my husband Doug and our adorable monkey (dog) Madison. My life is busy, fast-paced, and full. Despite the hectic nature of life in NYC, I always make health and wellness a priority. I am not a vegan or a raw-foodist. I try my best not to label the way I eat or put myself in a box. I find boxes claustrophobic and too small for a real person. I love vegetables, and because of this base the majority of my diet around them. I love recipes that are simple and imprecise. I love experimenting for hours in my kitchen and sharing the results with my friends. I am excited to share my clean pure and simple recipes, travel tips, beauty recommendations and more with you. I truly believe healthy living should be an easy and fun daily indulgence!

I was first introduced to Sara when she was planning her wedding. We had a blast working together designing her invitations. I was always impressed by her incredible organization skills, sense of style and passion for perfection. Recently she launched a blog full of healthy tips for living where she also shares her latest yummy recipes she's conjured up in her kitchen. Smart, delicious and healthy! Three things I love. - CECI JOHNSON

Five Tips for a Healthful New Year by Sara Jane Mercer

  1. Make water your drink of choice: If your body is not properly hydrated, it cannot function at its best. Water is key to a healthy metabolism and regulating digestion. Diet soda and alcohol are both big dehydrators so make water your drink of choice! Also, the next time you are feeling hungry drink some water before reaching for a snack. Dehydration can often be mistaken for hunger.

  2. Eat whole foods: Focus your diet around whole foods and eliminate processed junk. If it has more than five ingredients, you probably should not be eating it. Whole foods such as fruits and vegetables are easier for your body to digest and process. As Michael Pollan (author of The Omnivore's Dilemma) says, "If it comes from a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don't."

  3. It's easy being green: Always start your meal with dark, leafy greens. Kale, spinach, collards and Swiss chard are very hydrating, fiber-rich and nutrient-dense. The fiber in greens will fill you up so you are less likely to be hungry and make poor eating choices. The natural enzymes in the greens will help you digest the rest of your meal easily and keep you from feeling heavy and bloated.

  4. Move your body: Make exercise a priority. Exercise not only burns calories but it makes you feel good and helps manage stress. Find a type of exercise you truly enjoy. Whether it is yoga, running, spinning, Pilates, or kickboxing, you are much more likely to do it regularly if you enjoy it. Schedule your workout into your calendar just as you would any other crucial appointment. Make your exercise routine as important as that weekly manicure or coffee date.

  5. Rest up: Sleep is essential to good health. While we sleep our bodies do a lot of important housekeeping including hormone regulation and detoxification. People who are sleep deprived are more likely to make unhealthy eating choices. Make your bedroom a sacred place. Try to avoid watching TV, checking your email, or surfing the internet in bed. Try and implement a bedtime routine that helps you unwind at the end of the day - a bath or a good book are healthy choices!

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